90.5 WESA Station News

How And Why To Support 90.5 WESA This May 6

Apr 20, 2014

This spring, the Pittsburgh Foundation’s annual Day of Giving is part of a national event called Give Local America.  

Replacing the traditional Day of Giving in October, this year’s May 6 event is part of a national day for community foundations across the country.

Be part of this national event when you donate to 90.5 WESA at pittsburghgives.org, and have your gift matched locally.

Megs Yunn, Spreading Birthday Cheer All Year

Apr 17, 2014
Debbi Casini Klein / 90.5 WESA

Read and listen to a story about Megs Yunn as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Megs is spreading birthday cheer 365 days a year to homeless kids who have never had a party.

It began in March  of 2011, when Megs was volunteering at a local after-school program, and she met a young girl named Beverly.

Debbi Casini Klein / 90.5 WESA

Read and listen to a story about Fred Massey as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Fred Massey created a mentoring program that not only changed the lives of so many troubled youths, but also changed his life.

Debbi Casini Klein / 90.5 WESA

Read and listen to a story about Joyce Rothermel as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

A study that was done in 1977 at the University of Pittsburgh on the instances of hunger in Allegheny County documented 48,000 people experiencing hunger — that is, going without food for a 24-hour period.

Courtesy The Farmer's Table

The Farmer’s Table is a farm dinner event series. Chef and Owner Jacob Mains works with specifically chosen host farms based on their farming practices, quality of produce and scenery.

Reserve your seat today with a donation to 90.5 WESA.

Marina Weis / 90.5 WESA

Read and watch a story about Jim and Susan Wagner as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Jim and Susan have turned their love for dogs into helping children with autism.

Debbi Casini Klein / 90.5 WESA

Read and listen to a story about Al Mercer as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

As a veteran, the transition back to civilian life is wrought with challenges. Al understands that all too well and has made it his mission to help.

Steven J. Corwin Talks Academic Medical Centers Amidst Health Care Reform

Mar 17, 2014

Steven J. Corwin, chief executive officer of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, speaks about ways of preserving quality aspects of the existing health care system while reducing overall cost.

Molly Williamson on Geoeconomic Factors in Diplomacy

Mar 17, 2014

Middle East Institute scholar Molly Williamson speaks on "Geoeconomic Factors in Diplomacy" surrounding the top five oil-producing countries in the world: Saudi Arabia, Russia, the United States, China and Iran.

The Innocence Project's Nina Morrison Describes Wrongful Convictions

Mar 17, 2014

Nina Morrison, senior staff attorney at the Innocence Project, speaks on her organization's work to exonerate the innocent and reform a system responsible for many unjust imprisonments by telling the story of Michael Morton, who was wrongfully incarcerated for 25 years.

Marina Picciotto Offers a Scientific View on Happiness

Mar 17, 2014

Marina Picciotto, Charles B.G. Murphy Chair in Psychiatry and professor of neurobiology and pharmacology at Yale University School of Medicine, speaks about the science of happiness Thursday morning in the Amphitheater.

Trevor Potter Connects Politics and Market Forces

Mar 17, 2014

Former FEC chairman Trevor Potter, founding president of the Campaign Legal Center and general counsel to John McCain's 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns, speaks on how market forces affect the political process, specifically with regard to campaign financing and Super PACs.

David Von Drehle Speaks About Lincoln's Legacy

Mar 16, 2014

Time magazine editor-at-large David Von Drehle, author of Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year, speaks on the legacy of the 16th president.

Chris Hayes on the Struggle Against Meritocracy

Mar 16, 2014

Chris Hayes, host of "All In with Chris Hayes" on MSNBC and editor-at-large for The Nation, addresses how young people affect policy and effect change.

Natalie Batalha - Kepler: A Planet for Goldilocks

Mar 16, 2014

NASA AMES astrophysicist Natalie Batalha shares findings from the Kepler Mission, where she is mission scientist, and discusses its importance to NASA, the scientific community and humankind.

Debbi Casini Klein

Read and listen to a story about Lueana Coward as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Lueana has faced tragedies unfathomable to any parent, but she has channeled her pain into helping others in the same situation.

Photo courtesy of Operation Safety Net, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System

Read and listen to a story about Dr. Jim Withers as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

For more than 20 years, Withers has been making his rounds in a most unusual way as “The Pittsburgh Street Doctor.”

Marina Weis / 90.5 WESA

Read and listen to a story about Bob and Marilee Tudi as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Imagine living without heat this winter. Sadly, many people do. But thanks to Bob and Marilee of McKees Rocks, the winter is much warmer for many in need.

Debbi Casini Klein

Read and listen to a story about Ray Leonard as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

For women going through chemotherapy, many may think that hair loss must be the least of their concerns.

Quite the contrary, it can be one of the most traumatic aspects of chemotherapy: a loss of their identity and a clear reality of their disease.

Josh and Gab, Confronting Bullying Through Song

Feb 14, 2014
Debbi Casini Klein

Read and listen to a story about Josh Verbanets and Gab Bonesso as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Sometimes there’s no better way to get kids excited about something than through music. Add some laughter, and you’ve got the perfect combination.

That’s the Josh and Gab show.

Win Our Locavore Experience Package

Feb 13, 2014

Through 1pm today everyone who donates at wesa.fm/donate will automatically entered to win the Locavore Experience Package. One winner will be drawn on Feb. 24. Value $770.

Win an iPad Mini + $100 iTunes Gift Card

Feb 12, 2014

Today from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., you can be entered to win an iPad Mini and a $100 iTunes gift card.

Read and listen to a story about Sophie Levitt as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Eleven-year old Sophie knew she wanted to do a bat-mitzvah project that would make an impact on children’s lives. Thoughts of her cousin Marla, who is also 11 years old and has autism, sparked an idea.

Debbi Casini Klein

Read and listen to a story about Neil Alexander as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Happily married with two small children, life was pretty normal for successful businessman Neil Alexander, until two years ago when everything changed.

How Emmai Alaquiva Is Giving Back Through Music

Jan 24, 2014
The Sprout Fund

Read and listen to a story about Emmai Alaquiva as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Emmai is an award-winning  music producer and entrepreneur and has parlayed his accomplishments into mentoring kids, through hip hop music.

Debbi Casini Klein

Read and listen to a story about Ethan Woodfill as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Fourteen-year-old Ethan Woodfill recruited friends and classmates to form the Do-Something Club to help better his community.

Five public media stations spanning Pennsylvania have joined forces to form a collaborative reporting center called Keystone Crossroads.

Keystone Crossroads will explore urban decline and solutions in Pennsylvania and examine topics such as aging infrastructure, immigration, local government, neighborhood life, poverty and tax policy. The initiative aims to offer connected, statewide reporting on urban challenges in the Keystone State.

Debbi Casini Klein

Read and listen to a story about Al Condeluci as part of a new series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Al has been instrumental in changing the lives of thousands of disabled people in the Pittsburgh area. His awareness and dedication started first hand, with his cousin Carrie, who had Down syndrome.

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Read and watch a video story about Vanessa German as part of a new series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Vanessa is an artist and performer, determined to make her neighborhood of Homewood a safer place, especially for the children.

Read and listen to a story about Caitlin Werth as part of a new series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Caitlin is the chaplain and program director of the rehabilitative program HOPE at the Allegheny County Jail. The program helps inmates stay out of jail once they’ve done their time.

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