Assignment Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm en Rubber Duckie, You're the One: Pittsburgh Welcomes Giant Floating Duck http://wesa.fm/post/rubber-duckie-youre-one-pittsburgh-welcomes-giant-floating-duck <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="323" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/75631204?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ffffff" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="574"></iframe></p><p>Scores of Pittsburghers turned out Friday evening to welcome a much-anticipated four-story inflatable duck as it made its U.S. debut.</p> Sat, 28 Sep 2013 06:09:33 +0000 Ryan Loew 17289 at http://wesa.fm Rubber Duckie, You're the One: Pittsburgh Welcomes Giant Floating Duck Photos: What the Liberty Tunnel Closures Look Like From the Inside http://wesa.fm/post/photos-what-liberty-tunnel-closures-look-inside <p>For drivers heading in and out of the South Hills in recent weeks, the daily commute has been trying at times.<br /><br />Construction on the 5,888-foot-long Liberty Tunnel has prompted 24-hour closures of first the outbound side, then the inbound.<br /><br />That's meant detours.<br /><br />And while commuters making their way around the tunnel closures have likely seen workers on the north and south ends of the tunnel restoring concrete facades, much of the work inside the tubes has gone unseen.<br /> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:16:48 +0000 Ryan Loew 15451 at http://wesa.fm Photos: What the Liberty Tunnel Closures Look Like From the Inside Photos: Volunteers Descend on the Andy Warhol Bridge for Yarn Bomb Effort http://wesa.fm/post/photos-volunteers-descend-andy-warhol-bridge-yarn-bomb-effort <p>If a "yarn bomb" can be compared to a foot race, this one was a marathon.<br /><br />Over the weekend scores of volunteers beset the Andy Warhol Bridge in Pittsburgh, affixing hundreds of pre-made, brightly colored yarn panels to the steel span.<br /><br />But it was all months in the making, with hundreds of knitting and crocheting artists from across the region getting involved in the grassroots Knit the Bridge project.<br /><br />Among those hanging panels on the bridge over the weekend was Pam Volz of Mt. Lebanon.<br /> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 10:40:16 +0000 Ryan Loew 14684 at http://wesa.fm Photos: Volunteers Descend on the Andy Warhol Bridge for Yarn Bomb Effort Photos: At Highland Park Track, Cyclists Are Put Through Their Paces http://wesa.fm/post/photos-highland-park-track-cyclists-are-put-through-their-paces <p>Fifteen years ago, the <a href="http://www.acaracing.com/home.html">Allegheny Cycling Association</a> was hosting their summer cycling races in the parking lot of the Pittsburgh Zoo.</p><p>Today, racers have found a more fitting home at the Bud Harris Cycling Track in Highland Park. <span>Formerly a driver training course, according to the </span><span>Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy,</span><span> the track</span> is a half-mile concrete oval featuring banked walls and a slight hill.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 15:21:40 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 14379 at http://wesa.fm Photos: At Highland Park Track, Cyclists Are Put Through Their Paces Photos: Venture Inside Anthrocon, the World's Largest Furry Convention http://wesa.fm/post/photos-venture-inside-anthrocon-worlds-largest-furry-convention <p>Since 2006, furries, or people fascinated with anthropomorphics, have descended on Pittsburgh for Anthrocon. It's billed as the world's largest furry convention, and this year, organizers <a href="http://www.wesa.fm/post/world-s-largest-cartoon-animal-convention-returns-pittsburgh?nopop=1">expected the event</a> to attract more than 5,500 participants.</p><p>"Anthrocon has become so deeply entwined with Pittsburgh itself," said Anthrocon CEO Samuel Conway. "This is a magnificent city, and heck, if they want to keep having us, we'll keep coming back."</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:08:19 +0000 Ryan Loew 12693 at http://wesa.fm Photos: Venture Inside Anthrocon, the World's Largest Furry Convention Photos: A Look Back at Point State Park Over the Decades http://wesa.fm/post/photos-look-back-point-state-park-over-decades <p>After years of reconstruction, the fountain at the Point will be turned back on <a href="http://www.wesa.fm/post/what-know-fridays-point-state-park-fountain-unveiling">this Friday</a>.<br /><br />Since April 2009, Point State Park has undergone a $35 million renovation, including $9.6 million for the fountain makeover.<br /><br />Point State Park's history goes back decades, with planning for the space beginning in the 1930s. Construction didn’t start until the 1960s, and the original fountain opened in 1974.<br /> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:55:41 +0000 WESA Staff 10819 at http://wesa.fm Photos: A Look Back at Point State Park Over the Decades It's NPR Coffee Week, Pittsburgh! Share your best mug shots http://wesa.fm/post/its-npr-coffee-week-pittsburgh-share-your-best-mug-shots <blockquote><p>All this week, NPR's Morning Edition will be telling the stories behind your morning cup of coffee. If you're anything like us, you take pride in your coffee cup. Show your mugs via Twitter and/or Instagram with <strong>#PghCoffee.</strong></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:46:42 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 8164 at http://wesa.fm It's NPR Coffee Week, Pittsburgh! Share your best mug shots