Heather McClain http://wesa.fm en Like Black Friday For Vinyl, Local Shops Gear Up For Record Store Day http://wesa.fm/post/black-friday-vinyl-local-shops-gear-record-store-day <p>What started eight years ago as a gathering of store owners and employees celebrating the culture of independent record stores has evolved to include major music industry events, limited edition album releases and people camped out in front of record stores.</p><p>Saturday is <a href="http://www.recordstoreday.com/">National Record Store Day</a>, and it’s <a href="http://www.popcitymedia.com/features/recordstoredayyeareight041614.aspx">one of the biggest days of the year for record stores</a> and collectors alike.</p><p>“I like that it was started to bring back the whole record store experience,” said James “Selecta” Scoglietti, part owner of <a href="http://720records.com/">720 Records</a> in Lawrenceville. “People used to go every weekend to their local record store, and it was a social event. It was like a barbershop, where guys and gals would come in and discuss the latest hot tracks of the week. So I love that it’s bringing that back to the mainstream.” Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:42:21 +0000 Heather McClain 27755 at http://wesa.fm Like Black Friday For Vinyl, Local Shops Gear Up For Record Store Day President Obama Wants to Model CCAC's Job-Driven Approach to Education http://wesa.fm/post/president-obama-wants-model-ccacs-job-driven-approach-education <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visited the <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 22px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); display: inline !important; float: none;">Community College of Allegheny County's</span> West Hills Center campus in Oakdale Wednesday <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/obama-when-it-comes-job-training-roboburgh-model-nation?nopop=1">to announce system-wide reforms of federal job training programs</a>. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:55:43 +0000 Heather McClain 27739 at http://wesa.fm Making Sense of Pittsburgh's Nonsensical Roads http://wesa.fm/post/making-sense-pittsburghs-nonsensical-roads <p>Pittsburgh’s topography is pretty unique as far as cities go. It's essentially a peninsula surrounded by mountains. And with the city's numerous bridges and triangular shape, facilitating efficient traffic patterns has long been a challenge for the region.</p><p>Pittsburgher Phil Anderson runs the popular blog <a href="http://pghroads.tumblr.com/"><em>The Nonsensical Roads of Pittsburgh</em></a>, where he records his observations about bizarre traffic and road layouts. He's driven in cities throughout the world and seems to find Pittsburgh infrastructure both amusing and frustrating.</p><p>“You have stages of driving on Pittsburgh roads," he said. "There’s anger, grief, and eventually you have acceptance.” Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:59:11 +0000 Katherine Blackley & Heather McClain 25697 at http://wesa.fm Making Sense of Pittsburgh's Nonsensical Roads With the Great Lakes Frozen, A Rare Flock of Seagulls Roosts in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/great-lakes-frozen-rare-flock-seagulls-roosts-pittsburgh <p>Thousands of birds, commonly called seagulls, have made a rare migration south to roost at Pittsburgh’s North Shore.</p><p>Bob Mulvihill, an ornithologist at the National Aviary said the gulls ("seagull" is actually a colloquial term, he explained), normally roost at the Great Lakes this time of year, but the extreme cold from the polar vortex has frozen the surfaces.<br /> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 19:35:53 +0000 Heather McClain 25261 at http://wesa.fm With the Great Lakes Frozen, A Rare Flock of Seagulls Roosts in Pittsburgh Watch As Pittsburghers, Including Our Own Paul Guggenheimer, Get a Handle on Curling http://wesa.fm/post/watch-pittsburghers-including-our-own-paul-guggenheimer-get-handle-curling <p>Curling is growing to be one of the most watched sports at the Winter Olympics. Although <a href="http://www.al.com/olympics/index.ssf/2014/02/winter_olympics_2014_dismal_us.html">it may be a little while</a> before Team USA wins a medal, Pittsburgh has a growing curling culture. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:16:50 +0000 Ryan Loew & Heather McClain 24629 at http://wesa.fm Watch As Pittsburghers, Including Our Own Paul Guggenheimer, Get a Handle on Curling Stream It! Music to Make You Move in 2014 http://wesa.fm/post/stream-it-music-make-you-move-2014 <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia,Times,serif; line-height: 22px;">The first month of 2014 is almost over, how's your fitness resolution going?</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia,Times,serif; line-height: 22px;">The New Years' season craziness at the gym should be thinning out, now's the time to really stick with that routine.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia,Times,serif; line-height: 22px;">Cindy Howes, host of the <a href="http://www.wyep.org/morning-mix"><em>Morning Mix</em></a> at 91.3 WYEP and program director Kyle Smith have helped compile a playlist with some of their favorite songs from 2013 to keep you moving as the year progresses. Follow it and stream it anywhere. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 04:58:09 +0000 Heather McClain & Marnie Schleicher 23122 at http://wesa.fm Stream It! Music to Make You Move in 2014 'I Got Dibs!' Pittsburgh Isn't the Only Home of the Parking Chair http://wesa.fm/post/i-got-dibs-pittsburgh-isnt-only-home-parking-chair <p>It's that time of year again, snow inevitably falls, you spend time shoveling out a parking spot on the street, spread salt, then have to worry about someone pulling into that space while you're away.&nbsp;</p><p>So what do you do? Mark it with a chair? Maybe another piece of patio furniture? How about a tiki torch or your discarded Christmas tree?</p><p>The Tumblr blog, <a href="http://chicagodibs.tumblr.com/">Chicago Dibs</a> has been collecting photos of parking spot markers with photos that range from straight forward...</p><p>To straight up odd.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 15:07:10 +0000 Heather McClain 22577 at http://wesa.fm 'I Got Dibs!' Pittsburgh Isn't the Only Home of the Parking Chair Passion for Pawpaws with Pittsburgh's Pawpaw Ambassador http://wesa.fm/post/passion-pawpaws-pittsburghs-pawpaw-ambassador <p>Andy Moore is a writer who lives on the North Side of Pittsburgh. In 2013, <a href="http://www.alleghenyfront.org/">The Allegheny Front</a> interviewed him about his <a href="http://www.alleghenyfront.org/story/pittsburgh-writer-shares-pawpaw-passion">proclivity for the pawpaw</a>, a fruit that's native to Pennsylvania and many other regions of the United States. The Allegheny Front recently listed the story as one of their favorites of 2013, and it's one of mine too.</p><p>AF Reporter Hal B. Klein says:</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 18:56:24 +0000 Heather McClain 22324 at http://wesa.fm Passion for Pawpaws with Pittsburgh's Pawpaw Ambassador Tuesday Rundown: A New Path for City Council & A Potential Path for the State http://wesa.fm/post/tuesday-rundown-new-path-city-council-potential-path-state <p><em><strong>These topics air Tuesday January 7, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm &amp; 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be <a href="http://wesa.fm/programs/905-wesas-essential-pittsburgh">heard here</a>. </strong></em> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 18:17:19 +0000 Heather McClain 22435 at http://wesa.fm Tuesday Rundown: A New Path for City Council & A Potential Path for the State Monday Rundown: A Community Approach to Higher Ed & Pittsburgh Refugee Healthcare http://wesa.fm/post/monday-rundown-community-approach-higher-ed-pittsburgh-refugee-healthcare <p><strong>These topics air Monday January 6, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm &amp; 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be <a href="http://wesa.fm/programs/905-wesas-essential-pittsburgh">heard here</a>. </strong> Sun, 05 Jan 2014 18:18:07 +0000 Heather McClain 22366 at http://wesa.fm Monday Rundown: A Community Approach to Higher Ed & Pittsburgh Refugee Healthcare Rebroadcast: Addressing the Achievement Gap in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/rebroadcast-addressing-achievement-gap-pittsburgh <p><strong>This program is a previously broadcast show, <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/parents-teachers-administrators-address-achievement-gap-pittsburgh">listen to it here</a>.</strong></p><p>“Where’s the moral outrage over the lack of equity in education,” asked Duquesne University Dean of Education Olga Welch who attended a recent community forum on the achievement gap held by 90.5 WESA.</p><p>“Where is it,” replied forum panel member Jeremy Resnick, a founder of Propel Charter Schools, “it’s missing.”</p><p>Dozens of parents, teachers and administrators crowded the Community Broadcast Center recently for a public forum as part of WESA’s <a href="http://wesa.fm/term/life-learning">Life of Learning</a> initiative. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 21915 at http://wesa.fm Rebroadcast: Addressing the Achievement Gap in Pittsburgh Revealing Interviews With Our Favorite Authors http://wesa.fm/post/revealing-interviews-our-favorite-authors <p>In the nearly two years that we've been on the air, we've interviewed a variety of authors. We revisit conversations with three of those authors.&nbsp;</p><p>The story of Maya Angelou's extraordinary life has been told in her bestselling biographies. Last May she shared with us the story of her relationship with her Mother, which is chronicled in the book <em>Mom and Me and Mom</em>. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 21912 at http://wesa.fm Revealing Interviews With Our Favorite Authors Looking for a New Year's Resolution? How About Social Change http://wesa.fm/post/looking-new-years-resolution-how-about-social-change <p>Resolution season was never a big deal in my house growing up. When someone in my family attempted a resolution, it was always health related. And the endeavor was usually abandoned by Valentine's Day, only to be rekindled at Lent, then ditched again.</p><p>The goals that actually stuck were the ones inspired by lessons learned randomly throughout the year, usually with an emphasis on social good. For example, after returning from environmental summer camp one year, I convinced my family to always snip the plastic rings that hold 6-packs of soda. The uncut rings are extremely harmful to aquatic life.</p><p>In the process of exploring 2014 resolution ideas, I came across an <a href="http://www.theroadlesstraveled.com/blog/10-years-resolutions-teens-parents/?utm_source=buffer&amp;utm_campaign=Buffer&amp;utm_content=buffer0063e&amp;utm_medium=twitter"><strong>inspiring list</strong></a> for teens and parents from <a href="http://www.theroadlesstraveled.com/">The Road Less Traveled</a> - ideas I could have used in the 1990s and great ones for today. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 19:42:36 +0000 Heather McClain 22157 at http://wesa.fm Looking for a New Year's Resolution? How About Social Change Musical Guests and Interviews to Ring in the New Year http://wesa.fm/post/musical-guests-and-interviews-ring-new-year <p>Since the debut of our show in 2012, some of England's best rock singer/songwriters have performed in Pittsburgh. We invited a few of them to join us for conversations on the show.</p><p>On today's program you'll hear our interview with two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Graham Nash, as well as Billy Bragg.&nbsp; Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 21911 at http://wesa.fm Musical Guests and Interviews to Ring in the New Year Stories of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Past & Present http://wesa.fm/post/stories-pittsburgh-steelers-past-present <p>We bring you excerpts of conversations with Pittsburgh Steelers, past and present.</p><p>Author Gary Pomerantz's book about the Steelers, <em>Their Life's Work</em> addresses what it means to be teammates in the truest sense. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 21909 at http://wesa.fm Stories of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Past & Present Public Radio Hosts & Contributors in 2013 http://wesa.fm/post/public-radio-hosts-contributors-2013 <p>If you listen to 90.5 WESA on a regular basis, you know that we carry a number of your favorite NPR programs.</p><p>For today's show we've assembled interviews with a few of the hosts/contributors featured on those programs. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 21908 at http://wesa.fm Public Radio Hosts & Contributors in 2013 Health & Innovation Highlights in 2013 http://wesa.fm/post/health-innovation-highlights-2013 <p>From robotic arms to treating high blood pressure, in 2013 we delved into many stories dealing with health innovation.</p><p>We'll revisit our conversation with Dr. Michael Boninger and a quadriplegic woman named Jan Scheuermann. A robotic arm surgically attached to her brain allows her to perform basic tasks with focused thought. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 21875 at http://wesa.fm Health & Innovation Highlights in 2013 Essential Pittsburgh Staff Choice: Compelling Conversations of 2013 http://wesa.fm/post/essential-pittsburgh-staff-choice-compelling-conversations-2013 <p>Here at 90.5 WESA there are three people who work specifically on Essential Pittsburgh. In addition to host Paul Guggenheimer, there's producer Marcus Charleston and assistant producer Heather McClain.</p><p>For this special edition of the program, we offer excerpts from just a few of our choice interviews out of the hundreds we aired in 2013.&nbsp;</p><p>There's a compelling conversation on the death penalty with Sister Helen Prejean, author of "Dead Man Walking," a discussion of what it's like aging out of the foster care system and a tale of two classic movie theaters.</p><p>Listen to some of our favorites, and let us know about some of your favorites from 2013 at <a href="mailto:esspgh@wesa.fm?subject=EP%20favorite%20conversations%20of%202013">esspgh@wesa.fm</a>. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 18:37:05 +0000 Heather McClain 21814 at http://wesa.fm Essential Pittsburgh Staff Choice: Compelling Conversations of 2013 Highlighting the Year's Top WESA Feature Reports http://wesa.fm/post/highlighting-years-top-wesa-feature-reports <p>Looking back at some of Pittsburgh’s top news stories of 2013, 90.5 WESA Senior News Editor Mark Nootbaar focuses on features produced in the WESA newsroom. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:01:30 +0000 Heather McClain 21723 at http://wesa.fm Highlighting the Year's Top WESA Feature Reports WESA News Editors Look at Top News Stories of 2013 http://wesa.fm/post/wesa-news-editors-look-top-news-stories-2013 <p>The Pittsburgh region was impacted by many major news stories during 2013. From a breakthrough in the stalemate over funding for transportation infrastructure, to a police scandal and the election of a new mayor.</p><p>WESA’s Senior News Editor Mark Nootbaar gives some perspective on the year’s top stories.</p><p>At the state level, privatization of government functions were a theme for the Corbett Administration. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:01:00 +0000 Heather McClain 21696 at http://wesa.fm WESA News Editors Look at Top News Stories of 2013 Is Pittsburgh an Icon of Healthy Living? http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-icon-healthy-living <p>Apparently living a Pittsburgh lifestyle is good for your health.</p><p>Well, not if you think that simply means eating pierogies and Primanti's everyday.&nbsp;</p><p>The Huffington Post focused on <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/18/pittsburgh-health_n_4339476.html">nine lessons Pittsburgh offers</a> on living well, as part of their <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/living-well-on-location/"><em>Living Well, On Location series</em></a>. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:14:58 +0000 Heather McClain 21652 at http://wesa.fm Is Pittsburgh an Icon of Healthy Living? Friday Rundown: Looking Back at Pittsburgh News of 2013 & Being Thankful in 2014 http://wesa.fm/post/friday-rundown-looking-back-pittsburgh-news-2013-being-thankful-2014 <p><strong>These topics air Friday December 20, 2013 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA, with special guest host <a href="http://wesa.fm/people/kevin-gavin">Kevin Gavin</a>. </strong></p><p><strong>To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm &amp; 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. </strong></p><p><strong>More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be <a href="http://wesa.fm/programs/905-wesas-essential-pittsburgh">heard here</a>. </strong> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 18:19:42 +0000 Heather McClain 21701 at http://wesa.fm Friday Rundown: Looking Back at Pittsburgh News of 2013 & Being Thankful in 2014 George Washington's Near Death Experiences in Western PA http://wesa.fm/post/george-washingtons-near-death-experiences-western-pa <p>260 years ago this month, a 21-year old major in the Virginia militia named George Washington had two brushes with death in the Pittsburgh area, which could have dramatically altered the course of American history. Decades before he became the father of our county, Washington was on a dangerous diplomatic mission in the Western Pennsylvania wilderness.</p><p>We explored this little known chapter of Washington's life with historical re-enactor Daniel Nehrer, and<span id="docs-internal-guid-0fc1ca85-066b-0589-26ba-b5878fc1eb03" style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> </span>retired Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge Martin J. O'Brien at the <a href="http://www.harmonymuseum.org/">Harmony Museum</a>, not far from where Washington was on December 27, 1753, at the boundary of French and English territory. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:49:34 +0000 Heather McClain & Nick Frost 21591 at http://wesa.fm George Washington's Near Death Experiences in Western PA Thursday Rundown: The App of the Year and Growth in the City of Asylum http://wesa.fm/post/thursday-rundown-app-year-and-growth-city-asylum <p><strong>These topics air Thursday December 19, 2013 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm &amp; 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. </strong></p><p><strong>More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be <a href="http://http://wesa.fm/programs/905-wesas-essential-pittsburgh">heard here</a>. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:20:05 +0000 Heather McClain 21644 at http://wesa.fm Thursday Rundown: The App of the Year and Growth in the City of Asylum “Made in PA” Label Would Show That Local Manufacturing Isn't Dead http://wesa.fm/post/made-pa-label-would-show-local-manufacturing-isnt-dead <p>A bipartisan group of state lawmakers has <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2013/12/16/Bill-would-promote-products-Made-in-PA.html">introduced a bill</a> to create a "Made in PA" program, complete with a logo and website to encourage consumers to purchase products made close to home.</p><p>State Rep. <a href="http://www.repevankovich.com/">Eli Evankovich </a>and David Taylor, executive director of the <a href="http://www.pamanufacturers.org/">Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association,</a> say consumers already look for labels such as "Made in the USA," while shopping. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:35:37 +0000 Heather McClain 21561 at http://wesa.fm “Made in PA” Label Would Show That Local Manufacturing Isn't Dead