Essential Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm en Wagner: Campaign Finance Reform, Education Funding Top Priorities http://wesa.fm/post/wagner-campaign-finance-reform-education-funding-top-priorities <p>After an unsuccessful run for mayor of Pittsburgh, former Pennsylvania auditor general Jack Wagner has thrown his hat into the gubernatorial ring.</p><p>Currently, he is the only candidate from Western Pennsylvania seeking the Democratic nomination, but he said he plans to focus his campaign on the entire state.</p><p>He’s late to the race and behind in fundraising. He acknowledged he’s up against candidates with much more personal wealth than he has, but said he intends to work hard on fundraising. He went on to say that if elected, one of his priorities would be campaign finance reform. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:00:12 +0000 Deanna Garcia 25384 at http://wesa.fm Wagner: Campaign Finance Reform, Education Funding Top Priorities How Close Are You To Finishing Our Pittsburgh Bucket List? http://wesa.fm/post/how-close-are-you-finishing-our-pittsburgh-bucket-list <p>Now that we’re three weeks into the new year, it might be a good time to evaluate your progress on your new year's resolution.<br /><br />Or, if you’re in the market for a new goal, try ours: Here’s a list of 51 things that every Pittsburgher should do at least once. Try to cross all 51 off the list before you, <em>ahem</em>, before 2014 kicks the bucket.</p><p><em>(Have your own ideas for must-do Pittsburgh activities? Share your own Pittsburgh Bucket List with us on Twitter and Facebook: #PghBucketList.)</em></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:32:05 +0000 Reid Carter 23123 at http://wesa.fm How Close Are You To Finishing Our Pittsburgh Bucket List? Internet Essentials Hopes to Help Close 'Digital Divide' http://wesa.fm/post/internet-essentials-hopes-help-close-digital-divide <p>Lack of Internet access can puts some kids at an academic disadvantage, says&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Comcast and Pittsburgh Public Schools are teaming together to offer another year of “<a href="http://internetessentials.com/">Internet Essentials</a>,” an initiative that provides low-cost Internet service to low-income families.</span></p><p>“Parents may have iPads, they may have smartphones that have connectivity, they may have desktop computers that are hooked to the Internet, or laptops,” Lane said. “But then we also have children who may have little of that or none at all, so that their access to the Internet is only at school.” Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:10:21 +0000 Tim Camerato 18486 at http://wesa.fm Internet Essentials Hopes to Help Close 'Digital Divide' US Senator Casey Weighs In on Syria Debate http://wesa.fm/post/us-sen-casey-weighs-syria-debate <p>As President Obama seeks congressional authorization for a limited military strike in Syria, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) lauded the administration's move to debate the issue with other lawmakers.</p><p>But Casey also said that he believed the president has the legal authority to conduct a strike without getting the go-ahead from Congress. He also said he thinks Obama should take action, regardless of what happens in Washington, D.C.</p><p>"I think he should act," Casey said.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:40:45 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 15893 at http://wesa.fm Weird and wonderful fiction picks from Tom Sweterlitsch http://wesa.fm/post/weird-and-wonderful-fiction-picks-tom-sweterlitsch <p>Pittsburgh writer and librarian Tom Sweterlitsch has wide-ranging reading interests in fiction.&nbsp;</p><p>Stewart O'Nan, <a href="http://catalog.einetwork.net/search~S1?/tsongs+for+the+missing/tsongs+for+the+missing/1%2C1%2C5%2CB/frameset&amp;FF=tsongs+for+the+missing&amp;1%2C%2C5"><em>Songs for the Missing</em></a></p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:28:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 10976 at http://wesa.fm Yes, George Saunders is that good http://wesa.fm/post/yes-george-saunders-good <p>Gary Terner of Mt. Lebanon was blown away by the new short story collection from George Saunders.</p><p>George Saunders, <a href="http://catalog.einetwork.net/search~S1?/ttenth+of+december/ttenth+of+december/1%2C1%2C2%2CB/frameset&amp;FF=ttenth+of+december+stories&amp;1%2C%2C2"><em>Tenth of December</em></a></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 8315 at http://wesa.fm Yes, George Saunders is that good A Moveable Feast of Language http://wesa.fm/post/moveable-feast-language <p><a href="http://www.lorijakielawritesbooks.com">Lori Jakiela</a> is a poet, a memoirist and a devotee of sparse, unsentimental prose.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A few of the books you might encounter in her writing class at&nbsp;Chatham or Pitt-Greensburg:</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 07:21:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 9588 at http://wesa.fm A Moveable Feast of Language A history lesson with Prof. Patrick Dowd http://wesa.fm/post/history-lesson-prof-patrick-dowd <p>Pittsburgh City Councilman Patrick Dowd started out as a historian, and while he's no longer in academia, his reading still reflects that background. These days Dowd reads historical nonfiction mixed with fiction "with a serious historical bent."&nbsp;</p><p>Edwin Coddington, <a href="http://catalog.einetwork.net/search~S1?/tThe+Gettysburg+Campaign/tgettysburg+campaign/1%2C6%2C11%2CB/frameset&amp;FF=tgettysburg+campaign+a+study+in+command&amp;2%2C%2C3"><em>The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study in Command</em></a></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 9316 at http://wesa.fm A history lesson with Prof. Patrick Dowd Jayne Adair Brings the Ruckus http://wesa.fm/post/jayne-adair-brings-ruckus <p>Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures executive director Jayne Adair's reading list is as rich and varied as her schedule of speakers.</p><p>Nathaniel Philbrick, <a href="http://catalog.einetwork.net/search~S1?/aphilbrick/aphilbrick/1%2C20%2C104%2CB/frameset&amp;FF=aphilbrick+nathaniel&amp;2%2C%2C39/indexsort=-"><em>Bunker Hill </em></a></p> Mon, 13 May 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 9245 at http://wesa.fm Jayne Adair Brings the Ruckus All For One, One For All http://wesa.fm/post/all-one-one-all <p></p><p>Matthias Sundberg, from Point Breeze, likes action and adventure stories tinged with social realism.&nbsp;</p><p>Dan Baum, <a href="http://catalog.einetwork.net/search~S1?/tnine+lives/tnine+lives/1%2C32%2C49%2CB/frameset&amp;FF=tnine+lives+death+and+life+in+new+orleans&amp;1%2C1%2C"><em>Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans</em></a></p> Mon, 06 May 2013 08:46:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 3602 at http://wesa.fm All For One, One For All From Antietam to Nigeria with Mary Calland http://wesa.fm/post/antietam-nigeria-mary-calland <p>Writer and Mt. Lebanon resident <a href="http://74.220.215.227/~maryfrai/meet-mary">Mary Frailey Calland</a>&nbsp;does intensive research for her Civil War era novels. In between deep dives in the archives, she reads contemporary fiction.</p><p>James McPherson, <a href="http://catalog.einetwork.net/search~S1?/tbattle+cry+of+freedom/tbattle+cry+of+freedom/1%2C8%2C42%2CB/frameset&amp;FF=tbattle+cry+of+freedom+the+civil+war+era&amp;1%2C%2C3"><em>Battle Cry of Freedom</em></a></p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 8013 at http://wesa.fm From Antietam to Nigeria with Mary Calland Dr. Mario Fischetti interprets neuroses, novels http://wesa.fm/post/dr-mario-fischetti-interprets-neuroses-novels <p>Dr. Mario Fischetti&nbsp;is a clinical psychologist with the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center, and the moderator of its ongoing <a href="http://www.pghpsa.org/public-events-and-continuing-education/">"Reading Fiction with Freud"</a> discussion series.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 07:32:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 7356 at http://wesa.fm Dr. Mario Fischetti interprets neuroses, novels Cloak & dagger, sword & sorcery picks from Michael Lamb http://wesa.fm/post/cloak-dagger-sword-sorcery-picks-michael-lamb <p>When Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb isn't busy minding the city's books, he's reading history and genre fiction.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:57:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 6857 at http://wesa.fm Cloak & dagger, sword & sorcery picks from Michael Lamb North Sider Betsy O'Neill Recalls Her 'Summer of Melville' http://wesa.fm/post/north-sider-betsy-oneill-recalls-her-summer-melville <p>North Sider Betsy O'Neill admits: "In a previous life, I probably lived in the 19th century." In her present incarnation, she spent the summer of 2012 immersed in Melvilliana.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 07:12:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 2862 at http://wesa.fm North Sider Betsy O'Neill Recalls Her 'Summer of Melville'