The decisive battle at Chosin Reservoir was one of the Korean conflict's most harrowing battles, fought in sub-zero temperatures along a frozen lake in the mountains.
Historian and author Hampton Sides says it’s also the most decorated battle in modern American history. He discusses his latest book, “On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle,” on the 100th anniversary of what later became Veterans Day.
Elsewhere in the program, John Fetterman first made headlines as the unmistakable mayor of Braddock, the struggling steel town he worked to revitalize. He was elected last week to serve as Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor, the state’s second-highest executive office. Hear how he’s transitioning from a local executive office to a state complementary role ahead of his inauguration in January.
In a reprisal from last year, Joaquin Gonzalez reports on then-University of Pittsburgh junior Brooke McEvoy and her duties with the Pitt Pantry, which offers nutritious food to students whose income is less than 150 percent of the poverty line.
90.5 WESA's Kiley Koscinski chats with Monessen Mayor Matt Shorraw about criticism he’s received for failing to attend city council meetings. Shorraw has taken his issues to state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, who said the Westmoreland County city won’t receive any future state pension aid until the council selects a new pension manager.
And Chris LeRusso, an independent professional wrestler and the head training coach for Iron City Wrestling Academy, says Pittsburgh's wrestling past still deeply informs its future. Hear his love letter to the sport.
The Confluence, where the news comes together, is 90.5 WESA’s daily news program. Tune in weekdays at 9 a.m. to hear newsmakers and innovators join veteran journalist Kevin Gavin, taking an in-depth look at stories important to the Pittsburgh region. Find more episodes of The Confluence here.