90.5 WESA offers you two specials to kick off the summer!
Friday, May 22 at noon and 8 p.m.: State of the Re:Union: Travelogue: Volume 2
For the last six years, State of the Re:Union has been collecting stories from the road. This show is a look back at the communities, characters, and conflicts covered over the years, including Superman, medical migrants, a letter to Appalachia and more.
Monday, May 25 at noon and 8 p.m.: We've Never Been The Same: A War Story
All wars are the same, it is said; only the scenery changes. And the repercussions are pretty much the same too.
Over the course of five years, Adam Piore gathered the stories of the surviving members of Delta Company, a Vietnam-era paratrooper unit; Jay Allison joined him for the last two years when it turned from a book into a radio story.
At Fort Campbell before deployment, Delta was a ragtag bunch, the “leftovers” as one of their fellow soldiers put it, but on the night of March 18, 1968, they became heroes. Their leader won the Congressional Medal of Honor and two others won the nation’s second highest honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, for their valor that night when the company endured a long and devastating battle — not as long or as devastating, however, as the years that followed, after the men of Delta Company came home separately to live alone with the memories.
Essential Pittsburgh returns on Tuesday, May 26 at noon.