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Pitt report on improving education post-pandemic says personalized, learner-centered approach is key
On today’s episode of The Confluence: We talk about what interventions still need to happen to help remedy pandemic learning loss and improve education as we head into the next school year; UPMC and a world-renowned transplant surgeon are at the heart of a federal investigation, we talk about the case and its implications; and how North Allegheny recent graduates are trying to help the next class of school activists make change.Today’s guests include: Briana Mihok, senior policy strategist for the Institute of Politics at the University of Pittsburgh; and Jonathan Silver, reporter with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Despite concerns of a recession, local businesses are experiencing steady demand for goods, services
On today’s episode of The Confluence: We look at the results of a recent survey on the regional businesses economic outlook for remainder of the year; the state Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s mail-in-voting law, Act 77; and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson’s Pittsburgh home is opening to the public. Today’s guests include: Vera Krekanova, chief research officer with the Allegheny Conference on Community Development; Stephen Caruso, Capitol reporter for Spotlight PA; and Chris Rawson, board member of the August Wilson House.
Early national polling shows Democrats might have edge over Republicans in some statewide races
On today’s episode of The Confluence: A Fox News poll found Democrats John Fetterman and Josh Shapiro are more popular with voters ahead of November’s election; the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority is constructing underground tunnels for stormwater overflow, but the cost and rising sewage bills are giving residents pause; and a definitive list of the best pizza in Pittsburgh. Today’s guests include: Jonathan Tamari, national political reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer; Oliver Morrison, reporter at WESA; and Hal B. Klein, senior food writer and dining critic at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Pa. constitutional law expert says Wolf lawsuit against Legislature could be ‘political stunt’
On today’s episode of The Confluence: We ask a state constitutional law expert about Gov. Tom Wolf’s lawsuit against the GOP-led legislature, which hopes to pass anti-abortion constitutional amendments; a look at how expanded state tax credits for waterfront development could affect the city; and BikePGH weighs in on priorities for improving cycling infrastructure, after a child on a bicycle was struck and killed by a motorist last week.Today’s guests include: Bruce Ledewitz, a law professor at Duquesne University; Matthew Galluzzo, president and CEO at Riverlife; and Eric Boerer, advocacy director at BikePGH.
Mayor Gainey talks OnePGH, police staffing levels, and Pittsburgh Public Schools’ new superintendent
On today’s episode of The Confluence: We learn what options the city might pursue to work with tax-exempt organizations, now that ties with OnePGH have been severed; and what’s new in the second edition of “100 Things To Do In Pittsburgh Before You Die.”Today’s guests include: Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey; and Rossilynne Culgan, journalist and author.
After years of waiting, a judge will finally decide if Pennsylvania education funding is equitable
On today’s episode of The Confluence: In the coming months, a judge will rule on if the state violated its own constitution regarding how it funds K-12 education; work has begun to reconstruct the city’s Fern Hollow Bridge, which collapsed in late January; and how a local organization is teaching court etiquette and more to help Pittsburgh residents better navigate the court system.Today’s guests include: Katie Meyer, political reporter for WHYY; Ed Blazina, who covers transportation at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; and Mark Thompson, founder of the JASON Project.
Gaslighting around the extremist threat
Please broaden your advertising for “studying extremism” at Pitt and CMU to include WHY we still have school shootings. It makes me sick that tons of money is now going into the “extremist threat” when that attack on the Capital was just a matter of Capital Police not doing their job. How much money do we have to spend on homeland security to simply get them to do their job? We spend trillions on all these boogey men home and abroad. Just stop promoting this culture, the media is supposed to call out the gaslighting corporate state.
Good content, poor audio
The WESA sound engineer needs to learn how to set the sound level on par with the rest of the podcasts out there. Needing to turn the volume up to listen, only to get blasted by whatever podcast is next. Easy fix.