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Friday Rundown: The Gaza Kitchen Comes to the Conflict Kitchen

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These topics air Friday October 17, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Palestinian Takeout

Conflict Kitchen -- an Oakland restaurant that specializes in cuisine from nations with which the United States is in conflict -- recently introduced a Palestinian menu to coincide with Middle East talks at the University Honors College at Pitt. This week, the restaurant has hosted Laila El-Haddad, a Palestinian journalist, blogger, chef and author of the book “Gaza Kitchen.” Friday night at 8:00 she will cook a large, public Gazan dinner and give a talk about Palestine, its food and its politics. She joins us to talk about food, culture and politics in the Middle East.

The Volunteer Economy in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is home to 7,500 non-profit organizations and about 300,000 people work in the sector. Many of these organizations also rely on volunteers in order to fulfill their missions. In recent years, for-profit businesses have increased their reliance on volunteer labor as well. Peggy Outon, Executive Director of Robert Morris University’s Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management, joins us to make sense of the volunteer economy, and talk about the future of volunteering.

Sheena Easton and the Symphony

The Pittsburgh Symphony pops is making it a movie night this weekend with "Heroes and Villains," a show that will have Grammy award winning vocalist Sheena Easton taking center stage. Easton will sing the title song of the James Bond film "For Your Eyes Only," which she recorded for the film's title sequence and "Nobody Does It Better" from "The Spy Who Loved Me" by Marvin Hamlisch.

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