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Vox Pop
6:21 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Watch: At Opening Day, Pirates Fans Share Expectations For This Season

Fans pose for a picture outside PNC Park Monday. With a 1-0 win over the Cubs, things appear to be off to a good start for the Bucs fans.
Credit Ryan Loew / 90.5 WESA

Following their first playoff appearance in more than 20 years, the Pittsburgh Pirates hosted the Chicago Cubs on Opening Day Monday.

Fans flooded the North Shore for the game, with some stopping to share some thoughts on what they expect from their team this season.

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Vox Pop
11:39 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Watch: Pittsburghers Sound Off On One Tough Winter

Wave goodbye: Carrie O'Connell, of Scott Township, delivers some parting words for this winter.
Ryan Loew 90.5 WESA

Harsh winters can be a fact of life here in Pittsburgh. This one was different, though — at least it felt that way.

Plunging temps. Frozen pipes. Endless snow. Don't forget the cavernous potholes and worrisome reports of dwindling road salt supplies.

As spring approaches (it's coming, we promise), we recently gave Pittsburghers the chance share their thoughts on these past months of wintry misery:

Computer Science
3:30 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Meet Caroline Combemale: Cyber Student, Teen Teacher and Lead Guitarist

Fifteen-year-old Caroline Combemale teaches computer programming language Scratch during a recent session at Assemble Pittsburgh.
Ryan Loew 90.5 WESA

Caroline Combemale moves to her own rhythm. She has been shaped by a loving family, a tenacious personality and a hunger for new experiences. But her life has also been shaped by hardship.

The 15-year-old grew up in Belgium and often lapses into hushed French when she talks to her mother Laura. When they moved to Pittsburgh, where Laura is originally from, Combemale (pronounced Coom-beh-mel) was in grade school.

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:16 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Watch As Pittsburghers, Including Our Own Paul Guggenheimer, Get a Handle on Curling

Essential Pittsburgh host, Paul Guggenheimer, gets a handle on how to get these stones to curl across the ice.
Credit Ryan Loew / 90.5WESA

Curling is growing to be one of the most watched sports at the Winter Olympics. Although it may be a little while before Team USA wins a medal, Pittsburgh has a growing curling culture.

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Video
5:58 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

An Evening with Diane Rehm

Each weekday, listeners across the country tune in for the Diane Rehm Show, which has grown from a local morning call-in show to one of public broadcasting's most popular programs. Diane came to Pittsburgh's Hillman Center for Performing Arts recently to talk about her career in public radio.

Video
2:09 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Rubber Duckie, You're the One: Pittsburgh Welcomes Giant Floating Duck

The Rubber Duck Project passes by Point State Park in Pittsburgh Friday afternoon.
Credit Ryan Loew / 90.5 WESA

Scores of Pittsburghers turned out Friday evening to welcome a much-anticipated four-story inflatable duck as it made its U.S. debut.

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Transportation
7:16 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Photos: What the Liberty Tunnel Closures Look Like From the Inside

A worker looks north down the inbound Liberty Tunnel as crews work on the ventilation arch wall.
Ryan Loew 90.5 WESA

For drivers heading in and out of the South Hills in recent weeks, the daily commute has been trying at times.

Construction on the 5,888-foot-long Liberty Tunnel has prompted 24-hour closures of first the outbound side, then the inbound.

That's meant detours.

And while commuters making their way around the tunnel closures have likely seen workers on the north and south ends of the tunnel restoring concrete facades, much of the work inside the tubes has gone unseen.

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Community
6:40 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Photos: Volunteers Descend on the Andy Warhol Bridge for Yarn Bomb Effort

Volunteers spent much of Saturday and Sunday blanketing the Andy Warhol Bridge with brightly colored yarn panels as part of the Knit the Bridge project.
Ryan Loew 90.5 WESA

If a "yarn bomb" can be compared to a foot race, this one was a marathon.

Over the weekend scores of volunteers beset the Andy Warhol Bridge in Pittsburgh, affixing hundreds of pre-made, brightly colored yarn panels to the steel span.

But it was all months in the making, with hundreds of knitting and crocheting artists from across the region getting involved in the grassroots Knit the Bridge project.

Among those hanging panels on the bridge over the weekend was Pam Volz of Mt. Lebanon.

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Sports
11:21 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Photos: At Highland Park Track, Cyclists Are Put Through Their Paces

The half-mile cycling track features banked walls to help riders maintain their speed.
Haldan Kirsch 90.5 WESA

Fifteen years ago, the Allegheny Cycling Association was hosting their summer cycling races in the parking lot of the Pittsburgh Zoo.

Today, racers have found a more fitting home at the Bud Harris Cycling Track in Highland Park. Formerly a driver training course, according to the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, the track is a half-mile concrete oval featuring banked walls and a slight hill.

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Community
7:08 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Photos: Venture Inside Anthrocon, the World's Largest Furry Convention

Furries gather for a photo op Saturday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh as part of Anthrocon, which organizers bill as the world's largest convention for those fascinated with animal characters.
Ryan Loew 90.5 WESA

Since 2006, furries, or people fascinated with anthropomorphics, have descended on Pittsburgh for Anthrocon. It's billed as the world's largest furry convention, and this year, organizers expected the event to attract more than 5,500 participants.

"Anthrocon has become so deeply entwined with Pittsburgh itself," said Anthrocon CEO Samuel Conway. "This is a magnificent city, and heck, if they want to keep having us, we'll keep coming back."

History
11:55 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Photos: A Look Back at Point State Park Over the Decades

Before the Point was a state park, the space was used for warehouse and parking space, as shown in this photo from the 1950s.
Courtesy Riverlife

After years of reconstruction, the fountain at the Point will be turned back on this Friday.

Since April 2009, Point State Park has undergone a $35 million renovation, including $9.6 million for the fountain makeover.

Point State Park's history goes back decades, with planning for the space beginning in the 1930s. Construction didn’t start until the 1960s, and the original fountain opened in 1974.

Community
6:46 am
Mon April 22, 2013

It's NPR Coffee Week, Pittsburgh! Share your best mug shots

Hopefully your coffee mug is a bit more lively than this one.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

All this week, NPR's Morning Edition will be telling the stories behind your morning cup of coffee. If you're anything like us, you take pride in your coffee cup. Show your mugs via Twitter and/or Instagram with #PghCoffee.

If Pittsburgh stopped serving coffee tomorrow, bean aficionados in Brooklyn or Seattle might not gnash their teeth or tear their hair at the loss, but the loyal patrons of this city’s coffeehouses would mount a full-on revolt.

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