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Urban League Of Greater Pittsburgh's Longtime Leader Retires, Hopes For Better City
On today’s program: As Esther Bush, the decades-long head of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, retires, she hopes for businesses and local politicians to make the Steel City a better place for Black residents; and how returning to the office can cause anxiety for employees of color who experience microaggressions and racism at work.
Lower Hill Development Approved, But Residents Still Have Questions
On today’s program: Plans were approved for the construction of an office tower in the Lower Hill, but questions remain on how residents will benefit; the city has gathered 13 ambassadors to create equitable food policy and fight food apartheid and insecurity; and a look at the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Pennsylvania.
Black, Young And Educated Resume Civil Saturdays With Similar Goals, New Campaigns
On today’s program: A year after its first demonstration, Black, Young, & Educated’s co-founder Nick Anglin says Civil Saturdays are back and will take place every other week this summer; and Pittsburgh natives and brother-sister duo Molly and Bailey Donovan talk about writing, producing and directing their film “Back for Good.”
Incoming Director Of Refugee Services At JFCS Says City Needs More Translators, Child Care
On today’s program: Jewish Family and Community Services’ new director of Refugee and Immigrant Services Ivonne Smith-Tapia discusses what she hopes can be achieved with more resources and the new Biden Administration; two sisters who lost a brother to COVID-19 contend with the misinformation about the virus that he believed until he was sick; and a look at the Gulf Tower’s history following a fire and condemnation.
Permitless Concealed Carry Of Guns Is Being Considered In The Legislature
On today’s program: State Representative Aaron Bernstine explains the merits of a bill he introduced to make it legal to carry a concealed, legally owned firearm without a permit; CeaseFirePA argues such a policy would make the state less safe; an opera singer-turned-administrator introduces an organization to support local arts administrators of color; and a look at why the statues on one side of the Sixteenth Street Bridge’s have a patina when the other side does not.
Fatal Drug Overdoses Increased Last Year, Following Two Years Of Decline
On today’s program: Allegheny County’s chief medical examiner talks about trends in the recently released total number of fatal overdoses from last year; and two mothers tell their experiences in cleaning their homes after losing children to fatal gunshot wounds.
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.