This week, we hear voices on the environment from vastly different places. We talk to a writer in the coalfields of Kentucky, and go on an expedition with a sound artist capturing vibrations at the bottom of the Allegheny River. Plus we ask the big questions to Jared Diamond, a scientist who also happens to have a Pulitzer.
Think Earth Day was started by a group of tree-hugging hippies? That’s just part of the story. In this hour-long special, we explore the history of Earth Day—from the man who came up with the name to a clever bit of marketing that played a key role in bringing millions of people to the environmental movement.
In this episode, we dig into some of Pennsylvania's deepest lessons in environmental history — from the '70s activists who gave Pittsburgh its cleaner air to the lost history of African-American environmentalism.