90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018
The assembly plant recently targeted by General Motors in Ohio's Mahoning Valley served as an economic lifeline for thousands of locals over the years. The announcement Tuesday effectively closes the Lordstown plant and six others next year as part of a larger campaign to restructure operations.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018
The region’s Amazon proposal was a collaborative learning experience for Pittsburgh leaders, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said this week, but according to Amazon, the region's talent pool isn't deep enough and the city lacks appropriate infrastructure.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018
Pennsylvania is set to launch its sports betting industry soon -- the first wave of states to do so after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in May legalized the industry nationwide. Lawmakers in Harrisburg have already accounted for expected revenue in the state budget, but there's a lot we still don't know.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
Hand-pulling noodles is a coveted culinary craft that takes years to learn and even longer to master. The chefs are part athlete, part artist, and restaurants like Everyday Noodles in Squirrel Hill need immigrants to make their business model work.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Monday, Nov. 19, 2018
Whether it’s participating in a match program to socialize with immigrant families or lending a helping hand at a soup kitchen, Pittsburghers are volunteering at a nationally recognized rate. Nearly 38 percent of local residents volunteer, placing the city in seventh place nationally for its collective rate of volunteerism.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018
Many substance use disorder treatment centers expect their patients to immediately stop using when they enter treatment. But this approach, often referred to as quitting “cold turkey,” is not a one-size-fits-all solution.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018
As many as 15,000 children are in Pennsylvania's foster care system at any given time, and a disproportionate number are often African-American. How can existing family relationships be better resourced and supported? And how can society better help kids transition from foster care to adulthood?
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Monday, Nov. 5, 2018
Education is one of the top issues for many voters heading into Election Day on Tuesday. The Allegheny Intermediate Unit plays a conduit role in making sure public school students in the region receive a quality education by working with 42 districts and multiple special needs centers.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018
Pittsburgh's grief-stricken Jewish community endured another round of funerals Wednesday for victims of a deadly mass shooting at Tree of Life Congregation synagogue that left 11 dead and six others injured. The shooting is being called the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018
The alleged gunman behind Saturday's deadly mass shooting at Tree of Life Congregation synagogue in Squirrel Hill faced formal arraignment Monday on 29 federal counts, including hate crimes, which could carry a death penalty. Robert Bowers, 46 of Baldwin, also faces state charges: 11 counts of criminal homicide, six counts of aggravated assault and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation.
As Pittsburgh mourns lives lost and affected by the deadly mass shooting at Tree of Life Congregation synagogue in Squirrel Hill on Saturday, thousands are coming together to hold vigils, raise money and offer interfaith support.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018
Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Board of Education is expected to vote Wednesday night whether to arm the district's 22 police officers. Superintendent Anthony Hamlet says he respects school Chief George Brown's recommendation, but remains vehemently opposed to allowing firearms on PPS campuses.
Carnegie Mellon University professor Illah Nourbakhsh caught the robot bug at an early age, and as the director of CMU's CREATE Lab, he's influencing a technologically fluent generation to harness their energy for socially meaningful innovation. He shares his journey and what he's hoping for the years ahead.
The school-to-prison pipeline is the inspiration for a new show at Pittsburgh's City Theatre. Obie award-winning playwright Dominque Morisseau wrote PIPELINE to explore the disproportionate disciplining of minority students, which can put them on the pathway to eventual incarceration.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018
Allegheny County's Kane Community Living Center in McKeesport will begin accepting patients, including seniors, to its new post-acute care drug addiction unit. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says it's a sad necessity in fighting an opioid crisis that's affecting all ages.
The 35-year-old Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh began in the old Allegheny Post Office, expanded to the Buhl Planetarium and will soon move into the stacks of the former Carnegie library. Executive director Jane Werner shared plans for the expansion and her belief that childhood and learning know no age limit.
Later in the program, Homewood artist Vanessa German funneled her passion into a neighborhood space for kids to gather and create art of their own.
Ron Baillie and Ann Metzger have served as co-directors of the Carnegie Science Center since 2012. That partnership will come to an end at the close of 2018 when they both retire.
Baillie says people often ask him about his long career: “‘How could you stay 35 years?’ It’s because there’s always a new project. There’s always a new opportunity around every corner, and you can’t walk away from it.”