Essential Pittsburgh
9:29 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Monday Rundown: Better Emergency Response for Train Derailments

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These topics air Monday August 4, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Responding to Derailment Emergencies

StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter Katie Colaneri discusses issues resulting in legislative proposals that could increase training and resources for those responding to derailment emergencies. Senator Bob Casey is pushing for the RESPONSE Act as a rash of train derailments continues to plague communities across Pennsylvania.

Meeting the Higher-Education Needs of the Global Middle Class

The economies of the developing world are in the midst of a major economic transformation. In 2010 the Brookings Institution estimated that the 1.8 billion people in the global middle class will grow to 3.2 billion by the end of the decade. This includes developing nations such as Rwanda, which is experiencing unprecedented middle class growth. Increased prosperity means young people are clamoring for a college education. But what if traditional college lecture halls, labs and campuses are not economically feasible right now? Media contributor Jeff Ritter is department chair of communications, media and technology at La Roche College and recently spent time in Rwanda teaching a media studies course. He’ll explain how educators in that country are leveraging online learning with face-to-face instruction to create low-cost college-level learning for the masses, and what this approach can mean for us.

Sports with Bob

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter emeritus Bob Dvorchak joins us to discuss the Steelers' decision to retire Joe Greene's number and why it wasn't done sooner. We'll also talk about the the 40th anniversary of the Steelers' draft class of 1974 which produced an unprecedented four Hall of Famers and the legacy of Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig who is retiring after this season. 

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