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Thursday Rundown: Rallying Around the August Wilson Center & the Hebrew Mamita

These topics air Thursday February 6, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

August Wilson Center Update
The plight of the  August Wilson Center has been a source of constant stories in the local media. Despite a liquidation, debt and other fiscal battles, can the center be saved? We’ll get an update on the latest news regarding the August Wilson Center from City Paper reporter Rebecca Nuttall. We’ll also hear from Paradise Gray organizer of this weekend’s town hall meeting to save the August Wilson Center.  

The Hebrew Mamita
Native New Yorker and slam poet Vanessa Hidary, a.k.a. the Hebrew Mamita grew up on Manhattan's culturally diverse Upper West Side, as a Sephardic Jew with close friends from different ethnic and religious backgrounds. This experience inspired her to write "Culture Bandit," the nationally toured solo show that chronicles Vanessa's coming of age during the golden age of Hip-Hop and her dedication to fostering understanding and friendship between all people. She is performing in Pittsburgh Thursday and stops by our studio.

Presidential Homes
Ohio and Virginia are both nicknamed the home of presidents. From Mount Vernon to Monticello presidential homes are great places to visit and learn about history.  With President’s Day a little over a week away, travel contributor Elaine Labalme gives suggestions of presidential residences you might like to visit.

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