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These topics air Monday August 25, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Ready Freddy

New kindergarten students at ten Pittsburgh Public Schools will be welcomed on the first day of school by groups of parents and supportive volunteers as well as the "Ready Freddy" green frog mascot, the symbol of the program developed by Pitt's Office of Child Development that helps make the first day of kindergarten easier for little ones. Ken Smythe-Leistico, assistant director of Pitt's Office of Child Development joins us in studio to talk about the program.

Head of the Class: How to Set Yourself Up for Post Graduate Success 

How can students set themselves up for jobs, internships, fellowships and service opportunities after graduation? We’ll pose that question to independent career consultant Sasha King in this month’s installment of On the Job.

Nittany Lions in Ireland

The Penn State football team is playing its first international game this Saturday when the Nittany Lions take on the University of Central Florida. The clash takes place at Croke Park, the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association in central Dublin. John Affleck, Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society at Penn State's College of Communications is leading a group of students who are already in Ireland ahead of the team. He joins us for a preview.

Friday Rundown: Making Tough Economic Choices After High School

Aug 21, 2014
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Trade School vs. College

While college may not be for everyone, gone are the days when you could go from work to longtime employment without some form of higher education. As the costs of college increases and more jobs require a level of education beyond high school, trade schools are seeing a boost in enrollment. What are the economic benefits of attending trade school over college? We'll pose that question to Brian O'Roark, professor of economics at Robert Morris University.

Summer Melt

Pitt Education professor Dr. Lindsay Page discusses her research on Summer Melt. It's an unfortunate trend among recent high school graduates who plan to start college in the fall but fail to enroll due to a lack of resources or mentors. Her forthcoming book is called "Summer Melt: Supporting Low-income Students Through the Transition to College."

Upcoming Fitness Events

Before summer comes to a close and the autumn chill is in the air, there are plenty of outdoor activities for you to enjoy. Joe Vennare, co-founder of the online fitness and health magazine Fittsburgh, joins us with suggestions for some upcoming fitness events you may enjoy. 

Thursday Rundown: What We Can Learn From Ferguson, Mo.

Aug 20, 2014
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Police Dept. Handling of the Ferguson, Mo. Shooting

Much of the nation’s attention has been focused on the unrest in Ferguson, Mo. The shooting of a young African American man by a police officer has led to riots, looting and tension between law enforcement officials and the citizenry. Pitt Law Professor David Harris evaluates the police department’s response to the incident, why it went wrong and what could happen next.

Getting Medical Aid to Ebola Victims

The Pittsburgh-based medical relief foundation Brother’s Brother has been trying to distribute medical aid throughout Western Africa since an outbreak of the Ebola virus began last spring. More than 1,200 lives have been claimed by the virus, many were health care workers. Luke L. Hingson, President of Brother’s Brother joins us to talk about what caregivers face when treating people with Ebola, and how the 56 year-old foundation can keep up with demand in the affected regions.

Upcoming Fitness Events

Before summer comes to a close and the autumn chill is in the air, there are plenty of outdoor activities for you to enjoy. Joe Vennare, co-founder of the online fitness and health magazine Fittsburgh, joins us with suggestions for some upcoming fitness events you may enjoy. 

Allegheny County

These topics air Wednesday August 20, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Deficient Mental Health Services

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner has announced that a recent audit revealed that complex procedures and internal deficiencies in the County's Department of Human Services (DHS) could cause dysfunction in the facilitation of mental health services in Allegheny County. Wagner joins us to discuss her concerns.

Natrona Bottling Company

Whether it’s called soda or pop consumers can’t get enough of the sweet carbonated beverage. Here in Pittsburgh the Natrona Bottling Company has been making it’s brand of specialty beverages for quite some time. In fact, this year marks the company’s 110th anniversary. We’ll discover what makes the small, local bottler unique with Vito Gerasole the “Sultan of Soda” who acquired the company. 

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These topics air Tuesday August 19, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Oil Trains

More than 40 percent of Pittsburgh's residents live in areas that would be at risk if a train carrying crude oil through the city derails and catches fire. We'll talk with reporter Natasha Khan of our content partner Public Source, which created a map tracking the route of rail lines known to carry crude oil in the city.

Superheroes of the Holocaust

The Toonseum and the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh have produced a comic book, "Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust" to honor the bravery of five Pittsburghers during a tragic period of the 20th Century. We'll talk with the comic book's writer Wayne Wise and artist Marcel Walker.

The Business of Franchises

Can you be an entrepreneur if you buy into a franchise? Also, what should you know if you’re considering opening a franchise? Contributor Rebecca Harris answers those questions this week as she looks at the business of franchises. 

Monday Rundown: Remembering Roberto Clemente

Aug 15, 2014
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Remembering Sophie Masloff

Former Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff died Sunday at the age of 96. In the spring of 1988 she became Pittsburgh's first female and first Jewish mayor, after the death of Mayor Richard S. Caliguiri. We talked with Joseph Sabino Mistick, Masloff's longtime friend and former top aide about her legacy in Pittsburgh. And hear an excerpt from her 2012 conversation on Essential Pittsburgh.

"21" the Clemente Musical

In October a new play about Pirates legend Roberto Clemente is coming to Point Park University’s Conservatory Theater Company. The musical, “21,” is written and composed by Alki Steriopoulos, who grew up in Pittsburgh. Steriopoulos began working on the play in 2007 but October will mark the debut of “21” as a full production. Steriopoulos joins us to talk about “21” and the significance of its debut in the Steel City.

Steve Blass

Former Pirates pitcher Steve Blass was a teammate of Roberto Clemente's for nine seasons and together they led Pittsburgh to the 1971 World Series Championship. Blass will help us celebrate Clemente's 80th birthday with stories and recollections of their playing days both on and off the field.

Character Assassination

Baseball writer Richard "Pete' Peterson joins us to talk about the unfortunate story of former Pirates pitcher Fritz Ostermueller, a Pirates pitcher who was unfairly cast as a racist in the movie "42." The movie tells the story of Jackie Robinson's first season in the big leagues and portrays Ostermueller beaning Robinson in the head, which never happened.

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Overview of Universal Pre-K Universal pre-kindergarten is just one attempt, in a long line of educational reforms, to better educate our children. New York City begins a universal pre-k program this year. Will Pittsburgh follow-suit? Our look at universal pre-k begins with an explanation of the basics of this educational program for early learners. The discussion begins with Michelle Figlar, executive director of the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) and Bob McCall, co-director of the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development.

Universal Pre-K in PA

Our look at universal pre-k continues with a look at programs in Pittsburgh and the commonwealth. Our guests for this segment are Dr. Cosette Grant-Overton Manager, Educational Policy and Workforce Development Office of Mayor Peduto and Michelle Figlar, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC).

Assessing the Success Universal Pre-K

How do you measure the success of universal pre-k? We’ll pose that question to Michelle Figlar, executive director of the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC), Bob McCall, co-director of the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development and Ellen Smith a recently retired Pittsburgh Public Schools kindergarten teacher.

These topics air Thursday, August 14, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA.  Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. 

The New Pitt Chancellor

Patrick Gallagher, the new chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, is our guest. The Pitt alum officially took office on August 1st. With a number of universities seeing declining enrollments and budget cuts we'll ask how he plans to tackle these challenges as well as his vision for Pitt's future.

High Point Pittsburgh Project

The Empire State Building, CN and Sears Towers are famous tourist destinations for viewing their cities. Can the U.S. Steel Tower be added to that list? That's what David Bear, creator of the High Point Pittsburgh Project, is hoping for. He thinks we ought to have an observation deck atop the building. He'll explain his plan and how he thinks it will benefit  the citizenry of Pittsburgh.

Fitness Technology

Whether it's a pedometer or an app tracking your calories there's no shortage of technological devices to track your fitness endeavors. But, do they work? Are they necessary? How long do people actually use them? We'll pose those questions to Joe Vennare, co-founder of the online fitness and health magazine Fittsburgh.

Wednesday Rundown: Neighborhood Feedback for the Mayor

Aug 12, 2014

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Spending the Night with the Mayor

This month we’re having a neighborhood-centric conversation with Mayor Bill Peduto. He’s traveled throughout the city, hosting a monthly “Mayor’s Night Out” and “Night In,” where anyone can talk with him and his staff in person about neighborhood issues. We’ll get his take on the community feedback he’s been getting, police residency requirements and development of the former Civic Arena site in the Hill District.

What are your biggest neighborhood concerns?

Pedestrian Safety in Pittsburgh

With more than 2,000 serious accidents since 2006, the problem of pedestrian safety in Pittsburgh is one neither money or enforcement has been able to fix. This week the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has printed the first data-driven look at pedestrian safety in Pittsburgh. We'll talk with reporters Andrew McGill and Madeline Conway. 

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Oakwatch: Improving Quality of Life Through Code Enforcement

In the last few decades the neighborhood of Oakland has seen a major shift from residential to tenant based housing dominated by college students. Oakwatch was formed by the Oakland Planning and Development Corporation in order to tackle the many code violations and disturbances that have brought down the quality of life and make it difficult to attract new residents to the neighborhood. Each month, Oakwatch brings residents together with elected officials, building inspectors, public health professionals and police to address Oakland’s biggest problem properties. Oakwatch Co-chair Hanson Kappelman talks about the community driven way they're dealing with neighborhood offenders.

Jesse Steinfeld

West Aliquippa native Jesse Steinfeld was the first surgeon general in the Nixon Administration and spoke out against cigarette smoking, bringing new attention to the risks it posed to women and to people exposed to secondhand smoke. He died last week at age 87. We'll talk about his legacy with Stanton Glantz who studies the health effects of secondhand smoke at Stanford University.

WESA Celebrates - Saleem Ghubril

This week WESA Celebrates profiles Saleem Ghurbil who has been the driving force behind the Pittsburgh Promise. Ghubril has been working tirelessly since its inception to make sure every Pittsburgh city student has a shot at higher education.

Business of Child Care

The cost of child care has a significant impact on parents from all income ranges. Last year the New York Times reported the day care costs for middle-class New Yorkers can easily equal from $25,000 to $30,000 per child. Contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the business of child care. 

Monday Rundown: Reducing Caregiver Stress

Aug 11, 2014
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A Caregiver’s Dilemma

In an article for the Post – Gazette freelance writer Tina Calabro chronicles a tragic murder-suicide that took place in the Mon Valley borough of Port Vue. The incident involved an elderly caregiver of a middle-aged son with developmental disabilities. Tina Calabro joins us to discuss the case and the issues it raises.

Resources for Caregivers

A generation of older caregivers may not ask for help when it’s needed. This may be due in part to pride as well as not knowing what resources are available or how to obtain them. We’ll address what can be done for caregivers with Jeanine Schultz, director of advocacy and family supports for ACHIEVA, a non-profit organization that provides lifelong supports and services for individuals with disabilities and their families in southwestern Pennsylvania.

NCAA Loses Amateurism Suit

U.S. District Judge Claudia Ann Wilson has dealt a major blow to the NCAA's ideal of amateurism in college sports. In a 99 page ruling, Judge Wilken wrote that "the Court will enjoin the NCAA from enforcing any rules or bylaws that would prohibit its member schools and conferences from offering (Division I-A) football or Division I basketball recruits a limited share of the revenues generated from the use of their names, images or likenesses in addition to a full grant-in-aid (scholarship." Post-Gazette writer Brady McCollough has been covering this case and joins us to discuss the outcome.

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A Caregiver’s Dilemma

In an article for the Post – Gazette freelance writer Tina Calabro chronicles a tragic murder-suicide that took place in the Mon Valley borough of Port Vue. The incident involved an elderly caregiver of a middle-aged son with developmental disabilities. Tina Calabro joins us to discuss the case and the issues it raises.

Resources for Caregivers

A generation of older caregivers may not ask for help when it’s needed. This may be due in part to pride as well as not knowing what resources are available or how to obtain them. We’ll address what can be done to caregivers with Jeanine Schultz, director of advocacy and family supports for ACHIEVA, a non-profit organization that provides lifelong supports and services for individuals with disabilities and their families in southwestern Pennsylvania. 

 

Character Assassination

Baseball writer Richard "Pete' Peterson joins us to talk about the unfortunate story of former Pirates pitcher Fritz Ostermueller, who was unfairly portrayed as a racist in the movie "42."  The film chronicles  Jackie Robinson's first season in the big leagues. However one of the film's most dramatic moments, depicting Ostermueller beaning Robinson in the head with a pitch, never happened. 

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WWI and Climate Change

What does World War I have to do with global warming? We'll talk with David Titley, the director of Penn State's Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, who finds a parallel between the choices today's elected officials face regarding climate change, and those confronting their predecessors as the Great War loomed 100 years ago.

Russian Hackers

Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion internet credentials from major U.S. companies and others around the world. Tribune-Review reporter Andrew Conte joins us to look at the ramifications of this attack. Who was susceptible? Who was targeted? How do these sophisticated attacks develop?

Thursday Rundown: Deadline Looms for Civic Arena Site

Aug 6, 2014
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Igloo Site Development Deadline

The Pittsburgh Penguins won the rights to develop the 28-acre site of the now demolished Civic Arena, which the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Sports & Exhibition Authority own, in the 2007 deal to build the CONSOL Energy Center.

Under that agreement, the team was to draw down the first parcel by Oct. 31 or possibly lose the development rights. The Penguins are asking the city and county to push that deadline back a year. One of the those who opposes the granting of that request is Pittsburgh City Councilman Daniel Lavelle who represents the Hill District. He says the Penguins and Hill District leaders are still at odds over minority participation in the project and how much affordable housing will be built on the site.

Lavelle joins us along with Marimba Milliones, Executive Director of the Hill Community Development Corporation, to discuss the future of the site.

Cross Fit

One of the biggest fitness trends in recent years is Cross Fit. The extreme workout combines cardiovascular training and weightlifting. One of the trademarks of the program is its intensity which can take a serious toll on some participants. Joe Vennare, co-founder of Fittsburgh joins us for a look at the pros and cons of cross fit workouts. Also taking part in the conversation is Jim Crowell, an elite Cross Fit athlete, trainer and former co-owner of Integrated Fitness, a cross fit facility.

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A Conversation with LeVar Burton

Steel City Con is hosting our guest LeVar Burton. LeVar Burton is an actor known chiefly for starring in "Roots" and appearing on the iconic sci-fi series "Star Trek: The Next Generation," but Burton has also hosted a PBS show called "Reading Rainbow" since 1983. "Reading Rainbow" went off air in 2009.

But in 2011, Burton and his business partner, producer Mark Wolfe acquired the "Reading Rainbow" license, promising to bring to the next generations of kids the finest reading and enrichment experiences found anywhere. "Reading Rainbow" is now a fully re-imagined app bringing the beloved brand to children of the digital age and one of the most popular and highest rated children’s products in the market.

Steel City Con

Resistance is futile. Geeks have taken over the world, according to our guest Joe Wos, executive director of the Toonseum. Joe joins us this week to explain why Pittsburgh is Geek City USA, preview the Steel City Comic Con and how the role the city played in the start of the comic-con culture movement.

House v. President Obama

Last week the House of Representatives approved a plan to file a federal lawsuit against President Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Pitt Law Professor David Harris joins us to address what this means from a legal and constitutional perspective.

Tuesday Rundown: An Update on the Ebola Virus

Aug 4, 2014
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Ebola Update

The death toll from the Ebola virus in Africa continues to climb. With two Americans infected with the disease coming back to the U.S. for treatment, health officials are trying to calm fears that an outbreak could happen here. We'll talk with Dr. Bruce MacLeod, president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and physician with the Allegheny Health Network.

Sanctuaries of Sound

Percussionist and composer Susie Ibarra is creating virtual sanctuaries for cities. Working in collaboration with local artists, historians, architects, city planners and musicians, Ibarra and her partner Roberto Rodriguez have created a musical pilgrimage that takes the public on a sound walk through 12 sites in Lower Manhattan. And now thanks to the City of Asylum they are creating one for Pittsburgh.

Intrapreneurship

Intrapreneurship is the act of behaving like an entrepreneur while working within a large organization. It’s a practice being utilized by more companies. This week business contributor Rebecca Harris reports on why this concept is growing in popularity.

Monday Rundown: Better Emergency Response for Train Derailments

Aug 3, 2014
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Responding to Derailment Emergencies

StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter Katie Colaneri discusses issues resulting in legislative proposals that could increase training and resources for those responding to derailment emergencies. Senator Bob Casey is pushing for the RESPONSE Act as a rash of train derailments continues to plague communities across Pennsylvania.

Meeting the Higher-Education Needs of the Global Middle Class

The economies of the developing world are in the midst of a major economic transformation. In 2010 the Brookings Institution estimated that the 1.8 billion people in the global middle class will grow to 3.2 billion by the end of the decade. This includes developing nations such as Rwanda, which is experiencing unprecedented middle class growth. Increased prosperity means young people are clamoring for a college education. But what if traditional college lecture halls, labs and campuses are not economically feasible right now? Media contributor Jeff Ritter is department chair of communications, media and technology at La Roche College and recently spent time in Rwanda teaching a media studies course. He’ll explain how educators in that country are leveraging online learning with face-to-face instruction to create low-cost college-level learning for the masses, and what this approach can mean for us.

Sports with Bob

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter emeritus Bob Dvorchak joins us to discuss the Steelers' decision to retire Joe Greene's number and why it wasn't done sooner. We'll also talk about the the 40th anniversary of the Steelers' draft class of 1974 which produced an unprecedented four Hall of Famers and the legacy of Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig who is retiring after this season. 

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A Pittsburgher's Perspective on the Middle East

With so many critical developments taking place in the Middle East, we'll check in with Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter Betsy Hiel who is stationed in that volatile region. She was in Iraq a month ago and will give us an update on the situation there. She will also talk about Gaza and what's happening with Israel, as well as the upcoming presidential election in Turkey where she currently resides.

August Wilson Center Update

Recent court filings argue Pittsburgh's Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is abusing its role as a governmental agency. The URA opposes the sale of the August Wilson Center to developer 980 Liberty Partners. However black leaders support the developer's offer to purchase the debt-plagued cultural center. Tribune Review reporter Natasha Lindstrom joins us with an update on the continuing saga of the August Wilson Center.

Tough Mudder

Designed and created by British Special Forces, a tough mudder is an obstacle course which tests participants strength and endurance. It’s also a test of mental and physical stamina. The Pittsburgh/Ohio Valley Tough Mudder takes place in a week. Find out what you should know before entering one, and how to train for this type of event from Joe Vennare, co-founder of the fitness site Fittsburgh.

Thursday Rundown: Suitable Pay for Disabled Workers

Jul 30, 2014
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Opportunity or Exploitation? 

About 13,000 disabled Pennsylvania workers are being paid far below minimum wage, earning an average of $2.40 an hour in legal sub-minimum wages. Does this practice provide opportunities for people who wouldn't otherwise have a job? Or does it exploit those who could work for minimum wage? Public Source reporter Halle Stockton joins us to examine these questions. Also joining the conversation are Charlotte Swenson, the mother of a woman with Down syndrome who is paid sub-minimum wage, and Curtis Decker, Executive Director of the National Disability Rights Network. 

Faked, Forgotten, Found

The Carnegie Museum of Art's current exhibition of Renaissance paintings that underwent serious forensic investigation is called "Faked, Forgotten, Forged." Lulu Lippincott, the institution's curator of fine arts joins us to look at the science of art preservation and restoration, as well as the winding paths that these works have followed to Pittsburgh. 

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Clean Power Plan

This week Pittsburgh is one of four U.S. cities holding public hearings on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The goal of the plan is to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants. It’s also considered the cornerstone of President Obama’s climate action plan. The hearings will provide interested parties the opportunity to present data, and views or arguments concerning the proposed action. Taking part in the conversation is George Ellis, president of the PA Coal Alliance on the importance of coal to the region.

Clean Power Plan Overview

Public hearings are being held in Pittsburgh on Thursday and Friday of this week. The plan will set benchmarks for limiting carbon pollution from existing power plants. This is the cornerstone of President Obama's climate action plan. Joining us to discuss the plan in Christina Simeone, director of the Penn Future Energy Center.

Clean Power & Green Labor

Among the people giving testimony at the EPA public hearings are representatives of business, labor and health. Joining us to address the jobs and clean energy aspect of the proposed rule are Joylette Portlock, president of Communitopia and Kim Glass, executive director of the Blue/Green Alliance.

Clean Power & Health

It is expected that the clean power plan will go a long way towards aiding public health. Reduction of asthma attacks and the ability to make strides in fighting respiratory and heart disease are seen as potential benefits. Here to address the health aspect of the clean power plan are Dr. Alan Lockwood of Physicians for Social Responsibility and Kevin Stewart, director of Environmental Health American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic.

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Speed Limit Increase

The Pennsylvania Turnpike recently debuted a 70 mph speed limit from Blue Mountain exit 201, to Morgantown exit 298. While the area stretches from the center of the state to the east, after a trial period, the speed limit increase will soon be coming to Western PA's interstate roads. With a speed limit of 70 mph already in Ohio and West Virginia, is it about time for PA to match up with neighboring states? Renee Vid Colborn, Manager of Media and Public Relations at the PA Turnpike Commission and State Senator Jay Costa address the pros and cons of an increased speed limit for area highways.

A Church Divided

This week marks the 100th anniversary of Austria-Hungary declaring war on Serbia, setting off a chain reaction that resulted in the outbreak of World War I. While America remained neutral, Germany came to Austria's defense, which put Germans in Pittsburgh in a difficult position, and directly affected a downtown church on Smithfield Street. Historian Donn Neal joins us to talk about how life forever changed for the German Evangelical Protestant Church now known as the Smithfield United Church of Christ, Downtown.

WESA Celebrates- Dr. Bill Neches' Heart Camp for Kids

For one special week, Camp Kon-o-Kwee is taken over by a group of very excited campers. All these campers have at least one thing in common: They’re growing up with congenital heart disease. Founded 24 years ago by Dr. Bill Neches, Heart Camp for Kids is a summer camp specifically for children and teenagers living with heart disease. Dr. Neches and the Heart Camp for Kids are profiled this week as part of 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference. 

The Business of Millennials

In the next decade the economy will experience one of the largest demographic workplace changes in modern history. By the year 2025 Millennials will make up approximately 75% of the U.S. workforce, and worldwide this generation will account for 50% of those employed. This week contributor, Rebecca Harris, Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University, looks at the The Business of Millennials.

Monday Rundown: Addressing Healthcare Needs of the Poor

Jul 27, 2014
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Poor Health

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 two-part series examining this problem called "Poor Health." 

Colleges Take on Student's Remedial Needs

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.

More Bad Behavior in Sports

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?

Friday Rundown: Has the World Gotten Louder?

Jul 24, 2014
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Is the World Getting Noisier?

From annoying ring tones to everyday noise pollution, doesn’t it seem like our world is noisier? Our Wonder Boys, Ellis Robinson and Daniel Tkacik, went in search of an answer. Their findings are revealed in this thrilling installment of the Mysteries of Pittsburgh.

Hearing Loss/Job Discrimination

A new research survey by EPIC Hearing Healthcare finds that 30 percent of U.S. employees suspect they have hearing loss, but have not sought treatment. Of those, almost 95 percent say it impacts them on the job yet many go out of their way to hide their hearing loss for fear of losing their job. Pittsburgh audiologist, Dr. Suzanne Yoder is our guest.

Power Player

The Pittsburgh Power, the city’s professional arena football team, are having their best season, ever. They’re undefeated at home and just clinched their first-ever playoff berth. While they don’t get as much recognition as the Steelers, what is life like for the men who play in the arena league? We’ll pose that question to Tommy Grady, quarterback for the Pittsburgh Power, join us in Studio A. 

Thursday Rundown: What's Next for Net Neutrality?

Jul 23, 2014
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Net Neutrality

The FCC has received an overwhelming number of public comments on the issue of net neutrality. In addition, Google as well as other companies are in support of the initiative. Orion Czarnecki Founder/Director of Security Threat Level joins us to discuss the latest developments on this issue.

Job Growth in the Commonwealth

How do you prepare the workforce to handle the jobs of the new millennia? Governor Tom Corbett would like to see an alignment of education, training and technology resources to better connect employers and employees. Next month Pittsburgh will be the site of Pennsylvania’s JOBS 1st Summit. We’ll preview the event and learn about job growth in the commonwealth from Julia Hearthway, Secretary Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.

Philadelphia

This week travel contributor Elaine Labalme takes us to Philadelphia. From an abundance of eateries to historic sites we'll discover why the city of brotherly love is a great place to visit this summer. 

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A Pitt Professor in Ukraine

With outrage over the downing of a civilian plane over Ukraine intensifying, we'll talk with University of Pittsburgh assistant professor of economics Tymofiy Mylovanov who is in Kiev participating in talks with the prime minister. He'll describe how the Ukrainian government feels about the situation as well as average citizens there.

WESA Celebrates - Judy Bannon

This week WESA Celebrates profiles Judy Bannon, former executive director of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) of Pennsylvania. She created Cribs for Kids to combat unsafe sleeping arrangements contributing to sudden infant death syndrome.

Songs of the Summer Series

As the heat of July blazes on, we’ve been talking with some of the hosts at our sister station 91.3 WYEP, about music of the summer. Throughout July and August the hosts talk about what makes for a great summer song, and new music for the summer. For WYEP afternoon mix host, Rosemary Welsch, a summer jam is about sense of place and time. Listen to her review of a new album with an old twist.

The Economic Cost of Financial Illiteracy

How much do you know, or think you know, about your personal finances? In a world where savings and investment options are increasingly complex, studies show that millions of Americans lack financial literacy. Paul Brahim, Chairman and CEO of BPU investment firm and a member of the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Financial Planning Association says financial illiteracy is causing a social crisis in retirement, which in turn influences unemployment. He’ll talk about the scope of this problem and how this connects to a current push for increased regulation of the financial planning industry.

Tuesday Rundown: Would We Be Better Off Without Minimum Wage?

Jul 21, 2014
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These topics air Tuesday July 22, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Changing Views on Zero Tolerance in Public Schools

Pittsburgh Public Schools may be modifying its Code of Student Conduct to reflect changing attitudes on zero tolerance. With input from parents, educators and students, the school board will vote on whether or not to decrease the use of exclusionary discipline, such as suspension. Cheryl Kleiman is a staff attorney with the Education Law Center and was one of the collaborators in the new proposal.

Minimum Wage

While some believe increasing the minimum wage will help people out of poverty, critics feel it should be eliminated altogether. We’ve invited Brian O’Roark, a professor of economics at Robert Morris University in to give us a primer on the minimum wage.

Business of Weddings

From bridal shops to reception venues and more, weddings are big business. Whether you’re part of the wedding party or simply attending the event you can expect to shell out some serious coin. This week contributor Rebecca Harris delves into the business of weddings. 

Monday Rundown: Bringing 3D Printing to the Pittsburgh Masses

Jul 19, 2014
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These topics air Monday July 21, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA.

Morning Edition host Josh Raulerson takes over the hosting chair for Paul Guggenheimer.

Mass Produced 3D Printers

In addition to purchasing all of your home repair needs Home Depot is now selling a desktop 3D printer. Locally, the Carnegie Library has offered sessions on the basics of how 3D printing works. It’s the latest innovation in bringing high-tech manufacturing to the masses. Joining us are Senior Librarian Wes Roberts who runs the Job and Career Education Center at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Arden Rosenblatt, co-founder and CEO of Pittsburgh-based PieceMaker Technologies.

Summer Book Recommendations for Young Readers

According to the National Summer Learning Association, summer learning loss amounts to two month’s worth of reading for lower income students. Jonathan Auxier’s lifelong love of children’s books has turned into a career as an author writing for readers ages 8-14. We’ve asked him to recommend some books young readers will enjoy spending time with this summer.

Peace Corps

Since it’s creation over 50 years ago, the Peace Corps has been sending Americans overseas. Volunteers are sent to countries where their work can make a difference in the lives of others. However, applications for the Peace Corps are at an all time low. We’ll talk with recruiter for Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Karen Corey, about changes to the application process the Peace Corps is making in order to attract more volunteers.

Today on Q: A Revealing Interview with Tom Petty

Jul 17, 2014
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Essential Pittsburgh will take a summer break July 14th – 18th.  We’ll return with live shows on July 21st.

While we’re away enjoy the daily arts and culture program Q with Jian Ghomeshi at noon. At 8pm find out what drives human behavior on the program The Really Big Questions (TRBQ) with Dean Olsher. 

You can listen to past episodes of Essential Pittsburgh here or check out the podcast in iTunes.

Today at noon on Q, with Jian Ghomeshi: The first hour of the show is completely devoted to Jian’s revealing interview with Tom Petty, who talks about his new record, his extensive list of hit singles, and his views of modern music.

At 8pm, The Really Big Questions, hosted by Dean Olsher: What’s your story? Research confirms our minds depend on the story as the driving force for comprehending, deciphering, recalling and organizing our lives. Why do stories have such power over our beliefs and behaviors?

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 Essential Pittsburgh will take a summer break July 14th – 18th. We’ll return with live shows on July 21st.

While we’re away enjoy the daily arts and culture program Q with Jian Ghomeshi at noon. At 8pm find out what drives human behavior on the program The Really Big Questions (TRBQ) with Dean Olsher.

You can listen to past episodes of Essential Pittsburgh here or check out the podcast in iTunes.

Today at noon on Q, with Jian Ghomeshi: Comedian and actor Maz Jobrani talks about the challenges of bringing those from the Middle East into mainstream entertainment and why the World Cup has helped Americans progress.

At 8pm, The Really Big Questions, hosted by Dean Olsher: What defines a “good death?” Most people hope to go quietly at home, surrounded by family. Today, we hear from people seeking to bring engagement with death back into our culture, through death salons, green funerals, and meaningful end-of-life care.

Today at Noon on Q: Zoo Animals and Their Discontents

Jul 15, 2014
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Essential Pittsburgh will take a summer break July 14th – 18th. We’ll return with live shows on July 21st.

While we’re away enjoy the daily arts and culture program Q with Jian Ghomeshi at noon. At 8pm find out what drives human behavior on the program The Really Big Questions (TRBQ) with Dean Olsher.

You can listen to past episodes of Essential Pittsburgh here or check out the podcast in iTunes.

Today at noon on Q, with Jian Ghomeshi: With his latest New York Times Magazine report “Zoo Animals and Their Discontents,” journalist Alex Halberstadt looks at the psychological problems of animals living in captivity.

At 8pm, The Really Big Questions, hosted by Dean Olsher: Today’s big question? Why does music move us? If music is a human universal, why do people of different cultures experience music differently?

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