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Thursday Rundown: A Local Journalist Reacts to Brian Williams' 'Stolen Valor'

David Shankbone

These topics air Thursday February 12, 2015 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Fossil Fuel Divestment

Diplomats from all over the world are meeting in Geneva this week to draft a crucial plan to address climate change. For this reason, a worldwide fossil fuel divestment movement has marked February 13 and 14, Global Divestment Days. Locally, the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition and the Thomas Merton Center are holding a fossil fuel divestment rally and teach-in at the University of Pittsburgh. Nick Goodfellow, a student organizer with Fossil Free Pitt Coalition, and Gabe McMorland, an organizer at the Thomas Merton Center, talk with us about the local efforts to divest from fossil fuel industries.

Brian Williams' Suspension 

While NBC has suspended anchor Brian Williams for six months for misleading the public about his experiences covering the Iraq war, he could still return to the Nightly News desk later this year. But should he? We'll talk with Jeff Ritter, Chair of Communications, Media and Technology at La Roche College, and journalist Carmen Gentile, who has covered conflicts and unrest in the Middle East.

President's Day Weekend Getaways

President’s Day weekend is upon us, which means a three-day weekend for some. If you plan to get out of town, contributor Elaine Labalme who tweets about food and travel under the twitter handle New Girl In Town, is here with a few travel suggestions.

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