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Essential Pittsburgh: What Rick Santorum Will Bring to Second Presidential Campaign

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Former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum has launched a second run for the White House. The 57-year-old Republican finished second to Mitt Romney for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. But this time around, there is some doubt about his ability to place in the top 10 of national polls, a prerequisite for participating in the first Republican presidential debate in August. We'll discuss Santorum's prospects with political commentator Joe Sabino Mistick, associate professor of law at Duquesne University.

Mistick explains how Santorum's populistic approach to the GOP presidential nomination could benefit his place in the polls:

"I think his opening up of this other tack, this blue collar families and blue collar worker...it could bear some fruit... He might get some traction and that's enough to knock over a lot of furniture over on the Republican side, and perhaps place himself in a position to make a deal." - Joe Sabino Mistick

Also in the program, Open Streets Pittsburgh takes away traffic on three and a half miles of city pavement, WESA Celebrates 16,000 years of regional inhabitants in McKees Rocks and Elaine Labalme explains why summer camp isn't just for the kids.

Open Streets Pittsburgh (starts at 24:32)

This Sunday, Pittsburghers are invited to enjoy three and a half miles of car-free pavement to do activities that traffic would normally prohibit. Open Streets Pittsburgh occurs three times throughout the summer, encouraging neighbors to get out of the house, walk, bike, skate, shop and experience their city in a new way. Joining us to explain the philosophy behind the movement is Moira Egler, Commercial District Coordinator of the Lawrenceville Corporation, and Scott Bricker, Executive Director of Bike Pittsburgh.

WESA Celebrates Inventing Pittsburgh: Western PA's Largest Burial Mound (starts at 36:16)

We're going to take this one way back -- humans have lived in the region for close to 16,000 years. One of the few remaining vestiges of those early residents can be sought in McKees Rocks, Margaret J. Krauss reports.

Summer Camp for Adults (starts at 40:04)

What images come to mind when you mention summer camp? Cabins in the wilderness with young campers? Craft projects? Water activities? While those bucolic images apply to many of these spots, camping isn’t just for kids. Contributor Elaine Labalme joins us this week to tell us about the joys of summer camps for adults.

More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be found here