90.5 WESA's Essential Pittsburgh

Essential Pittsburgh airs weekdays from noon to 1 p.m. and is repeated at 8 p.m.
Paul Guggenheimer

Essential Pittsburgh is a locally produced program from 90.5 WESA dedicated to developing a deep, ongoing exploration of critical issues affecting Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, as well as featuring community leaders and newsmakers in the arts, sciences, technology, business, healthcare, government and education.

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
3:30 am
Fri March 7, 2014

How Dr. Jim Withers Takes Medical Care to Pittsburgh's Homeless

Dr. Jim Withers makes his rounds.
Credit Photo courtesy of Operation Safety Net, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System

Read and listen to a story about Dr. Jim Withers as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

For more than 20 years, Withers has been making his rounds in a most unusual way as “The Pittsburgh Street Doctor.”

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:09 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

State Chancellor Has A Perfect Storm of Problems in PA Higher Education

Mr. Frank T. Brogan became the fourth chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education on October 1, 2013.
Credit passhe.edu

Declining Enrollments, stagnant state support, and tuition issues are just some of the problems the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) is facing this year. Frank Brogan is Chancellor of the PASSHE and is trying to lead the organization to solutions for these many problems.

“The prime mission laid out in law for the PASSHE schools, as the system was created about 30 years ago, was to dedicate itself to being the most affordable system of public higher education in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We continue to be that but as you might imagine, costs going up, it continues to become more and more difficult to maintain that kind of a status.”

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:29 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Finding the Value of Agriculture in Communities of Color

LaTasha Mayes is Founder and Executive Director of New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice
Credit Heather McClain / 90.5 WESA

Today marks the beginning of the 6th annual Kinks, Locks & Twists: Environmental and Reproductive Justice conference.

New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice coordinates the event and facilitates conversations on health, wellness, and the environment as they pertain to communities of color.

LaTasha Mayes, Founder and Executive Director of New Voices Pittsburgh discussed the evolution of the conference and its connection to the community over the years.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:13 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

5 Reasons Why People Should Go to MLB Spring Training

McKechnie Field is the spring training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates and is named for Bradenton, FL resident and baseball great, Bill McKechnie, who led the Pirates to a World Series title in 1925.
Credit Jamesb01 / Wikipedia Commons

This month the call of “play ball” will be heard in ballparks around the country.

Fans of the game who want an early look at the boys of summer may want to venture to Florida to participate in the annual spring training games for Major League Baseball.

Correspondent Elaine Labalme discussed the five benefits of traveling to these games.

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Essential Pittsburgh
7:02 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Thursday Rundown: Higher Ed Challenges in PA & Wellness in Communities of Color

Fresh produce at the East Liberty farmer's market
Credit Heather McClain / 90.5WESA

These topics air Thursday March 6, 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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:06 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

An American Odyssey: Exploring the American Masters

Thomas Cole (1801–1848), Catskill Mountain House, c. 1845–47. Oil on canvas, 22 ¼x 30 ¾ x 5 ¼ inches. Courtesy of The Warner Foundation and Warner Collection of American Art.
Credit The Warner Foundation and Warner Collection of American Art.

An American Odyssey: the Warner Collection of American Painting is a new exhibit that has opened at the Frick Pittsburgh.

Featuring the paintings of Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Gilbert Stuart and other American masters.  Sarah Hall, director of curatorial affairs for the Frick Pittsburgh gives a preview of the exhibit.

Essential Pittsburgh
5:50 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Former Atlanta Falcon Tim Green Weighs in on New NFL Penalty

Credit Laura Lilly

Former star linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons Tim Green discussed his latest baseball novel New Kid.

He also weighed in on the NFL's proposal to institute a 15-yard penalty for using racial slurs on the field, and how Missouri defensive end Michael Sam will be accepted after announcing he is gay.  

Essential Pittsburgh
4:00 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Wagner: Campaign Finance Reform, Education Funding Top Priorities

Gubernatorial candidate Jack Wagner
Credit Heather McClain / 90.5 WESA

After an unsuccessful run for mayor of Pittsburgh, former Pennsylvania auditor general Jack Wagner has thrown his hat into the gubernatorial ring.

Currently, he is the only candidate from Western Pennsylvania seeking the Democratic nomination, but he said he plans to focus his campaign on the entire state.

He’s late to the race and behind in fundraising. He acknowledged he’s up against candidates with much more personal wealth than he has, but said he intends to work hard on fundraising. He went on to say that if elected, one of his priorities would be campaign finance reform.

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:58 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Wednesday Rundown: Jack is Back, Tim Green on The New Kid, & An American Odyssey

Gubernatorial candidate Jack Wagner
Credit Noah Brode/90.5 WESA

These topics air Wednesday March 5, 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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:23 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Transportation & Immigration Lack in Pittsburgh, According to Regional Report

Credit Matt Niemi / Flickr

Compared to geographically similar cities around the country, Pittsburgh surfaces as a highly innovative city with some complex demographic problems.

Pittsburgh Today Director Doug Heuck and his team studied the makeup of benchmark regions like Milwaukee, Detroit and Richmond and found that Pittsburgh has numerable encouraging qualities, but lacks many important elements some residents find essential to city life.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:11 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Pittsburgh Made Porky, Porky Made Pittsburgh: Remembering Porky Chedwick

Credit Bob Prosser / flickr

Known as “Daddio of the Raddio,” “Your Platter-Pushin’ Poppa,” “Pork the Insane,” or “Pork the Tork,” DJ Porky Chedwick is a Pittsburgh legend.

Chedwick died Sunday at the age of 96, but his reputation and legacy set the standard for quality music on the airwaves for over 50 years.

Longtime Pittsburgh record producer and retailer Travis Klein remembers Chedwick for his honesty, integrity and pioneering radio work.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:04 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

From King Cake to Fish Fry, the Business of Lenten Season

Paczkis, pronounced like push-key, is a popular pastry eaten on Fat Tuesday
Credit Rmhermen / wikipedia

It’s Fat Tuesday, or as it’s known in New Orleans, Mardi Gras.

This celebration prior to Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) is celebrated in high style with beads, baked goods and more.

Business contributor Rebecca Harris explained the business and significance of Fat Tuesday and the religious season of observance.

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Essential Pittsburgh
7:10 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Tuesday Rundown: How's Our Region Doing? And a Tribute to Porky Chedwick

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These topics air Tuesday March 3, 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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:44 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

2 States for 2 Peoples: A Local Town Hall on a 2 State Solution for Israel & Palestine

Mattan Peretz and Obada Shtaya, grassroots activists with the OneVoice Movement
Credit Shania Low / OneVoice Movement

On Monday night, the Rodef Shalom Congregation in Pittsburgh hosts a town hall meeting in support of a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinian Territory.

The meeting is part of J Street’s 2 Campaign, a nationwide effort to localize conversations of a two state resolution.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:49 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Chronicling Climate Change, The Allegheny Front Begins A Year Long Series

Credit Credit Mary Birdsong / Presque Isle Audubon

Next week, the Allegheny Front radio program on 90.5 WESA begins Climate Chronicles, a year-long series about the impacts of climate change on our region.

Senior Reporter Julie Grant starts the series with a look at the biggest movement of snowy owls in 50 years, and what it might say about climate change.

She said she started looking at the big white birds, popularized by a character in Harry Potter called Hedwig, because of some unusual sightings.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:35 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

With the Great Lakes Frozen, A Rare Flock of Seagulls Roosts in Pittsburgh

A rare sight: Gulls take flight against a backdrop of downtown Pittsburgh.
Heather McClain 90.5 WESA

Thousands of birds, commonly called seagulls, have made a rare migration south to roost at Pittsburgh’s North Shore.

Bob Mulvihill, an ornithologist at the National Aviary said the gulls ("seagull" is actually a colloquial term, he explained), normally roost at the Great Lakes this time of year, but the extreme cold from the polar vortex has frozen the surfaces.

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Essential Pittsburgh
8:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Monday Rundown: Local Talks on Palestine & Israel, Rare Gulls, and Symptoms of Climate Change

A rare sight. Gulls (not considered seagulls in this case) have chosen the North Shore as a temporary home.
Credit Heather McClain / 90.5 WESA

These topics air Monday March 3, 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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:25 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Does Pittsburgh Meet the Needs of the Millennial Generation?

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Christopher Briem, a regional economist at the University Center for Social and Urban Research at the University of Pittsburgh and Sasha King, social scientist and independent career consultant, provide a snapshot of the city’s young people, from their economic situations to their personal values.

They say skilled young professionals seek out Pittsburgh for its affordable living, commitment to innovation and opportunities for upward mobility. Statistics mirror the growing notion that the Steel City has become a hub for cultural diversity and technological creativity, partly based on its ability to attract and retain Millennials.

This demographic of Pittsburghers range from 18 to 34 years old, and are characterized by their technological skill, their dedication to equality issues, and oftentimes their mounting student debt and unemployment.

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Project Millennials
5:19 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Collaboration & Contribution: Millennials in the Workplace

Collaborative co-working spaces such as this can work well for Millennial employees
Credit Likeaword / Flickr

Beginning in kindergarten, members of the Millennial generation were educated in “pods” of four or five children, where learning became a team effort and idea sharing a necessity, according to career consultant and coach, Christy Uffelman.

Notably, this generation has also watched their parents and grandparents lose lifelong careers to economic decline and societal problems related to greed. Uffelman, who counsels Millennials in the workplace through Align Leadership, observes young people and sees the effect these components have in their interactions with older colleagues and peers at work. 

Uffelman says companies looking to attract Millennials should market their work opportunities as relevant and meaningful rather than monetarily lucrative.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:06 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Millennials Rejecting Polarized Politics & Changing Nonprofit Giving

City Council Member Dan Gilman
Katie Blackley 90.5 WESA

Nonprofits in the region must redefine their community relevance for the Millennial generation as these young adults enter society with a completely different approach to giving.

According to Linda Jones, Vice President of Workplace Campaign for the United Way of Allegheny County, Millennials prefer to give consistently in small amounts as well as volunteer at the organizations they support. They also approach politics differently, rejecting polarized politics and increasingly registering as independents.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:41 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Friday Rundown: The Millennial Generation in Pittsburgh

Credit Jason Pratt / flickr

This program airs Friday February 28, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

As the bulk of Pittsburgh's Baby Boomer population begins to retire, what does our future workforce and economy look like? What are the political issues that will be most important to our communities? And how will they be addressed by the next generation? Listen to an hour long broadcast devoted to the influence of the Millennial generation in Pittsburgh.

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Millennials in Pittsburgh
4:53 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Community Leader Lauren Byrne on Being a Millennial in Pittsburgh

Lauren Byrne is the executive director for Lawrenceville United.
Credit Marina Weis / 90.5 WESA

Since she was a little girl, Lauren Byrne wanted to follow in the footsteps of her grandmother, a community leader in the Bloomfield Garfield Corporation.

After graduating college, she worked in Mayor Bob O’Connor’s office and transitioned into Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s office. There she did what was “in her blood,” making changes in communities in the department of neighborhood initiatives.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:04 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Google's Ross LaJeunesse on Freedom in the Digital Age

A computer cafe in Monrovia, Liberia
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The internet is used globally by over 2.7 billion people. In the next decade it’s expected that 5 billion people will come online, continuing the change in how we communicate with each other, as well as who controls the internet.

Google Head of Free Expression and International Relations Ross LaJeunesse joined us for a discussion of freedom and power in the digital age.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:19 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Blue Star Art & Cowboy Dance Halls in San Antonio

Patrons enjoy each other's company at Cowboy's Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas.
Credit Delaney Hall / flickr

Home to the Alamo and the River Walk, San Antonio, Texas combines a rich history and distinct architecture to create a modern and exciting cultural experience.

Travel contributor Elaine Labalme shares her favorites about the southern city and insists that visitors to the Lone Star State must visit San Antonio. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:41 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Thursday Rundown: Digital Freedom and Freedom of Choice in Food

What does the future hold for our global communication?
Credit Johan Larsson / Flickr

These topics air Thursday February 27, 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.

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