Essential Pittsburgh
7:18 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Thursday Rundown: Stories of Travel - Safety, Diplomacy & Culture

A recent train derailment in Philadelphia raises concerns about how we transport hazardous materials.
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These topics air Thursday January 23, 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.

Hazardous Transporting
As crews continue clearing derailed train cars from a bridge over the Schuykill River in Philadelphia, the incident has amplified regional concerns about safety.With shipments of crude oil continuing to roll through populous areas in Pennsylvania, environmental groups and lawmakers are seeking more information. StateImpact Pennsylvania's Katie Colaneri joins us from Philly.

PSO's Possible Iran Tour
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is partnering with the nonprofit American Middle East Institute to look into a possible tour of Iran.The PSO was the last American orchestra to perform in Iran in 1964. The potential tour would mark a significant cultural exchange for two countries that severed diplomatic ties over three decades ago when Americans were held hostage in Iran. We'll talk with Robert Moir, the PSO's senior vice president for artistic development and audience engagement, and Simin Curtis from the American Middle East Institute.  

Making the Most of Museums
We’ve talked about making the best of the great outdoors during winter. However, current temperatures make this a good time to indulge in more cerebral pursuits. One of the best ways to spend an afternoon no matter the time of year is a stroll through a museum. This week travel contributor Elaine Labalme joins us with her list of current must see museum exhibits.

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