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  1. Boston's 'Free Speech' Rally Organizers Deny Links To White Nationalists

    08.19 / 16:52 wesa.fm Wesa.fm - Pittsburgh
    Counterprotesters gathered on the Boston Common on Saturday, preparing to meet a scheduled "Free Speech" rally by conservative activists who say they have no connection to last week's violent protests in Charlottesville, Va., which drew white nationalists and sparked violent clashes and a deadly vehicle attack. A speaker who addressed the counterdemonstrators condemned what many see as President Trump's tepid response to events last week in Charlottesville that led to the death of…
  2. Duke University Removes Robert E. Lee Statue From Chapel Entrance

    08.19 / 15:47 wesa.fm Wesa.fm - Pittsburgh
    A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was removed from the entrance to Duke Chapel early Saturday by order of the university president who said in a letter that the move was a safety measure but also meant to express the "abiding values" of the school. The decision to remove the statue from the Durham, N.C., campus, comes after it was defaced on Wednesday and follows violent clashes last week in Charlottesville, Va., between right-wing extremists and counter-protesters over plans to…
  3. Spanish Authorities Continue Hunt For Suspects In Barcelona Attacks

    08.19 / 15:47 wesa.fm Wesa.fm - Pittsburgh
    Spanish authorities say they have dismantled a mostly Moroccan-born terror cell believed responsible for vehicle attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils that killed 14 people and hurt more than 100 others. But a manhunt continues for the alleged driver of a van used in the main attack on pedestrians on Thursday. Two other suspects are believed still at large. "The cell has been completely dismantled in Barcelona," Spain's Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said at a news conference on…
  4. From Greece, A Message In A Bottle Reaches Isolated Gaza

    08.19 / 15:47 wesa.fm Wesa.fm - Pittsburgh
    A message in a bottle washed ashore this week in Gaza. "Hello! Thank you for picking up this bottle!" began the letter in neat black handwriting. "We are currently on holiday in Rhodes and would love to know how far this bottle got – even if it's just the next beach!" The bottle floated much farther than the next beach. It traveled nearly 500 miles across the Mediterranean Sea, from the Greek island of Rhodes, past Turkey and Cyprus to the Palestinian seaside enclave of Gaza — and into the …
  5. Republicans Plead With Trump To Get On, And Stay On, Message To Pass A Tax Overhaul

    08.19 / 13:47 wesa.fm Wesa.fm - Pittsburgh
    Before any hard battle, it's common to seek a little spiritual guidance. In preparation for the coming fight this fall to overhaul the entire federal tax code, a group of House Republicans on the Ways and Means Committee traveled this week to Rancho del Cielo — the ranch of former President Ronald Reagan outside Santa Barbara. The ranch is the site where Reagan signed one of his major tax cuts into law, and the GOP is working this month to capture some of that Reagan-era magic to deliver a …
  6. How To Buy A Goat When You're Really Poor? Join A 'Merry-Go-Round'

    08.19 / 12:49 wesa.fm Wesa.fm - Pittsburgh
    Mary Abagi is a 63-year-old widow who has spent most of her life eking out a living by growing crops on a tiny plot of land in her Kenyan village. Then, last fall, Abagi learned that the village had been picked for an unusual experiment that promised to change her life. An American charity called GiveDirectly is giving every adult in the village $22 every month for the next 12 years. Abagi's first thought: "I will save the money to buy a goat." And to do that, Abagi has turned to a special…
  7. Total Eclipse Of The Stomach: A Stellar Menu Of Gastronomic Delights

    08.19 / 12:49 wesa.fm Wesa.fm - Pittsburgh
    Brace yourselves, North America — we're about to get mooned. Or, more accurately, eclipsed. The Aug. 21 solar eclipse is offering a welcome respite from the dog days of summer and a pretty good reason to take an extended lunch hour for some — or maybe even a whole vacation day. And for those who fear that a total eclipse heralds doomsday , then perhaps it's just as well to eat, drink and be merry. With the "path of totality" — the roughly 70-mile-wide strip across the lower 48 that will exp…
  8. What Trump's Increasing Isolation Could Mean For His Presidency

    08.19 / 12:49 wesa.fm Wesa.fm - Pittsburgh
    There's a telling photo that has gotten some attention in social media following Steve Bannon's exit as President Trump's chief strategist. (You can see it above.) It shows President Trump behind the desk in the Oval Office, surrounded by his top advisers – seated are Vice President Pence and National Security Adviser Mike Flynn; standing, from left to right are Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, chief strategist Steve Bannon and Press Secretary Sean Spicer. That was Jan. 28, eight days after T…
  9. Paul Miller Loved Teaching Math So Much That He Did It For Nearly 80 Years

    08.19 / 11:45 wesa.fm Wesa.fm - Pittsburgh
    Most teachers these days last no more than five to 10 years in the classroom, but Paul Miller taught math for nearly 80. At one point, he was considered the "oldest active accredited teacher" in the U.S. His career started in his hometown of Baltimore. It was 1934, the Dust Bowl was wreaking havoc in the Plains, Bonnie and Clyde were gunned down by police in Louisiana, and a thuggish politician named Adolf Hitler became president of Germany. Miller taught elementary school kids by day,…
  10. Tracing The Dark Origins Of Charlottesville's KKK

    08.19 / 10:45 wesa.fm Wesa.fm - Pittsburgh
    The front page of The Daily Progress , Charlottesville's local paper, on June 28, 1921, offers a mix of local minutiae folded in with larger news. "VALUABLE DOG DEAD," shouts one headline. "WON'T ACCEPT WAGE CUT," says another. And then, right up near the top, bordered with teeny asterisks, is this headline: "KU KLUX KLAN ORGANIZED HERE." What follows is this reverential, two-paragraph recounting of the local Klan's birth: "The spirit of Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest hovered over…
  11. Santana And The Isley Brothers Come Together For 'Power Of Peace'

    08.19 / 10:45 wesa.fm Wesa.fm - Pittsburgh
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHK9vzhxxLE Power Of Peace is a new release from the great Carlos Santana in collaboration with the iconic soul band The Isley Brothers . The album also features Cindy Blackman Santana, Carlos' wife and his band's drummer. Ronnie and Ernie Isley are the remaining members of a family band that had a string of hits from the 1950s through the '80s, with tunes like "Twist and Shout," "It's Your Thing" and "That Lady." Santana says the songs on this collection…
  12. 2 Police Officers Shot And Killed Near Orlando

    08.19 / 05:04 wesa.fm Wesa.fm - Pittsburgh
    Editor's note: This is a developing story; we'll provide updates as they become available. Police in Kissimmee, Fla., just south of Orlando, reported late Friday that two officers there had been shot. Both were killed, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs confirmed on Twitter. A suspect has been arrested, according to the Orlando Sentinel. "There are no county or jurisdiction lines when it comes to our Law Enforcement Brotherhood," Osceola County Commissioner Fred Hawkins Jr. wrote in…
  13. Oldest Kids In Class Do Better, Even Through College

    08.19 / 01:04 wesa.fm Wesa.fm - Pittsburgh
    Children who start school at an older age do better than their younger classmates and have better odds of attending college and graduating from an elite institution. That's according to a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Affairs. Many parents already delay enrolling their children in school, believing they'll do better if they're a bit older. It's sort of "academic red-shirting," says one of the study's authors, David Figlio, an economist at Northwestern University, using a…
  14. Charities Pull Fundraisers Planned for Trump's Mar-A-Lago

    08.19 / 00:02 wesa.fm Wesa.fm - Pittsburgh
    On Friday, three well-known charities — the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Susan G. Komen — announced they are canceling plans for fundraising events at President Trump's Palm Beach country club, Mar-a-Lago. The three joined a growing list of nonprofits that have severed ties with the exclusive, Trump-owned resort. Others include the Cleveland Clinic and the American Cancer Society. The cancellations come in the wake of Trump's controversial comments made earlier this week when …
  15. Here's what Paraguayans did with a statue commemorating a longtime dictator

    08.19 / 00:02 wesa.fm Wesa.fm - Pittsburgh
    Here's a question many of us have been debating since the deadly protests in Charlottesville last weekend: What should be done with a monument dedicated to a Confederate figure? Should it be taken down? Or should it be recontextualized?  It's a question similar to one Paraguayans had to answer not long ago. The debate in that South American country revolved around a statue of longtime dictator General Alfredo Stroessner. "The original statue was monumental. It was ... a massive steel stat…
  16. Trump cites an urban legend about Gen. Pershing’s fight with primarily Muslim insurgents

    08.19 / 00:02 wesa.fm Wesa.fm - Pittsburgh
    It didn’t take President Donald Trump long to condemn the terror attack in Barcelona on Thursday. But his follow-up tweet has raised some serious eyebrows among historians, veterans, human rights groups and counterterrorism experts: Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017 So what does he mean? Trump is referring to an urban legend that he first …
  17. Why did ISIS target Spain? The answer may lie in history.

    08.19 / 00:02 wesa.fm Wesa.fm - Pittsburgh
    On Thursday, a van ran over pedestrians on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas strip. It took a very short time for ISIS to claim responsibility for the attack. At least 13 people died and around 100 people were injured. But why did ISIS target Spain, now, for practically the first time?  Related: See all the terrorist attacks around the world from 2016 There could be many answers to this question. One, could be Spain's involvement in the fight against the group in Syria and Iraq. Although Spain is no…
  18. Dam Removal Helps American Shad Return After Disappearing For Centuries

    08.18 / 22:58 wesa.fm Wesa.fm - Pittsburgh
    For the first time in centuries, the American shad entered the Musconetcong River during its spring spawning migration upriver this year. The Musky, as it’s known to locals, is a tributary of the Delaware in Northwestern New Jersey. The Hughesville Dam, standing 18 feet tall and 150 feet wide, had blocked its w…
  19. Be Smart: A Partial Eclipse Can Fry Your Naked Eyes

    08.18 / 22:58 wesa.fm Wesa.fm - Pittsburgh
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATz09bOeNP0 The day of the long-awaited coast-to-coast solar eclipse has all but arrived — and if history is any guide, it's likely that somebody's eyes are going to get hurt. "The ones we're really concerned about are the people who have never seen an eclipse before — or just decided that, you know, 'Today is a nice day to go take a look at a solar eclipse' — and, 'Oh, I probably don't need to do very much to get ready to do that.' Then I get worried," says …
  20. Gun-Carrying Protesters Create 'Tricky' Question For ACLU

    08.18 / 22:58 wesa.fm Wesa.fm - Pittsburgh
    After representing the organizer of a far-right rally that became a brutal melee, the ACLU says it will consider the potential for violence when evaluating potential clients — including whether protesters plan to carry guns. "The events of Charlottesville require any judge, any police chief and any legal group to look at the facts of any white-supremacy protests with a much finer comb," ACLU executive director Anthony Romero told The Wall Street Journal . "If a protest group insists, 'No, w…