Essential Pittsburgh
8:17 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Monday Rundown: Cancer Prevention in a Pill, Standardized Tests & High Performing Schools

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These topics air Monday March 10, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

Colon Cancer Tests
Colon cancer is the second most common cancer-related death in the U.S. The FDA has approved a new colonoscopy capsule which is a camera in pill form. However, will this new colon cancer detection device replace the colonoscopy? We’ll pose that question to Dr. Edward Chu, deputy director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and Dr. Paul Lebovitz, Gastroenterologist with Allegheny Health Network.

Standardized: Lies, Money & Civil Rights
Our guest Dan Hornberger has been a high school English teacher for over twenty years. His concerns regarding schools teaching to the test spurred him to action. The result is the documentary Standardized: Lies, Money & Civil Rights which he produced and co-directed.

Getting Education Right
In a recent series on education the Harrisburg Patriot News featured Hampton High School. It’s only one of three schools statewide consistently performing well in math and science. What’s their secret? We’ll pose that question to Hampton High Principal Jeffrey Finch.

March Madness
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sportswriter Emeritus Bob Dvorchak joins us to talk about the tournament heavy month of March, which includes the "Big Dance," the NCAA Basketball Tournament. With so many regular and post-season games, how much is a college basketball player's time getting crunched? And why is the post-season getting so stretched out?
 

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