Essential Pittsburgh
11:36 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Tuesday Rundown: Best of NPR Host Interviews in 2014

Sign at the NPR building in Washington DC
Credit Mike Licht / Flickr

These topics air Tuesday December 23, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA.

Today we’re looking back at some of our favorite interviews with NPR hosts in 2014.

NPR Morning Edition host, former Moscow bureau chief and Pittsburgh native, David Greene starts us off with his "Reflections on Russia."

Award-winning NPR journalist and former All Things Considered co-host Michele Norris talks about her experiences “Eavesdropping on America’s Conversation on Race.”

Then you'll hear from Glynn Washington, host of "Snap Judgement," a storytelling program recently added to 90.5 WESA's weekend lineup.

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:10 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Top Views of 2014: Coming to Terms with Pittsburgh's Nonsensical Roads

Phil Quinn wikipedia

As the year comes to a close, we’re looking back on 2014 and airing some of the Essential Pittsburgh stories that were most popular on our website, wesa.fm.

To hear the full-length audio for this story, please refer to the original post.

Pittsburgh has some pretty unique topography as far as cities go. It’s basically a peninsula with mountains. With the city’s bridges and its triangular shape, there were many questions to be asked about why the roads aren't more efficient. Traffic and road layouts are the focus of the popular blog, Nonsensical Roads of Pittsburgh, run by Phil Anderson.

“You can consider all of the challenges of the mountainous cities out west, of some of the older cities in the east, and I by far find the most confusing situations here in western Pennsylvania.”

After Phil offered his take on Pittsburgh’s roads as a driver, we heard from two transportation experts: Patrick Hassett, assistant director of the Pittsburgh Public Works Department overseeing the Bureau of Transportation, and Dan Cessna, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's local district executive.

Essential Pittsburgh
6:05 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Top Views of 2014: Seagulls Flock to Pittsburgh

Heather McClain 90.5 WESA

As the year comes to a close, we’re looking back on 2014 and airing some of the Essential Pittsburgh stories that were most popular on our website, wesa.fm.

To hear the full-length audio for this story, please refer to the original post.

Back in February 2014, Pittsburghers were surprised to find thousands of seagulls making the North Shore their temporary home. We spoke with Bob Mulvihill, an ornithologist at the National Aviary, who explained that the gulls migrated to Pittsburgh because of the extreme weather conditions created by the Polar Vortex.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:43 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Top Views of 2014: Is the Pittsburgh Accent Really Ugliest in America?

How good is your Pittsburghese?
Credit Shaun / Flickr

As the year comes to a close, we’re looking back on 2014 and airing some of the Essential Pittsburgh stories that were most popular on our website, wesa.fm.

To hear the full-length audio for this story, take a look at the original web post.

Back in October some folks weren’t quite sure what to make of Pittsburgh’s ascension -- or, descension -- to the final four in America’s ugliest accent tournament, created by the website Gawker. Was this honor a source of pride or a put-down to a certain part of our citizenry?

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Government & Politics
3:52 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Amid Kane Criticism, a Renewed Impeachment Campaign

One of state Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s fiercest critics in the state House is renewing his resolution for her impeachment.

“Despite the passage of time and the evolution of this issue, the core concerns regarding her performance in office remain the same,” writes Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) in a co-sponsorship memo. “The Attorney General has failed to perform the duties of her office on a number of occasions and she has engaged in misbehavior in office.”

The second proposal for Kane’s impeachment comes in the wake of scathing criticism from within her own party.

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Allegheny County
3:43 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Wagner Releases 'Damning' Audit of Corizon Health

The Allegheny County jail houses about 2,700 inmates, many of whom by one person's estimation are not being provided with efficient health care.

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner Monday released the audit of Corizon Prison Health Management Inc., which she claims yielded some “damning” findings.

She said this not only impacts the health of the inmates and prison employees but also the larger community.

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Health
2:32 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Allegheny Health Network Expands Collaboration with Johns Hopkins Medicine

Allegheny Health Network has announced a multi-year collaboration with Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine. This is in addition to a partnership announced earlier this year between the two institution’s cancer centers. This collaboration will, among other things, explore ways to be more economically efficient.

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Environment & Energy
2:21 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

DEP Fines Vantage Energy $1 Million for Well Site Problems

Vantage Energy Appalachia has been fined $999,900 by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for more than a dozen violations of regulations in connection with a Jan. 15 landslide as well as illegal waste disposal at a well pad in Franklin Township, Greene County.

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Health
2:12 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Despite a Less-Effective Vaccine, Doctors Still Want You to Get That Flu Shot

A sign telling customers that they can get a flu shot in a Walgreen store is seen Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Indianapolis.
Credit AP Photo/Darron Cummings

Every year doctors encourage nearly everyone to get a flu shot, but this year the vaccine is less effective and the strain going around is more deadly.

That's leading doctors to be even more vocal when it comes to encouraging people to get the vaccine.

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Community
11:50 am
Mon December 22, 2014

New Report Probes State of Aging in Allegheny County

While Allegheny County remains one of the oldest counties in the nation, the national senior population is actually growing more quickly than the senior population in the county.

That’s according to a new report from Pittsburgh Today and the University of Pittsburgh’s University Center for Social and Urban Research, or UCSUR.

In 2000, 17.8 percent of people in Allegheny County were 65 or older, compared to 12.4 percent nationwide. In 2010, the gap began closing, with 16.8 percent seniors in the county and 13 percent nationwide.

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