90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Monday, June 3, 2019
On today’s program: Robotics are injecting new life into manufacturing; the Advanced Leadership Initiative brings experienced black executives to the C-suite; only half of eligible Pennsylvanians are receiving WIC assistance; and a Tribune-Review report finds a lack of oversight in regional public pools.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Friday, May 31, 2019
On today’s program: The number of kids in foster care has increased as the opioid epidemic grows; Pittsburgh has a half-hidden fountain of youth; FBI documents could cast a shadow on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.; peregrine falcons have found a home at the Rachel Carson state office building in Harrisburg; and Pittsburgh is getting more than 90 beers to honor each of its official and unofficial neighborhoods.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Thursday, May 30, 2019
On today’s program: The Allegheny Land Trust is protecting a former mine from developers; water from military bases near Pittsburgh International Airport is being contaminated by toxic chemicals; U.S. Congressman Conor Lamb talks Russia investigation and abortion bans; the kids for cash scandal gets a musical; and a national tournament for blind bowlers comes to Pittsburgh.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Wednesday, May 29, 2019
On today’s program: PA's Supreme Court kicks the UPMC/Highmark case back down to a lower court; exposure to high levels of pollution may lead to increased risk of childhood cancer; and the final installment of WESA's series Still Working.
On today’s program: Pittsburgh makes a new commitment to equity with a dedicated city office; prosecuting the opioid crisis is sometimes a supply-and-demand challenge; gender-sexuality alliances are evolving in Pittsburgh-area schools; and survivors of sexual assault in local Amish and Mennonite communities share their stories.
City's Office of Equity to replace Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment (00:00 – 6:18)
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Friday, May 24, 2019
On today's program: business investment indicators increased in the region; the Braddock Battlefield History Center is reopening; Kim Gordon puts music to a Warhol silent film classic; and a new production tells the story of a future where holographic companions replace lost loved ones.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Thursday, May 23, 2019
On today’s program: Building a case against cybercrimincals can be tough, but apprehending them is a lot harder; Democratic presidential candidates explore climate change; a Buffalo organization helps immigrants find their place in America; 143 Day in Pennsylvania honors Fred Rogers; and Pittsburgh’s population is changing beyond the numbers.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Wednesday, May 22, 2019
On today’s program: How to prevent infectious diseases; a breakdown of yesterday’s primary election results; Mayor Bill Peduto on cybersecurity, postponing gun control ordinances and legalizing recreational marijuana; and an old amusement park near Lake Erie searches for its place in the 21st Century.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Tuesday, May 21, 2019
On today’s program: A look at Pittsburgh’s primary elections; scientists seek a cure for a disease endangering Pennsylvania’s bat populations; online privacy on display through the Carnegie libraries; and the controversies and constitutionality of facial recognition technology.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Monday, May 20, 2019
On today’s program: Celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich talks about her culinary empire and bringing people together with food; a workspace and art gallery serves as a showcase for up-and-coming artists; CMU shares how AI could be used to assist surgeons in planning cardiac operations; and a new tax shelter creates new investment in Pittsburgh, but may also speed up gentrification.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Friday, May 17, 2019
On today's program: The University of Pittsburgh just got a treasure trove from the estate of horror great George Romero; a queer youth theater program is debuting a new multimedia production; City Council District 9 candidates are readying for Tuesday's primary election; CEOs take a stand against the stigma around mental illness; and the state's top court hears from both sides of the UPMC / Highmark split.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Thursday, May 16, 2019
Silver walls adorning the Andy Warhol Museum's event space are taking on new meaning this week as the organization celebrates 25 years in Pittsburgh’s North Side. Executive director Patrick Moore says they haven’t stopped growing since.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Wednesday, May 15, 2019
The Hill Community Development Corporation is hoping a $55 million project to redevelop the New Granada Theater block will be a catalyst to continued development in the area. The project will include office and retail space as well as mixed-income housing units, according to CEO Marimba Milliones.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Monday, May 13, 2019
Tamburitza folk music is inherently a genre of many cultures – it’s played by a family of lute guitars that combine the Persian tanbur with a mandolin and classical guitar. The music traditionally celebrates the culture of Eastern European countries, but the new executive director of the Pittsburgh Tamburitzans is hoping to expand the reach of their repertoire to include countries like Greece and Ireland.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Friday, May 10, 2019
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is bringing his statewide marijuana listening tour to Allegheny County this weekend. He’ll visit the Community Empowerment Association in Homewood and then the Penn State McKeesport campus, both on Saturday.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Tuesday, May 7, 2019
After the 2018 midterm election, the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation made a big shift from 13 Republicans and five Democrats to an even split of 9-9, but Pennsylvania Republican Party chair Val DiGiorgio says he’s not worried about the 2020 presidential race.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Monday, May 6, 2019
Pennsylvania democrats are counting on the midterm momentum they garnered last year as they gear up for the 2020 presidential race. Donald Trump's victory in Pennsylvania in 2016 came as a surprise to many democrats, including Nancy Patton Mills, who now serves as chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Friday, May 3, 2019
U.S. Steel plans to spend $1 billion to upgrade its Clairton Coke Works and Edgar Thomson facilities near Pittsburgh. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says he's thrilled to see Pittsburgh return to the forefront of steel manufacturing—that the investment could help stabilize steel jobs in the region, but likely won't create any new positions.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Wednesday, May 1, 2019
As a reverend, teacher, community organizer and poet, Eleanor Williams is a woman of many talents. She joined 90.5 WESA’s The Confluence to talk about her work and her latest endeavor with the North Side Partnership Project, a coalition of seven nonprofits.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2019
The Pittsburgh Center for Victims is offering survivors of violent crimes a way to stay informed about the legal status of their perpetrators. The center has worked with the Allegheny County Jail to keep survivors informed about release dates for more than 20 years, but according to Center for Victims CEO Laurie MacDonald, the app takes this work a step further.
From humble beginnings — there wasn't even a marathon in Pittsburgh in 2008 — CEO and race director Patrice Matamoros says she put her whole heart into building the engine behind today's Pittsburgh marathon. Festivities this weekend will be her final lap.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Friday, Apr. 26, 2019
Lisa Ceoffe, forester for the City of Pittsburgh, says the health of the city’s tree population has improved since she assumed the position in the Department of Public Works a little more than 10 years ago.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019
The public can now access hundreds of pages of Pittsburgh police policies in a database on the city website. Chief Scott Schubert says it's an exercise in bureau transparency and hopes it will foster trust with the community.