Station News
11:37 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Station Recognized In 2012 Pennsylvania Associated Press News Awards Contest

Presented by the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association, the Pennsylvania Associated Press News Awards recognize outstanding broadcast journalism efforts by AP member radio and television stations, cable television and networks in Pennsylvania.

Several 90.5 staff members received recognition in the Radio A, Major Market Stations category.

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In pursuit of our goals to inform, engage, and inspire the southwestern Pennsylvania community, 90.5 WESA has received several awards in recognition of excellence in broadcast journalism.

Art From the Ground Up
3:30 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Finding Beauty In Simplicity, Bones And All

Zak Kruszynski creates simple but highly functional pieces via his workshop Bones and All.
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When Zak Kruszynski came across the phrase “bones and all,” he thought it got to the root of what he wanted to accomplish with a woodworking business.

That is, to reuse materials — often totally discarded — as often as possible, and to try to use every bit to reduce waste.

"Also, I thought it had a great ring to it,” he said.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:57 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Thursday Rundown: News on Marriage Equality in Pennsylvania

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These topics air Thursday April 24, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. 

Marriage Equality

There may not be a trial to decide whether the state's same-sex marriage ban is constitutional. The plaintiffs argued the state isn't disputing their facts and hasn't identified an expert witness, so a judge can toss the ban out without a trial, according to Vic Walczak, legal director of the ACLU of PA and one of the lead attorneys for the plaintiffs.

Former Pittsburgh Pirate Dick Groat

As the 1960 World Series exhibit continues at the Heinz History Center, we'll talk with former Pirates shortstop Dick Groat who was the National League's Most Valuable Player during that memorable season. Much of his memorabilia including his jersey worn that season is included in the exhibit. At one point in his career, Groat played in both the NBA and the Major Leagues and was an all-american basketball player at Duke University.

New Girl Visits Nashville

Nine hours away from the Steel City is the musical city of Nashville. However, there’s more to the state capital of Tennessee than country music. This week travel contributor Elaine Labalme tells us how to the get the most out of a visit to Music City.

To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

Government & Politics
5:49 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Senator: Portraits Of Lawmakers Convicted Of Corruption Shouldn’t Be On Display

The state Senate’s most junior member is getting down to his first official matter of business: redecorating.

Portraits of past House and Senate leaders hang in the hallways just off the Capitol Rotunda. Three are of former lawmakers sentenced for corruption charges in 2012.

“I think it’s wrong,” said Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York), just three weeks into his term. “What message does that send – that we’re OK with corruption?”

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:40 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Update on the Green Building Alliance 2030 Challenge

Pittsburgh 2030 is focusing on reducing energy and water use in buildings throughout the city.
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In 2012, Pittsburgh was one of four cities nationwide to launch the 2030 Challenge. The challenge is a voluntary, private-public initiative with the goal of reducing the environmental impact of buildings, by reducing energy and water use as well as transmission emissions.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:34 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Doing What You Love as a Career is Not as Easy as it Sounds

People are often told to do what they love and the money will follow. But that’s easier said than done and doesn’t always work out the way people hope. Independent career consultant Sasha King said that this commonly given advice has a few flaws.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:29 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Looking at The Numbers Behind Pittsburgh's Wage Gap

Pittsburgh has "one of the most dramatic wage gaps in the country," according to Women and Girls Foundation CEO Heather Arnet.
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Women in the Pittsburgh metro area made an average of $13,407 less than their male counterparts in 2013. For male and female employees with identical levels of education and experience, the female worker will make an average of 73 cents for every dollar paid to the man, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.

This Thursday in Market Square, groups will join together for Pittsburgh’s Equal Pay Day Rally. According to Heather Arnet, CEO of the Women and Girls Foundation, the goal of the rally is to highlight the injustice of the gap and push legislation that would allow women to fight for better pay. 

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Arts & Culture
4:06 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

World Book Night in Pittsburgh

Dave Ninehouser, director of HearYourselfThink, gives out a free book to a passerby for World Book Night.
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Twenty lucky people in the Cultural District in Pittsburgh received free books from the HearYourselfThink Project Wednesday for World Book Night.

Across the country, 25,000 volunteers handed out half a million books to encourage reading.

“We can open folks’ eyes to the power and joy of reading, and we’re talking to folks in the street asking them ‘have you read a good book lately’ and starting the conversation. It’s really great to be out here getting books into folks’ hands,” said director of HearYourselfThink, Dave Ninehouser.

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3:57 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Penn State Fans Plan New Statue Of Joe Paterno

With one Joe Paterno statue in storage, fans of the late Penn State football coach are commissioning a new one to be placed across from the university.

A State College, Pa., restaurant owner says he's interested in having the new statue put in front of his establishment.

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