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Wednesday Rundown: A Local Economics Professor Negotiates in Ukraine

Andrew Butko

These topics air Wednesday July 23, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

A Pitt Professor in Ukraine

With outrage over the downing of a civilian plane over Ukraine intensifying, we'll talk with University of Pittsburgh assistant professor of economics Tymofiy Mylovanov who is in Kiev participating in talks with the prime minister. He'll describe how the Ukrainian government feels about the situation as well as average citizens there.

WESA Celebrates - Judy Bannon

This week WESA Celebrates profiles Judy Bannon, former executive director of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) of Pennsylvania. She created Cribs for Kids to combat unsafe sleeping arrangements contributing to sudden infant death syndrome.

Songs of the Summer Series

As the heat of July blazes on, we’ve been talking with some of the hosts at our sister station 91.3 WYEP, about music of the summer. Throughout July and August the hosts talk about what makes for a great summer song, and new music for the summer. For WYEP afternoon mix host, Rosemary Welsch, a summer jam is about sense of place and time. Listen to her review of a new album with an old twist.

The Economic Cost of Financial Illiteracy

How much do you know, or think you know, about your personal finances? In a world where savings and investment options are increasingly complex, studies show that millions of Americans lack financial literacy. Paul Brahim, Chairman and CEO of BPU investment firm and a member of the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Financial Planning Association says financial illiteracy is causing a social crisis in retirement, which in turn influences unemployment. He’ll talk about the scope of this problem and how this connects to a current push for increased regulation of the financial planning industry.

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