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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Essential Pittsburgh
5:34 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Checkpoint - Where Military Meets Community

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Southwest Pennsylvania is home to 220,000 Veterans, with 97,000 alone living in Allegheny County. After returning from active duty, all Veterans, whether injured or uninjured, are in need of resources such as employment, physical and mental health care, job training, and housing.

Until recently, Pittsburgh-area veterans did not have a centralized, dedicated place to find these kinds of resources. This problem was solved when Pittsburgh resident and Iraq War veteran Jared Souder founded Checkpoint, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Veterans find the resources they need to help resume their lives as civilians.

Checkpoint was created out of necessity, said Souder.

“I’m supposed to be a subject matter expert, and I would still run into walls, I would run into sort of confusing things, and just see the complexity of it and really saw the need for some way to help vets navigate and reduce complexity and just get better information into their hands so they can make more informed decisions to what they can connect with and what they can benefit from.”

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:16 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Remembering Chuck Noll and A Turning Point for Pittsburgh

Hall of Fame Steelers Coach Chuck Noll died Friday at the age of 82.
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Last Friday night, former Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Chuck Noll died in his home of natural causes at the age of 82.

Noll coached the Steelers for 23 seasons and transformed the team from a long-standing joke to a championship dynasty, becoming the only coach to win four Super Bowls.

It can also be said that he transformed the city of Pittsburgh into a football town; with Franco’s Italian Army, the whirls of yellow at each game in the form of Myron Cope’s Terrible Towels, and the one play that's been viewed as the true turning point in Steelers history "The Immaculate Reception."

Noll was there for all of this and the driving force behind it all.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:27 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Monday Rundown: Where Military Meets Community

Connecting the military world with other vital worlds of education, psychosocial support, housing, and employment.
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These topics air Monday June 16, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between noon & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Checkpoint

Southwest Pennsylvania is home to 220,000 veterans, 97,000 alone living in Allegheny County. After returning from active duty, all veterans, whether injured or uninjured, are in need of resources such as employment, physical and mental healthcare, job training, and housing. Until recently, Pittsburgh-area veterans did not have a centralized, dedicated place to find these kinds of resources. We’ll meet Pittsburgher and Iraq War veteran Jared Souder, founder of Checkpoint a company dedicated to helping Veterans find the resources they need to help resume their lives as civilians.

WESA Celebrates - Miss Bertie, Miss Mary and Miss Dee

For over 10 years, Miss Bertie, Miss Mary and Miss Dee have been volunteering at the North Side Ministry Food Pantry. The ladies, all in their 80’s, are the profiled in this week’s edition of WESA celebrates.

Chuck Noll

Over the weekend, former Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Chuck Noll died of natural causes at the age of 82. Noll coached the team for 23 seasons and transformed the Steelers from a long-standing joke to a championship dynasty, becoming the only coach to win four Super Bowls. Former Steelers linebacker Andy Russell joins us to remember Chuck Noll.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:17 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Pittsburgh Jazz Performers: Past And Present

Dianne Reeves at Carnegie Hall in 2011.
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Pittsburgh's Black Jazz Musicians Union

Every Saturday, a group of local musicians gathers in the auditorium of the Homewood Library to carry on Pittsburgh’s rich jazz tradition. They are the descendants of the Black Musician’s Union, a collection of pianists, drummers, and other performers who worked Pittsburgh’s clubs and dissolved in the 1960s.

Many of the clubs and musicians are long gone, but the stories of this small group continue to thrive, and they're now seeing increased attention because of a new film.  Anthology: Local #471 Musicians Union, is about the now-defunct union and some of its more famous members.

With the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival starting next week, it was the perfect time for Essential Pittsburgh to look back at Pittsburgh’s rich jazz history. Labor historian Charles McCollester and Jackie Young, whose father Harold founded the local jazz group talked about how the Black Musician’s Union was established.

“The 460 (the original musician’s union) just didn’t really want to represent the black musicians, they didn’t want to give them their share of gigs, they didn’t want to represent them if they had some type of conflict, so that’s why the 471 was erected in the first place.”

McCollester talked about the importance of the 471 in the local jazz scene.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:39 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Creator of It Gets Better, Dan Savage, Brings His HUMP Tour to Pittsburgh

Dan Savage is host and curator of the Hump Festival Tour, a syndicated columnist featured in the Pittsburgh City Paper, and LGBTQ media leader.
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Sex columnist, author, and lecturer Dan Savage is in Pittsburgh this weekend for HUMP tour, a film festival which has garnered a bit of controversy locally. It's a festival of independently made adult films, which was originally slated to screen in Dormont. But because of a local ordinance, the festival will instead be shown in Lawrenceville. 

Savage describes HUMP as a film festival of amateur porn that marries funny with sexy. The festival begins at 9 pm Friday at the Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville.

Savage is best known for his syndicated sex advice column, regularly featured in the Pittsburgh City Paper and the It Gets Better Project, created to inspire and give hope to LGBT teens.

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
3:30 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Miss Bertie, Miss Mary and Miss Dee, Volunteering No Matter What

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Read and listen to a story about Miss Bertie, Miss Mary and Miss Dee as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

They may all be 80-something, but Miss Bertie, Miss Mary and Miss Dee certainly are not resting on their laurels.  

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Essential Pittsburgh
1:44 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Friday Rundown: Savage Love and Pittsburgh Jazz

Dan Savage is host and curator of the Hump Festival Tour, a syndicated columnist featured in the Pittsburgh City Paper, and LGBTQ media leader.
Credit Dan Savage / Wikipedia

These topics air Friday June 13, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Savage Love

A festival of independently made adult films will be shown this weekend in Lawrenceville. Known as the Hump Tour, the festival is curated by sex columnist, author, and lecturer Dan Savage. He joins us to discuss the festival and his It Gets Better Project created to inspire and give hope to LGBT teens.

Black Jazz Musicians Union

A group of local musicians meets every Saturday in the auditorium of the Homewood Library to play music and carry on the rich tradition of local jazz. They came into being with the dissolution of the Black Musician's Union in the 1960s. We'll talk about the group and a showing of the film "Local 471" about the union with Jackie Young, whose father Harold founded the group and historian Charlie McCollester.

Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival

The 4th Annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival gets underway in one week. The free festival consists of three days of jazz and jazz-influenced musical performances on outdoor stages and attracts more than 20,000 attendees from around the country. WESA jazz host Bob Studebaker joins us for a preview. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:13 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Are US-Russian Relations Dependent on Those in Power?

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What does President Obama's refusal to meet with President Putin during his recent European trip say about U.S.-Russian relations?

Angela Stent is a former adviser on Russia under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Her new book,The Limits of Partnership: US-Russia Relations in the 21st Century, explores the evolution of U.S. - Russian relations since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Stent says the last straw in the relations between the two countries was when President Putin granted whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum in Russia. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:36 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

The Smithereens Rock the Arts Festival

Front man of the Smithereens, Pat DiNizio, will be performing with the band tonight at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival.
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The Smithereens perform tonight as part of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. In the 80s and 90s, the group was churning out hit songs like “Only a Memory,” “Blood and Roses” and a “Girl Like You.” Pat DiNizio is the lead singer of the rock group, and joined us in studio to talk about the history of the group, and what he’s been up to since the group’s heyday.

DiNizio describes fame as “anticlimactic.” He says he finally realized the band had “made it” when he heard “Girl Like You," broadcasted on a radio station in New York, after six years. DiNizio says it was emotionally for him, because the band never expected to sell more than 3,000 records. They sold millions.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:24 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

The Best Regional Beaches... Where to Get Away

A view of Virginia Beach, one of the most easily accessible beaches to travel to from the Pittsburgh area.
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Grab the sunscreen, your favorite book and anything else you might need for fun in the sun.

This week travel contributor Elaine Labalme suggests regional beaches to visit from the Jersey Shore to Virginia.

Here’s her fabulous list of beaches to visit this summer.

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Essential Pittsburgh
11:24 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Thursday Rundown: US-Russia Relations and the Limits of Partnership

Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin shake hands at the G8 Summit in 2013.
Credit Pete Souza / Whitehouse Photography

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

"The Limits of Partnership"

What does President Obama's refusal to meet with President Putin during his recent European trip say about U.S.-Russian relations? We'll pose that question to Angela Stent, a former adviser on Russia under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, whose new book "The Limits of Partnership" explores the evolution of U.S. - Russian relations since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The Smithereens

Pat DiNizio, the lead singer of the rock group The Smithereens joins us to talk about the group's performance in Pittsburgh as part of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. In the 80s and 90s, the group was churning out hit songs like "Only a Memory," "Blood and Roses" and a "Girl Like You." We'll learn about the history of the group and what Pat's been up to since the group's heyday.

Regional Beaches

Grab the sunscreen, your favorite book and anything else you might need for fun in the sun. This week travel contributor Elaine Labalme suggests regional beaches to visit from the Jersey Shore to Virginia. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:26 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

When Opposites No Longer Attract: Coming Out After Marriage

Michael Testa is the author of When Opposites No Longer Attract, a book to help LGBT men and women who have been married, raised families and don't know how to come out.
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Coming out can be a difficult process for anyone who realizes that they're lesbian, gay, or transgender. But what are the challenges for LGBT people who have been married, raised families and realize they’re not straight?

This topic is the focus of the book, When Opposites No Longer Attract, by Michael Testa. It's based on his own personal experience with this situation.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:38 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Mayor Bill Peduto on Act 47 & Selecting a New Police Chief

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Hear our full interview with Mayor Peduto: We discuss the selection process for a new Chief of Police, Act 47 oversight, Ride-Sharing laws, and the recent PA marriage ruling

In the past decade, Pittsburgh has accomplished much: East Liberty was revitalized, the river fronts were beautified, and it's received many accolades from the press, including the United States’ most liveable city. Through all of this, however, the city was in a precarious financial position.

For 10 years Pittsburgh has been under Act 47 oversight for distressed municipalities. For all its improvements, the city has yet to implement a comprehensive financial management system to address legacy costs of debt, pensions, post retirement benefits, workers compensation along with a financially viable long-term capital plan.

Mayor Bill Peduto asked Gov. Tom Corbett in January to keep Pittsburgh under Act 47 state oversight for financially distressed municipalities, saying that while city finances have improved, more economic reforms are needed.

Last week the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, one of two oversight boards for Pittsburgh, called for the city to reduce services by 20 percent. Peduto responded to this while explaining how difficult it has been to get the city’s finances in order.

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Essential Pittsburgh
10:04 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Wednesday Rundown: Mayor Peduto on Act 47 Oversight

Mayor Bill Peduto in January, asking Governor Tom Corbett to keep Pittsburgh under Act 47 oversight until at least 2018.
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These topics air Wednesday June 11, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Mayor Peduto and the Path Out of Act 47  

For 10 years Pittsburgh has been under Act 47 oversight for distressed municipalities. While the city has seen some remarkable improvements in that time, we’ve yet to implement a comprehensive financial management system to address legacy costs of debt, pensions, post retirement benefits, workers compensation along with a financially viable long-term capital plan. Mayor Bill Peduto joins us this month to talk about plans for transitioning out of Act 47 oversight.

When Opposites No Longer Attract

Coming out is a difficult process for anyone. What are the challenges for men and women who have been married, raised families and realize they’re homosexual? That’s the focus of the book When Opposites No Longer Attract by our guest Michael Testa whose experience inspired the book. Also taking part in the conversation is Apryl Loughlin, whose ex-husband came out as gay. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:53 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Global Great Lakes Conference Attracts Immigrants to Pittsburgh

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A recent report by the Institute for Policy Innovation concludes that wages rise fastest in U.S. cities with the greatest influx of highly skilled immigrants. This could be one reason why a number of cities are looking to attract more immigrants to their municipalities.

Attracting and retaining immigrant populations will be the focus of the Global Great Lakes Conference taking place this week in Pittsburgh. Betty Cruz, Non-Profit and Faith Based manager for Mayor Peduto’s Office and Tom Buell, Director of marketing and Study Pittsburgh Initiative at Global Pittsburgh, provide an overview of this week’s conference.

Last year the Global Great Lakes conference took place in Detroit, one of the most active cities in the United States trying to attract immigrants. This year’s conference will be co-organized by Global Detroit, Vibrant Pittsburgh and GlobalPittsburgh. Buell has high hopes for how this conference may be a game changer for immigration reform and how immigration is received in Pittsburgh as a whole.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:46 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Keeping Ties In Their Place

George Howard with his creation, the Ziggi Tie Piece.
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Men’s fashion is famously static; while women’s fashion has changed greatly over just the past decade or so, men’s fashion really hasn’t changed that much over the past half-century. But every once and awhile, something catches on and changes the direction of men’s clothing. Local entrepreneur George Howard believes he has created that something.

His creation, called the Ziggi, is a small piece of cloth that attaches to a shirt’s buttons and goes through label tag, holding ties in place. Howard said that he created the Ziggi out of necessity: during a photo shoot last year, his tie would not stay in place.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:34 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Keeping the Business of Invention Alive in Pittsburgh

Inventors across the globe believe they’ve just created the Next Big Thing when they unveil their inventions, but few of these inventions are put into wide scale production and fewer still become the big thing their creators envisioned. The long odds do not discourage these inventors, and a sizeable amount of them will convene in Pittsburgh next week for the Invention & New Product Exposition (INPEX).

Business contributor Rebecca Harris stopped by to talk about what it takes to get an idea off the drawing board and onto the shelves. Harris explained why Pittsburgh’s culture of innovation makes it ideal for hosting INPEX.

“There is so much going on from technology to robotics to regular innovations and inventions. When you think of things like 4moms ... a lot of what they build is technology based on robotics ... and we’re also looking at also some inventions here in Pittsburgh helping to increase high-performance, high-quality 3D scanners at a fraction of the cost, and certainly so many inventions and patents are coming out of our universities every day, it’s quite remarkable.”

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Essential Pittsburgh
11:14 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Tuesday Rundown: Immigration and Innovation in Pittsburgh

Attracting more immigrant interest to Pittsburgh
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These topics air Tuesday June 10, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Attracting Immigrants to Pittsburgh

A recent report by the Institute for Policy Innovation concludes that wages rise fastest in U.S. cities with the greatest influx of highly skilled immigrants. This could be one reason why a number of cities are looking to attract more immigrants to their municipalities. Attracting and retaining immigrant populations will be the focus of the Global Great Lakes Conference taking place this week in Pittsburgh. Joining us in to Studio A to provide an overview of the conference is Betty Cruz, Non-Profit and Faith Based Mgr for Mayor Peduto’s Office and Tom Buell, Director, Marketing & Study Pittsburgh Initiative at Global Pittsburgh. We’ll also talk with Gabriel Berumen, a native of Mexico and owner of Las Palmas, a Latino grocery with stores in Oakland, Beechview, Brookline and Washington, PA.

Sharp Dressed Man

They say clothes make the man. While mens' wear doesn’t go through many changes local entrepreneur George Howard’s tie accessory is poised to take the fashion world by storm. We’ll meet him and find out how necessity was the mother of his invention.

The Business of Invention

An invention and new product exposition is taking place in Pittsburgh this week. What does it take to get a product from idea to store shelves? Contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the business of invention. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:29 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Single Payer Health Care... Not Yet for the United States

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What does Single Payer Health Care look like? How does it work? One need look no further than England, home to the world's largest single-payer health system. Sir David Nicholson, former CEO of England's National Health Service, provided some insight to the single payer health system and how it relates to health care questions posed in our country today.

Money for health care is collected through general taxation in England’s single payer system, which is then given to the department of health, and allocated out to the clinical commission groups. These groups then essentially purchase services from hospitals. The system treats over a million people every 36 hours, according to Sir Nicholson. 

But would this work in the United States? Sir Nicholson doesn’t believe so, but offers this advice for the U.S.-- get more help from medical groups themselves, rather than the government.

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:20 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Three Rivers Arts Festival Goes Green

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The Three Rivers Arts Festival got underway over the weekend. This year, the annual celebration made up of concerts, art exhibits and food has a decidedly green component.

Three River Arts Festival director Veronica Corpuz explained the importance of this component.

“It’s one of the few green arts festivals of its kind in the country. We say it’s a green festival, it means that our operations, everything from how we sort our waste and try to divert as much waste from landfills by recycling and composting materials… to create a zero waste event at the Arts Festival. Given that behind the scenes operations, we’ve tried to bring that more to the forefront, through the art.” 

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:43 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

100 Things About the Pirates Every Fan Should Know

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A new generation of Pirates fans were born with their successful run into the postseason last fall. In 100 Things Pirates Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, a new book written by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sunday sports editor Steve Ziants, assembles various facts, traditions and achievements to educate and entertain true fans, or the new wave of fans jumping onboard. Mr. Ziants was in studio to discuss the “ultimate resource guide for true Pirates fans.”

“This is a history book that isn’t told in chronological order, we tell it from the most important to maybe the most obscure, but still stories that have a good texture to them, or maybe have a nice twist. As I’ve told people before, a lot of things Pirates fans forgot they knew, or maybe forgot they remembered.”

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:49 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Monday Rundown: Making Single Payer Health Care Work

Sir David Nicholson delivers a keynote speech for the NHS Confederation in 2012
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These topics air Monday June 9, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Single Payer Health Care

What does Single Payer Health Care look like? One need look no further than England, home to the world's largest single-payer health system? How does it work? And would it work in the United States? We'll pose these questions and more to Sir David Nicholson, former CEO of England's National Health Service.

Three Rivers Arts Festival

The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival got underway over the weekend. This year, the annual celebration made up of concerts, art exhibits and food has a decidedly green component. Joining us to provide an overview of this year’s festival is Three River Arts Festival director Veronica Corpuz.

100 Things for Pirates Fans

100 Things Pirates Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die is a new book written by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sunday sports editor Steve Ziants who has assembled various facts, traditions and achievements to educate and entertain true fans. Mr. Ziants joins us to discuss the "ultimate resource guide for true Pirates fans."

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:51 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Local Men Remember D-Day, 70 Years Later

Warren Goss in 1944, he was part of the first wave of the Normandy invasion
Heather McClain 90.5 WESA

In the early morning hours of June 6,1944, tens of thousands of men from the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and several other nations poured out of landing crafts on the beaches of northern France.

It was the largest amphibious landing in history, and had been preceded by more than a year of planning, deception, and training. The Allied powers lost at least twice as many men as their enemy, but succeeded in their goal of establishing a foothold in Nazi-occupied France.

Friday marks the 70th anniversary of the famous battle, so Essential Pittsburgh talked with three Pittsburgh veterans of World War II who landed on the beaches of Normandy.

As part of the first wave of the invasion, Warren Goss explained that he had been trained extensively for months before June 6, but nothing could prepare him for what happened during the invasion.

“We’re trained for everything except what really happens. You’re coming in and you see a whole boatload of Higgins boat soldiers disappear, it gets hit direct, it sinks. You see it not making it, you don’t see this in your maneuvers. You don’t expect to see the buddy beside you get hit and you don’t even know it because you don’t have time to look at him. It’s just completely different than what you were trained for, but you’re still trained to go ahead and you obey what you’re supposed to do and you did it.”

Michael Vernillo and Ralph Russo, landed on the beach in the second wave of the invasion. They were recently awarded the Legion d'Honneur at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland, the highest military honor issued by the French.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:23 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Science Friday's Ira Flatow Talks Pocket Protectors and YouTube Hits

Ira Flatow has been the host of the weekly public radio program Science Friday for 25 years.
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Just as it would be difficult for TV viewers to imagine Saturdays without Saturday Night Live, it would be equally challenging for public radio listeners to contemplate Fridays without Science Friday.

The weekly public radio show has engaged listeners and scientists in all things science, every Friday for the past 25 years and can be heard weekly on 90.5WESA from 2-4 PM.

Founder and host, Ira Flatow is an award winning NPR host and science correspondent who spent six years writing for the Emmy-award-winning program Newton’s Apple on PBS as well as reporting on science for CBS.

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Essential Pittsburgh
7:32 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Friday Rundown: Local Veterans' Stories of the Allied Invasion

Chief Photographer's Mate Robert F. Sargent took this photograph just as a group of soldiers stepped off a Coast Guard landing craft and headed for the Normandy beaches June 6, 1944.
Credit Chief Photographer's Mate (CPHOM) Robert F. Sargent, U.S. Coast Guard / Wikipedia/official U.S. Coast Guard photograph

These topics air Friday June 6, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

D-Day Plus 70

We'll mark the 70th anniversary of one of the most historic battles of World War II by talking with three Pittsburgh area veterans who took part in the Allied Invasion of Normandy, known as D-Day, on June 6, 1944. First, we'll speak with Army Veteran Warren Goss who was part of the first wave of the invasion. Then we'll hear from two veterans who were part of the second wave, Michael Vernillo and Ralph Russo.

Ira Flatow

The popular public radio show, "Science Friday" has been heard for nearly 25 years. Its founder and host, Ira Flatow, joins us in studio to talk about how the program got its start and how he became interested in science. And we'll discuss matters of science including the future of space exploration in the U.S. among other topics. 

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