90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019
On today's program: How DNA from veterans could help cure societal ills; the FBI is investigating Gov. Wolf’s environmental oversight of a pipeline; redistricting, school closures and tax increases are all possibilities for Pittsburgh Public Schools; PA attorney general Josh Shapiro is talking opioids in D.C. today; and why some customers can’t link their PNC accounts to apps like Venmo.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019
On today's program: Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald outlines his goals for a final term; Pennsylvania communities raise a glass to the state’s beer industry; and the Pennsylvania Innocence Project is hosting one of the “Exonerated Five” in Pittsburgh tonight to honor the wrongfully convicted.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019
On today's program: Argo AI’s CEO explores the future of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh; Hazelwood’s neighborhood plan gets approved after years of work by residents; and Honor Flight Pittsburgh is taking veterans on tours of Capitol memorials free of charge.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019
On today's program: A conversation about social responsibility when it comes to hate; Obama-era coal pollution rules could dissolve; U.S. hardwoods profit margins are getting axed by the trade war; and more companies in Pittsburgh are giving their employees a say in major decisions.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019
On today's program: Tuesday’s election results are in; as school lunch debt grows, "lunch shaming" returns; a peek inside a hemp processing facility as Pennsylvania’s industrial hemp growing season comes to a close; a Pittsburgh author finds brotherhood with other grieving black fathers; and new research asks if doctors receive gifts from opioid manufacturers, will they prescribe more?
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019
On today's program: Etna is the world’s first EcoDistrict; Murray Energy’s collapse could be a disaster for retiring coal miners; enrollment at Pittsburgh Public Schools is declining; a researcher is gathering data about plastics in PA rivers; and what to know before you vote today.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Monday, Nov. 4, 2019
On today's program: The NCAA is changing its tune on compensation for college athletes; a historic society honors Hazelwoods past and future; what to consider when lighting up your wood-burning fire pits this Autumn; and a new portrait series honors the thousands of local women who served in the armed forces.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Friday, Nov. 1, 2019
On today's program: What to expect one year from the 2020 elections; how tariffs are affecting some of PA’s steel workers; what PA can do to get ahead of a potential retirement crisis in manufacturing; and how Pittsburgh safety officials are preparing for the threat of bioterrorism.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019
On today's program: A new WVU program clams newspapers are in a buyer’s market; cybercrime is on the rise in Pittsburgh; a local artist fits his enormous murals into a new book; a state senator wants to strengthen PA’s campaign finance laws; and a preview of Tuesday’s biggest race.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019
On today's program: The U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs wants to cut wait times and improve mental health care for veterans; unionized cleaners in Pittsburgh have a new and improved contract; Pirates management is cleaning house; and the annual Pittsburgh Shorts Film Festival returns with more than 100 stories, including that of Steelers great Rocky Bleier.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Monday, Oct. 28, 2019
On today's program: Jim Rooney honors his father with a new tome; a local company brings dancers to the Hill District; community members gather to remember the 11 victims of the Tree of Life attack; Heinz is celebrating its 150th birthday; and a Pittsburgh-based refugee services program is going national.
A special report from 90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019
On this special report: One year ago today, 11 people were killed and five others wounded at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill. It remains the most deadly anti-Semitic attack on American soil. 90.5 WESA’s The Confluence presents a look back at the hurt and healing that has transpired since.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Friday, Oct. 25, 2019
On today's program: Two journalists reflect on covering Pittsburgh’s Jewish community; some Tree of Life members are at odds with seeking the death penalty against the alleged gunman; police are still grappling with the trauma of responding to the scene of the attack; how a graphic design inspired unity in the city; and mourners organize events to bring members of the community back together.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019
On today's program: City Councilman Daniel Lavelle opines on the future of the Hill District; a Heinz Award recipient is pushing back on stereotypes of African Americans; questions remain about the future of the Tree of Life building; the debate over policing and LGBTQ protections is playing out in races for Allegheny County Council; and an investigation reveals state lawmakers are spending campaign dollars on things like DNA tests and expensive wine.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Wenesday, Oct. 23, 2019
On today's program: One Carnegie Mellon University professor wants to democratize access to computer programming; Pittsburgh’s Jewish community is still healing after the Tree of Life attack; research has found some vaping products share the same toxic chemicals as traditional cigarettes; and local afterschool programs gear up for a celebration this week.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019
On today's program: Mayor Bill Peduto says the city remains united, but not much has changed about guns or violent crime in the one year since the attack at Tree of Life synagogue; and childhood obesity rates in Pennsylvania have climbed into the nation's top 10.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Friday, Oct. 21, 2019
On today's program: Author Sheri Fink tells Pittsburgh what it means to be prepared; a look at one free, community-based fitness program changing lives; the people and plans behind the URA’s latest deadline for the Civic Arena site; and how Friday’s 3rd Circuit Court ruling will affect protests outside abortion providers in Pittsburgh.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Friday, Oct. 18, 2019
On today's program: The Pittsburgh Film Office is having to turn a lot of big productions away; Andy Warhol’s faith goes on display; the city is giving away its plants Downtown; and mental health treatment remains elusive for some defendants waiting to stand trial.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019
On today's program: Pennsylvania may consider allowing college athletes to get paid; encouraging natural gas development in the state could mean big changes at the DEP; a local man claims he lost a job after using medical marijuana; and unionized cleaners in Pittsburgh are fighting for better working conditions.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019
On today's program: Southwestern Pennsylvania is hiring a couple hundred plow truck drivers; the Steelers say Mexico is their biggest international market, but others are growing; Pittsburgh Opera is encouraging patrons to use their cell phone during shows; and Pittsburgh International warns catfishing for airline fees is much more common than you’d think.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019
On today's program: Chatham University celebrates decades of gender equity, entrepreneurship and political acumen; a 55-acre Philadelphia dump-turned-residential neighborhood is getting cleaned up; a look at the use of gag orders in criminal cases; and what to look for on election day in Allegheny County races.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Monday, Oct. 14, 2019
On today's program: Quil Lawrence is headed to Pittsburgh to share his experiences covering U.S. veterans; a public school teacher helps students get a second chance; Pennsylvania farmers are grappling with the impact of the trade war, which a Pitt political economist says was never a good plan; and a Revolutionary-era log house is being moved to historic Hanna’s Town.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Friday, Oct. 11, 2019
On today's program: Touchstone keeps traditional crafting alive in the Laurel Highlands; The Bellefield Tower is the last remnant of a community; Pittsburgh's three major sports teams are having a rough year; and the ACLU of Pennsylvania wants to throw out a state constitutional amendment referendum.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019
On today's program: Pennsylvania could be the roadmap to handling gerrymandering in other states; new meat inspection rules could have implications for the safety of food and workers; a local school takes a new approach to teaching social studies; Pittsburghers consider a tax to pay for city parks improvements; and state police aren't collecting data about the race of those they pull over.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019
On today's program: More veterans are dying from suicide than on the battlefield; Crawford Grill could soon be a nationally recognized historic landmark; Pitt has appealed a renewed chance for its grad students to unionize; and there's a new database of addiction treatment and recovery resources across Pennsylvania.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019
On today's program: The man behind dozens of iconic 1960's album covers brings his art to Greensburg; Pennsylvania's first vaping-illness death is reported; a local doctor is testing out fixed prices for medical services instead of insurance; and the new SCOTUS term could result in dozens of landmark decisions on issues like abortion and gun control.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Monday, Oct. 7, 2019
On today's program: A conversation with U.S. Attorney Scott Brady on what's next in the Tree of Life shooting trial; a Perry Hilltop organization gives students trade skills; Pennsylvania's has one of the highest freight trucking rates in the country; and Port Authority expounds on its next 20 years.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Friday, Oct. 4, 2019
On today's program: A new agency to support Tree of Life survivors opens its doors; a legal battle ensues (again) over prayer during House sessions; Pennsylvania's ethane is being used overseas; immunization exemptions could change after a measles outbreak; and it's your last chance to register to vote ahead of November's election.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Thursday, October 3, 2019
On today's program: Pittsburgh native and author Stephen Chbosky talks about his latest release ahead of a trip home; an expert weighs in on which Democratic hopefuls have the best plans to address climate change; how the PA Turnpike laid the groundwork for today's interstate highway system; and activists are putting pressure on a coke plant in Erie.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Wednesday, October 2, 2019
On today's program: Mayor Peduto returns from the world stage on climate action; robotics and AI are helping power a local agriculture company; Pittsburgh restaurants are helping restore the Chesapeake Bay; the state Supreme Court declines to abolish capital punishment in PA; and a reporter hopes to find tangible solutions to child poverty in the region.