Marcus Charleston http://wesa.fm en Comemmorating the March on Washington http://wesa.fm/post/comemmorating-march-washington <p>Nelson Harrison is a Pittsburgh musician who teaches jazz and played with numerous groups including the Count Basie Orchestra. He was at the March on Washington in 1963 and talks about how the march shaped who he is today. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:47:37 +0000 Marcus Charleston 15489 at http://wesa.fm Comemmorating the March on Washington College Sports with Bob Dvorchak http://wesa.fm/post/college-sports-bob-dvorchak <p>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter emeritus Bob Dvorchak talks about the University of Pittsburgh opening a new chapter in Panthers athletic history, inaugurating the school's entry into the Atlantic Coast Conference by taking on Florida State on Labor Day night at Heinz Field. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:45:37 +0000 Marcus Charleston 15487 at http://wesa.fm College Sports with Bob Dvorchak Rolling Stone Cover Controversy http://wesa.fm/post/rolling-stone-cover-controversy <p>One of this week’s leading media stories is the controversy surrounding the August issue of Rolling Stone magazine. The publication, known for featuring in-depth profiles of rock musicians, actors and politicians, is courting controversy with its decision to feature Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover. The decision has sparked outrage across the country and started a backlash against Rolling Stone. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 22:17:30 +0000 Marcus Charleston 13428 at http://wesa.fm Rolling Stone Cover Controversy Are Gratuities Becoming Gratuitous? http://wesa.fm/post/are-gratuities-becoming-gratuitous <p>A recent article in the online magazine <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2013/07/abolish_tipping_it_s_bad_for_servers_customers_and_restaurants.html">Slate</a><a href="http://www.slate.com"> </a>called <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2013/07/abolish_tipping_it_s_bad_for_servers_customers_and_restaurants.html">Tipping is an Abomination</a> calls for the end of this practice. It’s a custom that originated in Europe. It transferred across the ocean when wealthy Americans returned from the continent. At first is it was slow to catch on but now it seems tip jars are as ubiquitous as cell phones. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 21:55:00 +0000 Marcus Charleston 13023 at http://wesa.fm Are Gratuities Becoming Gratuitous? Central New York State of Mind http://wesa.fm/post/central-new-york-state-mind <p>Upstate New York covers a lot of territory. From the <a href="http://visitadirondacks.com">Adirondacks</a> to the <a href="http://www.visit1000islands.com">Thousand Islands</a> there's a lot to see in the Empire State. Travel contributor Elaine Labalme scopes out the central New York region, from <a href="http://www.thisiscooperstown.com">Cooperstown</a> to the <a href="http://www.fingerlakes.org/">Finger Lakes.</a></p><p>“The Finger Lakes region is fairly close to western Pennsylvania and there’s lots of arts and recreation you’ll want to access there and it’s an easy trip from Pittsburgh,” says Labalme. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:17:21 +0000 Marcus Charleston 12951 at http://wesa.fm Central New York State of Mind Immigration Reform Clears A Major Hurdle http://wesa.fm/post/immigration-reform-clears-major-hurdle <p></p><p>A strong showing of bipartisan support Thursday&nbsp;resulted in the <a href="http://www.senate.gov/">U.S. Senate's</a> vote in favor of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_reform">immigration reform</a>. This marks the most significant overhaul of the nation's immigration laws in a generation. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 23:49:10 +0000 Marcus Charleston 12279 at http://wesa.fm Immigration Reform Clears A Major Hurdle Rapid Transit Tips from Cleveland http://wesa.fm/post/rapid-transit-tips-cleveland <p></p><p></p><p>Last Thursday, Pittsburgh government and business officials took a trip to <a href="http://www.cleveland.com">Cleveland</a> to tour the Healthline—<a href="http://www.riderta.com">Cleveland’s rapid transit</a> system—with the hopes of bringing back ideas for Pittsburgh’s own <a href="http://www.portauthority.org/paac/CompanyInfoProjects/BusRapidTransit.asp">Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).</a> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 23:24:33 +0000 Marcus Charleston 11899 at http://wesa.fm Rapid Transit Tips from Cleveland Reporting Cases of Infectious Diseases in VA Hospitals http://wesa.fm/post/reporting-cases-infectious-diseases-va-hospitals <p></p><p></p><p>Congressman <a href="http://murphy.house.gov/">Tim Murphy</a> is working with the <a href="http://veterans.house.gov/">House Veterans Affairs Committee </a>to pass legislation requiring veterans' hospitals to report cases of infectious diseases to state and local public health agencies. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 23:46:17 +0000 Marcus Charleston 11828 at http://wesa.fm Reporting Cases of Infectious Diseases in VA Hospitals The Men Behind the Creation of Superman http://wesa.fm/post/men-behind-creation-superman <p></p><p></p><p>The latest Superman movie <a href="http://manofsteel.warnerbros.com/index.html">Man of Steel </a>opened last weekend to record box-office. The character, created by two guys from <a href="http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us">Cleveland</a>, has been recognized as one of the leading pop culture icons. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 23:38:43 +0000 Marcus Charleston 11809 at http://wesa.fm The Men Behind the Creation of Superman My Market: An Essay by Bob Batz Jr. http://wesa.fm/post/my-market-essay-bob-batz-jr <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pittsburgh has </span><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/farmers-market" style="line-height: 1.5;">farmers markets</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in virtually every neighborhood, making it possible to visit a different market every day of the week. But being a city of neighborhoods, is it any wonder that many </span>Pittsburghers<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> prefer their local farmer's market? Pittsburgh Post-Gazette food editor, </span><a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/life/food/the-pittsburgh-farmers-market-season-begins-687750/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Bob Batz Jr</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. loves the atmosphere of his farmer's market in Mt. Lebanon and shares the sounds of opening day in an essay.</span></p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:02:00 +0000 Marcus Charleston 11744 at http://wesa.fm My Market: An Essay by Bob Batz Jr. Fracking Reporter Tom Wilber Screens Gasland II http://wesa.fm/post/fracking-reporter-tom-wilber-screens-gasland-ii <p></p><p>Journalist <a href="http://tomwilber.blogspot.com/">Tom Wilber</a> has been reporting on hydraulic fracturing since 2008. He’s been our guest in the past to discuss the issue and help us sort fact from fiction when documentaries on the topic come out. He recently attended a screening of Gasland II, in his hometown of Binghamton, New York.</p><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:50:54 +0000 Marcus Charleston 11731 at http://wesa.fm Fracking Reporter Tom Wilber Screens Gasland II Arts & Culture and Brian's "American Originals" http://wesa.fm/post/arts-culture-and-brians-american-originals <p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.warhol.org">Andy Warhol</a> museum's newest exhibits feature local and national artists with unique styles, perfect for the Warhol. Arts and Culture contributor <a href="http://www.wyep.org/about/who-we-are/brian-siewiorek">Brian Siewiorek </a>talks about what you can look forward to with this summer's artists.</p><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Marcus Charleston 11660 at http://wesa.fm Arts & Culture and Brian's "American Originals" Training the Next Generation of African-American Leaders http://wesa.fm/post/training-next-generation-african-american-leaders <p></p><p>Pittsburgh is one of the few major cities in the northeast that has not had an African American mayor. At present there are only two African Americans on its city council. Where will the next generation of community leaders come from? Mon, 17 Jun 2013 23:41:26 +0000 Marcus Charleston 11625 at http://wesa.fm Training the Next Generation of African-American Leaders Political Commentary on Essential Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/political-commentary-essential-pittsburgh-1 <p>Essential Pittsburgh has convened a political panel to disucss the &nbsp;impact of recent state and regional political developments. Up for discussion this week:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.governor.state.pa.us">Governor Corbett </a>asks for, and receives, the resignation of DCNR Chief Richard Allan, former <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Rendell">Governor Ed Rendell</a> jumps into the fray on the transportation plan before the House, and control of Allegheny County's Port Authority board could be at risk as a bill moves through the state Senate.<em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fri, 14 Jun 2013 23:41:03 +0000 Marcus Charleston 11477 at http://wesa.fm Chasing Greatness: Johnny Miller, Arnold Palmer and the Miracle at Oakmont http://wesa.fm/post/chasing-greatness-johnny-miller-arnold-palmer-and-miracle-oakmont <p></p><p>Forty years ago, in 1973, a week after Secretariat won the third leg in racing’s Triple Crown, another great sporting event took place. The finish of the U.S. Open at <a href="http://www.oakmont-countryclub.org">Oakmont Country Club</a> is considered by some to be one of the greatest golf rounds ever played. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 23:24:00 +0000 Marcus Charleston 11476 at http://wesa.fm Chasing Greatness: Johnny Miller, Arnold Palmer and the Miracle at Oakmont Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment http://wesa.fm/post/breakthrough-breast-cancer-prevention-and-treatment <p><em>&nbsp; </em></p><p></p><p></p><p>A <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/opinion/my-medical-choice.html">New York Times op-ed by Angelina Jolie </a>disclosed her decision to have a double mastectomy after learning she carries a mutation of a gene that increases her risk of <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/statistics">breast cancer</a>.</p><p>Last week, researchers at <a href="http://www.wpahs.org/locations/allegheny-general-hospital%E2%80%8E">Allegheny General Hospital</a>, in collaboration with the <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.com">Mayo Clinic</a> published important findings regarding breast cancer. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 22:33:25 +0000 Marcus Charleston 11474 at http://wesa.fm Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment A Conversation with NPR President Gary Knell http://wesa.fm/post/conversation-npr-president-gary-knell <p></p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/people/140995003/gary-knell">Gary Knell</a> is the President and CEO of <a href="http://www.npr.org/">NPR</a> which remains unique among news organizations. While a number of large media outfits have shuttered their foreign bureaus NPR has reporters throughout the world. However, public radio is also at a crossroads as some of its long time shows like <em>Talk of the Nation</em> comes to an end and <a href="http://www.cartalk.com/"><em>Car Talk </em></a>no longer produces new shows.</p><p>What will the future of NPR look like and can it stay relevant in the changing media landscape? Also, how is NPR cultivating new talent to reflect and appeal to a new generation of public radio listeners? Mr. Knell is in Pittsburgh to speak at the <a href="http://www.pittsburghartscouncil.org/2013-americans-for-the-arts-convention">Americans for the Arts</a> convention.</p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 23:01:30 +0000 Marcus Charleston 11403 at http://wesa.fm A Conversation with NPR President Gary Knell Will Congress Vote on Immigration Reform? http://wesa.fm/post/will-congress-vote-immigration-reform <p>The White House released a video on &nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/12/white-house-immigration-reform_n_3428816.html">immigration reform</a>&nbsp; featuring staffers in an attempt to push their support for the issue.&nbsp; It's hoped Congress will vote on the issue before before the July 4th holiday? Six years ago President Bush urged lawmakers on Capitol Hill to pass his proposed immigration reform. Instead the bill passed away. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 03:22:33 +0000 Marcus Charleston 11326 at http://wesa.fm Will Congress Vote on Immigration Reform? Opera Theater and Fallingwater: Two Worlds Making Beautiful Music Together http://wesa.fm/post/opera-theater-and-fallingwater-two-worlds-making-beautiful-music-together <p></p><p>Celebrated American architect Frank Lloyd Wright once drew up plans for the area occupied by Point State Park. While those plans didn’t come to fruition, the area is proud to boast two homes designed by the visionary architect – Kentuck Knob and the iconic Fallingwater. This weekend, which would have been Frank Lloyd Wright’s 146th birthday, the <a href="http://otsummerfest.org/">Opera Theater of Pittsburgh</a>, in conjunction with the <a href="http://www.paconserve.org/">Western Pennsylvania Conservancy</a>, will present <a href="http://otsummerfest.org/shiningbrow.html">Shining Brow,</a> an opera covering eleven years in the life of Frank Lloyd Wright, performed on the exterior terraces of Fallingwater. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 22:13:13 +0000 Marcus Charleston & Heather McClain 10944 at http://wesa.fm Opera Theater and Fallingwater: Two Worlds Making Beautiful Music Together Prosopagnosia: When The Face Just Isn't Familiar http://wesa.fm/post/prosopagnosia-when-face-just-isnt-familiar <p>At one time or another you’ll see someone and say, “the face is familiar but I can’t remember the name.” For people with <a href="https://www.faceblind.org">prosopagnosia</a>, known as “face blindness,” the face isn’t familiar. Actor <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000093">Brad Pitt</a>, in a recent interview with <a href="http://www.esquire.com">Esquire</a> magazine&nbsp;reported having the condition. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.cnbc.cmu.edu/~behrmann/mb.htm‎">Dr. Marlene Behrmann</a> of <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/">Carnegie-Mellon University</a> is one of the leading researchers on this condition Thu, 06 Jun 2013 17:41:10 +0000 Marcus Charleston 10915 at http://wesa.fm Prosopagnosia: When The Face Just Isn't Familiar Touring Historic Homes in Observatory Hill http://wesa.fm/post/touring-historic-homes-observatory-hill <p>Observatory Hill is a neighborhood just past Pittsburgh’s North Shore, on the eastern rim of <a href="http://www.pittsburghparks.org/riverview">Riverview Park</a>. It’s named for its most prominent landmark, the <a href="http://www.pitt.edu/~aobsvtry/">Allegheny Observatory</a>, part of the University of Pittsburgh. Like many Pittsburgh neighborhoods, the area boasts a range of architectural home styles from the first half of the 20th century. Many have been beautifully restored. Each year, members of the <a href="http://www.observatoryhill.net/">Observatory Hill community</a> open their homes for a historic house tour. It's one of several in the city of Pittsburgh and serves as part community fundraiser, part history lesson and part renovation inspiration. Fri, 31 May 2013 00:35:56 +0000 Heather McClain & Marcus Charleston 10520 at http://wesa.fm Touring Historic Homes in Observatory Hill The New Girl Visits America's National Parks Part One: Eastern Parks http://wesa.fm/post/new-girl-visits-americas-national-parks-part-one-eastern-parks <p></p><p>Now that summer’s here, one of the best places to go and explore the great outdoors is a national park. With so many parks in the U.S. we begin a two part look, focusing on the eastern half of the country including <a href="http://www.nps.gov/ever/index.htm">The Everglades</a><a href="http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm">, The Great Smoky Mountains</a><a href="http://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm">, Acadia</a><a href="http://www.nps.gov/shen/index.htm">, Shenandoah</a><a href="http://www.nps.gov/cuva/index.htm">,</a> and&nbsp;<br><a href="http://www.nps.gov/cuva/index.htm">&nbsp;Cuyahoga Valley</a> Wed, 29 May 2013 22:53:50 +0000 Marcus Charleston & Heather McClain 10449 at http://wesa.fm The New Girl Visits America's National Parks Part One: Eastern Parks University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer's Research http://wesa.fm/post/university-pittsburgh-alzheimers-research <p></p><p>Millions of Americans suffer from Alzheimer's Disease and the number is expected to increase. Researchers at Pitt have <a href="http://bit.ly/18xhWW3">recently confirmed</a> a cancer drug that improves brain function in mice. Could this be a breakthrough in helping humans? Tue, 28 May 2013 23:24:27 +0000 Marcus Charleston & Heather McClain 10370 at http://wesa.fm University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer's Research The New Girl in Town is Hitting the Beach http://wesa.fm/post/new-girl-town-hitting-beach <p></p><p>Memorial Day is the official start to the summer season and many people will be headed to the beach. One shore town you may want to visit is Rehoboth Beach in Delaware. You'll find something for nature lovers at <a href="http://www.fws.gov/northeast/primehook/">Prime Hook</a>, something for <a href="http://http://www.delmarvaboardsportadventures.com/">sports adventurers</a>, and for those who just want to stroll along the <a href="http://www.boardwalkplaza.com/ Dogfish Head Brewery: http://www.dogfish.com/">B</a><a href="http://www.boardwalkplaza.com/ Dogfish Head Brewery: http://www.dogfish.com/">oardwalk</a>. Wed, 22 May 2013 21:51:08 +0000 Heather McClain & Marcus Charleston 10028 at http://wesa.fm The New Girl in Town is Hitting the Beach Building the Perfect Resume with Rebecca Harris http://wesa.fm/post/building-perfect-resume-rebecca-harris <p></p><p>Graduation season is here and as a new group of college graduates enters the real world, how do you stand out in a tough job market? This week, business contributor <strong>Rebecca Harris</strong> offers suggestions for building the perfect resume. And find some surprising and not so surprising facts on new graduate employment. Tue, 21 May 2013 13:07:44 +0000 Heather McClain & Marcus Charleston 9921 at http://wesa.fm Building the Perfect Resume with Rebecca Harris