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Tuesday Rundown: Allyson Schwartz and Chronicling the Rust Belt

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These topics air Tuesday March 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 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here. 
Allyson Schwartz for Governor
Our conversations with candidates seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination continues, with former U.S. Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz. In 1990 she became the third woman to serve in the Pennsylvania Senate. Could she become the Commonwealth’s first woman governor? She’ll join us to address the issues concerning Pennsylvania residents, including jobs, education, and gas drilling.

The Hard Way on Purpose
Akron, Ohio was once home to the nation’s leading tire manufacturers. However, like other rust belt cities, it was hit by layoffs, factory closings and declining population. In his book The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt David Giffels chronicles past glories and the present condition of his home state.

WESA Celebrate - Lueana Coward
Lueana Coward knows the pain caused by the loss of a child. She’s using her experience to help others cope with their grief and is the focus of this week’s installment of WESA celebrates.  

Business of French Products
This week, contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the connection French businesses and products have to our commercial sector.