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
8:35 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Thursday Rundown: Tracking Air Quality with Breathe Cam

Two images of the Northside from the Breathe Project's Breathe Cam. Taken at 11:29AM on two separate dates – on a clear day (7/4) details on the horizon are clearly visible; on a hazy day (8/5) fine particle (PM2.5) concentration is high and white haze covers the hillside.
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These topics air Thursday December 4, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Breathe Cam

Improving air quality continues to be a major challenge in the region, but now Carnegie Mellon University's CREATE Lab has introduced Breathe Cam. It's designed to give area residents direct access to the world's most sophisticated technology for documenting visual pollution in the air they breathe. CMU Robotics professor Illah Nourbakhsh joins us to explain how it works.

WESA Celebrates - Paul Abernathy

Four years ago, after graduating from the seminary, Paul Abernathy made it his mission to help people living in the Hill District. His efforts resulted in the opening of the thrift shop called FOCUS. It stands for the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve. It also stands for Food, Occupation, Clothing, Understanding and Shelter, which are needed in this community. Paul Abernathy is the profile subject of this week’s WESA Celebrates.

Pitt-Penn State Rivalry Renewed?

The University of Pittsburgh's first road win against the Miami Hurricanes in more than half a century has made the Panthers bowl eligible. Some are speculating that it could lead to the first football game between Pitt and Penn State since 2000. Veteran AP sports editor and journalist John Affleck, who was appointed in 2013 as Knight Chair at Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, joins us to sort out the potential bowl game scenarios. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:48 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Ten Years of New Voices Pittsburgh and the Future of Reproductive Justice

The women of New Voices Pittsburgh were recently honored by Pittsburgh City Council for their reproductive justice work over the last 10 years.
NewVoices Pittsburgh Twitter

This week, New Voices Pittsburgh Women of Color for Reproductive Justice celebrates 10 years as a human rights organization in the Pittsburgh region.

Initially the grassroots group had some trouble defining themselves and their mission.

How do you advocate for reproductive justice when most people don’t understand what that term means?

But as they’ve partnering with organizations such as the Women’s Law Project, and brought attention to the treatment of incarcerated women in the state prison system, NVP has carved out a more defined mission and area for growth.

We’ll talk with LaTasha Mayes, Founder and Executive Director of New Voices Pittsburgh, about what reproductive justice means for whole communities and how grassroots organizing is evolving.

New Voices Pittsburgh Women of Color for Reproductive Justice will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary at the Andy Warhol Museum on Thursday December 4, 2014 click here for more information.

Essential Pittsburgh
2:03 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

The Death of Kosta Karageorge and the Psychological Impact of Concussions

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Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge, who disappeared last Wednesday, was found Sunday in a trash bin, the victim of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Research has shown that football players are three times more likely to develop chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) which can leave its victims depressed, disoriented and suicidal. We'll talk with Ohio Public Radio reporter Andy Chow, who has been following the story.

And in the wake of the death of Karageorge, we focus on the link between suicide and concussions with Erin Reynolds, a doctor in neuropsychology for the UPMC Sports Medicine and Concussion Program.

Could college football programs be more proactive when it comes to helping players who are dealing with concussion issues? What are some of the behavioral signs?

For parents, coaches, and athletes  Dr. Reynolds recommends the new website ReThink Concussions for information on diagnosis, management and rehabilitation.

Essential Pittsburgh
12:14 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Wednesday Rundown: The Psychological Impact of Brain Injury

Exploring the ways brain injuries can effect us psychologically.
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These topics air Wednesday December 3, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

The Violent Death of Kosta Karageorge

Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge, who disappeared last Wednesday, was found Sunday in a trash bin, the victim of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Research has shown that football players are three times more likely to develop chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) which can leave its victims depressed, disoriented and suicidal. We'll talk with reporter Andy Chow who has been following this story.

Concussion Research

In the wake of the death of Kosta Karageorge, we'll focus on the link between suicide and concussions with Erin Reynolds, a doctor in neuropsychology for UPMC's Sports Medicine and Concussion Program. Could college football programs be more proactive when it comes to helping players who are dealing with concussion issues?

10 Years of New Voices in Pittsburgh

This week, New Voices Pittsburgh Women of Color for Reproductive Justice celebrates 10 years as a human rights organization in the Pittsburgh region. Initially the grassroots group had some trouble defining themselves and their mission. How do you advocate for reproductive justice when most people don’t understand what that term means? But as they’ve partnering with organizations such as the Women’s Law Project, and brought attention to the treatment of incarcerated women in the state prison system, NVP has carved out a more defined mission and area for growth. We’ll talk with LaTasha Mayes, Founder and Executive Director of New Voices Pittsburgh, about what reproductive justice means for communities in the region and how grassroots organizing is evolving. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:40 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Black Friday is Not What it Used to Be: A Changing Time for Retailers

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Black Friday sales are down and Cyber Monday sales continue to increase. So, what is the biggest shopping day of the year? And what is trending in Pittsburgh?

We'll talk with Duquesne University marketing professor Audrey Guskey about the ways that times are changing for retailers. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:30 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

A Rebecca Harris Neighborhood Spotlight: Garfield

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Cities are made up of a collection of neighborhoods with unique features and characteristics. On the first Tuesday of the month, business contributor Rebecca Harris will focus on one of the city’s neighborhoods. Today's focus is on Garfield.

Garfield is a neighborhood by Bloomfield and Friendship with a population of about 3675 people. Rebecca tells us more about what the city has to offer such as its  organic farms, Garfield Night Market, and a monthly art show Unblurred.

Essential Pittsburgh
2:22 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Big Plans for Tiny Houses in Garfield

A Minim Home in Washington, D.C. (cropped)
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With plenty of vacant lots and green space, people in the Garfield neighborhood have come up with a plan to revitalize the area.

Could tiny homes attract residents and be the key to remaking the area? Joining us to share this vision for Garfield is Rick Swartz, executive director of the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation.

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Essential Pittsburgh
10:36 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Tuesday Rundown: Holiday Retail and Garfield Housing Trends

A photo taken from Herron Hill, of Bloomfield (in the foreground) and Garfield (the houses on the hillside), shows how the two neighborhoods seem to blend together. We'll talk about future plans for the little boxes on the hillside.
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These topics air Tuesday December 2, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Black Fridays and Cyber Mondays and Small Biz Saturdays and....

Black Friday sales are down and Cyber Monday sales continue to increase. So, what is the biggest shopping day of the year? And what is trending in Pittsburgh? We'll talk with Duquesne University marketing professor Audrey Guskey about the ways that times are changing for retailers.

Big Plans for Tiny Houses

With plenty of vacant lots and room for green space, the Garfield neighborhood has come up with a plan to revitalize the area. Tiny homes could attract residents and be the key to remaking the area. Joining us to share this vision for Garfield is Rick Swartz, executive director of the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation.

WESA Celebrates - Paul Abernathy

Four years ago, after graduating from the seminary, Paul Abernathy made it his mission to help people living in the Hill District. His efforts resulted in the opening of the thrift shop called FOCUS. It stands for the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve. It also stands for Food, Occupation, Clothing, Understanding and Shelter, which are needed in this community. Paul Abernathy is the profile subject of this week’s WESA Celebrates.

Business Segment - Garfield

Cities are made up of a collection of neighborhoods with unique features and characteristics. On the first Tuesday of the month, business contributor Rebecca Harris will focus on one of the city’s neighborhoods. Today's focus is on Garfield. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:43 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Seventy Years of Public-Private Partnerships and Pittsburgh's Economic Development

The Allegheny Conference on Community Development has been responsible for many changes and advancements in Pittsburgh, including the completion of the Point State Park fountain in 1974.
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This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

The documentary "We Built This City: How the Allegheny Conference Remade Pittsburgh" chronicles the private-public partnership that transformed the city and the region.

The documentary was directed by our guest Michael DiLauro. We'll also talk with Bill Flanagan Executive Vice President of the Allegheny Conference talks about the past, present and future of the partnerships and the communities they serve.

Essential Pittsburgh
4:36 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Pittsburgh Businesses "On the Frontline" of Corporate Social Responsibility

The skyline of the Central Business District, which includes the headquarters of large corporate enterprises like BNY Mellon and U.S. Steel Corporation.
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Wall Street analysts are noting a growing trend of companies integrating sustainability and corporate social responsibility, known as CSR, with their traditional financial reporting.

A number of Pittsburgh companies are part of that trend. Joining us to address how this is making a difference in Pittsburgh are Lauren M. Odrechowski, Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist with BNY Mellon and Matt Mehalik, program manager for Sustainable Pittsburgh.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:31 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Travel Contributor Elaine Labalme Offers Food Destinations for the Holiday Travel Season

The Big Poppa from Melt Bar and Grilled in Cleveland, OH.
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Congratulations, you just made it through the biggest eating holiday of the year!

With the fridge full of leftovers, the last thing you probably want to talk about is food, right? Well, travel contributor Elaine Labalme, is here to talk about some food destinations in the region worth visiting.

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Essential Pittsburgh
10:20 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Monday Rundown: Sustainable and Corporate, Pittsburgh Remade

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

Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility

Wall Street analysts are noting a growing trend of companies integrating sustainability and corporate social responsibility, known as CSR, with their traditional financial reporting. A number of Pittsburgh companies are part of that trend. Joining us to address how this is making a difference in Pittsburgh are Lauren M. Odrechowski, Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist with BNY Mellon and Matt Mehalik, program manager for Sustainable Pittsburgh.

Remaking Pittsburgh

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Allegheny Conference. The documentary "We Built This City: How the Allegheny Conference Remade Pittsburgh" chronicles the private-public partnership that transformed the city and the region. The documentary was directed by our guest Michael DiLauro. We'll also talk with Bill Flanagan Executive Vice President of the Allegheny Conference.

Food Destinations

Congratulations, you just made it through the biggest eating holiday of the year. The fridge is full with leftovers and the last thing you probably want to talk about is food, right? Well, travel contributor Elaine Labalme, is here to talk about some food destinations in the region worth traveling to.

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Looking Back
12:23 pm
Sat November 29, 2014

Vote for the Best of Essential Pittsburgh 2014

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As the year comes to an end, we’re looking back on highlights of Essential Pittsburgh in 2014 and airing listener favorites. 

We've tapped into sounds and topics of the region, both in our studio and out in the community.

- Host Paul Guggenheimer got out on the ice for a curling lesson, just in time for the Winter Olympics.

Brett Keisel talked about playing for the NFL into his late 30s.

Dan Rather gave his take on journalism in the 21st century.

- Performance artist etta cetera married the city of Pittsburgh. 

- We talked with LeVar Burton about how his record-breaking Kickstarter campaign will help to encourage a new generation of readers.

- Our community forum with Mayor Bill Peduto and Acting Police Chief Cameron McLay bolstered a growing dialogue about community/police relations.

Tell us about your favorite Essential Pittsburgh guests and stories of the year. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
12:00 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Holiday Programming for Noon and 8pm

While the Essential Pittsburgh staff is busy spooning out the cranberry sauce, check out our holiday programming for November 27th and 28th
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Essential Pittsburgh will be off the air November 27th and 28th. 90.5WESA will air the following special programming in its place:

From 11am to 1pm Thanksgiving Day:

"The Splendid Table’s Turkey Confidential," their annual live call-in show helping you get ready for the big meal. They'll even be playing bingo in the control room, play along!

From 8pm to 10pm: 

Third Coast International Audio Festival, Best of the Best 2014. It is a Thanksgiving tradition here at 90.5 WESA to play the year's most amazing stories from around the world. Best of the Best presents the winners of their 14th annual TC / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Innovative and insightful, the stories will engage, provoke, entertain, and transport listeners, proving that all you need to discover new worlds is... a little box and an antenna. 

For Friday at noon & 8pm:

We bring you Innovation Hub “Unwrapping the Future." Innovation Hub looks at how innovations are reshaping our holidays — altering approaches to travel, family gatherings, food, and more.

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New to the Burgh
3:59 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Local Holiday Markets for Black Friday and Beyond

Santa's House in Market Square Downtown, part of the People's Gas Holiday Market
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The holidays are rapidly approaching, so of course you’ve definitely started your gift shopping, right?

Never you fear, as the shopping season kicks off on Black Friday we’ve put together a list of the best local pop-up markets as part of our New to the ‘Burgh series. From the artisanal to the seasonal, to the brand-spanking-new, here’s a rundown of the most interesting markets gracing the Steel City with their presence over the next few months.

I Made It! Market

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Essential Pittsburgh
1:50 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

What is the Future of the Shopping Mall?

Beyond internet shopping, there are many reasons why American shopping malls have a growing number of empty storefronts. Our economics contributor talks about the future of the mall.
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We’re entering the holiday shopping season which is make or break time for many retailers. 

It wasn’t too long ago shopping malls were the center of shopping activity.

However, in recent years malls have been in decline. Here to look at the change in our shopping habits and address the future of malls is Brian O’Roark, a professor of economics at Robert Morris University.

Essential Pittsburgh
1:31 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Career Advice for Older Workers

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According to Gallup, workers aged 65 and older have seen a 3 point increase in their participation in the job market.

Fueled by a desire to keep working and the necessity to buttress their nest eggs, Boomers and Silent Generation workers are reframing our thoughts about work in retirement. Here to discuss how older workers can thrive on the job is independent career consultant, Sasha King.

Essential Pittsburgh
1:16 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

What to do About the Winter Workout Rut

Fitness contributor, Joe Vennare identifies some interesting ways to stay fit in the winter. For Joe, the key is "moving more and eating well."
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We all know exercise is good for us.

Trouble is, most of the time, fitness isn’t fun.

Some actually call it work; and boring work at that. Same gym. Same exercise machines. Same workout routine.

There has to be a better way and we’ve asked contributor Joe Vennare, co-founder of the fitness site Fittsburgh to help us out of the exercise rut.

Essential Pittsburgh
9:58 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Wednesday Rundown: The Downfall and the Future of the Mall

Century III Mall on a Saturday. Malls all over the country are seeing a big decline in visitors. So what's the future of the American mall?
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These topics air Wednesday November 26, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Shopping Malls in Decline

We’re entering the holiday shopping season which is make or break time for many retailers. It wasn’t too long ago shopping malls were the center of shopping activity. However, in recent years malls have been in decline. Here to look at the change in our shopping habits and address the future of malls is Brian O’Roark, a professor of economics at Robert Morris University.

Career Advice for Older Workers

According to Gallup, workers aged 65 and older have seen a 3 point increase in their participation in the job market. Fueled by a desire to keep working and the necessity to buttress their nest eggs, Boomers and Silent Generation workers are reframing our thoughts about work in retirement. Here to discuss how older workers can thrive on the job is independent career consultant, Sasha King.

Winter Workouts

We all know exercise is good for us. Trouble is, most of the time, fitness isn’t fun. Some actually call it work; and boring work at that. Same gym. Same exercise machines. Same workout routine. There has to be a better way and we’ve asked contributor Joe Vennare, co-founder of the fitness site Fittsburgh to help us out of the exercise rut. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:45 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

The Media’s Role in Ferguson

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We close our discussion of the Ferguson decision with Jeff Ritter, Department Chair of Communications at La Roche College. He explains how social media has been an amplifier of positive and negative information throughout the proceedings.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:29 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

The Ferguson Decision: An Update and Legal Analysis

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Demonstrations have been happening all over the country following a Missouri grand jury's announcement that it will not seek an indictment of police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Rachel Lippmann covered last night's announcement for St. Louis Public Radio and joins us for an update. David Harris, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Professor, explains why a grand jury was used and offers his thoughts on the prosecutor's approach.

Lippman says that Ferguson has been comparatively calm today after hours of demonstrations. She says that St. Louis police reported that demonstrations last night were the worst seen since the shooting occurred in August, with many shots fired and more than a dozen buildings burned to the ground.

Meanwhile, Harris explains that there were several different options for moving forward in the Ferguson case, but the prosecutor used the grand jury option in order to involve members of the community while simultaneously absolving himself of responsibility for making the decision.

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:47 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Tuesday Rundown: Sharing Reactions to the Jury's Decision in the Michael Brown Case

Smoke fills the streets as some buildings are on fire after the announcement of the grand jury decision Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked sometimes violent protests.
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These topics air Tuesday November 25, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Demonstrations have been happening all over the country following the a Missouri grand jury's announcement that they will not seek an indictment of police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

We're devoting today's show to this topic and your reactions to the decision, with guest host Kevin Gavin. 

Rachel Lippmann covered last night's announcement for St. Louis Public Radio and joins us for an update.

Then we'll talk with David Harris, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Professor about why a grand jury was used, and his thoughts on the prosecutor's approach.

Tim Stevens, President of the Black Political Empowerment Project gives us his reaction as a community organizer, and some historical perspective on community and police demonstrations in Pittsburgh.

Julia Johnson, lead organizer and local social justice activist says last night's announcement "reflects a larger problem with systemic racism and sets an ugly precedent." She'll talk about the peaceful demonstration being planned for 2pm today at the federal building on Liberty Ave. and the local issues that connect to this case. 

We'll close with Jeff Ritter, Department Chair of Communications at La Roche College about how social media has been an amplifier of positive and negative information throughout the proceedings. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:19 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Gun Shot Survivors Find Their Lives Forever Changed

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More than one-hundred thousand people in America are shot each year. Seventy-five thousand survive.

Many of them still carry the bullet. How has it impacted their lives? We pose that question to reporter Chris Togneri who spent six months interviewing survivors, including Jeff Smith, a Pittsburgh Police detective who was shot in the line of duty.  They join guest host, Tribune Review reporter Andy Conte, in Studio A.

Essential Pittsburgh
3:05 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

The Hero's Journey Foundation Pushes Us to Live As Heroes

A mapped out timeline of the hero's journey, a concept from the teachings of professor Joseph Campbell. Inspired by his work, the Hero's Journey Foundation strives to help each individual live his or her life as a hero.
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Where do you go to become the hero of your life?

We pose that question to Pitt educated psychologist Michael Mervosh, co-founder of the Hero’s Journey Foundation. He joins us in Studio A to explain what it takes to awaken our unrealized potential.

Essential Pittsburgh
2:57 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

The Annual People's Gas Holiday Market Returns to Market Square

Credit John Altdorfer

Vendors from around the world have returned for the 3rd People's Gas Holiday Market in Market Square. 

What draws them to the Steel City? We'll pose that question to Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Vice President of Marketing and Communications Leigh White and holiday market vendor, Louise Larkin Manager of the Kathe Wohlfahrt Shop.

Essential Pittsburgh
7:06 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Monday Rundown: Living with a Bullet and Becoming Your Own Hero

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These topics air Monday, November 24th, at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Living with A Bullet

More than one-hundred thousand people in America are shot each year. Seventy-five thousand survive. Many of them still carry the bullet. How has it impacted their lives? We’ll pose that question to reporter Chris Togneri who spent six months interviewing survivors. He'll joins guest host, Tribune Review reporter Andy Conte in Studio A.

A Hero’s Journey

Where do you go to become the hero of your life? We’ll pose that question to Pitt educated psychologist Michael Mervosh, co-founder of the Hero’s Journey Foundation. He joins us in Studio A to explain what it takes to awaken our unrealized potential.

Bavaria Returns to the 'Burgh

Vendors from around the world have returned for the third Christmas Market in Market Square. What draws them to the Steel City? We'll pose that question to Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Vice President of Marketing and Communications Leigh White.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:30 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Kicking off WESA's New Schedule with Hosts Chris Kimball and Ophira Eisenberg

Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR's game show "Ask Me Another"
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At 2 p.m. on Sunday, 90.5 WESA is trying out a new cooking show, "America's Test Kitchen" from PBS. However it isn't a radio version of the TV show. Host Chris Kimball joins us to explain what's different.

And we'll talk with Ophira Eisenberg, host of the game show "Ask Me Another" which debuts Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Ms. Eisenberg was selected as one of New York Magazine's "Top ten comics that funny people find funny."

Essential Pittsburgh
4:22 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

'Snap Judgment' Host & Rising Star Glynn Washington Creates "Storytelling with a Beat"

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This Sunday night at 7 p.m., 90.5 WESA welcomes a new show to the weekend lineup, an hour of storytelling called "Snap Judgment."

The program is hosted by Glynn Washington, whom the Atlantic referred to in a 2013 article as the fastest rising public radio star in memory.

Essential Pittsburgh
4:16 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

The Adonai Center Educates Young Black Men on Community Issues

Kevin Carter, CEO of the Adonai Center for Black Males
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There’s always a great need for mentors. This is especially true of young African American men, and one of the reasons behind the founding of the Young Men’s Conference.

The event taking place at Point Park University, was founded by our guest Kevin Carter, chief executive officer of the Adonai Center for Black Males.

Essential Pittsburgh
6:43 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Friday Rundown: The New Sounds of WESA

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These topics air Friday November 21, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

4th Annual Young Men’s Conference

There’s always a great need for mentors. This is especially true of young African American men. This is one of the reasons behind the founding of the Young Men’s Conference. The event, taking place at Point Park University, was founded by our guest Kevin Carter, chief executive officer of the Adonai Center for Black Males.

Snap Judgment

This Sunday night at 7 p.m., 90.5 WESA welcomes a new show to the weekend lineup, an hour of storytelling called "Snap Judgment." The program is hosted by Glynn Washington whom the Atlantic referred to in a 2013 article as the fastest rising public radio star in memory.

America's Test Kitchen and Ask Me Another

At 2 p.m. on Sundays, 90.5 WESA is trying out a new cooking show, "America's Test Kitchen" from PBS. However it isn't a radio version of the TV show. Host Chris Kimball joins us to explain what's different. And we'll talk with Ophira Eisenberg, host of the game show "Ask Me Another" which debuts Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Ms. Eisenberg was selected as one of New York Magazine's "Top ten comics that funny people find funny." 

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