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Listen to the latest episodes of the Allegheny Front. You can also subscribe to our podcast to get epsidoes downloaded directly to your mobile device.

native plant garden

Episode for November 27, 2020

We revisit stories about native plants: Saving a plant so rare, few have seen it, gardening with native plants and how an invasive shrub and foraging mice could be bad for forests. Our reporter seeks refuge from the upheaval of 2020 on a 70-mile hike. Residents speak out after a string of bad air days in Allegheny County.
Mighty Oak Pavilion

Episode for November 20, 2020

Calls for a reimagined Civilian Conservation Corps to solve today's problems. Researchers to develop a Lyme disease vaccine, while the tick's range increases, including in urban parks. Pa bills to loosen rules for pollution reporting and conventional drilling. Federal charges against the Pittsburgh water agency.
President-elect Joe Biden

Episode for November 13, 2020

What Biden’s win means for the environment and climate change. Students hold a climate action summit, while youth in coal country contemplate their future without coal. Kids living near industrial plants in Allegheny County have nearly triple the rate of asthma of kids nationwide. A "Marshall Plan" for Appalachia.
anti-fracking voter in Pennsylvania

Episode for October 30, 2020

This election, the stark differences between Trump and Biden on the environment and climate are splitting voters. We hear from coal miners, natural gas industry supporters, environmentalists, and farmers across Pennsylvania. The Environmental Voter Project is targeting non-voting environmentalists. Could this be the year of the climate voter? 
Ohio River Blue Sky

Episode for October 23, 2020

A sweeping new plan for restoration, recreation and commerce in the Ohio River watershed. This election season, we hear from voters on actions they want from lawmakers on climate change, and from an environmental group hoping to turn Pa.'s Republican-led legislature blue. Plus, climate change could already be impacting the safety of boats, barges and their operators on the the Ohio River.
Historical photo of American chestnuts

Episode for October 16, 2020

Researchers are hoping a genetically modified American chestnut can help restore this giant to eastern forests. Emergency planners in communities along the Mariner East pipeline say they've been left in the dark. A psychologist discusses how to cope with the anxiety of climate change. News about radioactivity from gas wells. 
Kamala Harris

Episode for October 9, 2020

How will the issue of fracking influence the 2020 election? We'll hear what voters think. Why Trump keeps losing in court. A coal magnet who fought mine safety rules has filed for black lung benefits. Allegheny County improves its handling of applications for air pollution permits. 
Supreme Court

Episode for October 2, 2020

What a more conservative Supreme Court means for climate and environmental cases. How cities should prepare to welcome people escaping climate-related disasters. We ask, what do voters want their elected officials to do about climate change? Plus, Ohio's complaint system for gas industry is 'impossible' to use. A rare bird, both male and female, is banded during fall migration.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg memorial

Episode for September 25, 2020

Remembering the environmental legacy of RBG. Will massive wildfires finally convince the public climate change is real? Plus, one way to get office buildings to reduce their carbon footprints could be to make energy use public.  Proposed Ohio cracker plant to get ethane from Pa. driller. 
Shell ethane cracker

Episode for September 18, 2020

How realistic is a plastics boom in the Ohio Valley? Authors of "Appalachian Fall" say lessons from coal country can help what's ailing America. Groups challenge new federal air rule for ethane crackers. Plus, air pollution and risk of stroke in heart patients. Pa. is a step closer to joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.