Bonne Fête Nationale! July 14th marks the celebration of the French National Day, commonly known as Bastille Day, to commemorate the storming of the Bastille fortress during the French Revolution in 1789.
For decades following the horrors of the Holocaust, rumors circulated about an escape tunnel in the Ponar Forest near Vilnius, Lithuania dug by a band of imprisoned Jews. The claim remained folk legend, until recently.
Looking for an evening out without leaving the confines of your car? It’s drive-in season, which means affordable fun under the stars.
Drive-in movie popularity peaked in the 1950s with more than 4,000 theaters nationwide, but slowly declined in the following decades. Baby boomers grew up, television offered in-home entertainment alternatives and indoor theaters offered advanced screening technologies.
The class schedule of a full-time student, hours of homework and 40 to 80 hours a week of practice, all while balancing extracurricular and social activities. This is the life of a student athlete, or really, an “athlete student” according to Bob DeMars, former University of Southern California defensive end and creator of the documentary “The Business of Amateurs.”
After seven years, the Pittsburgh Penguins have a chance to hoist the Stanley Cup for the fourth time in franchise history. While the Penguins’ Stanley Cup Final appearance can benefit players, coaches and the league economically, local businesses also have a chance to prosper.
“Death Cafés” have popped up in cities across the globe with a mission to engage in open dialogue about death and how death influences life, all while in a casual, comfortable atmosphere.
Co-organizers Rachel Butler, senior research coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Research on Health Care, and Carolyn Thompson, death care professional, joined Essential Pittsburgh to talk death, local Death Cafés and finding meaning in life.
For a Pittsburgh sports fan, the Monday afternoon blues are all too familiar following a Steelers loss on a Sunday. Today’s Monday blues are brought to you by the blue and white, or rather, the Tampa Bay Lightning, whose quick overtime rally them to defeat the Penguins 4-3 to lead the series 3-2 Sunday night.
Bob Dvorchak, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sportswriter Emeritus, joined Essential Pittsburgh to discuss this playoff series and the Penguins’ chances of a Cup run.
As mental health awareness among young people increases, many families are looking for new, innovative ways to help their children. The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh has responded by creating a new inpatient unit focused on a holistic approach for the mind, body and spirit.
A foggy purple lake. A kaleidoscope of star trails. A shadowy, tree-lined horizon. After vigilantly waiting two hours by Reflections Lake at Mt. Rainier National Park in Washington state, photographer and Pittsburgh native Matthew Dieterich was able to capture one of the most stunning time-lapses of the year.
Following a 36 year long career serving the Pittsburgh community as a reporter for KDKA-TV, Harold Hayes signed off for the last time this past Friday. During his career, Hayes covered a wide-range of stories including Pope John Paul II’s funeral, Operation Desert Shield in Saudi Arabia and a visit from the Grand Dragon of the KKK to Pittsburgh.
Running shorts will replace lab coats this weekend as 10 UPMC doctors take to the course at the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon this Sunday as part of an initiative to ensure runner safety. Dr. Ron Roth, the Pittsburgh Marathon’s medical director and Dr. Aaron Mares, assistant medical director for the marathon, joined Essential Pittsburgh to discuss this innovative approach.
Shorts on Christmas? Flip flops for New Years? Pittsburghers joke about a love of climate change this past winter, but scientists insist it is not something to take lightly. According to NASA, 2015 was recorded as the hottest year ever, breaking the record set previously in 2014.
Could bringing steel and coal back to the Steel City solve economic and industrial woes? GOP front-runner Donald Trump captured Pittsburgh’s attention when he announced his commitment to bringing back such manufacturing to the region during his recent campaign stop. But is this legitimately possible?
Representative Dan Frankel of Allegheny County has been a longtime supporter of the measure. He says an engaged governor and emotional advocacy from families of children struggling with chronic illnesses were both imperative in passing this legislation.
For nearly four decades, NPR host Diane Rehm has graced the airways, interviewing actors, poets and musicians alike. Later this year, she will step away from the microphone and into the next chapter of her life, a chapter without her husband John “Scoop” Rehm, who passed away last year from Parkinson’s disease.
In her latest book, On My Own, Rehm recounts her husband’s passing, life on her own and the right to dying with dignity.
Pittsburgh is known as a leader in the steel, sports, livability, and…robotics? As the technology and robotics field continues to expand, entrepreneurs and start-up companies have flocked to Pittsburgh for a chance to work with cutting-edge researchers and generous investors.
The firing of award-winning journalist and 18-year WTAE-TV news anchor Wendy Bell made both local and national news. Wednesday, Pittsburgh's ABC-TV news affiliate “ended its relationship” with the news anchor, deeming her comments “inconsistent with the company’s ethics and journalistic standards.”
Following the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday morning, the Pittsburgh International Airport has increased security and reminded passengers of the familiar mantra, “if you see something, say something.” Bob Kerlik, Vice President of Media Relations for Pittsburgh International Airport says they are in constant communication with both the Pittsburgh Police and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers.
While issues surrounding race and identity often are examined politically and socially through rhetoric and discussion, many argue the arts can provide fresh insights into seeing this complex issue more clearly.
As part of the University of Pittsburgh’s ‘Year of Humanities,’ six acclaimed African American poets of diverse backgrounds will participate in a poetry reading and panel discussion on how to explore issues of race through creative writing.
This year’s presidential election has provided comics with more than enough material for monologues and satirical pieces. From Pogo, to Snoopy, to Pat Paulsen, Maze Toons cartoonist and pop culture contributor Joe Wos says these comical candidates from the past continue to influence today’s perception of politics.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s spring repertory comes to the Byham Theater stage this weekend. Essential Pittsburgh sat down with Terence S. Orr, artistic director for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, choreographer James Kudelka and principal dancer Yoshiani Nakano to preview the weekend’s performance.
2016 marks the 100th year anniversary of the “Easter Rising”, the pivotal event that led to the establishment of modern-day Ireland. Artists, teachers and poets organized a revolution in Dublin in protest of British rule which, even though they lost, laid the groundwork for the Irish Revolution and eventually the creation of the Irish Republic. Those with Irish heritage continue to recognize the date as a significant time for Irish nationalism and celebrate throughout the world.
Black girls in the United States make up 16 percent of female students, but make up almost half of girls facing school-related arrests. They are more likely to face harsh disciplinary action and drop out of school. In some instances their behavior can be seen as violent and aggressive on the surface, while deeper issues of trauma trigger these reactions.
On November 23, 2012, 17-year-old Jordan Davis, a black high school student, and three friends were listening to loud music inside a car at a gas station in Jacksonville, FL. Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old white male, confronted Davis and his friends about the music. An argument ensued between Dunn and the young men. Dunn responded by retrieving a loaded handgun from his car and fired ten shots at Davis and his friends’ car until it was out of range. The altercation resulted in the death of Jordan Davis. The other young men escaped injury.
The documentary “3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets” examines the shooting, subsequent trial, the impact of the effects on the Davis family.