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10:14 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Wednesday Rundown: Corbett's Budget Plan and House Calls for the Homeless

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These topics air Wednesday February 5, 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 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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7:44 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Tuesday Rundown: POLITICO Spotlights Pittsburgh & How Stigma Affects Addiction

Snake robot at CMU's Robotics Institute. POLITICO has set its sights on Pittsburgh thanks to its robotics industry.
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These topics air Tuesday February 4, 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 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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6:55 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Monday Rundown: Killer Heroin, Open Data & the Business of War

Public Works employees filling potholes on the South Side. Open Data could give citizens real time info about hazardous streets and when they'll be fixed.
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These topics air Monday February 3, 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 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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8:13 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Friday Rundown: From Cold Snaps to Snap Counts, Winter Weather & the Super Bowl

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These topics air Friday January 31, 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 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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7:43 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Thursday Rundown: Honoring a Local Humanitarian and Self Improvement in Work & Life

Marc Cherna of Allegheny County DHS, honored with a lifetime achievement award
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These topics air Thursday January 30, 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 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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7:23 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Wednesday Rundown: #SOTU, Building Affordable Housing & Olympic Women's Hockey

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These topics air Wednesday January 29, 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 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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7:53 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Tuesday Rundown: Katie McGinty's Bid for Governor, A Local Olympian & Super Bowl Biz

PA Democratic candidate for Governor, Katie McGinty.
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These topics air Tuesday January 28, 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 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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12:44 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Monday Rundown: A Cinematic Look at Human Trafficking & Author Ayelet Waldman

Bestselling author Ayelet Waldman
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These topics air Monday January 27, 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 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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7:34 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Friday Rundown: Moon Men and a Silent Movie Star

Computer generated image of the Penn State Lunar Lion Lander in space
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These topics air Friday January 24, 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 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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7:18 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Thursday Rundown: Stories of Travel - Safety, Diplomacy & Culture

A recent train derailment in Philadelphia raises concerns about how we transport hazardous materials.
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These topics air Thursday January 23, 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 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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10:04 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Wednesday Rundown: Preventing & Tracking Illness and Civic Honorees

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These topics air Wednesday January 22, 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 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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7:46 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Tuesday Rundown: Spotlighting the Need for Bone Marrow Donation

Taking cheek swabs for the National Bone Marrow Registry
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These topics air Tuesday January 21, 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 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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11:25 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Martin Luther King Day Programming: Civil Rights in America

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Civil Rights in America: Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall and Beyond
Hosted by Charles Dutton, this one-hour special examines the relevance and meaning of civil rights in the 21st century and the relationship between the Civil Rights Movement and the efforts of women, other people of color, and the LGBT community to expand our traditional definitions of equality.

This special programming airs Monday January 2o, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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8:11 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Friday Rundown: Art Against Violence, Innovation in Law & John Davidson in Wicked

Pittsburgh native John Davidson comes to Pittsburgh as the Wizard in the touring version of the musical Wicked.
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These topics air Friday January 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 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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9:41 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Thursday Rundown: Could PA be the Next to Legalize Medical Marijuana?

Medical marijuana dispensary in California
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These topics air Thursday January 16, 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 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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7:00 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Wednesday Rundown: Sustaining Healthy Lungs, Communities & Cheetahs?

A male cheetah at the Pittsburgh Zoo is sedated and about to undergo a series of X-rays.
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These topics air Wednesday January 15, 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 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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8:04 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Tuesday Rundown: New Health Director Talks Air & Water Quality in Allegheny County

Dr. Karen Hacker is the Director of the Allegheny County Health Department
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These topics air Tuesday 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 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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12:32 am
Sun January 12, 2014

Monday Rundown: Future Implications of the Target Breach & An Interview With Jayne Adair

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These topics air Monday January 13, 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 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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8:28 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Friday Rundown: Continuing Act 47 and Tablet Computers Made in Homewood?

The market for tablet computers is quickly outpacing that of desktop computers. Homewood may be able to join that market.
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These topics air Friday January 10, 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 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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10:23 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Thursday Rundown: NSA Rulings, Pittsburgh Police Side Jobs & Make Room for Montreal

Exploring recent concerns with the Pittsburgh police
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These topics air Thursday January 9, 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 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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11:57 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Wednesday Rundown: Weather & Trends in 2014 and Companies Putting People Before Profit

From plastic chips in the foreground to spools of thread in the back, Thread International takes plastic bottles littering Haiti and turns them into textiles.
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These topics air Wednesday January 8, 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 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here

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1:17 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Tuesday Rundown: A New Path for City Council & A Potential Path for the State

Pittsburgh's newly elected City Council President ,Bruce Kraus addressing the crowd in council chambers Monday.
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These topics air Tuesday January 7, 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 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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1:18 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Monday Rundown: A Community Approach to Higher Ed & Pittsburgh Refugee Healthcare

The Saxifrage School utilizes the whole city as a campus such as Garfield Community Farms and this living room/classroom at the PULSE house on the East End.
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These topics air Monday January 6, 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 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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7:00 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Revealing Interviews With Our Favorite Authors

Author Amy Tan is just one of the award-winning authors we've featured on the show.
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In the nearly two years that we've been on the air, we've interviewed a variety of authors. We revisit conversations with three of those authors. 

The story of Maya Angelou's extraordinary life has been told in her bestselling biographies. Last May she shared with us the story of her relationship with her Mother, which is chronicled in the book Mom and Me and Mom.

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7:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Musical Guests and Interviews to Ring in the New Year

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Since the debut of our show in 2012, some of England's best rock singer/songwriters have performed in Pittsburgh. We invited a few of them to join us for conversations on the show.

On today's program you'll hear our interview with two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Graham Nash, as well as Billy Bragg. 

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