Essential Pittsburgh: Cokie Roberts Takes Us Behind the Scenes in Washington

Mar 31, 2015

Cokie Roberts provides political commentary for ABC News as well as NPR
Credit Chatham University

Our guest Cokie Roberts has long been familiar to NPR listeners. She offers political commentary during Morning Edition on Mondays and provides analysis for ABC News. This year, Ms. Roberts is being honored as Chatham University’s Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics. On Wednesday she’ll present the lecture An Insider’s View on Washington, D.C.

Asked about how she manages her own political beliefs when reporting on political issues, Roberts explains:

"When you do it as long as I have, you stop, really, having political beliefs. You care about the issues, and you care that people understand the issues, but you see both sides all the time. And you see people who make a lot of sense on one side, and people who don't make any sense on the same side and vice versa. So it's really a question of just trying to explain it." -- Cokie Roberts

Also in the program, Career Consultant Sasha King offers up tips for peer evaluations, Margaret J. Krauss re-lives Pittsburgh's Whiskey Rebellion and business contributor Rebecca Harris preps us for impending holy holidays with the business of Easter. 


Inside View (starts at 0:00)

Our guest Cokie Roberts has long been familiar to NPR listeners. She offers political commentary during Morning Edition on Mondays and provides analysis for ABC News. This year, Ms. Roberts is being honored as Chatham University’s Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics. On Wednesday she’ll present the lecture An Insider’s View on Washington, D.C.

How to Give Reviews and Improve Performance (starts at 17:30)

Your performance at work determines promotions, raises, or staying in a competitive job market. However, most employees don’t know how to manage their own performance or give constructive evaluations.  In this month’s On the Job segment Career Consultant Sasha King explains how to give and receive employee evaluations.

WESA Celebrates Inventing Pittsburgh - Whiskey Rebellion (starts at 31:10)

Just ten years after the Revolutionary War--which was sparked in part by a tax on tea--western Pennsylvanians nearly seceded over a liquor tax. But the Whiskey Rebellion wasn't really about hooch. It was about federal power. Margaret J. Krauss reports.

The Business of Easter and Passover (starts at 35:28)

With Easter and Passover falling on the same day this year there’s bound to be a considerable uptick in retailer’s sales. Contributor Rebecca Harris joins us this week for a look at the business of these holy holidays.

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