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Pittsburgh Explainer Introduces A New Podcast From 90.5 WESA

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Centre Avenue looking east from the north west Corner. Signs for Jay's Drugs, Fireman's Shoes, Filner's Bakery, Green's Shoes, Live Fish Company, Sambol's, and Lottie Shefler's Beauty Salon are visible. Taken in 1942.

This week on Explainer we have something a little different -- the introduction to a new podcast called Land & Power.

In 2015, residents of the Penn Plaza apartment buildings in Pittsburgh learned that they’d have to leave their homes to make way for a new development. The news arrived like a pronouncement: this neighborhood, East Liberty, isn’t for you anymore.

Some people were afraid.

Some people were angry.

And some people were ready to fight.

They weren’t just fighting for their homes. They were fighting for the future of East Liberty, and Pittsburgh.

From 90.5 WESA, Land & Power looks at the history of this development with host Margaret J. Krauss.

Pittsburgh Explainer host Liz Reid edited the podcast, which launches Monday, Nov. 16.

Katie Blackley is a digital editor/producer for 90.5 WESA, where she writes, edits and generates both web and on-air content for features and daily broadcast. She's the producer of Pittsburgh Explainer and our Good Question! series. She also covers history and the LGBTQ community.
Liz Reid oversees newsroom operations at WESA. She began working at WESA in 2013 as a general assignment reporter and weekend host. Since then, she’s worked as the Morning Edition producer, health & science reporter and as an editor. You can reach her at