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OnQ and WQED Pittsburgh present a week of coverage of the 2009 G20 Summit, examining why Pittsburgh was chosen as a location, the city's example of economic recovery, protests, event coverage, and a live town hall meeting.



G20: Why Pittsburgh? - President Barack Obama has very specific reasons why he chose our city to host G20 leaders from around the world this week. OnQ's Michael Bartley talks with Mayor Luke Ravenstahl who sums up the president's reasons as "the great Pittsburgh story."

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G20 Safety

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G20 Discussion - The Journalists' View - Guests Bob Hagerty, The Wall Street Journal; James O'Toole, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette discuss the upcoming Pittsburgh G20 Summit.

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G20: Pittsburgh's Impact - The Pittsburgh Summit will no doubt create some challenges in our city especially when it comes to traffic and protesters. But organizers say those inconveniences could be far outweighed by the benefits. OnQ's Tonia Caruso takes a look at who's visiting, what the summit could mean to our region and how Pittsburghers are preparing to help host the world.

Related Links:
The Allegheny Conference on Community Development
Visit Pittsburgh
G20 Safety

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G20 Discussion - Allegheny County Preparations - Guest: Kevin Evanto, Allegheny County Director of Communications and spokesperson for County Executive Dan Onorato talks about the Pittsburgh G20 Summit with OnQ's Tonia Caruso.

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G20 - Reclaiming The Land - Economic recovery is an important issue for G20 leaders, and Pittsburgh leads by example. When steel mills and factories closed, the region was left with vacant, often contaminated tracts of land. Known as brownfields, many of these sites were cleaned up and transformed. OnQ's Chris Moore tours former brownfields, now deemed commercial and residential successes.

Related Links:
Western Pennsylvania Brownfields Center
Pittsburgh Green Story

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G20: Protests - When 19 of the largest economies and the European Union get together making decisions affecting the whole world, activists and protest groups follow. OnQ's Chris Moore reports on some of these activists and the roles they play.

Related Links:
Thomas Merton Center
The People's Summit
Pittsburgh Organizing Group (POG)

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G20 Discussion - The Right To Protest - Guests: ACLU Attorney Sara Rose and Eileen Olmsted with Code Pink Women For Peace talk about G20 protest issues.

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G20: An Artistic Welcome - Guests from the G20 entourage are being welcomed this week at the Andy Warhol Museum. From special installations to world-famous works of art, OnQ's Minette Seate reports on what our international visitors will see.

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G20: Pittsburgh Safety - OnQ's Michael Bartley reports on Pittsburgh's efforts to keep order on city streets during the Pittsburgh G20 Summit.

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G20: Inside The Convention Center - OnQ's Tonia Caruso reports from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, where world leaders gather for the Pittsburgh G20 Summit.

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G20: The Media Converges - Thousands of journalists will be in the city to cover the Pittsburgh G20 Summit. OnQ reports on the challenges of covering such an international event.

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Pittsburgh G20 Summit - OnQ hosts a town hall meeting, with international business and economic leaders discussing how Pittsburgh contributes to the global economy.

Pittsburgh companies & universities are world leaders in science, technology, health care, innovation & green technology, to name a few. OnQ has assembled a panel of international business and economics leaders and thinkers for 60 minutes of thoughtful discussion.

Guests:
Claudio Abreu, President and CEO of Bayer Business and Technology Services
Charles Bogosta, Executive VP of UPMC, and President of UPMC's International and Commercial Services Division
Morton Coleman, Director Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics
Daria Crawley, Robert Morris University School of Business
Stuart Hoffman, Senior VP and Chief Economist, PNC Financial Services Group
Lester Lave, Carnegie Mellon University Professor and Economist
Paul Overby, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
Lowell Schwartz, Political Scientist, RAND Corp.

This program will be streamed live on the internet. You can join the conversation live on Twitter. The OnQ staff will check on comments and questions throughout the program.

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Spirited Talk - The Pittsburgh G20 Summit leads the agenda of lively discussion with host Chris Moore and regular panelists: Heather Heidelbaugh, Bill Green, John McIntire, along with special guest: Lynn Cullen. A long-time radio talk show host, Cullen recently teamed up with the Pittsburgh City Paper to present a daily webcast "Lynn Cullen Live". Regular panelist Valerie McDonald Roberts is back next Friday night.

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