Josh Raulerson

Host, Morning Edition & Speaking Volumes

Josh Raulerson is the local host for Morning Edition weekdays from 5:00-10:00 a.m. on 90.5 WESA. He also produces "Speaking Volumes," an occasional interview segment on books.

Josh comes to Pittsburgh by way of Aspen, Colorado, where he was News Director and morning news anchor at Aspen Public Radio (KAJX-FM). An Iowa native, he previously hosted All Things Considered and Weekend Edition on Iowa Public Radio (WSUI-AM), and worked as a weekend host and fill-in host for Morning Edition on WOI-AM in Ames, Iowa. 

He holds a B.A. in Journalism and English from Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa. Josh lives in Greenfield with his wife, Amy, and daughters Greta and Annalyse. His book, Singularities: Technoculture, Transhumanism, and Science Fiction in the 21st Century, was published in 2013 by Liverpool University Press.


Fred Rogers' Birthday
3:20 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Pittsburgh Children's Museum Offers Free Admission for Mister Rogers Day

King Friday's Castle, from the original set of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, on display at the Pittsburgh Children's Museum
Credit Pittsburgh Children's Museum

Your friendly neighbors at the Pittsburgh Children's Museum will waive admission fees on Wednesday, March 20 — just tell 'em Mister Rogers sent you.

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Speaking Volumes
3:30 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Speaking Volumes: Kate Dewey

Forbes Fund President Kate Dewey
Credit Vantagen

As President of the Forbes Funds, Kate Dewey is interested in how nonprofits can adapt along with changing technology. 

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Speaking Volumes
3:11 am
Mon March 11, 2013

CCAC Pres. Alex Johnson reads Harry Potter, Carson McCullers

Alex Johnson
Credit Josh Raulerson/90.5 WESA

It may not be Hogwarts, but CCAC president and Potter fan Alex Johnson is passionate about his school. 

He recommends:

Parker Palmer, The Courage to Teach

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Speaking Volumes
3:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

What the Greater Pittsburgh Literary Council's Don Block is Reading

Greater Pittsburgh Literary Council Executive Director Don Block: "One of the reasons you read is to fill in gaps in your education."
Credit Josh Raulerson/90.5 WESA

Don Block runs the Greater Pittsburgh Literary Council, and practices what he preaches...

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Speaking Volumes
6:57 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Speaking Volumes: Eric Shiner

Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner loves memoirs, manga, and the books of John Waters.
Credit Andy Warhol Museum

Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner's reading interests are eclectic in a way that Andy would surely appreciate.

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Speaking Volumes
9:33 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Speaking Volumes: Colleen McKenna

Children's & YA fiction writer Colleen McKenna: creating characters that young readers can learn from is "a job that authors have to take seriously."
Credit Colleen McKenna

As a former teacher, parent, and author of children's and young adult novels, Colleen McKenna values fiction for young readers that doesn't insult their intelligence.

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Arts & Culture
8:17 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Speaking Volumes: John Allison

Editor and critic John Allison works on the Sunday Books section at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Though much of his week is spent sifting through boxes of galleys for forthcoming books, it hasn't dimmed his enthusiasm for the printed word.

David Lodge, Nice Work 

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Arts & Culture
8:03 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Speaking Volumes: Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza

Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza are the co-founders and artistic directors of Attack Theatre. Their upcoming show draws heavily on opera, a genre that not so long ago was considered popular entertainment.

Ron David, Opera For Beginners 

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Arts & Culture
8:52 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Speaking Volumes: Michele Ament

Shady Side Academy math teacher Michele Ament puts her commuting hours to good use listening to audiobooks.

Edmund Morris, Theodore Rex

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Arts & Culture
8:23 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Speaking Volumes: Cindy Skrzycki

A seasoned journalist and senior lecturer for the University of Pittsburgh’s writing program, Cindy Skrzycki has an eye for a story. Her recent fiction and nonfiction book selections reflect what she teaches her students: Foundationally, good writing is informed writing. 

Joan Clark, Latitudes of Melt

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Arts & Culture
11:51 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Tim Cook

Pittsburgh's Saxifrage School is an experiment in higher education, rethinking the concept of college to emphasize purposeful learning and meaningful work. Founding Director Tim Cook's reading reflects that mission:

William Carlos Williams, Collected Poems

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Arts & Culture
8:14 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Brian O'Neill

Brian O’Neill, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer and author of The Paris of Appalachia: Pittsburgh in the Twenty-First Century, talks about how fiction can impart a true sense of place, and the poetry of former Pennsylvania State Poet Samuel Hazo.

Kaui Hart Hemmings, The Descendants

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Arts & Culture
9:01 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Megan Ward

Point Park University English professor Megan Ward is a Victorianist, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that her reading includes a lot of 19th century British fiction. She also loves the fiction of Michael Chabon, which Ward finds "Dickensian in its exuberance... its intricacies and weirdness."

Lately she's been reading:

George Eliot, Middlemarch

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9:03 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Justin Aion

Woodland Hills math teacher Justin Aion uses young adult novels in the classroom and enjoys genre fiction in his downtime. Lately he's been reading:


David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

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8:15 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Aaron Bisno

Rabbi Aaron Bisno of Rodef Shalom Congregation values narrative for its power "to convince someone of the meaning of an argument because of its direct implications on someone with whom they have a relationship, who they care about."

Erik Larson, In the Garden of Beasts

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9:13 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Zach Simons

Zach Simons is a Pittsburgh-based standup comic and podcaster, and a lifelong Saturday Night Live fan. Lately he's been reading:

Tom Shales & James Andrew Miller, Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live

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8:26 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Ruth Drescher

Ruth Drescher from Squirrel Hill will be the first to admit that Paul Auster's new memoir -- written entirely in the second person -- may not be for everyone. But she found Winter Journal unexpectedly compelling.

Paul Auster, Winter Journal

This memoir from the author of The Invention of Solitude details his mother's life and death, as well as the effects of time and aging on one's body and memory.

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8:53 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Staycee Pearl

Staycee Pearl is a Pittsburgh-based choreographer who stages dance performances based on, or inspired by, works of literature. She offers a few favorite books and talks about their role in her work at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater.

Octavia Butler, Wild Seed

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11:40 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Paige McKenzie

Paige McKenzie, from Penn Hills, is a fan of travel writing and memoirs.

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