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15 Years Later, How To Teach And Talk About 9/11

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90.5 WESA’s weekly news program The Confluence assembles reporters, editors and bloggers who join veteran journalist and host, Kevin Gavin.

They go behind the headlines taking an in-depth look at the stories important to the Pittsburgh region.

This week’s topics include:

Reporters Remember 9/11

It’s been 15 years since United Flight 93 crashed in a wooded area near a reclaimed coal mine in Somerset County. We’ll recall the events of that day with reporters who covered the story as it developed. Taking part in the conversation are Debra Erdley, reporter for the Greensburg Tribune-Review and 90.5 WESA’s Mark Nootbaar.


Teaching Students About 9/11

Children born on 9/11 have begun their freshmen year in high school. So how do children who were too young, or weren’t even born at the time, learn about 9/11? We’ll address how 9/11 is being taught with Jewell Parker Rhodes author of the book Towers Falling, Mary Margaret Kerr, professor at the Pitt School of Education who helped create the junior ranger book for the Flight 93 Memorial and Joelle Keats a teacher in the North Allegheny School District.


Jobs Report

The promise of bringing back jobs to the steel and coal industry has been part of the campaign rhetoric in the presidential election. With the economy at or near a level some consider full employment we’ll take a look at the job scene in Pennsylvania with Doug Heuck, publisher of Pittsburgh Today and Ann Belser, co-founder of the newspaper Print.

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