90.5 WESA http://wesa.fm en Salon Uses Image Of North Korea's Leader To Promote Discount http://wesa.fm/post/salon-uses-image-north-koreas-leader-promote-discount The sign with a picture of Jim Jong-un offered 15 percent off all men's cuts through April. Two officials from the North Korean embassy arrived at the London salon and ordered the sign be taken down. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:43:00 +0000 editor 27706 at http://wesa.fm Lost Sea Lion Pup Found In California Almond Orchard http://wesa.fm/post/lost-sea-lion-pup-found-california-almond-orchard The pup was discovered 100 miles from the ocean. It mostly likely swam up the San Joaquin River, hopped out and couldn't find its way back. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:09:00 +0000 editor 27705 at http://wesa.fm Probe: Gains Of Integration Eroded, Especially In The South http://wesa.fm/post/probe-gains-integration-eroded-especially-south In 1954, the Supreme Court outlawed segregation. David Greene talks to ProPublica's Nikole Hannah-Jones about her story in The Atlantic. She examines the failure of school desegregation. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:31:00 +0000 editor 27702 at http://wesa.fm Pay It Forward Proposal Could Help Students Afford College http://wesa.fm/post/pay-it-forward-proposal-could-help-students-afford-college A new idea is making the rounds in education circles. Under the plan, states would allow students to go to college for free then they would pay back a percentage of their salaries after they graduate. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:07:00 +0000 editor 27704 at http://wesa.fm Does Business Innovation Depend On A CEO's Age? http://wesa.fm/post/does-business-innovation-depend-ceos-age Analysis of innovation at private companies in the U.S. and across the world finds an inverse relationship correlation between disruptive innovation and the age of managers at those companies. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:07:00 +0000 editor 27703 at http://wesa.fm Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds' http://wesa.fm/post/plant-breeders-release-first-open-source-seeds A group of scientists and food activists is launching a <a href="http://www.news.wisc.edu/22748">campaign</a> Thursday to change the rules that govern seeds. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Dan Charles 27697 at http://wesa.fm Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds' Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa http://wesa.fm/post/polio-hits-equatorial-guinea-threatens-central-africa Health officials are worried.<p>After being free of polio for nearly 15 years, Equatorial Guinea has <a href="http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx">reported</a> two cases of the disease.<p>The children paralyzed are in two distant parts of the country. So the virus may have spread widely across the small nation.<p>The outbreak is dangerous, in part, because Equatorial Guinea has the worst polio vaccination rate in the world: 39 percent. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 27698 at http://wesa.fm Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa Meet The Sisters Saving Spanish Horses From Slaughter http://wesa.fm/post/meet-sisters-saving-spanish-horses-slaughter It's been four years since Spain's construction-fueled economy collapsed, leaving 57 percent of young Spaniards out of work. Noisy protesters occupy Madrid's streets every weekend, demanding jobs and an end to punishing austerity.<p>But there is another, voiceless victim of the country's economic crash: Spanish horses.<p>They once carried the <em>conquistadores</em> into battle in the Americas. Spanish purebred horses have long been the choice breed for royal equestrians across Europe and for cowboys in Hollywood films. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:28:00 +0000 editor 27699 at http://wesa.fm Meet The Sisters Saving Spanish Horses From Slaughter When Divorce Leads To A Happily Ever After For A Small Business http://wesa.fm/post/when-divorce-leads-happily-ever-after-small-business Married couples in America co-own 3.7 million small businesses, according to the Census Bureau, and the arrangement can be fruitful when both marriage and business are going well. But what happens when it doesn't? Most of the time, when the love dies, the business relationship ends, too.<p>But that's not always the case.<p>Take Rhonda Sanderson and her ex-husband. They divorced the way many do, fighting over money and various other things. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 27700 at http://wesa.fm When Divorce Leads To A Happily Ever After For A Small Business Sichuan Pepper's Buzz May Reveal Secrets Of The Nervous System http://wesa.fm/post/sichuan-peppers-buzz-may-reveal-secrets-nervous-system The Sichuan peppercorn is known to give some Chinese dishes a pleasant tingling feeling.<p>What's not so pleasant is that pins-and-needles feeling we get when our foot falls asleep — or when patients who suffer from <a href="http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/paresthesia/paresthesia.htm">paresthesia</a> experience constant tingling in their limbs.<p><a href="http://mcb.berkeley.edu/index.php?option=com_mcbfaculty&name=bautistad">Diana Bautista</a>, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Berkeley, wondered: Could these sensations be connected?<p>Bautista says a lot of what we know co Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:25:00 +0000 Ike Sriskandarajah 27701 at http://wesa.fm Sichuan Pepper's Buzz May Reveal Secrets Of The Nervous System John Edwards Resumes Career As Trial Attorney http://wesa.fm/post/john-edwards-resumes-career-trial-attorney Former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards has returned to a North Carolina courtroom to help represent a 4-year-old Virginia boy in a medical malpractice case.<br /> <br />Edwards is one of three attorneys representing the parents and guardians of a boy with brain damage and physical injuries they say occurred in December 2009.<p>At that time, the boy was an infant in the care of Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, N.C., and an emergency room doctor.<br /> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:56:00 +0000 editor 27696 at http://wesa.fm John Edwards Resumes Career As Trial Attorney Thursday Rundown: The Legal Precedence of Minors Be Tried As Adults http://wesa.fm/post/thursday-rundown-legal-precedence-minors-be-tried-adults <p></p><p><em><strong>These topics air April 17, 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 noon &amp; 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard <a href="http://wesa.fm/programs/905-wesas-essential-pittsburgh">here</a>. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:46:07 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27695 at http://wesa.fm Thursday Rundown: The Legal Precedence of Minors Be Tried As Adults Obama: When It Comes To Job Training, 'Roboburgh' Is A Model For The Nation http://wesa.fm/post/obama-when-it-comes-job-training-roboburgh-model-nation <p></p><p>The Community College of Allegheny County’s mechatronics program trains students to work in high-tech manufacturing jobs, and President Barack Obama said Wednesday it’s the kind of program that should be available nationwide.</p><p>“What we want to do is we want to replicate your model across the country,” Obama said. “You’re doing something right that is making a difference in people’s lives, and we want to spread the word.”</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:31:23 +0000 Liz Reid 27694 at http://wesa.fm Obama: When It Comes To Job Training, 'Roboburgh' Is A Model For The Nation Free Drug Samples Prompt Skin Doctors To Prescribe Costlier Meds http://wesa.fm/post/free-drug-samples-prompt-skin-doctors-prescribe-costlier-meds Every "free" sample comes with a price.<p>Dermatologists who accept free tubes and bottles of brand-name drugs are likelier to prescribe expensive medications for acne than doctors who are prohibited from taking samples, a study <a href="http://archderm.jamanetwork.com/journal.aspx">reports</a> Wednesday.<p>The difference isn't chump change. When patients see a dermatologist who gets and gives free samples, the average cost of medicines prescribed is $465 per office visit. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:01:00 +0000 editor 27693 at http://wesa.fm Free Drug Samples Prompt Skin Doctors To Prescribe Costlier Meds Rescuers Deliver Most, But Not All, Nigerian Schoolgirls To Safety http://wesa.fm/post/rescuers-deliver-most-not-all-nigerian-schoolgirls-safety According to the Nigerian military, all but eight of the girls kidnapped from a Nigerian boarding school have been rescued. As many as 100 girls had been abducted by militants earlier in the week. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 27692 at http://wesa.fm Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service http://wesa.fm/post/israels-ultra-orthodox-put-faith-unorthodox-dating-service Yael Mizrachi, a 33-year-old Israeli woman, has been to many matchmakers.<p>"Too many," she says, rolling her wide dark eyes and tossing her shoulder-length hair.<p>Matchmakers are the traditional way to find a mate in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to which Mizrachi belongs. But she is not entirely traditional.<p>"I identify myself as a modern ultra-Orthodox," Mizrachi says.<p>Mizrachi is part of a growing number of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel who are seeking job skills, getting higher education or joining the military. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Emily Harris 27689 at http://wesa.fm Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service Bloomberg Seeks To Alter Gun Debate With $50 Million, And Moms http://wesa.fm/post/bloomberg-seeks-alter-gun-debate-50-million-and-moms Billionaire Michael Bloomberg's plan to invest $50 million in what he describes as a mom-driven grass-roots effort to support pro-gun-safety candidates grabbed headlines Wednesday, and energized gun control activists.<p>The commitment, the former New York City mayor says, aims to beat back the profound political influence of the National Rifle Association in 15 targeted states — to "make them afraid of us," he told NBC's <em>Today </em>show.<p>"This is what the American public wants," Bloomberg said, referring to his group's intended focus on gun-purchase background checks.<p>Polls show that B Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:49:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 27690 at http://wesa.fm Bloomberg Seeks To Alter Gun Debate With $50 Million, And Moms Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude' http://wesa.fm/post/book-review-kinder-solitude Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Author Yiyun Li's latest novel begins with a death. Three friends are linked to the victim and the clues begin to pile up. But this isn't your typical whodunit. There's no famous detective helpfully vacationing nearby, no friendly sidekick or devious villain. Even the crime of poisoning occurred in the distant past.<p>Instead, the novel explores what happens when bad memories are buried for a lifetime. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:45:00 +0000 editor 27691 at http://wesa.fm Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude' On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables http://wesa.fm/post/your-mark-get-set-grow-guide-speedy-vegetables Yes, it is true that gardening requires patience.<p>But face it, we live in an impatient world. And gardeners everywhere were depressed by the brutal and endless winter. (True story: The polar vortex killed my fall kale crop!)<p>So we are understandably eager to get sowing. And to see results by ... well, if not next Thursday, then maybe mid-May?<p>There are two ways to make this happen. Some garden varieties naturally have a short germinate-to-harvest cycle. Then there are the hybrids developed at universities and seed companies. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:04:00 +0000 Marc Silver 27687 at http://wesa.fm On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables Obama Praises CCAC's Job-Driven Training Programs http://wesa.fm/post/obama-praises-ccacs-job-driven-training-programs <p>President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were at the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center campus in Oakdale Wednesday to unveil the administration’s new job training initiatives.</p><p>Obama called CCAC’s mechatronics program an outstanding model of job-driven training that he wants to see replicated across the country.</p><p>The program trains workers for high-tech manufacturing jobs in as little as six months.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:03:43 +0000 Liz Reid 27683 at http://wesa.fm Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights http://wesa.fm/post/justices-peacemaker-unit-focuses-transgender-rights A groundbreaking survey reports that <a href="http://transequality.org/PDFs/Executive_Summary.pdf" target="_blank">nearly 2 out of 3 transgender people</a> say they've been victims of physical assault. Most of those crimes are never reported to police. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 27685 at http://wesa.fm Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights Legal Moves Might Mean Fiscal Relief, And More PR Troubles, For GM http://wesa.fm/post/legal-moves-might-mean-fiscal-relief-and-more-pr-troubles-gm General Motors is signaling its plans to ask a bankruptcy judge for protection from lawsuits related to a defective switch recall. As Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton reports, the action could further complicate its current public relations crisis. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:50:00 +0000 editor 27688 at http://wesa.fm New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved http://wesa.fm/post/new-fossil-takes-bite-out-theory-sharks-barely-evolved Sharks have looked more or less the same for hundreds of millions of years. But a newly discovered fossil suggests that under the hood, a modern shark is very different from its ancient ancestors.<p>The finding, <a href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature13195.html">published in the journal Nature</a>, strongly implies that sharks are not the "living fossils" many paleontologists once thought they were. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 27684 at http://wesa.fm New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved From Cuba To LA Baseball Diamond, Yasiel Puig's Dangerous Odyssey http://wesa.fm/post/cuba-la-baseball-diamond-yasiel-puigs-dangerous-odyssey Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Yasiel Puig is the star second-year outfielder with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is a Cuban refugee who plays with phenomenal athletic talent and abandon. In fact, sometimes what he abandons is the guidance of his coaches and manager. He is energetic to the point of recklessness when he's running bases or playing the outfield. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 NPR Staff 27680 at http://wesa.fm Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis http://wesa.fm/post/man-reaches-sun-solution-pakistans-gas-crisis Spring has crept up to the foothills of the Himalayas and, in Islamabad, Pakistan's purpose-built capital, the air is full of the scent of roses and the yelling of birds.<p>Yet, even in this most stately of South Asian cities, it is impossible to escape the realities of an unstable nation that has yet to figure out how to meet some of the basic needs of its 200 million or so citizens.<p>Islamabad long ago adjusted to attacks by Islamist militants by setting up roadblocks and turning its government buildings, five-star hotels, villas and diplomatic enclaves into modern-day fortresses, wrapped i Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 27677 at http://wesa.fm Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis