90.5 WESA http://wesa.fm en Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders http://wesa.fm/post/lessons-manhood-boys-school-turns-work-wonders This summer, <em>All Things Considered </em>has been taking a look at the changing lives of <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america">men in America</a>. And that means talking about how the country educates boys.<p>In Berkeley, Calif., a private, non-profit middle school called the East Bay School for Boys is trying to reimagine what it means to build confident young men. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 33311 at http://wesa.fm Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders 'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands http://wesa.fm/post/love-and-drowning-us-virgin-islands In the new novel <em>Land of Love and Drowning</em>, the Virgin Islands and the ocean around them make for a magical setting.<p>The book follows three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands.<p>It's also laced with magical realism: One main character can sense people's arrival; another family only gives birth to men, generation after generation; and one woman has a hoofed leg instead of one of her feet.<p>Author Tiphanie Yanique grew up on the island of St. Thomas, she tells NPR's Eric Westervelt. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 editor 33310 at http://wesa.fm 'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead To Art, Understanding http://wesa.fm/post/handmade-signs-homeless-people-lead-art-understanding Artist Willie Baronet is on a 24-city, 31-day trek from Seattle, Wash. to New York City looking for supplies.<p>He's been buying handmade signs from homeless people for an art project called <a href="http://weareallhomeless.blogspot.com/">We Are All Homeless</a>. Those signs are little more than a peripheral blur for many people. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 NPR Staff 33309 at http://wesa.fm Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead To Art, Understanding On The Eve Of Ramadan's End, Fighting Resumes In Gaza http://wesa.fm/post/eve-ramadans-end-fighting-resumes-gaza <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=On+The+Eve+Of+Ramadan%27s+End%2C+Fighting+Resumes+In+Gaza&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDY5MjM1MDEyODE2MzMyMTZmZDQwMg001)"/></div><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Emily Harris 33308 at http://wesa.fm What Makes This Fight In Gaza Different From The Others? http://wesa.fm/post/what-makes-fight-gaza-different-others <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=What+Makes+This+Fight+In+Gaza+Different+From+The+Others%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NzMxMTkxMDEzMDkyOTU3ODRmYjc2Mg001)"/></div><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 editor 33307 at http://wesa.fm Violence Spikes Anew In Iraq, As Islamic State Looks To Expand http://wesa.fm/post/violence-spikes-anew-iraq-islamic-state-looks-expand <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Violence+Spikes+Anew+In+Iraq%2C+As+Islamic+State+Looks+To+Expand&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MTczMTM4MDEyNzM1OTUxMzg5ZDUyMw004)"/></div><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 33306 at http://wesa.fm Monday Rundown: Addressing Healthcare Needs of the Poor http://wesa.fm/post/monday-rundown-addressing-healthcare-needs-poor <p><strong>These topics air Monday July 28, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm &amp; 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. </strong></p><p><strong>Poor Health </strong></p><p>One quarter of Pittsburgh area hospitals closed in the first decade of the 21st Century, drastically reducing the amount of charitable care available to the poor. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Sean Hamill joins us to discuss his <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2014/07/27/Poor-Health-UPMC-Braddock/stories/201407270066">two-part series</a> examining this problem called "Poor Health."&nbsp;</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Colleges Take on Student's&nbsp;</span>Remedial Needs </strong></p><p>A great deal of concern is given to young children being ready to learn once they begin attending elementary school. But what happens when those children grow up and are ready to attend college? A study by the U.S. Department of Education finds one in four college freshmen lack reading and math skills for entry level-college work. This results in students needing to take at least one noncredit remedial class. We’ll discover how California University of Pennsylvania is working to reduce the amount of remedial help needed by students with Daniel Engstrom, associate provost in the Office of Academic Success at California University of Pennsylvania.</p><p><strong>More Bad Behavior in Sports </strong></p><p>John Affleck, Knight Chair in Sports Journalism at Penn State joins us to discuss recent bad behavior in sports, including the two-game suspension given to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for domestic violence. Many believe the sentence should have been stiffer. Also, considering some of the bad behavior carried out by Russia, are they fit to host the 2018 World Cup?</p><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:01:27 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33305 at http://wesa.fm Monday Rundown: Addressing Healthcare Needs of the Poor WESA and WYEP Pittsburgh ~ Development Database Coordinator http://wesa.fm/post/wesa-and-wyep-pittsburgh-development-database-coordinator <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Posted July 24, 2014 and Open Until Filled</strong></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Position Overview</strong></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">WYEP and 90.5&nbsp;WESA seek a strong data analyst with excellent attention to detail in data entry. The Development Database Coordinator (DDC) is a full-time, salary-exempt position reporting to the Director of Development and has the primary responsibilities of accurately coding and entering member donations, managing the fundraising database, and writing and running meaningful membership reports. The DDC serves as our database expert, is responsible for the integrity of the database, and will lead in the creation of a database policy and procedure manual.</p><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:37:12 +0000 Tara Lazur 33304 at http://wesa.fm With Judges Overriding Death Penalty Cases, Alabama Is An Outlier http://wesa.fm/post/judges-overriding-death-penalty-cases-alabama-outlier When Courtney Lockhart was tried for murder in Alabama, the jury unanimously recommended a life sentence, but the judge overrode that recommendation and sentenced Lockhart to death instead. Now the convicted murderer is asking the state Supreme Court to examine Alabama's unique process of judicial override.<p>Alabama is an outlier. It's the only state in which judges routinely override jury decisions <em>not</em> to impose the death penalty.<p>Lockhart's journey through the Alabama judicial system began in 2008, after he carjacked and murdered Auburn University freshman Lauren Burk. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:08:00 +0000 Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza 33303 at http://wesa.fm With Judges Overriding Death Penalty Cases, Alabama Is An Outlier Vincenzo Nibali First Italian In 15 Years To Win Tour De France http://wesa.fm/post/vincenzo-nibali-first-italian-15-years-win-tour-de-france Vincenzo Nibali has officially won this year's Tour de France, becoming the first Italian cyclist to do so since 1998 with a ride past fans lining Paris' Champs-Elysees.<p>As we reported on Saturday, Nibali, riding for Astana Pro Team, had worn the yellow jersey through most of the three-week competition that had been marked by bad weather and the relatively quick elimination of some of the favorites.<p>On an overcast Sunday in the French capital, Nibali rode past the Arc de Triomphe on his way to the winner's podium.<p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/28/sports/cycling/italys-vincenzo- Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:08:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33302 at http://wesa.fm Vincenzo Nibali First Italian In 15 Years To Win Tour De France U.S.: Satellite Images Show Russian Rockets Hitting Ukraine http://wesa.fm/post/us-satellite-images-show-russian-rockets-hitting-ukraine <em><strong>Update at 4:05 p.m. ET.</strong></em><p>The U.S. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:26:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33301 at http://wesa.fm U.S.: Satellite Images Show Russian Rockets Hitting Ukraine Judges Overturns D.C. Ban On Handguns In Public http://wesa.fm/post/judges-overturns-dc-ban-handguns-public A federal judge has overturned a District of Columbia ban on carrying handguns in public, concluding that the Second Amendment protects a person's right to firearms outside the home.<p>In a 19-page ruling that was written on Thursday, but only released late Saturday, Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33300 at http://wesa.fm Smartsongs: Refrains The Brain Retains http://wesa.fm/post/smartsongs-refrains-brain-retains Now that <a href="https://twitter.com/alyankovic/status/483281985024962560" target="_blank">Weird Al week</a> is long past, we can mull over the merits — and demerits — of Al Yankovic's new mishmash of novelty music: <em><a href="http://www.weirdal.com/" target="_blank">Mandatory Fun</a>.</em><p>For word nerds, there is no question that <em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc">Word Crimes,</a></em> a paean to punctuation and grammar sung to the tune of Robin Thicke's <em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyDUC1LUXSU" target="_blank">Blurred Lines, </a></em>is verbally v Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:24:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 33299 at http://wesa.fm How Our Story About A Child's Science Experiment Sparked Controversy http://wesa.fm/post/how-our-story-about-childs-science-experiment-sparked-controversy A story that ran last Sunday on <em>All Things Considered</em> about a sixth-grader's science fair project has elicited not just criticism but controversy.<p>Since the student's project built on the work of scientists, she's been accused this week of being a <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/07/plagiarism/374999/" target="_blank">"plagiarist"</a> who <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2704319/Scientist-insists-13-year-old-girl-ripped-research-groundbreaking-science-project-ecologists-awe.html" target="_blank">"ripped off"</a> earlier work.<p>We think thos Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:52:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 33298 at http://wesa.fm Birth Of 100-Millionth Person In Philippines Greeted With Joy, Concern http://wesa.fm/post/birth-100-millionth-person-philippines-greeted-joy-concern The Philippines on Sunday welcomed its 100-millionth citizen — a baby girl named Chonalyn who was born at a hospital in the capital, Manila.<p>Juan Antonio Perez III, executive director of the Commission on Population, announced the official milestone after the birth at Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, which has one of the busiest maternity wards in the world. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33297 at http://wesa.fm Birth Of 100-Millionth Person In Philippines Greeted With Joy, Concern One Woman, 817 Children: Caring For Kids Of Undocumented Parents http://wesa.fm/post/one-woman-817-children-caring-kids-undocumented-parents The recent increase in the number of unaccompanied, undocumented minors immigrating across the border has left tens of thousands of children waiting in limbo. But thousands of children who are already American citizens also face an uncertain future — because their parents are not in the country legally.<p>If their parents get deported, those minors could end up in foster care, or adopted by strangers.<p>Nora Sandigo is the legal guardian of 817 American children of undocumented immigrants. Should a parent be deported, Sandigo steps in to arrange care for the children they leave behind. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:06:00 +0000 NPR Staff 33296 at http://wesa.fm One Woman, 817 Children: Caring For Kids Of Undocumented Parents Libyan Conflict Rages After U.S. Shuts Embassy http://wesa.fm/post/libyan-conflict-rages-after-us-shuts-embassy <em><strong>Updated at 12:05 p.m. ET.</strong></em><p>Clashes between renegade Libyan army troops and Islamist-led militias have killed at least 38 people, including civilians, in and around the eastern city of Benghazi. The fighting comes a day after the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/26/335542894/u-s-embassy-compound-in-libya-shut-down-amid-fighting">U.S. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:04:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33294 at http://wesa.fm Libyan Conflict Rages After U.S. Shuts Embassy Cooperstown Welcomes La Russa, Rest Of 2014 Hall Of Famers http://wesa.fm/post/cooperstown-welcomes-la-russa-rest-2014-hall-famers <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Cooperstown+Welcomes+La+Russa%2C+Rest+Of+2014+Hall+Of+Famers&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 33295 at http://wesa.fm Vollmann's Ghost Stories Disappoint Instead Of Scare http://wesa.fm/post/vollmanns-ghost-stories-disappoint-instead-scare <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Vollmann%27s+Ghost+Stories+Disappoint+Instead+Of+Scare&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 33293 at http://wesa.fm At Some Venues, iPads Take The Place Of Opera Glasses http://wesa.fm/post/some-venues-ipads-take-place-opera-glasses <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=At+Some+Venues%2C+iPads+Take+The+Place+Of+Opera+Glasses&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MzM1ODU4MDEzMTg5NjcxOTBkZGJhOA004)"/></div><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 33292 at http://wesa.fm Latin-Funk Band Goes Metal, Covers Black Sabbath http://wesa.fm/post/latin-funk-band-goes-metal-covers-black-sabbath <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Latin-Funk+Band+Goes+Metal%2C+Covers+Black+Sabbath&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxNzg0MDExMDEyMTYyMjc1MDE3NGVmMw004)"/></div><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 33291 at http://wesa.fm News Anchor On Losing Side Of China's Anti-Corruption Campaign http://wesa.fm/post/celebrity-news-anchor-swept-chinas-anti-corruption-effort Chinese often complain that corruption is endemic in every sector of their society. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 33290 at http://wesa.fm News Anchor On Losing Side Of China's Anti-Corruption Campaign Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill http://wesa.fm/post/time-running-short-congress-agree-border-bill Congress is set to disband later this week for a summer break stretching past Labor Day. That leaves lawmakers only a few more days to act on an urgent request from President Obama.<p>The president wants nearly $4 billion in emergency funds to deal with the tens of thousands of children from Central America who've been illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 David Welna 33289 at http://wesa.fm Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill Fighting Near MH17 Crash Site In Ukraine Thwarts Investigators http://wesa.fm/post/fighting-near-mh17-crash-site-ukraine-thwarts-investigators <em><strong>Updated at 1:00 p.m. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:11:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33288 at http://wesa.fm Fighting Near MH17 Crash Site In Ukraine Thwarts Investigators Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store http://wesa.fm/post/lessons-behind-counter-comic-book-store When the news broke that Thor, the hyper-masculine thunder god, had become a woman, my Twitter feed exploded. It seemed like everybody had something to say.<strong> </strong>"Who will play the female Thor in the movies?" came up a lot. Meanwhile, I first had to figure out who Thor was. To me, stories about superheroes were for nerdy white guys imagining a world where they could lift heavy things and somehow get the girl. In short, boring. I was hopelessly behind the times.<p>But like any good journalist, I wasn't about to let total ignorance keep me from chasing down a good story. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Lidia Jean Kott 33287 at http://wesa.fm Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store