Erika Beras is an award-winning journalist based in Pittsburgh. She’s a regular contributor to public radio programs and Scientific American podcasts as well as other networks and shows. She was previously a reporter at WESA and The Miami Herald.
Former residents of Northview Heights in Pittsburgh remember marching bands and days at the recreation center. But that was before shootings and drugs became commonplace for some 1,600 residents of the public housing project.
Bartolo was a minor and even though the US government had placed him with his cousin when he entered the country, his cousin wasn't actually his legal custodian. No one was.
Residents of Oberwil-Lieli are divided over whether their town should continue to shut out refugees and pay a fine instead.
“The city always considered August Wilson its native son. But I think the city considered August its native stepson.”
A folklorist at the Erie Art Museum dreamed up the idea: Helping refugees gain work skills while working with them to preserve their songs.