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David Byrne's Two-Wheeled Exploration of Pittsburgh April 2017

David Byrne's Two-Wheeled Exploration of Pittsburgh

Rick Sebak recalls the the local rides of the Talking Heads frontman.

The Origins of Isaly’s: It's Not What You Think March 2017

The Origins of Isaly’s: It's Not What You Think

Tracing the story of the chain back to its roots — which, surprisingly, are not in Pittsburgh.

Remembering Dr. King's Visits to Pittsburgh February 2017

Remembering Dr. King's Visits to Pittsburgh

Rick Sebak documents Dr. Martin Luther King’s trips to Pittsburgh, including the still-resonant words from his final visit.

Like a Boss. Springsteen's Ping-Pong Stop in Pittsburgh January 2017

Like a Boss. Springsteen's Ping-Pong Stop in Pittsburgh

Tales from Springsteen’s visits to the steel city — including a disastrous game of table tennis.

The Favorite Son of Indiana, Pa. December 2016

The Favorite Son of Indiana, Pa.

Rick Sebak notes the ongoing connection between beloved actor Jimmy Stewart and his hometown.

The Soundtrack to Downtown — by Chico Marx October 2016

The Soundtrack to Downtown — by Chico Marx

Rick Sebak breaks down the many connections between the legendary pianist and comedic performer and Downtown Pittsburgh.

Sting’s Secret WQED Gig in Pittsburgh September 2016

Sting’s Secret WQED Gig in Pittsburgh

In the early 1990s, Rick Sebak witnessed an exclusive Oakland performance by Sting, frontman for The Police.

The Comic and the Car Crash August 2016

The Comic and the Car Crash

Rick Sebak recounts the troubling tale of legendary comic Lenny Bruce’s near-fatal Pittsburgh car crash.

Pryor Conviction: A Famous Comic's Pittsburgh Jail Stay July 2016

Pryor Conviction: A Famous Comic's Pittsburgh Jail Stay

Rick Sebak revisits the troubling story that landed famed comedian Richard Pryor in the Allegheny County Jail.

Lance Armstrong's Climbs (and Decline) June 2016

Lance Armstrong's Climbs (and Decline)

Long before the accomplished cyclist’s cheating was exposed, he triumphed in Pittsburgh — but, as Rick Sebak explains, Armstrong’s local achievements aren’t without controversy.

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