Essential Pittsburgh

    • A miner rescued from the Quecreek Mine 10 years ago

      The Miracle at Quecreek

      Ten years ago this month the eyes of the nation were on Somerset County. The drama on nine miners trapped in the Quecreek mine was unfolding. Rescue teams worked around the clock to save the miners. We’ll mark tenth anniversary of the miracle at Quecreek. Taking part in the conversation will be Mark Nootbaar, Essential Public Radio assignment editor, who reported on the event. We’ll also hear a report from Essential Public Radio reporter Kevin Gavin, who spoke with Joe Sbaffoni, DEP’s Director of Deep Mine Safety. We’ll also learn about next week’s events to the mark the anniversary with Bill Arnold, President of the Quecreek Mine Rescue Foundation.

    • Paul Guggenheimer interviewing former FBI agent Lillie Leonardi

      In the Shadow of a Badge

      Lillie Leonardi is a former FBI agent. She served as a liaison between law enforcement and the families of the passengers and crew members killed in the United Airlines Flight 93 crash near Shanksville. For a number of years Lillie Leonardi has kept what she saw at the crash site a secret. She is now sharing her story in a new memoir titled In the Shadow of a Badge: A Spiritual Memoir.

    • Regina Koetters

      Marty's Market

      Last Friday we spoke with City Councilman Patrick Dowd about renovation plans for the historic Strip District. Our guest today is especially interested in the area’s revitalization. The newly opened Marty’s Market seeks to bring people together through food and by listening to what customers want — to the extent that some of the shelves will remain empty until it’s decided what products they will hold. Regina Koetters joins us to talk about the aims of Marty’s Market, whose advertising motto is, “food made with food.”