These topics air Friday August 1, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.
A Pittsburgher's Perspective on the Middle East
With so many critical developments taking place in the Middle East, we'll check in with Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter Betsy Hiel who is stationed in that volatile region. She was in Iraq a month ago and will give us an update on the situation there. She will also talk about Gaza and what's happening with Israel, as well as the upcoming presidential election in Turkey where she currently resides.
August Wilson Center Update
Recent court filings argue Pittsburgh's Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is abusing its role as a governmental agency. The URA opposes the sale of the August Wilson Center to developer 980 Liberty Partners. However black leaders support the developer's offer to purchase the debt-plagued cultural center. Tribune Review reporter Natasha Lindstrom joins us with an update on the continuing saga of the August Wilson Center.
Designed and created by British Special Forces, a tough mudder is an obstacle course which tests participants strength and endurance. It’s also a test of mental and physical stamina. The Pittsburgh/Ohio Valley Tough Mudder takes place in a week. Find out what you should know before entering one, and how to train for this type of event from Joe Vennare, co-founder of the fitness site Fittsburgh.
To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.