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Made in PA
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers has introduced a bill to create a "Made in PA" program, complete with a logo and website to encourage consumers to purchase products made close to home. Guests include State Rep. Eli Evankovich and David Taylor, executive director of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association. He says over 500,000 people are employed in manufacturing statewide, making all manner of goods, and that this is a way of letting consumers vote with their dollars.
Kevin Sousa, award-winning chef and owner of Salt of the Earth has an ambitious plan to bring a community-driven restaurant to Braddock, PA. And he’s appealing to the Pittsburgh community for help. Sousa joins us to talk about Superior Motors, a restaurant concept with a unique sense of place and history.
WESA Celebrates Randyland
If you’re strolling down Arch Avenue on the North Side, you’d be hard-pressed to miss it: a whimsical building with a 40-ft high mural of brilliant butterflies, ladybugs, dinosaurs and more. It’s Randyland, and it all started a little more than 30 years ago when Randy Gilson moved into the neighborhood.
Speaking Volumes on Essential Pittsburgh - Kevin Acklin
Kevin Acklin is the chief of staff for Pittsburgh’s Mayor-elect Bill Peduto. To get ready for his new position, Acklin has been brushing up on some political non-fiction. He took a break from his transition to City Hall to speak with 90.5 WESA Morning Edition Host Josh Raulerson about his reading selections.
The Business of Yoga
From the downward sun salutation to the archer, yoga enthusiasts are striking poses throughout the country. Yoga studios are springing up throughout the country. Today we’re going to take a deep calming breath and look at the business of yoga with contributor Rebecca Harris.