Speaking Volumes
3:11 am
Mon March 11, 2013

CCAC Pres. Alex Johnson reads Harry Potter, Carson McCullers

Alex Johnson
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It may not be Hogwarts, but CCAC president and Potter fan Alex Johnson is passionate about his school. 

He recommends:

Parker Palmer, The Courage to Teach

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Essential Pittsburgh
10:44 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Speaking Volumes on Essential Pittsburgh: Don Block

Greater Pittsburgh Literary Council Executive Director Don Block: "One of the reasons you read is to fill in gaps in your education."
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Don Block runs the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, and practices what he preaches. He talk's with 90.5 WESA Morning Edition Host Josh Raulerson about his personal reading selections.

Speaking Volumes
3:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

What the Greater Pittsburgh Literary Council's Don Block is Reading

Greater Pittsburgh Literary Council Executive Director Don Block: "One of the reasons you read is to fill in gaps in your education."
Credit Josh Raulerson/90.5 WESA

Don Block runs the Greater Pittsburgh Literary Council, and practices what he preaches...

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Essential Pittsburgh
10:54 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Gavin Newsom on Citizenville

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom explores the many ways technology can transform democracy, such as opening government data and letting people create apps to use it wisely.
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WESA 90.5 reporter Kevin Gavin interviews California Lieutenant Governor and former Mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom about his book Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government. Newsom discusses how ordinary citizens can use new digital tools to dissolve political gridlock and transform American democracy.

Speaking Volumes
6:57 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Speaking Volumes: Eric Shiner

Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner loves memoirs, manga, and the books of John Waters.
Credit Andy Warhol Museum

Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner's reading interests are eclectic in a way that Andy would surely appreciate.

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Arts & Culture
8:17 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Speaking Volumes: John Allison

Editor and critic John Allison works on the Sunday Books section at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Though much of his week is spent sifting through boxes of galleys for forthcoming books, it hasn't dimmed his enthusiasm for the printed word.

David Lodge, Nice Work 

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Arts & Culture
8:03 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Speaking Volumes: Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza

Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza are the co-founders and artistic directors of Attack Theatre. Their upcoming show draws heavily on opera, a genre that not so long ago was considered popular entertainment.

Ron David, Opera For Beginners 

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Arts & Culture
8:52 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Speaking Volumes: Michele Ament

Shady Side Academy math teacher Michele Ament puts her commuting hours to good use listening to audiobooks.

Edmund Morris, Theodore Rex

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Arts & Culture
8:23 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Speaking Volumes: Cindy Skrzycki

A seasoned journalist and senior lecturer for the University of Pittsburgh’s writing program, Cindy Skrzycki has an eye for a story. Her recent fiction and nonfiction book selections reflect what she teaches her students: Foundationally, good writing is informed writing. 

Joan Clark, Latitudes of Melt

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Arts & Culture
11:51 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Tim Cook

Pittsburgh's Saxifrage School is an experiment in higher education, rethinking the concept of college to emphasize purposeful learning and meaningful work. Founding Director Tim Cook's reading reflects that mission:

William Carlos Williams, Collected Poems

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Arts & Culture
8:14 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Brian O'Neill

Brian O’Neill, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer and author of The Paris of Appalachia: Pittsburgh in the Twenty-First Century, talks about how fiction can impart a true sense of place, and the poetry of former Pennsylvania State Poet Samuel Hazo.

Kaui Hart Hemmings, The Descendants

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Arts & Culture
9:01 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Megan Ward

Point Park University English professor Megan Ward is a Victorianist, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that her reading includes a lot of 19th century British fiction. She also loves the fiction of Michael Chabon, which Ward finds "Dickensian in its exuberance... its intricacies and weirdness."

Lately she's been reading:

George Eliot, Middlemarch

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9:03 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Justin Aion

Woodland Hills math teacher Justin Aion uses young adult novels in the classroom and enjoys genre fiction in his downtime. Lately he's been reading:


David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

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8:15 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Aaron Bisno

Rabbi Aaron Bisno of Rodef Shalom Congregation values narrative for its power "to convince someone of the meaning of an argument because of its direct implications on someone with whom they have a relationship, who they care about."

Erik Larson, In the Garden of Beasts

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9:13 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Zach Simons

Zach Simons is a Pittsburgh-based standup comic and podcaster, and a lifelong Saturday Night Live fan. Lately he's been reading:

Tom Shales & James Andrew Miller, Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live

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8:26 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Ruth Drescher

Ruth Drescher from Squirrel Hill will be the first to admit that Paul Auster's new memoir -- written entirely in the second person -- may not be for everyone. But she found Winter Journal unexpectedly compelling.

Paul Auster, Winter Journal

This memoir from the author of The Invention of Solitude details his mother's life and death, as well as the effects of time and aging on one's body and memory.

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8:53 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Staycee Pearl

Staycee Pearl is a Pittsburgh-based choreographer who stages dance performances based on, or inspired by, works of literature. She offers a few favorite books and talks about their role in her work at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater.

Octavia Butler, Wild Seed

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11:40 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Speaking Volumes: Paige McKenzie

Paige McKenzie, from Penn Hills, is a fan of travel writing and memoirs.

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