Essential Pittsburgh

Is There A Link Between Fracking And Earthquakes?

2 hours ago
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Last week's multiple minor earthquakes in an area just west of New Castle were below a magnitude that humans can feel but does that mean we shouldn't be concerned about them? The other big question for seismologists to answer whether the quakes were triggered by fracking. We'll put that question to Michael Brudzinski, a geology professor at Miami University in Ohio, and Andrew Nyblade, a geosciences professor at Penn State University.

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After 36 Years, KDKA Newsman Harold Hayes Signs Off

May 2, 2016
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Following a 36 year long career serving the Pittsburgh community as a reporter for KDKA-TV, Harold Hayes signed off for the last time this past Friday.  During his career, Hayes covered a wide-range of stories including Pope John Paul II’s funeral, Operation Desert Shield in Saudi Arabia and a visit from the Grand Dragon of the KKK to Pittsburgh. 

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Running shorts will replace lab coats this weekend as 10 UPMC doctors take to the course at the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon this Sunday as part of an initiative to ensure runner safety.  Dr. Ron Roth, the Pittsburgh Marathon’s medical director and Dr. Aaron Mares, assistant medical director for the marathon, joined Essential Pittsburgh to discuss this innovative approach.

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Building owners in downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland are ahead of sustainability goals set as part of the Pittsburgh 2030 District initiative.

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During a presentation at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Environmental Law Forum in Harrisburg earlier this month, Range Resources Vice President of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Terry Bossert said that the company tries to position gas wells away from larger, nice looking homes.

While Bossert later claimed that the statement was an example of “dry sarcasm,” Patrick Grenter, executive director of the Center for Coalfield Justice, and Joanne Kilgour, director of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club, say that it is all too true. Bossert later issued an apology for his comments.

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We'll go between the lines of City Theatre's four person on court drama that unfolds during the course of a tennis match between an aging American champion who is a cross between Pete Sampras and Tim Mayotte and a fiery young Russian. We'll talk with actors Danny Binstock and JD Taylor who portray the two players at the center of the story.

Mayor Peduto Discusses ICA, PWSA And Twitter BFF 'Guster'

Apr 28, 2016
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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto makes his monthly visit to the program. We'll ask him about the state Department of Environmental Protection's decision to cite the PWSA for making an unapproved modification to its drinking water treatment process. We'll also discuss the recent comings and goings at the ICA, and his possible duet with Guster.

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Only 17 of the 71 delegates headed to this summer's Republican National Convention are bound to support the presidential candidate who wins the primary. Pittsburgh Post Gazette reporter Chris Potter joins us to discuss the gap between what voters know about these delegates and how they are going to act.

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Among the bands being honored Thursday night at the 2016 Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends Awards Celebration at Stage AE on the North Shore is legendary 50s doo-wop group The Skyliners

Best known for “Since I Don’t Have You” and “This I Swear,” The Skyliners’ lead singer/songwriter Jimmy Beaumont joined Essential Pittsburgh to discuss his career and Pittsburgh roots.

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Pennsylvania garnered national attention in yesterday's presidential primary with candidates making a last-minute push in an effort to secure their parties nomination.  In addition, there were some high profile races for a senatorial candidate and attorney general. John Baer, political columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News joins us for a look at the election day results. We'll also talk with Katie McGinty, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate and Josh Shapiro, the Democratic Attorney General nominee for the state.

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Several western Pennsylvania schools are considering or actively creating bathroom policies for transgender students.  While many districts have been receptive to the policies, some parents have expressed concerns. We’ll examine the issue and what a policy could look like in schools.

Hidden Pittsburgh: Behind The Scenes Of Local Landmarks

Apr 25, 2016
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On this special edition of Essential Pittsburgh we'll take listeners on a unique tour of the city. Even if you’ve been to Kennywood, The Frick Pittsburgh or the National Aviary you’ll discover what goes on behind the scenes at a number of  local landmarks.

Is Technology Ruining Millennials' Study Abroad Experience?

Apr 22, 2016
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Studying abroad is an American college tradition. It is the chance for students to go outside of their comfort zone and explore a foreign land. But is technology ruining the experience? Duquesne Law Professor Jacob Rooksby thinks so, as outlined in his essay, Digital Cocoons and the Raw Abroad. Essential Pittsburgh’s Paul Guggenheimer spoke with Rooksby about this development.

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A contemporary art series called "By Any Means," founded by Kilolo Luckett, is bringing nationally recognized artists and art leaders of color to Pittsburgh for a two-part panel discussion on the influence of black culture in contemporary art. Kilolo Luckett joins us in studio to preview the symposium.  She also shares her memories of seeing Prince in concert and remembers his legacy.

 

Getting Serious About Climate Change On Earth Day 2016

Apr 22, 2016
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Shorts on Christmas?  Flip flops for New Years?  Pittsburghers joke about a love of climate change this past winter, but scientists insist it is not something to take lightly.  According to NASA, 2015 was recorded as the hottest year ever, breaking the record set previously in 2014. 

Permit Updates Bring Continued Success To Pittsburgh Food Trucks

Apr 21, 2016
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Coast-to-coast, food trucks have increased in popularity. In a month’s time, the Food Truck-a-palooza will be take over the Waterfront. We looked at the current state of Pittsburgh's food truck scene with Tim Tobitsch, co-owner of the Franktuary truck. We’ll also hear from City Councilman Dan Gilman who said he recognizes the value food trucks bring to the city.  

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As U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for all eight years of the Obama administration, Tom Vilsack has closely monitored changes in farming and horticulture. During a stump for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Vilsack sits down with Essential Pittsburgh’s Paul Guggenheimer about the biggest challenges facing rural growing communities in the U.S. and here in Pennsylvania.

You, Too, Can Become An Urban Farmer

Apr 21, 2016
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It’s springtime in Pittsburgh! As the weather gets warmer, many are making the decision to start growing food and raising animals like goats and chickens in their own backyards. What does it take to be an urban farmer? We’ll ask Heather Manzo, a Penn State Extension Educator focusing on food systems.  She joins us to talk about the state of urban farming in Pittsburgh and programs developed to prepare potential growers.

Can Anyone 'Bring Back' Steel And Coal To The 'Burgh?

Apr 20, 2016
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Could bringing steel and coal back to the Steel City solve economic and industrial woes?  GOP front-runner Donald Trump captured Pittsburgh’s attention when he announced his commitment to bringing back such manufacturing to the region during his recent campaign stop.  But is this legitimately possible?

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Since the 2008 economic recession, the national unemployment rate has been closely monitored. In elections year, politicians use the statistics to promote their own economic agendas. Robert Morris University professor of economics Brian O’Roark says to fully understand what the rate means for the U.S. labor force, it’s important to examine all elements involved.

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Since 2006, Strong Women, Strong Girls has been providing mentors for female students in grades 3-5, teaching them self-confidence and empowering them to succeed. Essential Pittsburgh’s Katie Blackley spoke with Sabrina Saunders, SWSG’s Executive Director, about the group’s impact in the Pittsburgh area over the last decade.

Why Is Socialism A 'Dirty Word?'

Apr 19, 2016
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The terms socialist and socialism have been mentioned with some regularity during the presidential campaign. But what exactly is socialism, who is a socialist and why does it seem to be spoken of pejoratively? We'll pose those questions to Robert Ross associate professor of global cultural studies  & Jehnie Reis  an assistant professor of history in the  Humanities and Human Sciences Department at Point Park University

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A current funding lawsuit alleges that Pennsylvania has broken its constitutional obligation to provide a "thorough and efficient" education. We'll talk with Cheryl Kleiman, Staff Attorney for the Education Law Center, one of the attorneys in the case. And Kevin McCorry WHYY Senior Education Writer who is contributing to the NPR reporting project "School Money" exploring how states pay for their public schools and why many are failing to meet the needs of their most vulnerable students.          

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Pennsylvania is now officially the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana.  Following an arduous legislative battle, Governor Tom Wolf signed the Medical Marijuana Act Sunday, which will take effect in 30 days. 

Representative Dan Frankel of Allegheny County has been a longtime supporter of the measure.  He says an engaged governor and emotional advocacy from families of children struggling with chronic illnesses were both imperative in passing this legislation.

Remembering Jackie Robinson's Debut At Forbes Field

Apr 15, 2016
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Philadelphia is officially apologizing today to Jackie Robinson for the abuse he endured in the City of Brotherly Love when he and the Dodgers arrived to play the Phillies during Robinson's rookie year of 1947. In Philadelphia, Robinson was refused service by a local hotel and taunted by Phillies manager Ben Chapman, who, along with his players, hurled racial slurs at Robinson each time he came to bat. We'll talk with baseball author and historian Richard "Pete" Peterson about this and what happened when Robinson made his first big league appearance at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

 

Prevention Point Pittsburgh Celebrates 20 Years

Apr 15, 2016
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Since they began in the Hill District in 1995, Prevention Point Pittsburgh has been providing needle exchange services to help stop the spread of injection-related diseases. Twenty years later, the organization has spread to three counties and has served more than 5,000 injection drug users. We’ll ask Overdose Prevention Project Coordinator Alice Bell how PPP has evolved over the years and how they measure success. We’ll also hear about the many services they provide to users. 

Future Plans For The Produce Terminal Approved

Apr 15, 2016
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The Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority board voted Thursday on a proposal to revitalize the Strip District produce terminal. We’ll learn about the results of the meeting and what this will mean for the future of the area from Kevin Acklin, URA board chairman and Mayor Peduto’s chief of staff. 

 

'Terrible Human Beings' Reflect On Donald Trump In Pittsburgh

Apr 14, 2016
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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump made his first campaign stops in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, beginning at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland to tape a one-hour Fox News special and ending with a rally at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. 90.5 WESA reporter Noah Brode and Multimedia Editor Megan Harris join us to talk about what Trump had to say and the reaction to his message.

U.S. State Department Brings Networking Event To Pittsburgh

Apr 14, 2016
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There are many ways to serve your country and since 2010 over 200 employees from the Pittsburgh region have served the U.S. Department of State. Among them, former U. S. Ambassador to Ireland, and Pittsburgh Steelers chairman, Dan Rooney. We’ll discover what the U.S. Department of State is looking for in people to serve America’s interests at home and abroad with Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Human Resources Carol Perez.  

Multidisciplinary Perspectives On Prolonged Solitary Confinement

Apr 14, 2016
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  Prisoners who spend prolonged periods in solitary confinement are susceptible to a number of mental health disorders. They can include anxiety, depression and paranoia. Much like post traumatic stress disorder effects of these health concerns can continue for a long time. We’ll address the issue of prolonged solitary confinement with Professor Jules Lobel of the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Professor Michael Zigmond, University of Pitt. Medical School and Shandre Delaney, an activist whose son is in solitary confinement.

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