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


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.

NSA Rulings
Last month judges in New York and Washington, DC issued two different opinions on the controversial bulk metadata collection program being done by the NSA. In light of these conflicting decisions, will the Supreme Court take up the issue? We’ll pose that question to David Harris, Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

City Police Side Jobs
The city police department has faced many challenges lately. These include the resignation of former Police Chief Nate Harper and the debate over officers having to live within city limits. The latest issue is a recent report criticizing city police working side jobs. Post-Gazette reporters Jonathan Silver and Liz Navratil have covered the story and join us in to discuss the report.

The New Girl in Montreal
Montreal is the second largest city in Canada. Combining the best of old-world charm and modern sophistication it’s a great place to visit any time of the year. One recent visitor was our travel contributor Elaine Labalme who recently spent some time in Quebec Province's largest city.