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The Allegheny Front

Gabi Hughes

Episode for January 21, 2022

How waste coal is fueling Bitcoin in Pennsylvania. A new state report says a third of Pa. streams are impaired. A grant will help disadvantaged farmers get conservation assistance in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. We take a winter hike to appreciate nature and head to a cabin in the woods to unplug.
The Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh farm

Episode for January 14, 2022

The life and work of famed biologist E.O. Wilson. A researcher is hoping to fill in the gaps on Pennsylvania's bee populations. Black farmers in Pittsburgh are looking to provide fresh, local food in an area with no grocery store. A local teen focuses on litter.
strip mine

Episode for January 7, 2022

We talk to a reporter who has chronicled the catastrophic environmental legacy of coal. Advocates hope new federal money will help clean up waterways polluted from mine drainage. A startup uses technology to make farming easier. The Mariner East pipeline, plagued by delays and environmental damage, will soon be finished.
The Ellsworth siblings

Episode for December 31, 2021

Stories from 2021: Conservationists work to keep a pristine glacial lake near Erie protected. Pennsylvanians have a lot of choices when it comes to electricity providers. A long-time environmental journalist reflects on his career. Plus, enterprising siblings recycle cans for cash.
Emily Carrollo

Episode for December 24, 2021

We feature environmental stories that gave us hope in 2021. We head into the woods to learn about Pa.'s black bears. We join a crew cleaning up trash at an illegal dump site. Plus, we hear from the director of a nonprofit focused on bringing fresh produce to people, and researchers who found an indicator of good water quality in the Ohio River.
Johnny and April Parker

Episode for December 17, 2021

We learn how organic farmers are getting squeezed by inflation. The author of a new sci-fi book about plastic pollution envisions the region as "Scrappalachia." Plus, we learn about a common little owl that blends in with its surroundings, but can't hide its distinctive calls.
Sunoco crews

Episode for December 10, 2021

The story of a volunteer whose conservation efforts were thwarted by construction of the Mariner East pipeline. We talk with the researcher who found deer infected with the coronavirus. The Maryland Air National Guard wants to lower the altitude for combat training over a rural part of Pennsylvania, but residents and local businesses have questions.
Cookbook cover

Episode for December 3, 2021

New documents reveal the decrepit conditions at the Clairton Coke Works that led to a massive fire in 2018. A coach for activists says it's normal to have anxiety over environmental destruction. Aspiring Pennsylvania farmers are struggling to find land. Plus, a new vegan cookbook for regional comfort food.
Walter Lewis

Episode for November 19, 2021

An investigation into the mental health impacts of air and water pollution and climate change in western Pennsylvania found alarming evidence that residents are likely suffering changes to their brains due to pollution. Reporting uncovered the growing gap in mental health care as more people are anxious about climate change.
The Allegheny Front

The Allegheny Front

The Allegheny Front is an environmental reporting outlet covering issues in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.