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The Confluence
Monday through Thursday at 9am

The Confluence is 90.5 WESA’s daily news program. Tune in weekdays at 9 a.m. to hear newsmakers and innovators take an in-depth look at stories important to the Pittsburgh region. Find more at wesa.fm.

Latest Episodes
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    Carlos Carter, tapped to take the helm of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, starts next month
    On today’s episode of The Confluence: Carlos Carter, the incoming President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, explains what he sees as his priorities in the role, which he’s stepping into after Esther Bush, the longtime leader of the organization, retires; and two members of a working group to support women after incarceration tell us what challenges women face upon re-entering society, and the importance of gender-specific programming.
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    State school mask mandate affirmed by a legislative panel, but still faces legal challenges
    On today’s episode of The Confluence: A legislative panel has affirmed the school mask mandate from the state Department of Health, but reporter Stephen Caruso with the Pennsylvania Capital-Star says Republicans are still hoping to overturn the order; a University of Pittsburgh researcher will soon use NASA’s newest telescope to look at faraway objects with infrared light; and a look at how one Pittsburgh TikToker is using the platform to share stories of everyday life from neighbors and strangers.
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    EPA set to regulate PFAS chemicals, which have already been found in McKeesport, Coraopolis
    On today’s episode of The Confluence: The state has begun to regulate harmful PFAS chemicals, but plans for federal regulation could alter the trajectory; a Duquesne professor weighs in on how K-12 schools can support students’ mental health at a time when pediatric and child psychiatric groups are declaring a state of emergency; and we visit an illegal dumpsite in the east hills with a crew of “DumpBusters” ready to clean it up.
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    Sen. Jay Costa says he sees room for bipartisanship on some issues in the General Assembly
    On today’s program: State Sen. Jay Costa explains why he takes issue with the Republican party’s election audit and calls for bipartisanship on issues including hate crimes and campaign finance reform; Casa San Jose is planning to move into a new building in Beechview, which executive director Monica Ruiz says will result in more space for community-oriented programming; and a look at the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, an activist whose work is recounted in a new book from University of Pittsburgh Professor Keisha Blain.
  • On today’s program: WESA government and accountability editor Chris Potter adds context to Congressman Mike Doyle’s announcement that he will not seek re-election in 2022; a researcher with the Ohio Valley River Institute tells us why orphaned wells, which are abandoned oil and gas wells, are creating unchecked methane emissions; and Pittsburgh poet and educator Jan Beatty shares the types of loss she felt as an adopted child in her new memoir, “American Bastard.”
  • On today’s program: Education reporter Sarah Schneider explains the potential impacts of Pittsburgh Public Schools’ student enrollment declined this year, and some possible reasons why; and a discussion with two speakers of the city’s first “Eradicate Hate Global Summit,” which starts today.
  • On today’s program: UPMC Pediatric Infectious Diseases specialist Andrew Nowalk explains how the COVID-19 vaccine has been tested for safety among children aged five to 11 years old; U.S. Senator Bob Casey discusses a bill he is co-sponsoring to help workers transition to renewable energy industries; and Michael Rinsem with Community College of Allegheny County explains how training the new workforce in the region requires forethought and a focus on skills .
  • On today’s program: Joseph DiStefano from the Philadelphia Inquirer explains how the state’s Public School Employee Retirement System board has decided to change its investment strategy after underperforming for years and being the subject of federal probes; the National Aviary’s director of animal program and experiences recounts how Kodiak, the Steller's Sea Eagle, was safely returned after escaping his enclosure and living on his own for nine days; and a look at how the state’s assistive technology program is increasing accessibility to residents with 3-D printed tools, all while gaining hundreds of thousands of TikTok followers.
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    Fetterman, Bartos outraise competitors in their parties thus far for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat
    On today’s program: WESA’s Lucy Perkins breaks down the latest fundraising data for candidates vying to fill outgoing U.S. Senator Pat Toomey’s seat; David Card, an economics professor from the University of California-Berkeley, will receive a Nobel Prize for his body of work of which includes a landmark minimum wage study that took place in Pennsylvania and New Jersey; and how public school districts across the country are addressing the bus driver shortage.
  • On today’s program: Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen Kaufman explains a new policy enacted to crack down on the record-breaking number of firearms being found in air travelers carry on bags; and Women and Girls Foundation CEO Heather Arnet is stepping down next year, leaving a legacy that shifted the organization’s mission from supporting equity to achieving it.