A weekly public affairs show about McKeesport and the Mon Valley, produced in cooperation with WEDO (810) and WZUM (1550).
Two Rivers, 30 Minutes for 11-13-2020
Topic: Keeping older residents safe in their homes
Guest: Steve Hellner-Burris of Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh
How Topic Discussed: What challenges do older adults and the disabled face to staying in their homes? How can older homes be made safer? Why did Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh expand into McKeesport and possibly Clairton? How is Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh partnering with other groups and agencies?
Two Rivers, 30 Minutes for 11-06-2020
Topic: Federal Financial Opportunity Zone program
Guests: Matthew Wachter and Tim Wachter
How Topic Discussed: The Financial Opportunity Zone program, created in 2018, provides tax incentives to people who invest in businesses in financially distressed areas. Most of the Mon Valley is included in the program. Downtown Erie, Pa., is participating in an opportunity zone development. How is Erie's situation similar to the Mon Valley? What steps have they used to leverage the opportunity zone program? What advice do they have for people in similarily distressed communities about using the opportunity zone model?
Two Rivers, 30 Minutes for 10-30-2020
Topic: Painting from life in the Mon Valley
Guest: Lawrenceville artist Ron Donoughe
How topic discussed: Ron Donoughe has set about studying by painting many scenes from the Mon Valley. What did he learn from spending a year painting real-life scenes in 50 Mon Valley towns? How does painting serve as both a cultural artifact and a historical record? Why is arts education important? Where can his paintings of Mon Valley neighborhoods be seen, and what conversations does he hope those paintings will spark?
Two Rivers, 30 Minutes for 10-23-2020
Topic: Longterm demographic trends in the Mon Valley
Guest: Chris Briem, regional economist, University of Pittsburgh
How Topic Discussed: The 2020 census results are now being analyzed and we will soon know if the Mon Valley has lost population again — as it has since the 1950s. What changes are driving those trends? How do demographic shifts in the Mon Valley fit into those of the Pittsburgh region as a whole? What can we expect to see when the 2020 Census is complete?
Two Rivers, 30 Minutes for 10-09-2020
Topic: Nursing on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic
Guest: Myra Taylor, critical care nurse and SEIU union member
How Topic Discussed: Myra Taylor is a registered nurse in a critical care unit. What did she see during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic? How did health care systems and elected leaders disappoint front-line responders? What changes need to be made to ensure safety of both patients and healthcare professionals? Why has she joined the "Nurses of PA" coalition? What questions should residents be asking of their elected officials?
Two Rivers, 30 Minutes for Oct. 2, 2020
Topic: Growing a non-profit's mission
Guest: Jacqueline Smith, executive director of Greater Valley Community Services
How Topic Discussed: Jacqueline Smith helped found Greater Valley Community Services in North Braddock as an agency that assisted foster families as well as parents and children facing conflict and trauma. Why have they expanded their programs to provide health and wellness to the greater Braddock community? How have they grown into the former Braddock Salvation Army space? What changes have they made due to the COVID-19 pandemic?