Josh Raulerson http://wesa.fm en In Pittsburgh's New Economy, Organized Labor Reorganizes http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-new-economy-organized-labor-reorganizes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Like any English professor, Clint Benjamin spends a lot of his time grading papers.</span></p><p>“There’s a mountain – a teetering Matterhorn of papers at the end of the weekend, or during the week,” Benjamin said. “You’ve just gotta get through them.”</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 30504 at http://wesa.fm In Pittsburgh's New Economy, Organized Labor Reorganizes A 17th Century Emoticon? CMU Professor Who Originated The 'Smiley' Responds http://wesa.fm/post/17th-century-emoticon-cmu-professor-who-originated-smiley-responds <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An online debate broke out earlier this week over two otherwise unremarkable lines in a 1648 poem by the English poet Robert Herrick:</span></p><p><a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=c2wiAAAAMAAJ&amp;pg=PA210&amp;dq=herrick+%22to+fortune%22&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=mA1QU9mNLcKyyASIpYHgBA&amp;ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&amp;q=herrick%20%22to%20fortune%22&amp;f=false"><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Tumble me down, and I will sit / Upon my ruins, (smiling yet :)</em></a></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:06:38 +0000 Josh Raulerson 27729 at http://wesa.fm A 17th Century Emoticon? CMU Professor Who Originated The 'Smiley' Responds ACLA Now Boarding for TransAtlantic Flight http://wesa.fm/post/acla-now-boarding-transatlantic-flight <p>National Book Award winner Colum McCann will speak to Pittsburgh-area high school students Monday as featured author for the Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA)'s 2014 "One Book, One Community" program.</p><p>McCann will appear at Woodland Hills High School to discuss his 2013 novel TransAtlantic, which combines historical research with fictional elements in a story that spans centuries, continents, and multiple generations of characters.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 11:23:40 +0000 Josh Raulerson 25309 at http://wesa.fm ACLA Now Boarding for TransAtlantic Flight New Curator to Oversee Restored Civil War Veterans Post in Carnegie http://wesa.fm/post/new-curator-oversee-restored-civil-war-veterans-post-carnegie <p>The <a href="http://www.carnegiecarnegie.org">Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall</a> in Carnegie, Pa. has hired a part time curator to oversee its collection of rare artifacts from the U.S. Civil War.</p><p>Diane Klinefelter is a historian who served as the library’s director until 2012. She will return in January to take up the new position, which is being funded through a grant from the Massey Charitable Trust.</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 21529 at http://wesa.fm Closing the Book on Speaking Volumes (For Now) http://wesa.fm/post/closing-book-speaking-volumes-now <p>For more than a year and a half, the Speaking Volumes project has brought 90.5 WESA listeners weekly conversations&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">about books and reading&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">with </span>Pittsburghers from all walks of life<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 16:03:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 22099 at http://wesa.fm Closing the Book on Speaking Volumes (For Now) Sustainability and the Question of 'Should' with John Inserra http://wesa.fm/post/sustainability-and-question-should-john-inserra <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Business and technology teacher John </span>Inserra<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;of City Charter High School gives a reading list that advocates for broader thinking and sustainable living.</span>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">David Orr, “</span><a href="http://librarycatalog.einetwork.net/Record/.b25253840/Home?searchId=5235938&amp;recordIndex=2&amp;page=1" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Nature of Design: Ecology, Culture, and Human Intention</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">”</span></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 21725 at http://wesa.fm Sustainability and the Question of 'Should' with John Inserra New GED Exam Puts Students and Educators to the Test http://wesa.fm/post/new-ged-exam-puts-students-and-educators-test <p>The stereotypes about adults seeking GED certification can be ugly and simplistic. But the reality is that many lack a high school diploma for reasons largely outside their control: health problems, family issues and immigration status, just to name a few.</p><p>Some, like Rebekah&nbsp;Petrakovits, were home-schooled without proper oversight from school officials who were supposed to monitor their progress.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:03:49 +0000 Josh Raulerson 21493 at http://wesa.fm New GED Exam Puts Students and Educators to the Test The Power of Being Magnanimous with Kevin Acklin http://wesa.fm/post/power-being-magnanimous-kevin-acklin <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kevin </span>Acklin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is the chief of staff for Pittsburgh’s Mayor-elect Bill </span>Peduto<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. To get ready for his new position, </span>Acklin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been brushing up on some political non-fiction.</span></p><p class="p1">Michael Weber, “<a href="http://librarycatalog.einetwork.net/Record/.b12713612/Home?searchId=5002653&amp;recordIndex=1&amp;page=1">Don’t Call Me Boss: David L. Lawrence, Pittsburgh’s Renaissance Mayor</a>”</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 21340 at http://wesa.fm The Power of Being Magnanimous with Kevin Acklin Revisiting the Classics with Audrey Russo http://wesa.fm/post/revisiting-classics-audrey-russo <p class="p1">President of the <a href="http://www.pghtech.org/">Pittsburgh Technology Council </a>Audrey Russo talks about the books she keeps piled on her nightstand and drawing inspiration from strong female role models.</p><p class="p1">Sun Tzu, "<a href="http://librarycatalog.einetwork.net/Record/.b31809972/Home?searchId=4782036&amp;recordIndex=1&amp;page=1">The Art of War</a>"</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 20943 at http://wesa.fm Revisiting the Classics with Audrey Russo At Work in America With Dave Newman http://wesa.fm/post/work-america-dave-newman <p><a href="http://writerstribebooks.com/?page_id=279">Dave Newman </a>worked as a house painter, a truck driver, a bookstore manager and a college teacher before taking on his latest job as an award-winning novelist. As in his own fiction, Newman's reading interests reflect both his working-class background and an interest in life at the margins of the Rust Belt.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 17:06:08 +0000 Josh Raulerson 20676 at http://wesa.fm At Work in America With Dave Newman Reflections on Billy Strayhorn with janera solomon http://wesa.fm/post/reflections-billy-strayhorn-janera-solomon <p class="p1">In celebration of what would have been jazz legend Billy Strayhorn's&nbsp;98th birthday, <span style="line-height: 1.5;">janera solomon, executive</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> director of the Kelly </span>Strayhorn<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Theater, talks about her insights from his biography and legacy.</span></p><p class="p1">Sheryl Sandberg, “Lean In”</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:31:19 +0000 Josh Raulerson 20258 at http://wesa.fm Reflections on Billy Strayhorn with janera solomon The Density of Short Fiction with Mason Radkoff http://wesa.fm/post/density-short-fiction-mason-radkoff <p>Author and Pittsburgh native <a href="http://www.braddockavenuebooks.com/author/mason-radkoff">Mason Radkoff</a>&nbsp; talks down and out characters, fatherhood, day-to-day reality in writing, and the comeback of the short story.</p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Richard Russo, “<a href="http://librarycatalog.einetwork.net/Record/.b12873974/Home?searchId=3940476&amp;recordIndex=14&amp;page=1">The Risk Pool</a>”</span></p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 19500 at http://wesa.fm The Density of Short Fiction with Mason Radkoff City Property Tax Collections Come Up Short http://wesa.fm/post/city-property-tax-collections-come-short <p>Fall property tax collections for the city of Pittsburgh are $3.7 million below projections, according to the second-quarter report published this week by the mayor's finance office.<br /><br />The millage rate may now need to be raised in order to correct the shortfall, though budget officials say it's too soon to say whether that will be necessary.<br /> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 20:26:08 +0000 Josh Raulerson 19514 at http://wesa.fm A Bridge To Pittsburgh's Industrial Past http://wesa.fm/post/bridge-pittsburghs-industrial-past <p></p><p class="p1"><b><i>City of Bridges:</i></b><i> The following report is the last is a three-part series examining the status of Pittsburgh bridges as the Pennsylvania Legislature considers funding for transportation infrastructure.</i></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 07:17:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 18917 at http://wesa.fm A Bridge To Pittsburgh's Industrial Past With Fixing The Greenfield Bridge, Funding's Not The Biggest Problem http://wesa.fm/post/fixing-greenfield-bridge-fundings-not-biggest-problem <p></p><p><em><strong>City of Bridges:</strong> The following report is the second is a three-part series examining the status of Pittsburgh bridges as the Pennsylvania Legislature considers funding for transportation infrastructure.</em></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 08:13:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 18618 at http://wesa.fm With Fixing The Greenfield Bridge, Funding's Not The Biggest Problem In Transportation Funding Debate, Iconic Liberty Bridge a Political Football http://wesa.fm/post/transportation-funding-debate-iconic-liberty-bridge-political-football <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>City of Bridges:</strong> The following report is the first is a three-part series examining the status of Pittsburgh bridges as the Pennsylvania Legislature considers funding for transportation infrastructure.</em></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 08:12:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 18612 at http://wesa.fm In Transportation Funding Debate, Iconic Liberty Bridge a Political Football Leaving an Imprint on History with Rep. Dan Frankel http://wesa.fm/post/leaving-imprint-history-rep-dan-frankel <p>When he's not busy representing Pittsburgh's East End in the state House of Representatives, Rep. Dan Frankel&nbsp;enjoys pleasure-reads about the political process. To him, it never feels like work.</p><p>Robert A. Caro, “<a href="http://librarycatalog.einetwork.net/EcontentRecord/338750?searchId=3247866&amp;recordIndex=3&amp;page=1">The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. 4</a>”</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 07:27:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 18362 at http://wesa.fm Leaving an Imprint on History with Rep. Dan Frankel Reconciling Theory and Practice with Tim Cook http://wesa.fm/post/reconciling-theory-and-practice-tim-cook <p class="p1">Tim Cook, founding director of the nonprofit <a href="http://saxifrageschool.org/">The Saxifrage School</a>, speaks about grounded ideas, finding the fantastic wherever we are, reserving winter for fiction and "gift-like" value.</p><p class="p1">William Carlos Williams, “<a href="http://librarycatalog.einetwork.net/Record/.b14004811/Home?searchId=3013198&amp;recordIndex=10&amp;page=1">A Sort of Song</a>”</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 07:19:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 18006 at http://wesa.fm Speaking Volumes: Mike Doyle http://wesa.fm/post/speaking-volumes-mike-doyle <p></p><p><a href="http://doyle.house.gov/">Rep. Mike Doyle</a>&nbsp;(D-Forest Hills) likes page-turning crime dramas and thrillers with a political bent. He has a unique vantage point on novels set in Washington, which &mdash; as it turns out &mdash; are more true to life than you might&nbsp;think.</p><p></p><p>David Baldacci,&nbsp;<em><a href="http://catalog.einetwork.net/search~S1?/abaldacci/abaldacci/1%2C7%2C252%2CB/frameset&amp;FF=abaldacci+david&amp;77%2C%2C243/indexsort=-">The&nbsp;Forgotten</a></em></p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 2441 at http://wesa.fm Adapting Truth into Visual Drama with Karen Dietrich http://wesa.fm/post/adapting-truth-visual-drama-karen-dietrich <p>Karen Dietrich is the author of&nbsp;a memoir, &quot;The Girl Factory&quot; (Globe Pequot Press, 2013).&nbsp; She earned an MFA in poetry from New England College.&nbsp; Her writing has appeared in&nbsp;Bellingham Review,&nbsp;Smokelong Quarterly, Specter, PANK, Joyland, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and elsewhere.&nbsp;</p><p>She recently joined the faculty of the online creative writing MFA program at University of Arkansas at Monticello.&nbsp; She lives in Greensburg, Pa.&nbsp; Visit her online at&nbsp;<a href="http://karendietrich.net/">karendietrich.net</a>.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 17251 at http://wesa.fm Adapting Truth into Visual Drama with Karen Dietrich Getting to Know Places Through Fiction With Brian O’Neill http://wesa.fm/post/getting-know-places-through-fiction-brian-o-neill <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Brian O’Neill,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer and author of "The Paris of Appalachia: Pittsburgh in the Twenty-First Century,"</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;muses on the value of location-based writing, fiction set in Pittsburgh, writing about sex and appreciating poetry as a bad poet.</span></p><p class="p1">Kaui Heart Hemmings, “<a href="http://librarycatalog.einetwork.net/Record/.b27361639/Home?searchId=2378397&amp;recordIndex=3&amp;page=1">The Descendants</a>”</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 16876 at http://wesa.fm Getting to Know Places Through Fiction With Brian O’Neill Learning from the Things We Don't Talk About with John Fetterman http://wesa.fm/post/learning-things-we-dont-talk-about-john-fetterman <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Braddock Mayor John </span>Fetterman<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;speaks on the lessons he has learned from literary accounts of history.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Joshua Wolf </span>Shenk<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, “</span><a href="http://librarycatalog.einetwork.net/Record/.b25543593/Home?searchId=2154579&amp;recordIndex=2&amp;page=1" style="line-height: 1.5;">Lincoln’s Melancholy</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">”</span></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 16491 at http://wesa.fm Learning from the Things We Don't Talk About with John Fetterman A Literary Delivery with Mr. McFeely http://wesa.fm/post/literary-delivery-mr-mcfeely <p class="p1">Entertainer <a href="http://fredrogers.org/">David Newell</a> — better known to audiences as "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" resident deliveryman Mr. McFeely — talks&nbsp;with Speaking Volumes about biographies, his own literary future and the reading habits of his lifelong friend Fred Rogers.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lee Child, “</span><a href="http://librarycatalog.einetwork.net/EcontentRecord/295508?searchId=1931359&amp;recordIndex=4&amp;page=1" style="line-height: 1.5;">Killing Floor</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">”</span></p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 16093 at http://wesa.fm A Literary Delivery with Mr. McFeely Translating Words into the Language of Movement with Staycee Pearl http://wesa.fm/post/translating-words-language-movement-staycee-pearl <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Choreographer </span>Staycee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Pearl uses her love of science fiction and post-modern literature as a source of inspiration for her work.</span></p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 15753 at http://wesa.fm Translating Words into the Language of Movement with Staycee Pearl The Literary Influence of Andy Warhol with Warhol Museum Director Eric Shiner http://wesa.fm/post/literary-influence-andy-warhol-warhol-museum-director-eric-shiner <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.warhol.org/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Warhol Museum</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;director&nbsp;</span><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Eric Shiner</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51 Mon, 26 Aug 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 15364 at http://wesa.fm The Literary Influence of Andy Warhol with Warhol Museum Director Eric Shiner