Essential Pittsburgh
6:16 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Thursday Rundown: Suitable Pay for Disabled Workers

Michael Kissel, 36, transports paper to be shredded at the Westmoreland County Blind Association in Greensburg. Kissel, who has Down syndrome, said he earned $57 on his last biweekly paycheck.
Michael Kissel, 36, transports paper to be shredded at the Westmoreland County Blind Association in Greensburg. Kissel, who has Down syndrome, said he earned $57 on his last biweekly paycheck.
Credit Martha Rial / PublicSource

These topics air Thursday July 31, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Opportunity or Exploitation? 

About 13,000 disabled Pennsylvania workers are being paid far below minimum wage, earning an average of $2.40 an hour in legal sub-minimum wages. Does this practice provide opportunities for people who wouldn't otherwise have a job? Or does it exploit those who could work for minimum wage? Public Source reporter Halle Stockton joins us to examine these questions. Also joining the conversation are Charlotte Swenson, the mother of a woman with Down syndrome who is paid sub-minimum wage, and Curtis Decker, Executive Director of the National Disability Rights Network. 

Faked, Forgotten, Found

The Carnegie Museum of Art's current exhibition of Renaissance paintings that underwent serious forensic investigation is called "Faked, Forgotten, Forged." Lulu Lippincott, the institution's curator of fine arts joins us to look at the science of art preservation and restoration, as well as the winding paths that these works have followed to Pittsburgh. 

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