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5:35 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Tuesday Rundown: Could Pittsburgh Establish a New Form of Cyber Crime Indictment?

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These topics air Tuesday May 20, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA.

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International Cyber Crimes Against Pittsburgh Organizations

Five Chinese military officers have been charged with cyber-crimes aimed at stealing information from Pittsburgh based organizations including U.S. Steel, Westinghouse and Alcoa. But will they ever stand trial in a U.S. courtroom? U.S. Attorney David Hickton joins us for a discussion of where the case goes from here.

Do the Major Television Networks Still Matter?

Cable television shows and binge watching have become the new must see TV. With the quality and popularity of shows on cable such as Breaking Bad and Mad Men we’re asking the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s television writer Rob Owen if the major networks still matter. We’ll also get his thoughts on the changes to late night TV and the major networks fall schedules.

WESA Celebrates - Noah Hertzman

This 12-year-old humanitarian is turning dough into donations to feed the hungry. His work to help others is profiled in this week's WESA Celebrates.

The Business of Alternate Transportation

According to a Census report released last week, Pittsburgh ranks third among large cities with commuters walking to work. Residents of cities are looking for alternative transportation for a number of reasons. Among the reasons cited are convenience, saving money and environmental awareness. This week contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the business of alternate transportation.

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Essential Pittsburgh
10:13 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Monday Rundown: Conversations with Pennsylvania's Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates

Hear from the Democratic gubernatorial candidates before you hit the polls Tuesday
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These topics air Monday May 19, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA.

Throughout the past year Allyson Schwartz, Tom Wolf, Rob McCord and Katie McGinty have all made their way to the 90.5 WESA Community Broadcast Center to talk about why Southwestern PA should choose them to be the Democratic gubernatorial candidate. Hear portions of those Essential Pittsburgh conversations again before the Democratic primary election on Tuesday.

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8:47 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Special Programming: A Statewide Look at the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary

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As the four Democrats running for Pennsylvania Governor make one last push for votes ahead of Tuesday's primary, we bring you special campaign coverage from NPR member stations across the state. Join us Friday May 16, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:45 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

How Likely is Governor Corbett to be Unseated?

Will the negativity between democratic gubernatorial campaigns help or hurt Gov. Corbett?
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Republican governor Tom Corbett is considered to be the nation’s most vulnerable governor facing reelection. His chances are clouded by low approval ratings and a recent unsteady relationship with the press.

In the run up to Tuesday’s Pennsylvania Gubernatorial democratic primary election, Philadelphia Daily News Political Columnist John Baer has written about Corbett’s chances of reelection. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:49 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Thursday Rundown: Gov. Corbett, And The Democrats Hoping To Unseat Him

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These topics air Thursday May 15, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA.

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Governor Corbett's Chances of Reelection

Tom Corbett is considered the nation’s most vulnerable governor facing reelection. Low approval ratings and an uneasy relationship with the press have been recent hallmarks of his tenure. We’ll look at the governor’s chances for a second term, as well as the Democrats hoping to unseat him, with Philadelphia Daily News Political Columnist John Baer.

Out of State Amusement Parks

People chase their endless summer in different ways. Some visit ballparks, others beaches. A dedicated group of fun seekers visit amusement parks in search of the perfect roller coaster thrill ride. This week, travel contributor Elaine Labalme, suggests some out of state coasters to visit. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
10:55 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Wednesday Rundown: Mayor Peduto on How Pittsburgh Can Be A Model By Modeling Others

Photo of a solar settlement in Germany, tweeted by Bill Peduto
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These topics air Wednesday May 14, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA.

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Making Model City Ideas Work for Pittsburgh

Since Bill Peduto was sworn in as mayor he’s done some pretty extensive traveling in order to gather and share ideas for a new Pittsburgh vision. From Chicago, to Washington D.C., to Ludwigsburg Germany, we’ll talk with him about what he’s learning from other cities, and how he’s working with local communities to apply those ideas in Pittsburgh.

Set to Music

Carnegie Mellon Ph. D candidate Ben Tengelsen put his songwriting on hold indefinitely. However, the birth of his son, and motivation from his wife, provided inspiration. The result is the song Allegheny which is featured on a new cd by the a cappella group Vocal Point. One of the members of the group is Jake Tengelsen, Ben’s brother. We’ll meet the Tengelsen brothers and hear their musical collaboration. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:40 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Tuesday Rundown: Breaking Down the Gubernatorial Debate

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These topics air Tuesday May 13, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Highway Construction

Negotiating the roads around Pittsburgh isn’t easy but, PennDot is asking for citizen input regarding the Parkway East (I-376). Joining us to address the results of an online survey and traffic evaluations, about the future of this stretch of the parkway is PennDOT Dist. 11 Executive, Dan Cessna. He’ll also fill us in on upcoming road construction projects that could cause delays.

Gubernatorial Debate

The remaining Democratic candidates for governor; state treasurer Rob McCord, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, Katie McGinty and front-runner Tom Wolf are taking part in their final debate. The primary election is a week from Tuesday. We'll talk with capitol correspondent Mary Wilson who covered the debate.

WESA Celebrates - University of Pittsburgh's Keep It Real Program 

Many of the students at the University of Pittsburgh’s “Keep It Real” program manage to make time volunteering to help Somali Bantu refugees. This week WESA Celebrates profiles the program in which students tutor and mentor Somali Bantu refugees throughout the Pittsburgh area.

National Small Business Week

According to the Small Business Association more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, which creates two out of every three new jobs in the United States each year. This week contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the impact of small businesses. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:18 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Monday Rundown: A Vision for the August Wilson Center and Remembering Bill Nunn Jr.

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These topics air Monday May 12, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA.

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August Wilson Center Recovery Committee

Our guest, Executive Director of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Janera Solomon, acknowledges there were missteps that led to the current state of affairs at the August Wilson Center. However, she is leading a group committed to achieving a vision for the center that will celebrate August Wilson, African American culture and the city. She joins us in studio to share her vision for the center’s future.

Remembering Bill Nunn, Jr.

Last week saw the passing of a Pittsburgh legend. Bill Nunn, Jr. was more than a sports reporter for The New Pittsburgh Courier. He was a pioneering journalist who, according to our guest, Pittsburgh Tribune reporter Andrew Conte, was instrumental in "breaking down racial barriers across sports and in American Life." 

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Essential Pittsburgh
11:04 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Friday Rundown: The Next Generation of Wildlife, in the Face of Climate Change

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These topics air Friday May 9, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between noon & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Climate Change and the Commonwealth

A national climate change study warns of drastic climates in the future for the state of Pennsylvania. The commonwealth is among states in the Northeast expected to experience heat waves and extreme precipitation. We'll talk with John Radzilowicz, Director of Professional Development ASSET STEM education at CMU.

Climate Change's Impact on Wildlife

From tornadoes to floods, weather events are intensifying and wreaking havoc on the country. What toll have these events taken on wildlife? We’ll pose that question to Ed Perry, Pennsylvania outreach coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation. We’ll get his reaction to the National Wildlife Federation's new report entitled, Wildlife Legacy: Climate Change and the Next Generation of Wildlife.

The Devil's Arithmetic

Jane Yolen's best-selling young adult novel, The Devil's Arithmetic is a work of historic fiction about time travel and the Holocaust. It's been adapted for the stage by Lancaster resident Barry Kornhauser. The play premieres this weekend with Prime Stage Theater at the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side. Kornhauser and Director Lisa Ann Goldsmith talk about how this show is meant to help young people better understand what happened during the Holocaust. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
8:28 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Thursday Rundown: Admitting Undergraduate Men at Chatham and the Coed Transition

Chatham University has a very long history in Pittsburgh, the school was women only for much of that history. But Chatham's board of trustees has voted to admit undergraduate men starting in 2015. We'll talk about the transition plans.
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These topics air Thursday May 8, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA.

Going Coed, Seton Hill Shares Their Story

In the United States, single-sex colleges and universities have seen a steady decline in enrollment over the past few decades. With fewer students, these institutions are struggling to finance their schools and many have had to change the makeup of the student population.  Due to enrollment difficulties, Seton Hill University officially became coeducational in 2002, opening all academic programs to male students. We’ll talk with Mary Ann Gawelek, Provost and dean of the faculty at Seton Hill University, about what it was like becoming coeducational and the takeaways they have from the experience. 

Transitioning to Coed at Chatham

Last Thursday the Chatham University Board of Trustees approved a three-part resolution which would include the admission of men to the undergraduate community in the Fall of 2015. This would make Chatham completely co-ed for the first time in nearly 145 years. The controversial decision comes as a result of a steady decline in the university’s enrollment and subsequent financial woes. We’ll talk with Bill Campbell, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Chatham University, about how the resolution will affect the school, and the campus community.

Out of State Amusement Parks

People chase their endless summer in different ways. Some visit ballparks, others beaches. A dedicated group of fun seekers visit amusement parks in search of the perfect roller coaster thrill ride. This week, travel contributor Elaine Labalme, suggests some out of state coasters to visit.

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:36 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Wednesday Rundown: The Future of Cell Phone Privacy

What are your rights when it comes to the police searching your phone data?
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These topics air Wednesday May 6, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. 

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Cell Phone Searches

How private is the data on your cell phone? Most smartphones hold a large amount of personal data, and last week the US Supreme Court heard two cases with outcomes which could have a big impact on the future of information privacy. University of Pittsburgh Law Professor David Harris explains the issues these cases raise with regards to privacy.

Fringe Festival Comes to Pittsburgh

Across America cities and towns are recognizing the value of the arts in boosting the economy. Fringe Festivals, which began in Edinburgh, Scotland are showing up in more in U.S. cities. This year marks the first Pittsburgh Fringe Festival. Joining us with details about this cultural event is Dan Stiker, founder & executive artistic director of the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival.

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Essential Pittsburgh
10:00 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Tuesday Rundown: Small Business and the Minimum Wage

How would a raise in the minimum wage affect workers and small business owners, particularly in Pittsburgh's restaurant industries?
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These topics air Tuesday May 6, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA.  

The Small Business Impact of a Higher Minimum Wage

Last Wednesday the US Senate voted down a proposal by President Obama to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour. Many contend that such a steep raise would cripple job growth and small businesses. Others say more money and spending power for workers would be a boost for the economy overall.

We’ll talk about how a higher wage might take a toll on small business or offer a boost, with Alex Halper, Director of Government Relations for the PA Chamber of Business & Industry, and Art Helms, a Wendy’s employee and member of One Pittsburgh who is organizing for fair pay and a union for fast food workers. We’ll also get small business owner perspectives from Sonja Finn, Chef and Owner of Dinette restaurant and bar in East Liberty and Chris Dilla, owner of Bocktown Beer & Grill.

WESA Celebrates – Mary Savage

The former community relations director at the Carnegie Library in Homewood is profiled in this week’s WESA Celebrates. We’ll discover how she’s worked to make Homewood a better, and more colorful, place resulting in being identified as “the Flower Lady.”

The Business of Mother’s Day

Mom’s special day is this Sunday. From cards to candy to flowers, this week, contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the business of Mother’s Day.

Essential Pittsburgh
1:57 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Monday Rundown: Preserving a Free and Open Internet

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These topics air Monday May 5, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA.

New Rules for Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality is the concept used when we talk about the importance of a free and open internet. But recent changes from the Federal Communications Commission may change the way service providers provide access to consumers. Orion Czarnecki is an internet security consultant who can break down the concept of net neutrality, the new rules, and what's at stake.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:18 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Friday Rundown: A Deeper Look at Local Innovation in Education

Innovations in education can be as simple as a return to elective courses such as this construction technology class at Sto-Rox High School.
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These topics air Friday May 2, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA.

Life of Learning Innovation Special

From flipped classrooms to blending the arts and sciences, what does it take to bring innovative approaches to the classroom? As part of 90.5 WESA’s Life of Learning Initiative we’ll explore how technology and innovation are being utilized as teaching methods. Our guests include Dr. Bart Rocco, superintendent of the Elizabeth Forward School District, Dr. Bille Rondinelli, superintendent of South Fayette School District and Dr. Lynne Schrum, Dean, College of Education and Human Services at West Virginia University.

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

Essential Pittsburgh
9:23 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Thursday Rundown: A Good Ol' Fashioned Sit-in for Medical Marijuana

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  These topics air Thursday May 1, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA.

A Medical Marijuana Sit-in

Supporters of legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania are hoping a meeting with Governor Corbett might change his stance on the issue. They're threatening a sit-in if they don't get a response to their meeting request this week. 90.5 WESA's capitol correspondent Mary Wilson joins us to discuss developments.

Pittsburgh Marathon

The Pittsburgh Marathon is three days away and 30,000 runners will participate. The run-up to this year's race is a stark contrast to a year ago when it was in line to be the first major marathon in the U.S. to be staged after the Boston Marathon attacks. Pittsburgh Marathon race director Patrice Matamoros joins us for an overview.

Historic Coasters Across the State

Dorney Park, Hershey Park, Dutch Wonderland, Lakemont Park, Idlewild, Kennywood... Pennsylvania has some of the most historic amusement parks, and roller coasters, in the country. As amusement parks start coming to life for the season, David Witoslawski a McKeesport substitute school teacher and author of the book, Great Pennsylvania Amusement Parks Road Trip, gives us a guide to the state’s classic coasters and parks.

Out of State Amusement Parks

People chase their endless summer in different ways. Some visit ballparks, others beaches. A dedicated group of fun seekers visit amusement parks in search of the perfect roller coaster thrill ride. This week, travel contributor Elaine Labalme, suggests some out of state coasters to visit.

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

Essential Pittsburgh
12:20 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Wednesday Rundown: Discussing the Past, Present and Future of WYEP

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These topics air Wednesday April 30, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA.

Conspiracy theory and American politics

Arthur Goldwag, writer of The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right speaks at the Penn State New Kensington campus this Thursday. He will talk about conspiracy theory as the canary in the mine shaft of the Democratic Party. 

91.3 WYEP's 40th Anniversary

Jeff Smith, one of the founding fathers of WYEP joins us to talk about the early days of the station when it was populated by crusading journalists, and fund raisers involved hosts literally standing on their heads for contributions. Also, joining the conversation to talk about the future of the station is current General Manager Abby Goldstein.

Has the world of personal finance learned from the financial crisis?

As the month of April, financial planning month, draws to a close, we’ll take a look at what’s been done to strengthen our financial systems for consumers, the markets, and regulators, since 2008. Paul J. Brahim is Chairman and CEO of BPU Investment Management Inc., as well as a Certified Financial Planner Practitioner™ and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst®. As a member of the board of directors for the Greater Pittsburgh Financial Planning Association, he’ll break down the world of personal finance post-great recession.

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

Essential Pittsburgh
7:06 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Tuesday Rundown: Singing Out for the Love of Pete Seeger

Iconic folk singer Pete Seeger championed environmental causes and workers' rights.
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These topics air Tuesday April 29, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA.

"Sing Out for Pete"

This Saturday the First Unitarian Church in Shadyside, the place that opened its doors to Pete Seeger in 1962, is holding a Pete Seeger Tribute concert. On that day Seeger, who passed away in January, would have been 95 years old. Joining us in studio is the tribute's coordinator Ginny Hildebrand and by phone is musician Mike Stout, who has performed with Seeger.

Meals for Marathon Training from Gretchen McKay

The Pittsburgh Marathon happens this weekend. For the thousands of people who have been training for the event, the proper foods can make all the difference in race day performance. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette food writer Gretchen McKay has been training for the 2014 Pittsburgh Marathon and she’s written a series of articles on meal ideas. She talks about nutrition and recipes for getting through the home stretch of training, and even that recovery period after the big race.

WESA Celebrates - Denise Zellous

Once homeless and addicted to drugs Denise Zellous is now helping others who are struggling with those issues. Denise and her work are profiled in this week’s edition of WESA Celebrates.

The Business of Recycling

Now that Spring is here, households and businesses are no doubt doing some spring cleaning. But if you want to help the environment or earn some additional cash, where and how do you recycle some of the items you're discarding? This week contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the business of recycling.

To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. Join the conversation LIVE between noon & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here

Essential Pittsburgh
6:33 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Monday Rundown: Deborah Acklin on 60 Years of WQED and the Future of PBS

A historic marker near WQED headquarters on 5th Ave in Oakland
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  These topics air Monday April 28, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA.

WQED Celebrates 60 years 

Sixty years ago this month WQED went on the air as one of the nation’s first public television stations. With the success of shows like Downton Abbey and the changing television landscape, what does the future hold for the station and PBS? We’ll ask WQED President and CEO Deborah Acklin.

Rediscovering Pittsburgh's Lost Steamboat

How did a perfectly preserved time capsule of 19th century history wind up being discovered in a Kansas cornfield? We’ll get the incredible story behind the Arabia, Pittsburgh’s lost Steamboat, from Leslie Przybylek, lead curator for the Treasures of the Arabia Exhibit at the Senator John Heinz History Center.

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:25 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Friday Rundown: An Update On Potential Bidders For The August Wilson Center

The August Wilson Center for African American Culture
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These topics air Friday April 25, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA.

The Latest On The August Wilson Center

The ongoing plight of the August Wilson center continues with some bidders showing interest and others withdrawing. We'll get an update in the ongoing saga of the troubled arts center from City Paper reporter Rebecca Nuttall.

Dance Africa, Promoting Cultural Heritage Through Dance

Thirty-seven years ago choreographer Charles Davis founded Dance Africa in New York City. The festival of dance based in African cultures has since become the largest celebration of African Dance in the country. The festival is in Pittsburgh at the August Wilson Center for its third year, in collaboration with the Legacy Arts project, where Pittsburghers can learn the artistic traditions of the African Diaspora. Erin Perry, the Executive Director of the Legacy Arts Project joins us along with Dr. Davis to talk about the proliferation of African heritage through dance.

Ghost Signs of Pittsburgh

The ghost signs of Pittsburgh are a reminder of the city’s past. They can be found on buildings throughout the region. Our guests, Kelly Bogel and Will Zavala celebrate the palimpsests of Pittsburgh in an exhibit currently on display at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers gallery space.

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.

Essential Pittsburgh
5:57 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Thursday Rundown: News on Marriage Equality in Pennsylvania

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These topics air Thursday April 24, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. 

Marriage Equality

There may not be a trial to decide whether the state's same-sex marriage ban is constitutional. The plaintiffs argued the state isn't disputing their facts and hasn't identified an expert witness, so a judge can toss the ban out without a trial, according to Vic Walczak, legal director of the ACLU of PA and one of the lead attorneys for the plaintiffs.

Former Pittsburgh Pirate Dick Groat

As the 1960 World Series exhibit continues at the Heinz History Center, we'll talk with former Pirates shortstop Dick Groat who was the National League's Most Valuable Player during that memorable season. Much of his memorabilia including his jersey worn that season is included in the exhibit. At one point in his career, Groat played in both the NBA and the Major Leagues and was an all-american basketball player at Duke University.

New Girl Visits Nashville

Nine hours away from the Steel City is the musical city of Nashville. However, there’s more to the state capital of Tennessee than country music. This week travel contributor Elaine Labalme tells us how to the get the most out of a visit to Music City.

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.

Essential Pittsburgh
10:56 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Wednesday Rundown: A Greener Downtown and Equality in the Workplace

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These topics air Wednesday April 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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6:50 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Tuesday Rundown: Earth Day and the Food Revolution in Pittsburgh

The garden at Children's Museum, a resource for the Obama Academy Cooking Club
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These topics air Tuesday April 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 noon & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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10:08 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

Monday Rundown: A Plan to Reduce Smog and A Former Pro Football Player Speaks Out

Does a new statewide plan to reduce air pollution go far enough?
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These topics air Monday April 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 noon & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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9:03 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Friday Rundown: Pittsburghers Helping Others Around the World

Doctors Without Borders' logistics staff removing the ruins of a collapsed hospital in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan .
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  These topics air Friday April 18, 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 noon & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.  

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11:46 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Thursday Rundown: The Legal Precedence of Minors Being Tried As Adults

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These topics air April 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 noon & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

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