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The Inscrutable Foibles of Hillbilly Talk

by Greg Curtis

Although the parallels between my life and that of J.D. Vance, author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” seem flat-​out astonishing, it’s actually the differences that are more interesting.

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Recalling Poet Muriel Rukeyser and her Work on the Hawk’s Nest …

by Jody DiPerna

When she was just 23, poet Muriel Rukeyser drove from her home in New York City to the hollers of West Virginia, fueled by a desire to investigate and document the …

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Why Were Pittsburgh’s Scots-​Irish So Successful?

by Greg Curtis

If Malcolm Gladwell is right that the cultural legacy of the Scots-​Irish explains the poor outcomes experienced by people in southeastern Kentucky, how do we explain the exceptional success of these …

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Opining on Eponymy

by Diane Vrabel

It used to be you had to die to get your name etched in stone.


The Allegheny River

by Thomas Saunders

In many ways, the Allegheny River is the centerpiece of our region. It traverses landscapes from wilderness to urban and provides recreational opportunities in many different places along its course. One of the most ...


Kelleman, Fech, Kaminski, Thors, Bhattacharya, Crawley, Miller

by PQ Staff

Katharine Eagan Kelleman is the CEO of the Port Authority of Allegheny County, succeeding Ellen McLean. Kelleman comes to Pittsburgh from Tampa, Fla., where she led the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority and won that region’s 2016 Businesswoman …


The Agency Game

by Evan Pattak

Pipitone Group, an ad agency in Pittsburgh’s Observatory Hill neighborhood, counts Vitro Architectural Glass as one of its largest clients. For the Cheswick-​based company, which purchased PPG Flat Glass in 2016, …


Protecting Our Streams

by Ashley Murray

Determining where water begins and ends seems a matter of physical properties, of whether two hydrogen molecules are bonded to oxygen, and how much of it exists. Where is it located, and will people eventually drink …


What are “Waters of the United States”?

by Ashley Murray

What are the so-​called “waters of the United States” and why did the Obama administration expand the definition? To understand that is to understand the evolution of environmental regulation in the United States and …

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YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Celebrates 150 Years with Speaker Dr. Jill Biden …

by PQ Staff

Over 450 guests packed the Wyndham Grand in Downtown Pittsburgh on Friday, April 13 to celebrate 150 years of the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh with featured speaker Dr. Jill Biden, former Second …

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Family House Gifting Gala Raises $145,000

by PQ Staff

The Family House Gifting Gala was held Saturday, April 14 at J. Verno Studios. The speakeasy-​themed event was presented by UPMC and UPMC Health Plan and celebrated 35 years of Family …

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by Ann Curran

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The Gowns She’s Known

by Kate Benz, photography by John Altdorfer

There’s less than a month left to liquidate, oh geez, like, 1,000 gowns. Rows and rows of them. Satin and lace all hanging pretty in clear garment bags with a hand-​written …

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Pittsburgh Business Show Ready to Launch Second Year

by Douglas Heuck

Last year, Linda Jo Thornberg created the Pittsburgh Business Show with notable success, attracting 157 exhibiting business and 2,800 attendees. Prior to this year’s show, April 25 and 26 at the …

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Looking for Belonging Underscores Kothari’s “I Brake for Moose and Other …

by Fred Shaw

With hate crimes up nationally according to the FBI, those of Indian descent haven’t been spared. Locally, a 2016 beating incident at a South Hills Red Robin was deemed “ethnic intimidation,” …

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A Lesson in Growth from Austin, Texas

by Paul Scripko

With the U.S. Census Bureau reporting continuing populations losses for metropolitan Pittsburgh, the region is one of only a few “large” U.S. metros reporting losses, putting us in the company of …

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