Kevin Gavin

Host of The Confluence

Kevin Gavin is a native Pittsburgher and has worked in public broadcasting since his college years. Gavin served as news director for 90.5 WDUQ for 34 years, and following the sale of the radio station by Duquesne University to Pittsburgh EPM, Inc., he was appointed Director of Internships and Training.

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On today's program: FBI Pittsburgh hopes to apply the cyber security lessons of 2016 to 2020; the U.S. Census Bureau needs many more numerators ahead of this year’s count; a Point Park initiative goes beyond basic survival needs for the city’s homeless; and Philadelphia honors native son Kobe Bryant after the basketball star’s tragic death. 

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On today's program: GOP leadership is changing in Harrisburg; some U.S. waterways might lose federal protection; a new report reveals companies did not report hospitalizations of those with intellectual disabilities; and Pitt’s Department of Africana Studies celebrates 50 years. 

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On today's program: A White House correspondent shares tales from the road; what we’ve learned from five years of local coal mining data; a sportsbook expert estimates just how involved Pennsylvanians will be ahead of Super Bowl LIV; and how Pittsburgh plans to celebrate the Chinese New Year as the threat of disease plagues provinces abroad.

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On today's program: Efforts to crack down on sexual harassment in state government have stalled; a local incubator is supporting Hispanic businesses; student reporters investigate barriers to unionization at Pitt; rural hospitals are at risk of closing; and with the rules finalized, the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is set to begin. 

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On today's program: Students share how poetry gives voice to their experiences; PA voters get introspective about their media diets; what it takes to cut energy use in state-owned buildings; and a new memoir explores the taboo subject of abuse in queer relationships.

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On today's program: How President Trump’s trade deal could affect PA; cyber security experts are looking for protection from Iranian attacks; a proposed EPA rule could limit public policy materials; APM’s Molly Wood talks about Pittsburgh’s shot as a tech hub; and a local exhibit explores Andy Warhol's complex relationship with Catholicism.

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On today's program: Covestro expands its local presence and testing safer hockey equipment; PennDOT will soon enforce speed limits in construction zones; and a dedicated jazz club finds its footing in Pittsburgh. 

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On today's program: The longtime head of the Delta Foundation has stepped down; New Light Congregation makes a decision about its future; a new book looks at how police-community relations have evolved a decade since the Jordan Miles case; and it’s too early to call, but the Penguins could be eyeing another Stanley Cup run. 

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On today's program: Pittsburgh’s Council on American-Islamic Relations has named a new leader; special education advocates say the state isn’t keeping up with the cost of services; FamilyLinks considers how to spend a $1 million grant to prevent homelessness; Mayor Peduto comments on Pittsburgh’s declining black population; and the Clairton community decides whether it wants to participate in a settlement with U.S. Steel. 

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On today's program: PennDOT previews a full year of construction on Western PA roadways; aging infrastructure is putting river communities at risk of increased flooding; what it means to be "radically" body positive; a fond farewell to City Councilor Darlene Harris; and a local professor updates our understanding of Mars' topography.

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On today's program: Meet the PSO’s new principal pops conductor; a look back at 2020’s potential biggest business story; why a judge would bar reporters from the courtroom in a capital murder case; a new book explores the business of immortality; and how residents are affected when their neighborhood becomes a hotbed for development.

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On today's program: Mayor Bill Peduto on the year ahead and a new City Council; an effort to help gun owners surrender their weapons in times of crisis; local television stations reach a deal with cable providers; American Chestnut trees could make a comeback; and how to recycle your Christmas tree. 

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On today's program: Gov. Tom Wolf discusses the odds of a minimum wage hike in Pennsylvania; a local woman empowers her neighbors in the "forgotten" West End; and advocates are hoping a change in state law could restore thousands of suspended or revoked drivers licenses. 

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On today's program: It’s been a year of incremental progress in Pittsburgh. WESA staffers discuss it all, from a shakeup in the U.S. House and changes to the state justice system to ongoing concerns surrounding air quality, public school finances, major development projects, mayoral priorities and the state of local cultural institutions.

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On today's program: the author of a new book chronicling the history of the Association of Pittsburgh Priests; banking in the marijuana industry is tricky business; the local impact of proposed food stamps changes; and how racism can have a negative impact on health. 

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On today's program: PA’s Health Secretary considers how medical cannabis could expand; a pain medicine specialist is concerned about how quickly the program has already expanded; dispensary pharmacists have a unique job; and how can differing state and federal cannabis laws co-exist?   

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On today's program:  Presidential hopefuls come to Pittsburgh to talk about education equity; ALCOSAN's green infrastructure might not be green enough; and the families of fallen officers lean on each other years after their loved ones are gone.  

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On today's program: a look at the impeachment process; Duquesne Light is betting on electric vehicles; and the new president of the Carnegie Museums hopes to foster more collaboration among the museums and the community.  

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On today's program: There are some interesting exemptions to PA’s new tobacco law; a look at the state of the Paris climate agreement minus the U.S.; the unintended consequences of lead-based ammunition; and exploring options for parents when schools aren’t supporting their special needs students.  

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On today's program: Venture Outdoors wants to get more people outside; the face of long-haul trucking is changing; a conversation with a Pittsburgh teen climate activist; and exploring the infamously polluted Ohio River. 

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On today's program: What it takes to rebuild relationships after addiction; what Democrats can learn from Franklin Park; Conor Lamb weighs in on Donald Trump’s foreign policy; Good Question! explores the history of Brunot Island; and a new exhibit celebrating the world's 50 greatest nature photos is traveling through Pittsburgh.

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On today's program: Eating disorders uniquely affect women over age 40; mentorship at Brashear came from an unexpected place; what it will take for lawmakers to consider raising the state minimum wage; and why A+ Schools changed its annual report to focus on pockets of success.

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On today's program: The No. 2 Pitt volleyball team heads for the NCAA tournament; runners lace up to ease local food insecurity; how political turmoil could hurt the holiday retail season; state lawmakers turn to criminal justice reform; and the Carnegie Science Center's miniature railroad celebrates 100 years of engineering memories. 

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On today's program: Get to know author Reza Aslan ahead of a talk in Pittsburgh tonight; how one Troy Hillian engages his neighbors on community projects; a peek into the future of machine learning; a jazz musician pays homage to a Pittsburgh icon; and why labor leaders are livid with the retail giant Amazon. 

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On today's program: The Coro Center is celebrating 10 years in Pittsburgh; how a local book club inspires kids to dream; American shale gas is playing a role in the UK’s debate over fracking; the city’s low-barrier winter shelter opens downtown; and what to look for in the city’s 2020 budget.

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On today's program: How DNA from veterans could help cure societal ills; the FBI is investigating Gov. Wolf’s environmental oversight of a pipeline; redistricting, school closures and tax increases are all possibilities for Pittsburgh Public Schools; PA attorney general Josh Shapiro is talking opioids in D.C. today; and why some customers can’t link their PNC accounts to apps like Venmo.

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On today's program: Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald outlines his goals for a final term; Pennsylvania communities raise a glass to the state’s beer industry; and the Pennsylvania Innocence Project is hosting one of the “Exonerated Five” in Pittsburgh tonight to honor the wrongfully convicted. 

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On today's program: Argo AI’s CEO explores the future of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh; Hazelwood’s neighborhood plan gets approved after years of work by residents; and Honor Flight Pittsburgh is taking veterans on tours of Capitol memorials free of charge.

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On today's program: A conversation about social responsibility when it comes to hate; Obama-era coal pollution rules could dissolve; U.S. hardwoods profit margins are getting axed by the trade war; and more companies in Pittsburgh are giving their employees a say in major decisions. 

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On today's program: Tuesday’s election results are in; as school lunch debt grows, "lunch shaming" returns; a peek inside a hemp processing facility as Pennsylvania’s industrial hemp growing season comes to a close; a Pittsburgh author finds brotherhood with other grieving black fathers; and new research asks if doctors receive gifts from opioid manufacturers, will they prescribe more? 

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