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Friday Rundown: Award-Winning Documentary Looks at Local Counter-Terrorism Operations

From the documentary (T)ERROR
Courtesy of Chicken & Egg Pictures

These topics air Friday February 13, 2015 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.


We'll talk with the filmmakers behind a new documentary exploring the role of paid FBI informants in capturing alleged terrorists. The film focuses on a Wilkinsburg man, Khalifa Ali Al-Akili, arrested in 2012 on a gun charge following an investigation in which an FBI informant tried to goad him into conversations about Islamic radicalism. Our guests are David Felix Sutcliffe and Lyric Cabral, directors and producers of "(T)ERROR," winner of the special jury award for breakout first feature at the Sundance Film Festival.

Proposed Extraction Tax on Gas Drillers

Governor Wolf has proposed a 5 percent natural gas extraction tax that would be based on both the value and volume of gas extraction from natural gas wells. For its' part the natural gas industry has fought hard against such a tax in Pennsylvania, saying it will discourage continued investment. But is this myth or fact? We'll be joined in studio by Reid Frazier of the Allegheny Front.

WESA Celebrates Inventing Pittsburgh

The "Cloud Factory" is the whimsical name for Oakland's Bellefield Boiler Plant. An unsung giant of the utility world, the BBP keeps most of Oakland toasty and has since 1907. Margaret J. Krauss has the story.

President's Day Weekend Getaways

President’s Day weekend is upon us which means a three-day weekend for some. If you plan to get out of town, contributor Elaine Labalme who tweets about food and travel under the twitter handle New Girl In Town, is here with a few travel suggestions. 

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