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mice specimens

Episode for May 13, 2022

Animal specimens at museums give researchers important clues about the environment. But these collections are at risk. We also talk with an author about an intersectional approach to environmentalism. And residents and activists don't think new rules go far enough to address air pollution from the Clairton Coke Works.
Anthony Longo and Bonnie McGill

Episode for May 6, 2022

We discuss where the candidates for governor and US Senate stand on the environment. Federal infrastructure money is headed to Pa. for mass transit, but how to best spend it?  Plus, a company wants to use water from a trout stream to frack. And a little love for plants. 
Götz Veser and James McKone

Episode for April 29, 2022

Hydrogen has been seen as the clean fuel of the future for decades. Now, a new effort is pushing for southwestern Pa. to become a "hydrogen hub." A new kind of pipeline would be needed to transport CO2 for storage underground, but a report warns of the dangers of these pipelines and a lack of federal oversight. Plus, the ivory-billed woodpecker, rediscovered.
Blue Plastic Grocery Bag

Episode for April 22, 2022

More cities and towns, like Pittsburgh, are banning single-use plastic bags in stores and restaurants. But do they work? We speak with an author of a book about the first Earth Day who says it was the inclusion of all types of people that was truly genius. Plus, news about methane, bird flu and the Chesapeake Bay.
Chen and Francis

Episode for April 15, 2022

A new book looks at how local governments have dealt with the fracking boom. We talk with an artist who is giving the public a new way to look at a buried urban waterway. Plus, we join an outdoor club rappelling down a steep Pittsburgh hillside to pick up trash. 
electric vehicle plug

Episode for April 8, 2022

What will it take to decarbonize transportation? We talk with an author of the latest UN climate report. Climate change is impacting birds, says an author of a book that chronicles bird migrations. How changes to the federal flood insurance program are helping one Philly neighborhood. Plus, Pittsburgh is a step closer to banning single-use plastic bags.

Episode for April 1, 2022

A fine for Energy Transfer for a pipeline spill in Ohio. Is it too little, too late? And a proposed cracker plant in Ohio gets a critical permit. Plus, how fire is helping create new habitat for an imperiled songbird. We have tips on what to do if an invasive jumping worm is invading your garden. 
Chickens

Episode for March 25, 2022

A proposed rule would limit 2 PFAS chemicals, linked to a long list of health problems, in drinking water in Pennsylvania. An outbreak of avian flu in Pa. could threaten poultry flocks, big and small. An artist gives her view of the Delaware River. Plus, more fines for U.S. Steel and a leak at Shell's ethane cracker.
EV car

Episode for March 18, 2022

We take an electric car for a trial run and answer your questions. Pennsylvania sets a PFAS limit for drinking water. And, a birding advocate wants to make outdoor spaces more accessible and equitable for all. Plus, a fed-up pipeline activist is running for governor.

Episode for March 11, 2022

New glass recycling dropoff locations opened in Allegheny County. We look at why some municipalities don't recycle glass at the curb. And, we talk to a longtime environmental leader about her career and why she's still hopeful. Plus, more fines for U.S. Steel.
Children's book on climate change

Episode for March 4, 2022

Pennsylvania's natural gas producers see an opportunity in Europe to replace Russian gas. A new UN climate report warns the window to act is quickly closing. Mental health professionals are figuring out how to get resources to people struggling with the climate crisis. Plus, a new report on aging infrastructure that can be bad fish and dangerous for people: dams.
Tony Michels

Episode for February 25, 2022

We ask: Could Philadelphia use geothermal energy to meet its climate goals? And, a new book of poetry explores the damage that people have done to each other and nature. Vultures may have a bad name, but they serve an important function. Plus, the construction of the Mariner East pipeline is finally complete.