Pittsburgh is still a relative bright spot in the gloomy economic landscape. CNN is turning to Pittsblog for the story behind all the good news. Actually, here is the scoop:
Cooper is scheduled to do his show, "Anderson Cooper 360," live tonight from here. It's his latest stop on a five-city, five-day trip to see how Americans are being affected by the economic crisis.
The show is broadcasting tonight from J.B. Bamboozles at 7280 E. 12 Mile in Warren, across from the GM Tech Center.
According to the show’s Web site, CNN’s Randi Kaye is doing a piece tonight on lessons Detroit could learn from Pittsburgh. It also said a producer has visited a Detroit neighborhood where some artists are trying to bring in other creative types and create green energy homes. The effort was recently described in an essay that ran in the New York Times.
The visits are part of a big push by CNN called "Road to Rescue: A CNN Survival Guide." The cable news network is devoting a week of programming to the global economic situation and involving all of its shows, anchors and correspondents in the effort.
"It is unprecedented," said Cooper. "And it is a sign of what a major story we think this is."
Once again, Pittsburgh will be a model of how to turn things around. I'll be interested to see how the Mike Madison interview fits into that narrative, if CNN decides to air it. Regardless, tonight's show will be a major publicity coup for Southwestern PA.
I expect the usual Burgh skeptics to roll their eyes at all this boosterism. No doubt, Pittsburgh has its shortcomings. But that's true for any city. Tonight will be Pittsburgh's global coming out party, deservedly so.
Edit: I forgot to add the link to the NPR blog post about Pittsburgh. Thanks to Janko for the heads up.