Souper Bowl
5:00 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Alternative "Souper Bowl" Benefits Pittsburgh's Hungry

91.3 WYEP will host its 16th annual “Souper Bowl Sunday” concert this weekend to benefit women and families in need.

Grand Piano, The Early Mays, and Kai Roberts will play from noon to 3pm in the Quiet Reading Room at Carnegie Library in Oakland. Concert-goers are encouraged to drop off non-perishable foods and household goods that will benefit Hearth, an organization that offers transitional housing to homeless single women and their children.

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Essential Pittsburgh
10:27 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Wednesday Rundown: Statewide Coverage of the Heroin Epidemic

Use of the opiate overdose reversal drug Naloxone, also known as Narcan has saved many lives since it became more readily available for emergency use.
Credit M / Flickr

These topics air Wednesday January 28, 2015 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Riding the Rush: Reporting on a Heroin Crisis in Pennsylvania 

The statement, “2014 was the year heroin became an epidemic” is prominent in a journalism project curated by our content partner, PublicSource. As news of an increasing number of heroin overdoses have made headlines across the state, newsrooms are making a coordinated effort to cover important angles of this public health crisis. Sharon Walsh is the editor of PublicSource, she joins us along with Dr. Neil Capretto, Medical Director of Gateway Rehabilitation Center, to talk about the compilation of media coverage and how PA communities are addressing the heroin problem.

WESA Celebrates Inventing Pittsburgh

Foxhunting came west over the Alleghenies with the region's earliest European settlers and took root in the Pittsburgh area. It built community and preserved land. Margaret J. Krauss reports that this piece of history is alive and well--sort of--at the Sewickley Hunt Club.

The Power of One Voice

In 2012 a symposium was held in Pittsburgh, at Chatham University and the National Aviary, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring. The documentary "the Power of One Voice" chronicles the environmentalist author’s life and humanitarian efforts. We’ll speak with producer/director Mark Dixon and Patricia DeMarco, former director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University--and a Rachel Carson expert.

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Essential Pittsburgh
8:32 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Repurposing: It's Good for Business

A Record Bowl made by Shannon Ward, records sourced from Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.
Credit Rebecca Harris / CWE Chatham

Repurposing refers to finding new uses for items. Some enterprising entrepreneurs have even turned this into a profitable moneymaking venture.

This week business contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the business of repurposing.

Harris emphasizes that repurposing doesn’t just change the use of old goods; it also changes their value.

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Essential Pittsburgh
7:25 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Minority Report: Racial Disparities Persist in the ‘Burgh

A view of the Hill District framed by Downtown buildings
Credit Jon Dawson / Flickr

A recent report by the University of Pittsburgh suggests that Pittsburgh, often touted as one of America’s most livable cities, might not be so livable for African Americans.

The report highlights the racial disparities affecting the quality of life for Pittsburgh’s black residents.

Larry Davis, Dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work and director of its Center on Race and Social Problems, discusses the report’s findings and their implications for those invested in racial equity in Pittsburgh.

Compared to white Pittsburghers, black and hispanic people have larger employment problems, are more likely to live in poverty and experience higher rates of death resulting from chronic illnesses like cardiovascular disease.

Davis says the study shows how little has changed since 2007, when the initial study upon which this latest report is based, was undertaken. The story that’s told by the report, Davis explains, is that Pittsburgh suffers from many of the same racial disparities as other American cities.

In trying to assess why not much has changed in eight years, Davis suggests that when it comes to employment and so on, people typically have vested interests in the status quo, and sticking to “business as usual” serves to frustrate change.

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Family Leave
4:12 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Advocates Rally for Paid Family Leave for City Employees

The United States is one of two countries worldwide that doesn’t guarantee paid maternity leave to new mothers according to Vicki Shabo, Vice President of the National Partnership for Women & Families. This statistic is from the International Labor Organization who surveyed 185 countries.

That’s why Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak has introduced legislation calling for at least six weeks of full-paid family leave for City of Pittsburgh employees.

The legislation applies to parents of any gender as well as those who choose to adopt or foster children.

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Government & Politics
2:20 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Gov. Wolf Steps Out For Medical Marijuana

Governor Tom Wolf is pledging his support for medical marijuana, renewing a promise he made during his campaign.

Advocates for medical cannabis were invited up to the governor’s office Tuesday following a press conference on the reintroduction of a bill to let doctors prescribe such treatment in Pennsylvania.

“I didn’t mean to interrupt,” said Wolf as he entered the room, midway through lawmakers’ remarks to reporters. Parents lined up to take Wolf’s hand and tell him of the benefit medical marijuana would bring to their children. Wolf said he needed no convincing.

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Government & Politics
2:12 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Bill Would Consider Military Training for State Jobs in Pennsylvania

One of the challenges many veterans face when they re-integrate into civilian life is finding a job. Though many veterans operate heavy machinery, drive specialty vehicles or perform other specialized duties, additional training and testing is required before they can get a job outside the military. A bill introduced in the state House would change that.

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Sewer Overflow
12:53 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

ALCOSAN Hosts Sewer Overflow Community Discussions

Faced with implementing a $2 billion sewer overflow project, ALCOSAN is turning to the community for help.  It is hosting a series of community discussions focusing on the issue that affects all 83 municipalities under ALCOSAN.

In 2008 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a consent decree which requires the agency to create a plan to fix sewer overflow in the region.

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Health
10:30 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Sitting Less Vs. Exercising More is Focus of New Pitt Study

An increasing number of studies show that the more time people spend sitting, the more likely they are to develop heart disease, diabetes and other health problems. The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has received a $3 million grant to conduct a comprehensive study on the effects of sitting.

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Economy & Business
10:24 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Pennsylvania's Income Growth 'Lopsided'

The Economic Policy Institute and Economic Analysis and Research Network released a report today measuring income growth inequality state by state.

The report looked at Internal Revenue Service pretax income numbers before and after the Great Recession to determine which portion of income earners have benefited the most from recovery.

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