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Join us weekdays at 6 a.m. for a fast-paced daily news podcast that will get you talking — and make you question what’s going here in Western Pennsylvania. In just 15 minutes a day, City Cast Pittsburgh is a smart new way to connect with the Steel City you love. Add us to your feeds today!

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Best Baked Goods in the ‘Burgh
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If you’re planning to get something sweet for Valentine’s Day, need to load up the cookie table at your Pittsburgh wedding, or just want to know where to get the flakiest croissants in the city, the City Cast team has you covered. We're rounding up some of the best treats we've tried from local bakeries that cater to everyone. Our recommendations in this episode: Jean-Marc Chatellier's French Bakery in Millvale Five Points Artisan Bakeshop in Squirrel Hill Enrico Biscotti Co. in the Strip District Nancy B’s Bakery in West Homestead Bethel Bakery in Bethel Park Allegro Hearth Bakery in Squirrel Hill 350 Bakery on the South Side The Butterwood Bake Consortium in Lawrenceville La Gourmandine Bakery in Lawrenceville, Mt. Lebanon, Hazelwood and Downtown Prantl’s Bakery in Shadyside, Squirrel Hill and on the North Side Madeline Bakery & Bistro in Wilkinsburg Paddy Cake Bakery in Bloomfield Country Pie Shoppe in Mount Pleasant and Donegal Driftwood Oven in Lawrenceville Pink Box Bakery in Squirrel Hill Piebird in Lawrenceville  Giant Eagle sheet cakes Eat’n Park pies You can listen to our episode about why local hospitals and universities don't pay property taxes here. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2023
Time Traveling With Pgh’s Ghost Signs
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This time of year, it can seem like Pittsburgh’s been stripped of every color except gray. But if you look closely enough, you might catch a pop of color from a ghost sign. They’re the faded, old-timey advertisements painted on the sides of brick buildings. To beat the winter blues, we’re revisiting our conversation with City Cast contributor (and self-proclaimed ghost sign hunter) Rossilynne Skena Culgan about how to find these relics, what they teach us about Pittsburgh’s history, and what it could mean if we lose them. If this episode inspires you to spend a winter day searching for Pittsburgh ghost signs, let us know what you find! Take a photo and tag us on Instagram @CityCastPgh. You can check out Rossilynne’s photos of these fading local treasures on Instagram @ghostsigngrrl Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2023
A (State) House Divided
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The Pennsylvania House is in disarray. Lawmakers haven’t been able to agree on basic rules and the House has recessed indefinitely. Now, Speaker Mark Rozzi is going on a listening tour to address the partisan gridlock — and his first stop is in Pittsburgh. Spotlight PA’s Capitol Reporter, Stephen Caruso, joins us to explain how Allegheny County inadvertently set this chaos in motion and where we go from here. You can read Stephen’s ongoing coverage of state politics here. Want to make your voice heard? Rozzi and members of a bipartisan work group will meet tomorrow, January 25th, at 6 p.m. at the Simmons Auditorium at CMU’s Tepper School of Business. The public is invited to attend and will be allowed to comment. You can listen to our episode on City Steps (which we mention in today’s newscast) here. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 24, 2023
The Hidden History of Pgh’s AIDS Epidemic
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As a college student, poet and archivist Silas Maxwell Switzer realized he knew almost nothing about Pittsburgh’s queer history — even though he’d grown up here. And when he set out to fix that, he realized there were gaps in the history. Silas’ forthcoming poetry collection, "Nine Parts Water, One Part Bleach," focuses on the AIDS crisis in Pittsburgh and its erasure. He joins City Cast Producer Elizabeth Kauma to talk about digging into the archives and tracking down elders to create his new collection. You can pre-order "Nine Parts Water, One Part Bleach" here. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 23, 2023
Twitter Beef, Book Battles & Conflict Over Curfew
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It’s the Friday news roundup! City Cast host Morgan Moody and producer Mallory Falk are joined by Pittsburgh City Paper’s Jordana Rosenfeld to discuss her recent reporting on a new proposal to enforce Pittsburgh’s youth curfew, concerns about LGBTQ book censorship in Moon Township, and the Twitter storm around an Allegheny County Council race. As always, our Friday shows are powered by great local journalism. Jordana Rosenfeld’s reporting in Pittsburgh City Paper on Pittsburgh’s youth curfew, Moon Library Township censoring books, and the controversy around Joanna Doven’s Twitter history. City Cast Philly’s episode about teen curfews. Ryan Deto in TribLIVE on the Twitter storm surrounding the county council race. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20, 2023
Hold the Beef on Pgh's Most-Wanted Vegan Burger
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One of the city’s most popular vegan spots, Apteka, is shifting into burger mode. Crapteka is a three-weekend-long event where the nationally celebrated Bloomfield restaurant switches out its typical Eastern European fare, like pierogi and schnitzel, for burgers. The vegan patties are so popular, they've developed a cult following.  Kate Lasky, co-owner and co-chef at Apteka, joins us to talk about how she and her partner built a beloved restaurant and pop-up by following their own recipe — and how things have (or haven’t) changed since Apteka was named one of America’s Best Restaurants in The New York Times. Crapteka runs Fridays through Sundays from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m between January 20th and February 5th. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 19, 2023
Will Patients Foot the Bill for New Hospital Construction?
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Pittsburgh’s local healthcare giants — UPMC and Allegheny Health Network — are investing billions of dollars to expand throughout the city and surrounding counties with several new specialized and neighborhood hospitals. TribLIVE senior reporter Deb Erdley joins us to talk about how these elaborate construction costs could be added to your next hospital bill. You can read Deb’s reporting on hospital expansions here. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 18, 2023
After Damar Hamlin’s Injury, Why Are We Still Watching Football?
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In the weeks since Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest after a hit during a Monday Night Football game, the McKees Rocks native has recovered enough to go home and the NFL has kept on playing. But what does the future look like for the young athlete, who was just starting his career? And can we continue to justify watching a sport that leaves so many players with life-changing injuries? Martenzie Johnson, senior writer for ESPN’s Andscape, joins us to talk it all through. You can read Martenzie’s article, “The Racial Makeup of the NFL is Why the Games Go On,” in Andscape. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 17, 2023
The Last Drop of Lemon Blennd. Plus, Affordable Housing
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It’s the Friday news roundup! City Cast host Morgan Moody and producer Elizabeth Kauma are joined by Brian Conway of the Pittsburgh Independent to discuss his reporting on the fate of Pittsburgh’s iconic “orange-lemon flavored drink” and the historic bakery that owns the recipe. Plus, they talk about the latest updates on conditions at the Allegheny County Jail and the Gainey administration’s ambitious plan to put more money toward affordable housing. As always, our Friday shows are powered by great local journalism.  Brian Conway with the Pittsburgh Independent on what happened to Lemon Blennd: https://pghindependent.com/what-happened-to-lemon-blennd/  Brian Conway with the Pittsburgh Independent on Byrnes & Kiefer firing its workers: https://pghindependent.com/historic-western-pa-bakery-byrnes-kiefer-fires-workers-by-the-dozen-over-holidays/  Julia Zenkevich with WESA on possible rights violations in the Allegheny County Jail: https://www.wesa.fm/courts-justice/2023-01-06/jail-board-members-raise-concerns-about-potential-constitutional-rights-violations  Julia Zenkevich with WESA on the attempt to censure Bethany Hallam: https://www.wesa.fm/politics-government/2023-01-11/county-council-delays-bill-to-censure-hallam-for-vulgar-remark-at-jail-oversight-board The Confluence interview with Rich Fitzgerald: https://www.wesa.fm/show/the-confluence/2023-01-05/allegheny-county-executive-rich-fitzgerald-reflects-on-his-three-terms-growth-under-his-tenure Our episodes about deaths at the County Jail, featuring PINJ reporter Brittany Hailer: https://pod.link/citycastpittsburgh/episode/a0ad088bf379a45e00e1a0ac2c6f0c13 and https://pod.link/citycastpittsburgh/episode/f771da06780bf0755905bd34d41632e1 Margaret J. Kraus with WESA on the Gainey administration’s investment in affordable housing: https://www.wesa.fm/development-transportation/2023-01-10/gainey-administration-plans-a-massive-investment-in-affordable-housing Our episode about inclusionary zoning: https://pod.link/citycastpittsburgh/episode/0b917935ab5e0fba4d2e3b425d6094fb Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 13, 2023
Will Pgh Stay a Tech Hub?
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With big local startups like Argo AI and Fifth Season closing last year, remote work enabling people to do their jobs anywhere, and the possibility of a recession looming large, we started wondering whether the death knells are ringing for Pittsburgh’s tech and startup industries. We took the question to Becca Szkutak, a senior writer at TechCrunch+. She joins us to discuss our city’s future as a tech hub.  Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12, 2023
Late Night Eats, Bridges & Scream Queens: 1 Year of City Cast Pgh!
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City Cast Pittsburgh launched one year ago today! To celebrate, the team is sharing some interesting things we’ve learned about the Steel City — with help from our very first guest, writer Damon Young. In the newscast, we mention the new digital archive documenting the attack at Tree of Life synagogue. You can access the website here: https://october27archive.org Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2023
We’re Still Driving on Unsafe Bridges. Here’s Why
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City officials and daily commuters celebrated the reopening of Fern Hollow Bridge last month, but dozens more Pittsburgh bridges are rated poor and in need of repair. Don’t expect to see construction soon though; Mayor Ed Gainey’s 2023 budget doesn’t include much funding for fixing our bridges.  So how nervous should we be to cross them? And why isn’t the city budgeting for repairs right away? Charlie Wolfson, the local government reporter for PublicSource, is here to explain. You can read Charlie’s reporting on bridge repairs here: https://www.publicsource.org/pittsburgh-bridge-collapse-condition-fern-hollow-mayor-gainey-budget/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 10, 2023
What’s the Future of Pgh’s Alt-Weekly?
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Our beloved alternative weekly, Pittsburgh City Paper, just got bought by the same company that owns the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — where union members have been on strike for better working conditions since October. The purchase has raised eyebrows…and questions about the paper’s future under the controversial Block family. Ryan Deto, former managing editor at City Paper and current journalist at the Trib, is here to help us make sense of the deal and figure out what it means for Pittsburgh media. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 09, 2023
Fern Hollow Bridge Is Back! Plus, PA’s New House Speaker
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It’s the Friday news roundup! City Cast host Morgan Moody and producer Mallory Falk are joined by writer and historian David S. Rotenstein to talk about why reopening Fern Hollow Bridge is so important to Pittsburgh’s Jewish community. Plus, they discuss the surprising pick for PA’s new Speaker of the House and how to help Bicycle Heaven after the local gem (and world’s largest bicycle museum) got flooded. As always, our Friday shows are powered by great local journalism.  David S. Rotenstein in Next Pittsburgh on Fern Hollow Bridge and the Jewish community: https://nextpittsburgh.com/pittsburgh-for-all/reopening-of-fern-hollow-bridge-reconnects-vital-link-for-pittsburgh-jewish-community/  The Spotlight PA Staff on Mark Rossi: https://www.spotlightpa.org/news/2023/01/pa-house-speaker-mark-rozzi/ and https://www.spotlightpa.org/news/2023/01/pa-midterm-election-2022-house-majority-democrats-speaker-election/  Ryan Deto in the Tribune-Review on the flood damage at Bicycle Heaven: https://triblive.com/local/bicycle-heaven-looking-to-raise-money-after-major-flood-damage/ You can donate to help Bicycle Heaven recover from flood damage here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/bicycle-heaven-museum-flooded-devastating-damaged Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 06, 2023
What Happens When Cops Are Linked to Extremist Groups?
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It’s been two years since the Jan 6. insurrection at the Capitol. More than 60 Pennsylvanians have been charged in the attack, which was fueled by far-right groups like the Oath Keepers. David Harris, a Pitt Law professor focused on police behavior and national security, joins us to talk about the legal challenges of prosecuting rioters and what’s being done about local law enforcement officers with ties to extremist groups. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 05, 2023
Robot Landlords Are Buying Up Pgh Houses
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Imagine you could rent an apartment without ever speaking to a human being. The entire process would be totally automated, from viewing the rental to paying a deposit to picking up keys.  That’s already happening here in Pittsburgh and a few other post-industrial cities, where “automated landlord” companies are buying up properties and outsourcing management to apps and algorithms. And while it might sound like a dream if you’ve ever had a nightmare landlord, freelance journalist Nick Keppler says this trend could put home ownership further out of reach for Pittsburgh residents. He joins us to discuss his recent reporting for Vice. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 04, 2023
Your Hopes and Dreams for Pgh in 2023
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The new year is a time for resolutions, and as much as we love this city, we think a little self-improvement could go a long way. Turns out, a lot of you do too! The City Cast team is sharing your goals for the Steel City in 2023, along with our own. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 03, 2023
Community Kitchen Cooks Up Job Opportunities for Pgh Residents
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All this week, the City Cast team is treating you to some of our favorite food and drink episodes from 2022. If you're hungry for a story about making the local culinary scene more inclusive and accessible, consider this your holiday gift. The Hazelwood nonprofit Community Kitchen Pittsburgh says it uses food as “the foundation to change lives and strengthen communities.” It does this through culinary training, hunger relief, catering, a cafe, and more. City Cast's Megan Harris spoke with executive director Jennifer Flanagan and Community Kitchen student Christopher Hickman about their training programs, how they tackle hunger, and more. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 30, 2022
Where Pittsburgh’s Most Iconic Carton of Tea Gets Made
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All this week, the City Cast team is treating you to some of our favorite food and drink episodes from 2022. What list could be complete without a field trip to the yinzer fuel factory? For generations of Pittsburghers, nothing quite quenches their thirst like Turner’s Premium Iced Tea from those iconic, brigh-orange cartons. Producer Mallory Falk and newsletter editor Francesca Dabecco got the tea on how our city's most beloved beverage is made at the Turner's facility in Penn Hills from marketing director Steve Turner. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 29, 2022
What’s Behind the Boom in Pgh Craft Breweries?
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All this week, the City Cast team is treating you to some of our favorite food and drink episodes from 2022. If you're hoping to ring in the new year with a craft beer instead of champagne, we've got you covered. Not long ago, you’d be hard-pressed to find a Pittsburgh brew pub with an all-local rotation — let alone one with a fire pit or board games or dogs and babies at the bar. But today, it’s not just normal, it’s expected. We're revisiting our conversation with City Cast contributor Hal B. Klein to learn why locals are hopping to start breweries. Read Hal's excellent piece in Pittsburgh Magazine here. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 28, 2022
How the Explosive Ketchup Wars Put Heinz on Top
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All this week, the City Cast team is treating you to some of our favorite food and drink episodes from 2022. We're starting off with — what else? — Heinz ketchup. Can you imagine sitting down with a crispy plate of fries, reaching for your trusty bottle of ketchup, and watching it explode? It was a real problem in the late 19th century! But our very own H.J. Heinz figured it out — or rather, he had one very special fan who did it for him. We're revisiting our conversation with Gastro Obscura's Sam Lin-Sommer about how it all went down. Check out Sam's story, "When Every Ketchup But One Went Extinct," which draws a ton from a book by Andrew F. Smith called "Pure Ketchup: A History of America's National Condiment." Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 27, 2022
Our Favorite Episodes & an Ode to Franco Harris
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As 2022 draws to a close, the City Cast team is sitting down to revisit some of our best episodes from the past year. From a flight of city steps to the field at Steelers training camp, we’re rounding up some of our favorite interviews and field trips.  Plus, we pay tribute to Franco Harris, who died just days before the 50th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception. Our favorite episodes include: The First Public Transportation in Pgh? City Steps Pgh’s Chinatown (Finally) Gets Historic Recognition Talking Internet Safety with ASMR Artist Lily Whispers Meet the Pgh Tattoo Artist Covering Up Hate Road Trip: Your Guide to Steelers Training Camp We also mention signing up for a City Steps Walking Tour. You can learn more on the Mis.Steps website. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 22, 2022
What Happened to Appalachia’s Chestnut Trees?
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Nat King Cole singing “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” is a classic sound associated with the holidays, yet for many the tradition is no more than a line in the song. Newsletter editor Francesca Dabecco joins host Morgan Moody to share how the American chestnut tree was once rooted in the culture and landscape of Appalachia — and how, thanks to the hard work of regional researchers, it might be making a comeback. You can share your public comment on bringing back the American chestnut tree here: https://www.regulations.gov/commenton/APHIS-2020-0030-8291  Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 21, 2022
One Pittsburgher’s Solution to Gun Violence
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Gun violence in Pittsburgh continues to overwhelm the loved ones of victims and our city's officials. Mayor Ed Gainey wants to get guns off the streets, and mental health professionals want to address the violence at its core. Julius Boatwright is trying to create solutions by addressing mental wellness within the Black community through his organization, Steel Smiling. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 20, 2022
One City Bus Driver's Mission To Spread Holiday Cheer
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Santa may have his sleigh, but Pittsburgh has a spirited Pittsburgh Regional Transit bus. PRT driver Amy Jackson spends her own money and time decking the hall of her city bus every year. We hopped aboard the Collier Christmas Bus to learn a little bit more about the magic of spreading good tidings on public transit. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 19, 2022
School Budgets, Deadly Fire Downtown & Historical Markers
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It’s the Friday news roundup! We're talking about what the increase to the 2023 Pittsburgh Public Schools budget means when the district's already at a deficit, the fire in the Roosevelt building downtown, and the new historical markers coming to the city. As always, our Friday shows are powered by great local journalism. Public School Budgets:  https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/pittsburgh-public-schools-2023-budget-stabilizes-district-for-another-year-future-funding-still-uncertain/Content?oid=22968580  https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/pittsburgh-public-schools-2023-budget-stabilizes-district-for-another-year-future-funding-still-uncertain/Content?oid=22968580 https://www.wesa.fm/show/the-confluence/2022-11-21/pittsburgh-public-schools-proposed-2023-budget-spends-more-with-one-time-federal-funding Roosevelt Building Fire: https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2022/12/12/downtown-pittsburgh-roosevelt-building-fire/stories/202212120048  https://www.wpxi.com/news/local/elderly-woman-dies-high-rise-fire-roosevelt-building-while-trying-escape/3XLBUPIXQNELVM7R22MJHXHZEQ/  https://www.wpxi.com/news/local/crews-responding-5-alarm-fire-downtown-pittsburgh-apartment-building/UTRG2ZDVMJDYZFNZ36QISWGLNQ/ https://www.wpxi.com/news/local/nearly-30-apartments-uninhabitable-after-high-rise-fire-roosevelt-building/YNPCTSZEM5G23GRQAIV7SRTR4Q/ Pittsburgh Pirates 1971 Lineup:  https://triblive.com/sports/on-sept-1-1971-the-pirates-made-history-with-baseballs-first-all-black-starting-lineup/ PA Historical Markers:  https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/phmc-details.aspx?newsid=422 https://paheritage.wpengine.com/article/century-marking-history-100-years-pennsylvania-historical-marker-program/ Teenie Harris: https://cmoa.org/art/teenie-harris-archive/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2022
Our Top Winter Activities in Pgh
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Winter is a time of hibernation, but if you spend the season bundled up in bed, you’ll be missing out. The City Cast team is here to soften the blow that the snowiest season can bring to our social lives by sharing some of our the favorite winter activities in the ‘Burrrgh.  Activities we mentioned: The Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden at Phipps Conservatory Dazzling Nights at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Kennywood's Holiday Lights Show Skiing and snow tubing at Hidden Valley, Seven Springs, and Boyce Park Ice skating at the UPMC Rink at PPG Place and the Schenley Park Skating Rink Visiting Fallingwater Going on a guided winter hike with the Audubon Society or Allegheny County Parks Ordering a tea set at Ka-Fair Cafe Warming up with a wintery latte from Adda Coffee & Tea House, De Fer Coffee & Tea, or Commonplace Coffee The Miracle on 6th pop-up Christmas bar The Tipsy Elf Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 15, 2022
How Pgh is Leading the Way on Sensory-Friendly Concerts
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How do you design a concert for people who are sensitive to light and sound? For years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been a leader in making performances more inclusive and accessible for people with sensory sensitivities — including through its sensory-friendly Holiday Pops concerts. Suzanne Perrino, the Senior Vice President of Learning and Community Engagement at the PSO, joins us to talk about creating a safe space for everyone to experience art. You can still buy tickets for this year’s sensory-friendly Holiday Pops concert, which takes place at Heinz Hall this Saturday, December 17th at 2:30 p.m. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2022
Sheetz vs. Wawa: We Debate, You Decide
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Across the Commonwealth, a rivalry has raged on. No, it's not the Eagles vs. the Steelers or the Flyers vs. the Penguins. It’s much deeper than sports: it's about our gas stations. With the help of your hot takes, we're hosting the ultimate Sheetz vs. Wawa battle with our sister podcast City Cast Philly. City Cast's Content Director (and gas station food connoisseur) Wil Fulton serves as an impartial judge as hosts Morgan Moody and Trenae Nuri attempt to settle the debate once and for all. You can read Wil's exhaustive reporting on the Sheetz vs. Wawa rivalry in Thrillist. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 13, 2022
Was the World’s First Gas Station Actually in Pittsburgh?
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Our city has a complicated claim to gas station fame. Many believe the first ever drive-in gas station was on Baum Boulevard in East Liberty. There’s even a state historical marker at the site…which is now a parking lot. But the truth is a little more complex. Brian Butko, Director of Publications at the Heinz History Center, joins us to explain what’s fueling this local myth. Want to fill up on the full story? Check out Brian’s recent blog post: “Was the World’s First Gas Station in Pittsburgh? It’s Complicated.” Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 12, 2022
Pgh's Unhoused Population, Problems in County Jail & Richard Pryor’s Mugshot
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It’s the Friday news roundup! Host Morgan Moody is with producer Elizabeth Kauma and Pittsburgh City Paper’s Jordana Rosenfeld to talk about the challenges facing the city's unhoused community and conditions inside the Allegheny County Jail. Plus, we get the scoop on a local mugshot of the late comedian Richard Pryor. As always, our Friday shows are powered by great local journalism. Jordana Rosenfeld's reporting on the unhoused community in Pittsburgh City Paper: https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/short-and-long-term-barriers-impede-path-to-stable-housing-for-pittsburghs-growing-homeless-community/Content?oid=22922224 and https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/why-many-seeking-housing-spend-years-without-shelter/Content?oid=22922241  And her reporting on freezing conditions in the Allegheny County Jail https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/cp-jail-watch-freezing-on-pod-3b-medication-expanded-causes-of-death-unveiled/Content?oid=22887231 Rick Sebak in Pittsburgh Magazine on Richard Pryor's time in Allegheny County Jail https://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/pryor-conviction-a-famous-comics-pittsburgh-jail-stay/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2022
The Ultimate Local Gift Guide
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Struggling to find the perfect holiday gifts for your loved ones? We’ve got you covered! From seasonal candles and holiday beer packs to pierogi bracelets and Titty Sphinx pins (trust us, they’re a crowd pleaser!), we’re breaking down the best gifts from local shops and artists. Pittsburgh City Paper’s Amanda Waltz joins City Cast’s Morgan Moody and Francesca Dabecco to share recommendations for the foodies, fashionistas, adventurers, and homebodies in your lives. You can find links to all our gift suggestions and more in today’s newsletter. For more great local gift ideas, check out City Paper’s holiday gift guide. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 08, 2022
Your Filling of Pgh Pierogi History
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Whether served on a dish and stuffed with potato and cheese, or racing around between innings at a Pirate’s game, the pierogi is an iconic Pittsburgh treat. But how did it become such a local staple? Dr. Julia Hudson-Richards, a food historian and instructor in the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of History, joins us to trace to the pierogi’s path from Polish kitchens to Pittsburgh bellies. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2022
More Pgh Police Are Making the Call for Involuntary Psych Care
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Despite nationwide calls for police to be less involved in responding to mental health crises, new reporting shows Pittsburgh officers are actually filing more 302 petitions — for involuntary psychiatric commitment — than just a few years ago. The overall number of petitions increased by 21% from 2015 to 2021, but the number filed by police grew more than any other group. PublicSource health reporter Amelia Winger joins us to talk about her reporting digging into the data and why it’s difficult to pinpoint what’s behind the rise in 302s. You can read Amelia’s reporting on what could be causing the rise here: https://www.publicsource.org/allegheny-county-302-involuntary-outpatient-treatment-western-psych-mental-health-pa/ And you can find her story looking into police involvement here: https://www.publicsource.org/police-intervention-behavioral-health-crisis-response-pittsburgh-allegheny-302-involuntary/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 06, 2022
Breaking Down Racist Myths in the Tattoo Industry
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Racist myths around the difficulty of tattooing melanated skin has created a toxic culture in the industry, and there are businesses in Pittsburgh where Black people are actually denied service or discouraged from getting inked. Rita Santana, a tattoo artist and co-owner of Three Fates Tattoo Studio in East Liberty, joins us to bust those myths and talk about what local artists are doing to create safe spaces for people of color. Want to give feedback on the future of the Allegheny Riverfront Park? You can register here for a community design session happening this Wednesday, December 7th. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 05, 2022
Where Will Pgh's Parks Money Go? Plus, Local Holiday Markets
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It’s the Friday news roundup! Today the team’s discussing the controversy around funds for Pittsburgh parks, why Republicans will have a (temporary) majority in the state House even though Democrats won control, and where to get local holiday gifts. As always, our Friday shows are powered by great local journalism. Ladimir Garcia, Terryaun Bell, and Jack Troy with PublicSource on the city’s park tax:  https://www.publicsource.org/pittsburgh-budget-city-parks-tax-conservancy-mayor-ed-gainey-equity/ Kiley Koscinski with WESA discussing park funding on The Confluence: https://www.wesa.fm/show/the-confluence/2022-11-30/pittsburgh-parks-conservancy-questions-citys-spending-of-parks-tax-funding-on-equipment Stephen Caruso with Spotlight PA on why PA Dems will lose their majority in the state house, at least temporarily: https://www.spotlightpa.org/news/2022/11/pa-election-2022-results-democrat-house-control-speaker-election/ and https://www.spotlightpa.org/news/2022/11/pa-election-2022-democrats-majority-summer-lee-austin-davis/ Stephen Caruso’s interview on The Confluence: https://www.wesa.fm/show/the-confluence/2022-11-23/airport-travel-is-up-but-not-yet-rivaling-pre-pandemic-passenger-volume Chris Potter with WESA on the debate over setting a special election date to replace late state rep. Tony DeLuca: https://www.wesa.fm/politics-government/2022-12-01/special-election-scheduled-for-late-pa-rep-tony-delucas-seat  Our own Francesca Dabecco’s list of local holiday markets: https://us14.campaign-archive.com/?u=47857f2c492a1dda05a4762b9&id=1fd734c75a Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2022
The Best Cocktails in Pgh Might Be Non-Alcoholic
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Between eggnog, spiked cider, and mulled wine, the holiday season is a time for cheers and indulgence. But for those of you who prefer to take part in the happiest season sober - or just want the occasional break from booze - the City Cast team is rounding up our favorite Pittsburgh mocktails. Plus, we answer the question: what's the fuss about a fussfungle and why should more Pittsburghers know about this drink? In today's episode we mentioned these restaurants, bars and bottle shops: Open Road Onion Maiden The Foundry  Hidden Harbor Yuzu Adda Kaya Bar Botanico Pusadee’s Garden Apteka Spork Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2022
Does Pittsburgh Deserve Black Women?
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Tereneh Idia has been a voice for local Black women through her art and writing, but she is taking a break from the city. In her last column for the Pittsburgh City Paper, she decided to answer a question she's been posed before: “What would I tell a Black woman about moving to Pittsburgh?" Idia opens up to us about the challenges of being a Black woman in our city and where she's headed next. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2022
How the Pittsburgh Glass Center Has Blown Up
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The Pittsburgh Glass Center may be the hottest recurring character on reality shows this year. The local institution has been renowned in the glass art community for years, but the average Pittsburgher might not have realized what a gem we had in our city. That changed with shows like Netflix’s “Blown Away” and the Disney+ Christmas Special “Best in Snow,” which feature glass artists from the center. Heather McElwee, the executive director of Pittsburgh Glass Center, joins us to talk about what the exposure has meant for the art studio, what it was like to be a guest judge on "Blown Away," and how Pittsburghers can try their hands at glassmaking this holiday season. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2022
The Pgh Tattoo Shop Healing the Mark of Abuse
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Getting a tattoo requires trust and vulnerability, and some tattoo artists have taken advantage of that. The #TattooMeToo movement started several years ago, when women and queer folks began speaking up about the sexual abuse they’ve faced in tattoo shops.  Around that time, local tattoo artist Susie Humphrey opened Sanctuary in Lawrenceville with the goal of providing a safe space for people to get inked. Susie joins us to talk about what it takes to build an inclusive tattoo studio. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 28, 2022
Tips To Relieve Holiday Stress
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Let’s face it, the holiday season can be stressful. Whether you’re visiting family or spending it alone, we’ve got tips on how to find peace this winter from former Pittsburgh ballerina Eva Trapp, who left the competitive dance world to found the new Sneha Yoga and Wellness Collective in Lawrenceville. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2022
How Black Pittsburgh Revolutionized Emergency Healthcare
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In the 1960s, sick or injured people would get taken to the hospital in the backseat of a cop car or hearse — if they were picked up at all. It wasn’t until a trailblazing group of Black men from the Hill District started saving lives in their own community that the country began to develop a system for emergency medicine. Known as the Freedom House Ambulance Service, this team of Pittsburghers became the nation’s very first paramedics. Kevin Hazzard, author of “American Sirens: The Incredible Story of the Black Men Who Became America’s First Paramedics,” joins us to talk about the group’s lasting legacy in our city and beyond. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2022
Meet the Pgh Tattoo Artist Covering Up Hate
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Have you ever gotten a tattoo that you regret? It's the risk that comes with permanently inking your skin, and local tattoo artist Jess Scutella wants to help cover up harmful imagery. They join us to talk about designing beautiful coverup tattoos, free of charge, for people who've had a change of heart and want to erase symbols of hate or violence on their body. You can find Jess on Instagram and at Kyklops Tattoo on the South Side. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 21, 2022
The Incline's Makeover, Light Up Night & Sustainable Holiday Eats
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It’s the Friday news roundup! The team's getting you prepped for Light Up Night this weekend, sharing some fun funicular history as we wait for the Monongahela Incline to reopen, teasing a cool new walking tour on Downtown’s Fourth Avenue, and tackling how to have a holiday with less food waste. As always, our Friday shows are powered by great local journalism.  Our own Francesca Dabecco on how to help your hungry neighbors: https://us14.campaign-archive.com/?u=47857f2c492a1dda05a4762b9&id=eae0a4d5da And Thanksgiving takeout options: https://us14.campaign-archive.com/?u=47857f2c492a1dda05a4762b9&id=bda7890da8 & https://us14.campaign-archive.com/?u=47857f2c492a1dda05a4762b9&id=dd44dff26c  Katie Blackley in WESA on the rise and fall of Pittsburgh’s inclines: https://www.wesa.fm/arts-sports-culture/2018-08-07/the-rise-and-fall-of-pittsburghs-inclines Ed Blazina in the Pittsburgh Union Progress on upgrades to the Mon incline: https://www.unionprogress.com/2022/11/14/mon-incline-may-open-for-light-up-night-but-work-remains-to-be-done/  Julia Felton in the Tribune-Review on Light Up Night plans: https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-unveils-plans-for-light-up-night-saturday/  Richard Cook in Pittsburgh Magazine on weekend road closures: https://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/want-to-know-which-roads-will-be-closed-this-weekend-for-light-up-night/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2022
Why PA’s Ski Season Is Turning to Slush
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We just had our first snow day in Pittsburgh! While some local ski bums might be ready to hit the slopes, both Seven Springs and Hidden Valley are set to open later than in previous years. Why? You can probably guess: climate change. Vail Resorts, which bought both hills, announced that they wouldn’t open Seven Springs until after Thanksgiving and Hidden Valley until December 23rd. Charles Donnellan, the head coach of Western Pennsylvania Racing Club, is here to talk about what change looks like on the hill. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2022
Dishing On Allergy-Friendly Recipes For Thanksgiving
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Dietary restrictions and food allergies can be a real damper on all of the delicious holiday dishes, but they don’t have to be. Pittsburgh food blogger Liz Fetchin is with us to dish on all of the allergy-friendly recipes in her new e-cookbook, An Octofree Thanksgiving. With a grocery list, timeline, and alternatives to comforting classics, Fetchin will have you ready to serve everyone at your table this season. Follow Fetchin on Instagram at @octofree and buy her e-book at https://octofree.com/shop/. You can find our episode on the Ethane Cracker in Beaver County here: https://pod.link/citycastpittsburgh/episode/15bef512652791d0755c2c9feaf1b475 Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2022
What Happened to Pittsburgh's Immigration Court?
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Pittsburgh’s immigration court closed six months ago, forcing people to either travel across the state to make their case in Philadelphia or attend their hearings virtually, which can be a challenge for immigrants without a computer or stable internet connection. Laura Perkins from the Latino advocacy group Casa San Jose joins us to discuss where things stand six months since the closure and how her team has stepped up to fill in the gaps. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2022
Want Fries With That? Pgh Always Says Yes
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From sandwiches to salads, Pittsburgh has a long history of putting fries on just about everything. City Cast Pittsburgh host Morgan Moody speaks with Sarah Grey, a development editor for O'Reilly Media, about the city’s obsession with fries. You can read her fantastic article about Pittsburgh’s unique culinary tastes and history here.  Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2022
What the Blue Wave Means for the Future of Pennsylvania
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It’s the Friday news roundup! A blue wave swept through Pennsylvania on Election Day. Democrats won both the races for governor and U.S. Senate, and they even seem poised to take back control of the State House. City Cast Pittsburgh host Morgan Moody and City Cast Philly host Trenae Nuri speak with Spotlight PA’s Capitol Reporter Stephen Caruso about what the blue wave means for the future of politics in Pennsylvania.  Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2022
It’s Good Soup: Chatting with Pgh’s Brothmonger
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Funeral director Sarah McAlee is a soup-lebrity on the North Side. She goes by brothmonger, and you’ll have to sign up for her newsletter if you want to where to snag her hearty creations. Hear about her journey from the morbid kid to comfort-maker-in-chief, plus all her best-kept, soup-making secrets.  Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2022
PA Gets a New Governor...And Other Election Results
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Ahead of the election, all eyes were on the Keystone State thanks to competitive races for US Senate, governor, and more. So, what happened yesterday? From the gubernatorial race to local contests, the City Cast Pittsburgh team is breaking down which way the swing state swung. If you want to read up a bit more on our elections, WESA has been covering them in detail. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2022
Why Does Pittsburgh Smell Like Rotten Eggs?
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This time of year stinks in Pittsburgh, and not just because it’s election season. City Cast Pittsburgh producer Elizabeth Kauma is with Ana Hoffman, Director of Air Quality Engagement at CMU’s CREATE Lab, to talk about the other source of stench in our city: pollution. The CREATE Lab worked on an app that lets Pittsburghers report and track smells across the county. Here is the link to check whether you mail-in ballot was undated or had the wrong date: https://www.alleghenycounty.us/elections/incorrect,-no-date-ballots.aspx And here's more information on what to do if you need to fix your ballot: https://www.wesa.fm/politics-government/2022-11-06/allegheny-county-posts-lists-of-voters-whose-mail-in-ballots-are-at-risk-offers-remedy Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2022
Everything You Need to Know About Local Elections
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Mid-term elections are tomorrow! While our statewide races are getting a lot of national attention, we wanted to help you make sense of some of the local contests and ballot questions that matter. The City Cast Pittsburgh team is breaking down everything you need to know ahead of November 8th. Here are a few great resources for getting up to speed on the election: Pittsburgh City Paper’s Election Guide: https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/election-guide/Category?oid=14973309 WESA’s Voter Guide: https://www.wesa.fm/pa-election-guide-2022 PublicSource on the Wilkinsburg ballot question: https://www.publicsource.org/wilkinsburg-home-rule-ballot-question-referendum-november-annexation-pittsburgh/ You can check your voter registration status, polling locations, and districts here: https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/pages/voterregistrationstatus.aspx And you can find our episode about Wilkinsburg and annexation here: https://pod.link/citycastpittsburgh/episode/3e2d20781f0bd725cdf199515fd314b5 Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2022
Breaking Down PA's Governor and US Senate Races
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It’s the Friday news roundup! Election Day is around the corner, so our own Morgan Moody is breaking down some of the biggest statewide races with the help of City Cast Philly host Trenae Nuri. Looking to move past the ridiculous campaign ads, cut through the misinformation, and get down to where the candidates actual stand on important issues? We’ve got you covered. As always, our Friday shows are powered by great journalism.  Steven Lee Meyers in the New York Times on disinformation in PA elections: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/31/technology/midterm-disinformation-pennsylvania.html  Katie Meyer in WHYY on Shapiro and Mastriano’s stances on crime: https://whyy.org/articles/pa-governor-midterm-election-shapiro-mastriano-on-gun-trafficking-crime-public-safety/ Charles Thompson in PennLive on Mastriano’s approach to the opioid epidemic: https://www.pennlive.com/news/2022/06/doug-mastriano-touts-three-part-plan-to-fight-opioid-abuse-in-capitol-appearance.html  Caroline Vakil for The Hill on Oz closing gap with Fetterman in new Pennsylvania poll https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/3694903-oz-closes-gap-with-fetterman-in-new-pennsylvania-poll/ Bo Koltnow with WFMZ on Dr. Oz ads criticizing opponent John Fetterman's stance on criminal justice reform https://www.wfmz.com/news/area/pennsylvania/behind-the-ballot-dr-oz-ads-criticize-opponent-john-fettermans-stance-on-criminal-reform/article_8b80ed34-2e2d-11ed-9996-d34781b33cab.html Matt Enright in the York Dispatch on more women registering to vote in Pa. since Roe reversal https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/local/2022/09/12/more-women-registering-vote-pa-since-roe-reversal-changing-political-dynamic/8021956001/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2022
Pittsburgh's 'Dear Zoe' Hits the Big Screen
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A new Pittsburgh-shot film is premiering this weekend! “Dear Zoe” follows Tess, a teenage girl played by “StrangerThings” star Sadie Sink, who grapples with the tragic death of her younger sister, Zoe. It’s based on the book by Pittsburgh author Philip Beard, who joins us to talk about what inspired the story and how it got to the big screen. Plus, our very own Morgan Moody talks about her experience working on set. The Oaks Theater in Oakmont is holding a special screening of “Dear Zoe” tonight at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. You can also catch the film at The Manor Theatre, Waterworks, Cranberry, and Century Square Luxury cinemas. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2022
Why Can’t Pgh Score an NBA Team?
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While Philly sports teams are killing it on the other side of the state, Pittsburgh’s on the struggle bus. And we’re wondering: would things be different if we had a professional basketball team? So we’re revisiting our conversation with Steel City transplant Tyler Batiste about the ‘Burgh’s on-court legacy and whether — someday — we just might get a team of our own.  Tyler is the managing editor of the Athletic's NBA vertical. You can check out all his basketball coverage here: https://theathletic.com/author/tyler-batiste/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2022
Pittsburgh’s Trash Pandas Deserve Kindness, Too
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It’s officially raccoon hunting season in Pennsylvania. While these garbage-loving creatures make some of us uneasy, wildlife advocates want us to think twice before laying traps. Rebecca Reid, cofounder of Scrap the Trap, is here to talk about dealing with our furry frenemies more humanely. Here are Rebecca’s top tips for responsible wildlife management: Think preventatively. Just because you don’t have wildlife issues now doesn’t mean you won’t later, so inspect your house for any holes in or around your basement and keep your doors closed. If you have urban agriculture, protect it. Try putting a wobbly fence around your vegetable garden; if a fence is too structurally sound, creatures can easily climb it and munch on your future lunch. Another fun fact: hardware cloth will keep your poultry protected better than chicken wire. If you don’t want a raccoons biting into your old banana bread, wait to put your garbage out until collection day or keep your trash secured.  Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2022
Meet Pittsburgh’s Most Iconic Scream Queen
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George Romero’s 1968 movie “Night of The Living Dead” is a cult classic. The horror flick is considered the godfather of the flesh-eating zombie genre and it was filmed in Pittsburgh with local talent. Judith O’Dea, better known as Barbara in the movie, may have been turned into a ghoul in the end, but she’s joining us to talk about what it was like making the iconic film. Consider this your Halloween treat! You can catch a Halloween screening of "Night of the Living Dead" tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Row House Cinema. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2022
What’s the Deal With Pittsburgh Pigeons? Plus, Ballot Prep!
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It’s the Friday news roundup! Prepping for Election Day is stressful but not to worry, the City Cast team is clearing up some candidate confusion and talking about important voting deadlines. Plus, we’re learning why Pittsburgh pigeonsshould be revered and discussing the the Pens’ 90s throwback jerseys.  As always, our Friday shows are powered by great local journalism.  Pigeons at Acrisure Stadium: https://triblive.com/sports/faster-than-a-steeler-or-buccaneer-a-flock-of-pigeons-stayed-in-the-game-sunday/  Rob Rossi’s article for the Athletic about the Robo Penguins logo: https://theathletic.com/3709886/2022/10/20/penguins-reverse-retro-jersey/  Where to see your sample ballot on the Allegheny County website: https://apps.alleghenycounty.us/website/ElectPollPlace.aspx  The City and State PA explainer on the Keystone Party: https://www.cityandstatepa.com/politics/2022/08/what-keystone-party-city-state-explainer/376294/ More Information about the saga of the two Mike Doyles: https://www.wesa.fm/politics-government/2022-10-13/mike-doyle-pa-congress-2022-election Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2022
In Memory and Mourning: 4 Years Since the Attack at Tree of Life
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Four years ago today, a gunman killed 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill. The city of Pittsburgh, and especially the Jewish community, is still grappling with grief from that tragic day. City Cast’s Mallory Falk grew up attending services there. She spoke with Maggie Feinstein, director of the 10.27 Healing Partnership, about how to process heavy emotions and honor the memory of those we lost. The 10.27 Healing Partnership is hosting a Commemoration Ceremony at 4 p.m. this afternoon on Prospect Drive at Schenley Park. You can find more information here: https://1027healingpartnership.org/event/commemoration-ceremony/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2022
Confronting Your Sex Ed Horror Stories
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After years of teaching abstinence as the “expected norm,” Pittsburgh Public Schools recently updated its sex ed curriculum to be more comprehensive and inclusive. But some of our listeners are still scarred by what they learned — or didn’t! — in schools throughout the region.  Mary Jo Podgurski, director of the Washington Health System Teen Outreach Program, is the sex ed teacher we wish we had. With the help of listeners’ stories, she breaks down some of the most harmful lessons young people can receive in sex ed, how schools should be approaching the subject, and why it all got so complicated in the first place. In today’s newscast, we mention our June episode on how the pandemic widened learning gaps in Pittsburgh. You can listen here: https://pod.link/citycastpittsburgh/episode/6022e188d65db755d5562e0910d78aa6 Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2022
Why Election Ads Are So Intense This Year
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Does it seem like election ads are getting worse and more unavoidable every election...and like candidates get away with stretching the truth or outright lying? Stephen Caruso, Capitol Reporter for Spotlight PA, is here to talk about the wild claims ads make, who they're intended for, and what the memeification of campaigns could mean for future elections. You can find all of Stephen's election coverage here: https//www.spotlightpa.org/authors/stephen-caruso/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2022
Bigfoot Scammers in PA Parks?
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Both state officials and Bigfoot believers have a bone to pick with a batch of fraudulent flyers posted across Pennsylvania state parks and forests since August. Trib reporter Mary Ann Thomas explains the dangers and what both sides see as an affront to wildlife management. Check out Mary Ann’s reporting here: https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/state-officials-bigfoot-isnt-lurking-in-pennsylvania-parks-and-forests-fake-flyers-reported/  And a website run by Bigfoot researcher Stan Gordon here: https://www.stangordon.info/wp/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 24, 2022
Tricks & Treats for Your Pittsburgh Halloween
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It’s the Friday news roundup! If you’re scrambling to come up with a last-minute Halloween costume and plans, we’ve got you covered. The team has everything you need for a scary weekend, from pumpkin carving tips to Pittsburgh-centric costume ideas to bone-chilling events and parties for all ages. Check out the Halloween activities we mentioned in the show: Brendan Conaway aka Pittsburgh Pumpkin Guy will be live carving pumpkins all around tahn. You can get the full rundown of events on his Facebook page. Buffalo Bill’s House is holding guided tours on Halloween weekend. Check out our episode all about the “cinematic destination” where some of the most iconic scenes from Silence of Lambs were shot: https://pod.link/citycastpittsburgh/episode/bbbec4bcf6f7f7c1fe50d6ad47c25a94  Southside Works and Fred Rogers Productions are hosting a full day of free family fun with pumpkin carving and painting, a Great Pumpkin Patch, and an outdoor screening of new Halloween programming on 10/22.  The event will also celebrate the 10th anniversary of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.” Check out our episode all about that: https://pod.link/citycastpittsburgh/episode/ed8fef927fb61a930d76a6745e00fc4f POGOH is hosting a Bike or Treat Halloween Scavenger Hunt on 10/29. Beers of the Burgh and Brew Gentleman are throwing a Scary Furnace Halloween Party at Carrie Blast Furnaces on 10/22. Arie Cole will be DJ-ing at Zombie Prom on 10/28 and Slappers N Bangers on 10/29. Cobra is hosting a Halloween party on 10/29. Pittsburgh’s ultimate haunted house, ScareHouse, is open Friday-Sunday through early November. And here's Lisa Cunningham's statement on her departure from Pittsburgh City Paper: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TZQI5gNB5l3bANdsTwBWIJwNll0wKXG7nTNyVmm11o8/edit Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2022
It’s a Beautiful (Birth)day in the Neighborhood
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Ten years ago, a new children’s show premiered on PBS starring 4-year-old Daniel Tiger, the animated son of the beloved puppet from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” The series was the first TV show from Fred Rogers Productions since Rogers died in 2003, and the team behind it wanted to honor his legacy while reinventing the neighborhood for a new generation. Chris Loggins, supervising producer on “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” talks about his creative process, shares some Pittsburgh Easter eggs in the series, and invites the city to help celebrate 10 years of a fuzzy new friend. Stop by South Side Works on Saturday for a family-friendly celebration, including show trivia, art, a Great Pumpkin Patch, pumpkin carving, and more — plus a free outdoor screening of new Halloween programming at 5:30 p.m. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2022
How The Post-Gazette Strike Will Affect You
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What would it mean to lose a fixture in Pittsburgh news? It's a grim future we’re getting a glimpse of as portions of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newsroom, represented by the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh, walked out in the city’s biggest newspaper strike since 1992. NEXTPittsburgh media columnist Andrew Conte joins us to talk about how this will affect the community — and working journalists — who depend on the outlet to “tell our stories from birth to death and everything in between.” City Paper did a great write-up about the labor strike, which more deeply considers the perspective of folks who are opting out of the strike: https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/post-gazette-reporters-leave-union-over-striking-disputes/Content?oid=22630472   Here's the PG's 30th anniversary story about the Pittsburgh Press strike in 1992: https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/insight/2022/05/22/great-newspaper-strike-30-years-later-post-gazette-press/stories/202205220031 This is the fantastic Art Rooney investigation that explores how the Steelers founder made his initial fortune. We learned belatedly that it was written by journalist Sean Hamill: https://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/investigation-art-rooney-steelers/ And if you're curious about all those references to Styx's "Renegade," check out our episode on the song's affect on the Steelers here: https://pod.link/citycastpittsburgh/episode/ce46373ef70afbba6a6d53a4755f75ee Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2022
Catch Pgh’s Ghost Signs…Before They Disappear
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We can’t stop talking about ghosts during spooky season, but we’re inviting City Cast contributor Rossilynne Skena Culgan on the pod to discuss a different kind of ghost…the faded old-timey advertisements on building across Pittsburgh known as ghost signs. A self-proclaimed ghost sign hunter, Rossilynne shares how these relics help us learn more about our history and what it could mean if we lose them. You can check out Rossilynne’s photos of these fading local treasures on Instagram @ghostsigngrrl Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2022
Perk Up, Pittsburgh! It’s Coffee Week
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From having the most coffee shops per capita to being center stage for the coffee union movement, the Steel City has a lot to celebrate in its 8th annual Coffee Week. City Cast’s Francesca Dabecco and Morgan Moody share some fun history, plus lots of events all focused on community collaboration. Here's where they're getting a boo and a brew.  Coffee & wine tasting at Adda in the North Side | Today | 7 p.m. Movie night at Redhawk in Sharpsburg | Today | 7 p.m. Aeropress competition at Colombino Coffee in the Strip District | Tomorrow | 5 p.m. Coffee release celebration at La Prima in Downtown | Wednesday | 5 p.m. Sustainability seminar at KLVN Coffee Lab in Larimer | Thursday | 5 p.m. Coffee & cocktails at De Fer in the Strip District | Friday | 6 p.m. Plant popup at Hilltop Coffee in Arlington | Saturday | 10 a.m. Closing party & latte art throwdown at Trace Brewing in Bloomfield | Saturday | 11 a.m. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2022
Leaf Peeping Season > Election Season
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It’s the Friday news roundup! The team is talking about John Fetterman’s first on-air interview since his stroke — and the ableist response — plus the Penguins’ return to the ice. We also explain why Pennsylvania’s the best place in the world for fall foliage. (No, really!) If you want to read up on some of today’s topics, check ‘em aht! Buzzfeed on ableism in Fetterman rhetoric: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/davidmack/fetterman-nbc-closed-captioning-ableism More on the history of how politicians’ medical records became a common part of campaigns: https://time.com/4472265/clinton-trump-health-reports-history/ Pennsylvania DCNR’s latest fall foliage report: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Conservation/ForestsAndTrees/FallFoliageReports/Pages/default.aspx And two great lists for spots around Pittsburgh to peep your heart out, HERE: https://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/a-leaf-peepers-paradise-your-ultimate-guide-to-fall-foliage-in-pittsburgh-and-beyond/ and HERE: https://www.post-gazette.com/life/outdoors/2022/10/15/best-fall-foliage-spots-pa/stories/202210140087 CORRECTION: An earlier version of this episode said Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was the longest tenured coach in the NFL. We fixed it, but thought you might wanna know — he’s actually the second longest. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been with that team for 22 years. So Tomlin’s gotta log a few more in the hot seat before he catches up! Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2022
The Creepiest Airbnb on the Block
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Did you know Pittsburgh is the backdrop for one of the most thrilling horror movies ever made? The Silence of the Lambs was mostly filmed around Pittsburgh in the early 1990s. When the house of the film’s skin-conscious serial killer, Buffalo Bill, went up for sale a couple of years ago, a fan bought it. Filmmaker Chris Rowan recreated parts of the set — including the infamous basement well — and converted the house into a “boutique accommodation and cinematic destination.” City Cast’s Mallory Falk and Morgan Moody join him for a tour. Dying to learn more about Buffalo Bill’s? Chris is leading special guided house tours on Halloween weekend. You can book a tour here: https://buffalobillshouse.com/upcoming-tours/ He’s also hosting an event with paranormal investigator Brian J. Cano on Halloween eve. Snag a ticket here: https://buffalobillshouse.com/upcoming-events/ You can book an overnight stay at the Buffalo Bill House here: https://buffalobillshouse.com Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2022
Who Will Respect Bike Lanes If Even Police Won't?
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There’s a locally developed app called Dashcam for your Bike and it works by recording your rides and reporting any hazards like cars parked in bike lanes, to 3-1-1.  One of those reports showing a Pittsburgh police officer parked in the bike lane, and when the creator of the app—Armin Samii— approached him about moving it, the officer told him to “get a life.” We spoke with Samii about the incident, cyclist safety in Pittsburgh, and what we can all do to make the city more bike friendly. Here is a link to the full Video, and here is a link Dashcam for your Bike’s website. You can download the app here.  Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2022
Whose Land Was Pittsburgh Built On?
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The Steel City loves to revel in its own history, but many of those stories are rooted in colonialism and the generations of immigration that followed. Why don’t we learn more about the Native peoples who preceded them? The Council of Three Rivers Indian American Center’s Miguel Sague is with City Cast’s Elizabeth Kauma to talk about whose land we’re actually on.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2022
Andy Warhol's in Court Again, Plus How To Honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day
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It’s the Friday news roundup! Do you know the history of the Point of View statue on Mt. Washington? Plus, a judge ruled city officials can remove the Christopher Columbus statue in Schenley Park after years of fighting, and one of Pittsburgh’s native sons is on the docket for the U.S. Supreme Court.  As always, our Friday shows are powered by great local journalism.  A good primer on the Andy Warhol case via The Art Newspaper: https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/10/05/supreme-court-briefs-andy-warhol-lynn-goldsmith-prince TribLIVE’s Paula Reed Ward on the decision to remove Columbus from Schenley Park: https://triblive.com/local/judge-pittsburgh-officials-have-right-to-remove-christopher-columbus-statue-in-schenley-park/ And check out Francesca’s list of ways to honor Indigenous People’s Day in Thursday’s newsletter. (And please subscribe if you don’t already!) https://mailchi.mp/citycast/pollutions-effect-on-the-allegheny-alligator?e=1673fc6220 Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up at https://pittsburgh.citycast.fm. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2022
How Downtown Pgh Became a Public Urinal
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If you find yourself Downtown and need to use the bathroom, you might be out of luck. Journalist Adam Smeltz gets into the findings and what the city is doing to provide solutions for safe, clean restrooms for the unhoused, as well as people visiting areas like the Golden Triangle.  Read the full piece here, which includes great data from Point Park University: https://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/what-should-be-done-about-the-lack-of-public-restrooms-in-downtown-pittsburgh/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2022
Maybe Think Twice About That Haunted Prison Tour
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We love spooky season, but lots of local and regional haunts make us feel sorta gross. Across the nation, many former prisons and psychiatric hospitals, including a few near us, have been revamped into haunted houses that rely on the cruel, scary, and sensational aspects of prison life to entertain. We're with journalist Hope Corrigan, who wrote a story about it all for The Marshall Project. Here is a link if you want to give it a read: https://www.themarshallproject.org/2022/06/09/rethinking-prison-tourism Hope also recommends checking out Clint Smith’s book, How the Word is Passed, for more on "prison tourism." Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up at https://pittsburgh.citycast.fm. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2022
The Supreme Court’s Big Impact on PA Elections
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SCOTUS is back in session this week, but what does that mean for us in PA? Oh, you know, just our basic human rights, plus a couple very nerdy process cases that could affect our elections for years to come. City Cast’s Megan Harris and Morgan Moody are chatting through what to watch out for this coming term. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2022
Trash or Treasure? Your Guide to Thrifting in Pgh
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Sweater weather is already here in the burrrrgh and you can find some real gems if you’re into thrifting. Christen Malone, aka the Thrifty Yinzer, joins us to share her tips and tricks for scoring the best vintage and secondhand items in the city — and to explain why thrifting is about more than just saving a few bucks. Plus, she offers the ultimate guide to garbage picking for gold. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2022
Wait, Coolio Was From Pittsburgh?!
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It’s the Friday news roundup! The City Cast pod-squad is talking the Pittsburgh Zine Fair and federal funding for better internet access and speed in PA, plus we pay homage to the legendary rapper Coolio, who we were shocked to learn was born here in the 'Burgh. As always, our Friday shows are powered by great local journalism.  Kiley Koscinski with WESA on the Pittsburgh Digital Equity Coalition: https://www.wesa.fm/politics-government/2022-09-28/pittsburgh-allegheny-county-to-develop-plan-to-confront-digital-inequity-by-2027  Charlotte Keith in SpotlightPA on federal funding for broadband, broadband maps, Pennsylvania’s outdated broadband definition, and more: https://www.spotlightpa.org/news/2022/09/pennsylvania-broadband-internet-expansion-map/ And WESA's The Confluence where an expert calls the broadband maps “pretty much bunk:” https://www.wesa.fm/show/the-confluence/2022-09-22/the-state-legislature-could-establish-a-statewide-rape-kit-tracking-system CORRECTION: We didn't try to snip it out, but you may have noticed a flaw in today’s news roundup. We erroneously implied Weird Al Yankovic is Jewish. And a listener educated us! While Mr. Weird has enjoyed great success for bops like "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi," he is, in fact, a practicing Christian. We regret the error. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2022
Bad Allergies? Snot Girl Summer Ain't Over Yet
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Thanks to climate change, the seasonal part of “seasonal allergies” is a bit of a misnomer in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Our newest producer, Elizabeth Kauma, explains what local plants are likely to get a reaction out of you, plus and what you can do to stop the achoo! Here's the state’s take on how to control and identify any ragweed in your neck of the woods! https://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Air/BAQ/GeneralInformation/Pollen/Pages/Ragweed-Control.aspx Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2022
Inside Pgh’s One-Stop Shop for Free School Supplies
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Pittsburgh-area teachers often spend their own (very hard-earned) money on classroom supplies. But twice a year, they can stop by the Education Partnership’s Teacher Resource Center and fill up shopping carts with everything their hearts’ desire — from notebooks and glue sticks to Clorox wipes and air purifiers — at no personal cost. City Cast’s Mallory Falk and Morgan Moody visited the center and spoke with executive director Josh Whiteside, program director Sarah McKay, and several teachers about how the nonprofit supports students and schools in need. And the partnership is always looking for donations. Learn how you can help in today’s newsletter.  We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2022
What are Nurdles? Plus Why the New Shell Cracker Really Matters
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Shell is opening an Ethane Cracker in Beaver County, but we still have some questions. Like why here, in Western Pennsylvania of all places? How it will impact jobs and our rivers? And what does an ethane cracker even… do? The Allegheny Front’s Reid Frazier is with us to explain why the plant picked us, and what it means for both the economy and wellbeing of our region. Check out the great reporting from he and his colleagues here. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2022
A New Way to Explore Downtown's Most Interesting Buildings
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From the courthouse to the Clark Building, Doors Open Pittsburgh lets Pittsburgh get nebby about all kinds of Downtown spaces, including theaters, government offices, artist spaces, hotels, bank vaults, and more. This year’s event takes place Saturday, October 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We're with Bonnie Baxter, founder and executive director with a few of her favorites on this year's list. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2022
What’s Your Favorite Banned Book? Plus, We Try a Pawpaw
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It’s the Friday news roundup! This week, we dive deep into Banned Books Week, explore the intersection of race and policing in Pittsburgh through film, and celebrate a regional, indigenous delicacy, the pawpaw fruit! As always, our Friday shows are powered by great local journalism.  Our own Mallory Falk in WHYY on student organizing against a book ban: https://whyy.org/episodes/schooled-after-the-spotlight-book-ban/  Emily Rizzo with WHYY on the anatomy of a school book ban: https://whyy.org/episodes/schooled-from-covid-to-censorship-bucks-county/  Ariana Figueroa in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star on Pennsylvania book bans: https://www.penncapital-star.com/dc-bureau/pa-a-national-leader-as-an-unprecedented-flood-of-book-bans-engulfs-u-s-school-districts/   The Allegheny Front’s story about the indigenous roots of pawpaws: https://www.alleghenyfront.org/searching-for-the-pawpaws-indigenous-roots/ Grow Pittsburgh’s Garden Dreams pawpaw tasting: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pawpaw-parties-at-garden-dreams-tickets-408013508387?aff=ebdssbdestsearch Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2022
America's Longest Running Art Show Opens Saturday
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Billboards, discos, murals, and more will light up Pittsburgh over the next six months as part of the 58th Carnegie International. This year's iteration Is it morning for you yet? features new local, national, and global commissions, plus historical works from institutions and estates. Dana Bishop-Root, the Carnegie Museum of Art’s director of education and public programs, shares her local favorites and what to watch for ahead of the opening bash this weekend. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2022
How Community Kitchen Cooks Up Job Training
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For most organizations, an expansive job training program might be enough, but not the Hazelwood nonprofit Community Kitchen Pittsburgh. Executive director and founder Jennifer Flanagan says everything they do — from hunger relief and catering to running a cafe and butchery — is about empowering people to work through life change and rewarding those efforts with a strong, growing wage. Plus, student Christopher Hickman shares the tea on his favorite class and what it might take to convince his dad to try jerk chicken. Hungry for more? Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2022
You Pay Taxes, So Why Don’t Colleges & Hospitals?
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Roughly 20% of Pittsburgh land and 10% in Allegheny County is owned by nonprofits exempt from paying property taxes, including UPMC and Allegheny Health Network, as well as major universities like Pitt, CMU, and Duquesne. Officials say that missing money is holding local government back from supplying necessary services that benefit the whole community. PublicSource reporter Emma Folts is on to explain how we got here and what could come next. A co-report via city and county governments this year outlined the issue. Check it out here: https://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/redtail/images/18106_PILOT_Special_Report_Final.pdf And read Emma and her colleagues’ full reporting here: https://www.publicsource.org/category/the-exempt-dilemma/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2022
One of the Nation’s Best Bike Trails is in Our Backyard
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There’s a path that takes you from Pittsburgh to D.C. with almost no car traffic — you just have to bike a few hundred miles. The Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath lead you over railroad bridges, through a national park, and along a waterway where mules used to pull barges, all while passing little towns with hotels and cafes that cater to cyclists. Sebastian Modak, the editor-at-large for Lonely Planet, recently wrote about the 335-mile journey. He joins us to explain why this trail is a great place to start if you’d like to try your first (really) long bike trip. Check out Sebastian’s story, “Finding a different tempo on a bike ride from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC.”  Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 19, 2022
Zombies Take Over Tiny Town & Nursing Home Workers Win Big
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It’s the Friday news roundup! This week, the City Cast team is talking about how city officials are tackling what they call an open-air drug market in Downtown; why hundreds of nursing home workers went on strike across the state; and how the Carnegie Science Center is paying homage to George Romero with a mini “Night of the Living Dead” model. As always, our Friday shows are powered by great local journalism. This week, check out: Andy Sheehan with KDKA on the “open-air drug market”: https://www.cbsnews.com/pittsburgh/news/pittsburgh-drug-dealing-homeless-encampments-fort-duquesne-boulevard/ Stephen Caruso in Spotlight PA on the lead-up to the nursing home worker strike: https://www.spotlightpa.org/news/2022/09/pa-nursing-home-strike-taxpayer-money-transparency/ Sarah Boden with WESA on nursing home workers’ new contracts: https://www.wesa.fm/health-science-tech/2022-09-13/after-striking-for-a-week-plus-workers-at-22-nursing-homes-have-a-contract Joshua Axelrod in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on the George Romero tribute: https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/movies/2022/09/13/carnegie-science-center-miniature-railroad-village-night-of-the-living-dead-evans-city/stories/202209130006  Our own Francesca Dabecco with places to get pumpkins & find fall fests in the City Cast Pittsburgh newsletter: https://us14.campaign-archive.com/?u=47857f2c492a1dda05a4762b9&id=7b39e3a496 Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2022
With 988 Rollout, Crisis Centers Need More Resources
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The national 988 hotline, which went live in July, provides free and confidential emotional support for people with mental health emergencies. But as it's been rolled out, crisis intervention centers that handle the calls say they're in need of more staff and other resources. We're with Dr. Jack Rozel, medical director of resolve Crisis Services in Allegheny County, to talk about the promise and pitfalls of the new hotline. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2022
Heinz or Bust: How Our City's Favorite Ketchup Became King
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Can you imagine sitting down with a crispy plate of fries, reaching for your trusty bottle of ketchup, and watching it explode? It was a real problem in the late 19th century! But our very own H.J. Heinz figured it out — or rather, he had one very special fan who did it for him. We're with writer Sam Lin-Sommer of Gastro Obscura to talk about how it all went down. Check out his story, “When Every Ketchup But One Went Extinct,” which draws a ton from a book by Andrew F. Smith called “Pure Ketchup: A History of America’s National Condiment.” Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2022
Is PA's Cannabis Pardon Just Blowing Smoke?
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For the rest of this month, people with non-violent cannabis convictions can apply for clemency through the “Marijuana Pardon Project.” But those charges generally come compounded with a slew of other ones. So realistically, how many people are actually going to benefit? City Cast Pittsburgh & City Cast Philly are joining forces to talk through the loopholes and how it could help at least a few thousand deserving Pennsylvanians. We’re joined by criminal defense attorney Patrick Nightingale, who has some statewide perspective on the pardoning project. You can find information on the “Marijuana Pardon Project” here: https://www.pa.gov/guides/mj-pardon/ And you can apply for a pardon now through September 30th here: https://mjpardon.pa.gov Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2022
Pittsburgh Author Gets Candid on Writing, Job Loss & More
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In her new book “How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water,” Pittsburgh author Angie Cruz tells the story of Cara Romero, a Spanish-speaking immigrant in her mid-50s who's done speaking softly about her life experience. City Cast‘s Meg Dalton is with the writer, who says the novel’s funny, open, and flawed main character will resonate with readers in the Steel City and beyond. Cruz is also an associate professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. Check out her event this Tuesday with City of Asylum here.  Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 12, 2022
Pumpkins, Pierogi & Jazz: PGH’s Best Fall Fests
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It's the Friday news roundup, but a special Fall Fest edition! The whole team is previewing some of the best festivals the Steel City has to offer this autumn. Check out our working list here: Original Pittsburgh Taco Festival Sept 10 Corn Festival Sept 10 Hilltop Harvest Fest Sept 10 2022 Highmark Blues & Heritage Fest Sept 14-15 Penn Brew Oktoberfest Sept 16-18 & 23-25 Ohiopyle Wine and Arts Festival Sept 24 Observatory Hill Arts & Culture Fest Sept 24 Hard Cider & Donut Fest - Oct 1 Three Rivers Beer Week: First Pour Beer Fest Oct 1 Bingham Street Fall Festival Oct 2 Festival of Combustion @ Carrie Furnace Oct 8 Grow Pittsburgh 5th Annual Braddock Fall Fest Oct 8 Pittsburgh Monster Pumpkins Fest Oct 15-16 Hartwood Fest 2022 Oct 22 2022 Western PA Lamb Fest Oct 23 Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2022
How to Plan the Perfect Pittsburgh Picnic
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We’re (hopefully) out of the “Hell’s Front Porch” part of summer — and what’s better than a fall picnic?! City Cast’s Mallory Falk and Morgan Moody are with travel writer and Pittsburgh native, Abbie Synan, to give us tips on how to select the plan and plan the perfect Burgh basket. Check out her full list of suggestions in today's newsletter and for NEXTPittsburgh here: https://nextpittsburgh.com/eatdrink/how-to-plan-and-pack-the-perfect-pittsburgh-picnic-and-the-best-spots-to-enjoy-it/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2022
What’s in a Name? The Rooney Rule, 20 Years Later
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Have you ever heard of the “Rooney Rule?” It’s been an NFL hiring policy for decades, but it’s not clear how well it’s working. (At the end of last season, Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin was the only Black head coach left standing.) City Cast’s Morgan Moody is with her friend Martenzie Johnson, a sports writer for ESPN’s Andscape, talking about how it got passed, why it’s named after Steelers ownership, and why it’s still *very* relevant today. The Steelers kick off the regular season on the road Sunday in Cincinnati.  Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2022
How Does Your Glass End Up in the Landfill?
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It’s pretty convenient to leave your recycling at the curb, but it can be a lot more convenient for facilities to process those materials when they’re pre-sorted. The first of several new glass drop-off facilities opened this summer in Allegheny County, and officials hope it’ll mean a lot more of our waste gets back on the shelf. We’re with The Allegheny Front’s Julie Grant. The Pennsylvania Resource Council also has a traveling glass recycling bin. Check out its schedule here: https://prc.org/programs/collectionevents/glass/traveling-glass-bin/ Learn more about broader local recycling efforts here: https://www.alleghenyfront.org/packaging-group-makes-the-case-for-better-glass-recycling/ And no, your recycling isn’t just going to the landfill. Or, well, most of it isn’t. Check it out: https://www.alleghenyfront.org/no-your-recycling-is-not-just-going-to-the-landfill-well-most-of-it-isnt/ Editor’s note: This episode originally aired March 17, 2022. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2022
Labor Day Brings Joe Biden (& Ribs!) to Pgh
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It's the Friday news roundup! Today the team previews their picks for an eventful Labor Day weekend, including parades and Presidential visits; BBQ and soul food; plus the latest on how Allegheny County's Police Review Board could come together by the fall. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2022
The Jig is Up, the News is Out: Styx Helps the Steelers Win
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Have you ever heard the drum line under Styx's 1979 hit "Renegade" pick up on the speakers at a Steelers game? What started as your average in-game timeout song in 2002 became an iconic good luck charm in the minds of thousands of Pittsburgh fans all over the world. City Cast's Megan Harris figured it was all superstition, but thanks to researchers at Point Park University, we now know there's data to back it up. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2022
Hide Your Couch! The Backyard Brawl is Back
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The best rivalry in college sports is back — and it usually ends with some furniture going up in flames. Pitt and West Virginia have been facing off in the Backyard Brawl since 1895, but the matchup’s been on hiatus since Pitt left the Big East Conference over a decade ago. That’s all changing tomorrow, when the Panthers will play the Mountaineers once more at Acrisure Stadium. Brian Batko, sports writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, joins us to talk about the long-standing rivalry and why couch-burning became such a popular West Virginia tradition. NOW HIRING: If you’re looking for a full-time, temporary audio job, then we’ve got the project for you. Apply to work with the City Cast team here: https://citycast.fm/audio-producer-city-cast-pittsburgh-temporary/ VOTE FOR US: City Cast Pittsburgh is among the finalists for City Paper’s annual “Best of Pittsburgh” contest. Scroll down to Best Podcast and smash that vote button here: https://bit.ly/voteforCCP Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2022
You Don’t Have To Be An OBGYN To Learn Abortion Care
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Hundreds of people from our surrounding states have been coming to Pittsburgh for abortion care since was Roe was overturned, but local clinics say they need more providers to keep up with demand. Pallavi Muluk, a second-year Pitt med student, thinks medical schools can help by making abortion care and reproductive health a bigger part of the curriculum. She’s here to talk about her work leading the local chapter of Medical Students for Choice. NOW HIRING: If you’re looking for a full-time, temporary audio job, then we’ve got the project for you. Apply to work with the City Cast team here: https://citycast.fm/audio-producer-city-cast-pittsburgh-temporary/ VOTE FOR US: City Cast Pittsburgh is among the finalists for City Paper’s annual “Best of Pittsburgh” contest. Scroll down to Best Podcast and smash that vote button here: https://bit.ly/voteforCCP Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2022
Western PA Doesn't Typically Get Wildfires, But That Could Change
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Pittsburgh is known as a cloudy and rainy city, but this summer has been unseasonably dry. Climate and forestry scientists say the change in climate could mean more severe wildfires in places like Western Pennsylvania, where there are large forested areas. Wildfire expert and Penn state professor of geography and ecology Alan Taylor joins us to talk about the risks our forests could face over the next decade and what can be done to get ahead of the problem. NOW HIRING: If you’re looking for a full-time, temporary audio job, then we’ve got the project for you. Apply to work with the City Cast team here: https://citycast.fm/audio-producer-city-cast-pittsburgh-temporary/ VOTE FOR US: City Cast Pittsburgh is among the finalists for City Paper’s annual “Best of Pittsburgh” contest. Scroll down to Best Podcast and smash that vote button here: https://bit.ly/voteforCCP Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 29, 2022
Tiny Homes, Free Transit & the Dukes Shoot for a Star
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It's the Friday news roundup! The team is embracing its love for the Pittsburgh potty. This week, hear all about a free transportation pilot program for some residents on the North Side; where you can see a tiny home in Pittsburgh this weekend made from totally repurposed materials; and how Duquesne is hoping to woo Lebron James’ son, Bryce. And don’t forget: CITY CAST IS HIRING: If you’re looking for a full-time, temporary audio job, then we’ve got the project for you. Apply to work with the City Cast team here: https://citycast.fm/audio-producer-city-cast-pittsburgh-temporary/ VOTE FOR US: City Cast Pittsburgh is among the finalists for City Paper’s annual “Best of Pittsburgh” contest. Scroll down to Best Podcast and smash that vote button here: https://bit.ly/voteforCCP Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2022
A (Literal) Crash Course With Black Girls Do Bike
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Host Morgan Moody is adjusting her gears and facing her fears today with a pedaling lesson from a pro, Black Girls Do Bike founder Monica Garrison. The group started as a local effort to build a community of women of color who love to bike, and it’s grown to have over 100 chapters worldwide. This weekend, the international collective is expecting hundreds of members from the U.S. and abroad to meet in Pittsburgh for PedalPGH, Pennsylvania’s biggest bicycling race with 10-, 25-, 40-, or 62-mile treks starting at 7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 at Southside Riverfront Park. You can pre-game with Monica and her crew Friday with a $20 luncheon and pool party at the Sherwood Event Center where there will be giveaways, entertainment, and more. Find more at blackgirlsdobike.org NOW HIRING: If you’re looking for a full-time, temporary audio job, then we’ve got the project for you. Apply to work with the City Cast team here: https://citycast.fm/audio-producer-city-cast-pittsburgh-temporary/ VOTE FOR US: City Cast Pittsburgh is among the finalists for City Paper’s annual “Best of Pittsburgh” contest. Scroll down to Best Podcast and smash that vote button here: https://bit.ly/voteforCCP Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2022
The Fight To Keep Lawrenceville Livable
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Median home prices have tripled in Lawrenceville and surrounding communities over the last decade, forcing many residents out — particularly people of color. So in 2019, the city tried something new: inclusionary zoning, which put strict rules on new development. The city tested out the policy in Lawrenceville, then expanded it to Bloomfield and Polish Hill. Advocates say it’s helping, or it could, with enough time, but now the ordinance is being challenged in federal court. We’re with Dave Breingan, the executive director of the neighborhood advocacy group Lawrenceville United. NOW HIRING: If you’re looking for a full-time, temporary audio job, then we’ve got the project for you. Apply to work with the City Cast team here: https://citycast.fm/audio-producer-city-cast-pittsburgh-temporary/ VOTE FOR US: City Cast Pittsburgh is among the finalists for City Paper’s annual “Best of Pittsburgh” contest. Scroll down to Best Podcast and smash that vote button here: https://bit.ly/voteforCCP Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2022
New Review Asks: Why Do People Keep Dying in Pittsburgh's Jail?
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Five people have died in custody at the Allegheny County Jail this year, putting it on track for the deadliest year in recent memory. County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced a new contract with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care to look into what happened, but there’s almost no transparency about the process. Brittany Hailer, the director for the Pittsburgh Institute for Nonprofit Journalism, joins us again to talk about the last time the NCCHC stepped in, how it helped (and didn’t), and what she expects from this latest review. Check out our last conversation with Hailer from March 14: https://pod.link/citycastpittsburgh/episode/a0ad088bf379a45e00e1a0ac2c6f0c13 NOW HIRING: If you’re looking for a full-time, temporary audio job, then we’ve got the project for you. Apply to work with the City Cast team here: https://citycast.fm/audio-producer-city-cast-pittsburgh-temporary/ VOTE FOR US: City Cast Pittsburgh is among the finalists for City Paper’s annual “Best of Pittsburgh” contest. Scroll down to Best Podcast and smash that vote button here: https://bit.ly/voteforCCP Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2022
Why Even Omnivores Should Go To VegFest This Weekend
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Thousands of plant-loving Pittsburghers will gather on the North Side this weekend for the eighth annual VegFest — a summer celebration with rescue animals, local artists, vendors, and of course, killer food (that doesn’t kill). City Cast Pittsburgh’s resident vegetarians, Francesca Dabecco and Mallory Falk, are with VegFest co-founder Leila Sleiman to talk about how this event has grown and what fun is in store for this Saturday. Learn more and buy your VIP swag bag here: https://pittsburghvegfest.org/shop/vip-hour-swag-bag/ NOW HIRING: If you’re looking for a full-time, temporary audio job, then we’ve got the project for you. Apply to work with the City Cast team here: https://citycast.fm/audio-producer-city-cast-pittsburgh-temporary/ VOTE FOR US: City Cast Pittsburgh is among the finalists for City Paper’s annual “Best of Pittsburgh” contest. Scroll down to Best Podcast and smash that vote button here: https://bit.ly/voteforCCP Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 22, 2022
Justice in 'Kids-for-Cash' Scheme & PA's Trip To Legalize Psychedelics
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It’s the Friday news roundup! The team is talking about how a new executive order from Gov. Wolf could help protect kids from conversion therapy, and why two former Pa. judges were ordered to pay $200 million to victims of a “kids-for-cash” scheme. Plus, with an immersive psychedelic conference in town, when could tripping for science become legal? As always, our Friday shows are powered by great local (and national) journalism. This week, check out:  Marley Parish in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star on Wolf’s executive order discouraging conversion therapy: https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/wolf-issues-executive-order-discouraging-conversion-therapy-urges-legislative-action/  Michael Rubinkam in the Associated Press on the $200 million award in the kids-for-cash case: https://apnews.com/article/crime-trending-news-government-and-politics-6f30f575dc739415af1e5b47b1be50f0 The MySpace Misdemeanor episode of the podcast Crime Show, for more on the kids-for-cash corruption scandal: https://open.spotify.com/episode/11gO9KlTvnBbAmfaTqxKq5 City Cast Denver’s “Ballot Trip” series: https://pod.link/citycastdenver/episode/14faae3395082af7df1ac1206fcf0ae8 Brian Howard in Philly Mag on the journey to legalized psychedelics in Pa.: https://www.phillymag.com/news/2022/01/15/pennsylvania-legal-psychedelics/ You can learn more about Saturday’s Entheocon event here: https://www.entheocon.com/ And don’t forget: CITY CAST IS HIRING: If you’re looking for a full-time, temporary audio job, then we’ve got the project for you. Apply to work with the City Cast team here: https://citycast.fm/audio-producer-city-cast-pittsburgh-temporary/ VOTE FOR US: City Cast Pittsburgh is among the finalists for City Paper’s annual “Best of Pittsburgh” contest. Scroll down to Best Podcast and smash that vote button here: https://bit.ly/voteforCCP Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2022
Pittsburgh: The City Afghan Evacuees Are Now Calling Home
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In the year following the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, Pittsburgh has welcomed more than 700 Afghan evacuees. The non-profit Jewish Family and Community Services has helped many of them get settled in their new homes, but they’re still facing issues within the U.S. immigration system. City Cast’s Morgan Moody speaks with Ivonne Smith-Tapia, the Director of Refugee and Immigrant Services at JFCS, and Zubair Babakarkhail, an Afghan journalist and interpreter, about where things stand one year out from the evacuation. Zubair wrote about his new life in Pittsburgh for Postindustrial. You can learn more about JFSC’s work, and how to support Afghan evacuees here. NOW HIRING: If you’re looking for a full-time, temporary audio job, then we’ve got the project for you. Apply to work with the City Cast team here: https://citycast.fm/audio-producer-city-cast-pittsburgh-temporary/ VOTE FOR US: City Cast Pittsburgh is among the finalists for City Paper’s annual “Best of Pittsburgh” contest. Scroll down to Best Podcast and smash that vote button here: https://bit.ly/voteforCCP Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2022
'A Field Guide for Blue Girls' Author on Art, Poetry & Mental Health
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Jasmine Green — aka Black Girl Absolute — wants young people struggling with depression and anxiety to know they’re not alone. That’s what inspired the visual artist, poet, and mental health advocate to start writing the book “A Field Guide for Blue Girls.” She joins City Cast to talk about putting pen (and paint) to paper during her time as the first-ever recipient of the Exposure Tongue River Artist/Activist Residency, and how her experience as an artist informs her work as the education director for 1Hood Media. NOW HIRING: If you’re looking for a full-time, temporary audio job, then we’ve got the project for you. Apply to work with the City Cast team here: https://citycast.fm/audio-producer-city-cast-pittsburgh-temporary/ VOTE FOR US: City Cast Pittsburgh is among the finalists for City Paper’s annual “Best of Pittsburgh” contest. Scroll down to Best Podcast and smash that vote button here: https://bit.ly/voteforCCP Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2022
No, We Don’t Have The Most Bridges In The World
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For decades now, Pittsburghers have been told we have the most bridges of any city in the world. And it makes sense — they dot our landscape by the hundreds. Butttt it turns out, that long-held point of pride isn’t true. And like, it’s not even close. Historian and author Mark Houser is here to talk about our past prominence and current failures, plus what we can glean from the federal database keeping track of it all. Check out his wonderful book “MultiStories: 55 Antique Skyscrapers & the Business Tycoons Who Built Them,” and listen to his TedX talk here. Editors note: This episode first aired Feb. 2, 2022, just after the collapse of the Fern Hollow Bridge. NOW HIRING: If you’re looking for a full-time, temporary audio job, then we’ve got the project for you. Apply to work with the City Cast team here: https://citycast.fm/audio-producer-city-cast-pittsburgh-temporary/ VOTE FOR US: City Cast Pittsburgh is among the finalists for City Paper’s annual “Best of Pittsburgh” contest. Scroll down to Best Podcast and smash that vote button here: https://bit.ly/voteforCCP Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2022
Talking Internet Safety With ASMR Artist Lily Whispers
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ASMR is supposed to be relaxing, but for the creators behind the content, platforms like YouTube often fall well short of protecting the people who keep it so popular. Pittsburgh-based artist Lilliana Dee, aka Lily Whispers, is here to explain how she uses her day job in cyber security to help educate fellow creators on red flags like fetish mining. And stick with us to the end — Lily offered some very fun, very Pittsburgh bonus content you don’t want to miss. NOW HIRING: If you’re looking for a full-time, temporary audio job, then we’ve got the project for you. Apply to work with the City Cast team here: https://citycast.fm/audio-producer-city-cast-pittsburgh-temporary/ VOTE FOR US: City Cast Pittsburgh is among the finalists for City Paper’s annual “Best of Pittsburgh” contest. Scroll down to Best Podcast and smash that vote button here: https://bit.ly/voteforCCP Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 15, 2022
Denzel Visits The Burgh & Giant Eagle Knows When You're Pregnant
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It’s the Friday news roundup! The team is talking about how long standing college football rivals, Pitt and WVU, are facing off for the first time in more than a decade; what the grand opening celebration of the August Wilson House means for the Hill District; and how the big bird, Giant Eagle, is using (and sharing) our shopping data, and ways that it could be targeting those who are, want to become, or don’t want to be pregnant. Check out some of the great local journalism that powered today’s show: A local’s guide to the Backyard Brawl next month: https://www.visitpittsburgh.com/blog/backyard-brawl/ City Paper’s Jordana Rosenfeld on Giant Eagle collecting our shopping history: https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/giant-eagle-consumer-info-could-be-used-to-target-pregnant-shoppers/Content?oid=22197884 A little more about criminal charges in that Nebraska abortion case: https://abc7chicago.com/nebraska-abortion-facebook-medication/12116031/ And Gizmodo’s investigation into how pregnancy is targeted by data brokers: https://gizmodo.com/data-brokers-selling-pregnancy-roe-v-wade-abortion-1849148426 City Paper’s article about Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company’s production of Wilson’s play, Jitney, in August Wilson’s backyard: https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/pittsburgh-playwrights-commits-to-the-hill-district-with-jitney-and-new-project/Content?oid=22198633 Francesca’s interview with Denise Turner in the newsletter: https://us14.campaign-archive.com/?u=47857f2c492a1dda05a4762b9&id=a26c24d5ce NOW HIRING: If you’re looking for a full-time, temporary audio job, then we’ve got the project for you. Apply to work with the City Cast team here: https://citycast.fm/audio-producer-city-cast-pittsburgh-temporary/ VOTE FOR US: City Cast Pittsburgh is among the finalists for City Paper’s annual “Best of Pittsburgh” contest. Scroll down to Best Podcast and smash that vote button here: https://bit.ly/voteforCCP And check us out on social. We’re on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2022
The Astrology Of Pittsburgh’s Wealthiest Man
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Becoming a billionaire doesn’t come down to odds like the lottery—but it might be in the stars. In honor of the 103rd anniversary of Pittsburgher Andrew Carnegie's death, we take the steel tycoon's ruling planets to astrologist Maggie Negrete, aka lamamamagia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2022
Road Trip: Your Guide To Steelers Training Camp
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For the first year since the start of the pandemic, the Pittsburgh Steelers are back at their rightful summer home in Latrobe for training camp. City Cast’s Morgan Moody and Megan Harris make the pilgrimage to talk to players and fans about the half-century long tradition at Chuck Noll Field.  Fans are welcome every day at 1:55 p.m. Register for your free tickets here. And while you’re out there, check out today’s newsletter for a fun scavenger hunt of other fun ways to hang out in Latrobe. NOW HIRING: If you’re looking for a full-time, temporary audio job, then we’ve got the project for you. Apply to work with the City Cast team here: https://citycast.fm/audio-producer-city-cast-pittsburgh-temporary/ VOTE FOR US: City Cast Pittsburgh is among the finalists for City Paper’s annual “Best of Pittsburgh” contest. Scroll down to Best Podcast and smash that vote button here: https://bit.ly/voteforCCP We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2022
Beer All Week! What To Know About Barrel & Flow
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Last year, something shady happened at the nation’s first Black brew festival, but that won’t put a damper on the bigger, better version returning this year — now in a new home at 3 Crossings in the Strip District. Barrel and Flow communications and ops director Cat Bruno shares what’s on tap all this week, plus how to get the full festival experience on Saturday. Check out a full event listing here. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2022
Taste Test: A Strawberry Pretzel Celebration
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Some foods are just quintessentially Pittsburgh, and today the City Cast team is celebrating a summertime staple: the strawberry pretzel salad. Show contributor Rossilynne Culgan recently wrote about the classic dish for Saveur Magazine and brought along a cooler full of treats created in homage of its OG flavors, including Millie’s ice cream, Mary Mac Bakehouse’s delicious cookies and Dewey’s new gose-style dessert beer.  Want to make the classic local version yourself? Here’s Rossilynne’s family recipe: https://www.saveur.com/recipes/strawberry-pretzel-salad/  NOW HIRING: If you’re an audio wiz looking for a full-time, temporary gig, then we’ve got the project for you. Apply to work with the City Cast team here: https://citycast.fm/audio-producer-city-cast-pittsburgh-temporary/ VOTE FOR US: City Cast Pittsburgh is among the finalists for City Paper’s annual “Best of Pittsburgh” contest. Scroll down to Best Podcast and smash that vote button here: https://bit.ly/voteforCCP Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 08, 2022
Pittsburgh Movies, Monkeypox & A Fight Over School Funding
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It’s the Friday news roundup! The show team talks about a lawsuit that could dramatically change how Pennsylvania funds its public schools; the latest on monkeypox in Allegheny County; and some new locally-filmed movies and shows worth checking out, including a reboot of the beloved baseball classic “A League of Their Own.” As always, our Friday shows our powered by great local journalism: City Cast’s own Mallory Falk covered the school funding trial as a reporter for WHYY, and has a summary here: https://whyy.org/articles/a-catastrophic-failure-or-above-the-constitutional-threshold-pas-school-funding-trial-comes-to-a-close/ WHYY’s Katie Meyer reports on the final arguments in the school funding case and what’s happening next: https://whyy.org/articles/pa-public-school-funding-lawsuit-post-trial-arguments/ TyLisa C. Johnson with PublicSource breaks down what you need to know about monkeypox: https://www.publicsource.org/monkeypox-virus-vaccine-pittsburgh-allegheny-county-need-to-know-2022/ Jessie Sage shares her struggle trying to get a monkeypox vaccine in Pittsburgh City Paper: https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/pittsburgh-sex-worker-on-why-monkeypox-vaccine-access-needs-expanded/Content?oid=22152528 And check out a lil preview of our upcoming Pgh-filmed movies and show via the Post-Gazette’s Joshua Axelrod: https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/tv-radio/2022/06/07/a-league-of-their-own-series-release-date/stories/202206070083 Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2022
50 Years Of Yinzer Fuel: Celebrating Turner’s Iced Tea
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For generations of Pittsburghers, nothing quite quenches their thirst like Turner’s Premium Iced Tea from those iconic, bright-orange cartons. And this weekend, Turner‘s is celebrating 50 years of the “champagne of Pittsburgh” with a ParTEA at the Carrie Furnaces. City Cast Pittsburgh’s Mallory Falk and Francesca Dabecco got the tea on how Pittsburgh’s most beloved beverage is made at the Turner’s facility in Penn Hills from marketing director Steve Turner. You can get tickets for the anniversary ParTEA here. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 04, 2022
Getting (& Staying) Sober In Pittsburgh
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Today, we're bringing back a conversation where host Morgan Moody talks candidly about her sobriety experiences with Pittsburgh author Brian Broome. Broome wrote an award-winning memoir, “Punch Me Up To The Gods,” and you can hear him talk about his writing process at the free virtual event, A Conversation About Writing, with The Cream Literary Alliance tomorrow evening. NOTE: This conversation originally aired on January 13, 2022. And if you're looking for support in your recovery here in Pittsburgh, check out these resources and opportunities: Onala Recovery Center https://www.onala.org/ POWER (PA Organization for Women in Early Recovery) https://power-recovery.com/ Pittsburgh Recovery Walk happening in September https://pghrecoverywalk.org/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2022
Knotty By Nature? How To Deal With Pgh’s Invasive Plants
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Knotweed, nettle, tree of heaven, and garlic mustard — if you live in Pittsburgh, odds are you’ve been exposed to these pesky plants. But what can we do to get rid of them? And what are the ecological impacts if we succeed? Mason Heberling is the assistant curator of botany at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. He says the best solution is prevention, and lacking that, a whole lot of patience.  The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy recently shared a comprehensive guide to local invasive plants. Check it out here: https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/415693/assets/docs/invasiveplantsofpittsburgh.pdf?utm_content=135049138&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&hss_channel=fbp-7163241268&fbclid=IwAR3co4dplZNmJ3Dsnl3aiuPGOp29fwgxu1_qGa6TjtD90_DWZKLIwEwLzRU And our state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources keeps a running list of plants you shouldn’t nurture here. Check out the whole thing here: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Conservation/WildPlants/InvasivePlants/InvasivePlantFactSheets/Pages/default.aspx Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2022
How Pittsburgh’s Trying To Treat Long Covid
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Pittsburgh is on the forefront of a growing national trend — trying to understand and treat what doctors are calling “long covid.” If coughing and chronic fatigue still has you down more than 12 weeks after infection, UPMC’s Dr. Michael Risbano tells people to hang in there. “The vast majority of people will get better… but it’s going to mean some hard work.” Learn more about the Post-Covid Recovery Clinic here. Plus, city officials want your ideas for a public art project at the new Fern Hollow Bridge. Share your feedback here: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=QSiOQSgB1U2bbEf8Wpob3qHKbJE0XX9Ot-PkmqsPSCJUMkY2OTREMlVGNVZHMkI2T0lWNjFPM1ZTOC4u Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 01, 2022
The Scoop On Local Klondike History, Plus LGBTQ+ Rights
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It’s the Friday news roundup! Today the gang is talking about the U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania who voted against legislation for same-sex marriage, just days before celebrating his gay son’s wedding; all those new “Protect Trans Kids” signs popping up in Pittsburgh neighborhoods; and the real story behind PA’s Klondike claims.  Check out local author Brian Butko book about Isaly’s, available now in the Heinz History Center bookshop: https://shop.heinzhistorycenter.org/products/isalys-chipped-ham-klondikes-and-other-tales-from-behind-the-counter And request your own “Protect Trans Kids” sign here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe-YqcEVdkrWUDHJS41XUMf28sgfUIst7xy87YCYuNBl8175Q/viewform Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 29, 2022
The First Public Transportation In Pgh? City Steps
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Pittsburgh might not have the most bridges in the U.S. (we debunked that claim back in a February episode), but we do have the most public staircases. One intrepid yinzer has climbed them all. Laura Zurowski, also known as Mis.Steps, takes City Cast on a field trip to one of her favorite set of steps and explains how Pittsburgh became the staircase capitol . You can sign up for a city steps walking tour with Laura or scroll through her Instagram account for lots of staircase great photos. Laura was inspired to start the project after reading Bob Regan’s “Pittsburgh Steps: The Story of the City’s Public Stairway.” It’s the original guide to Pittsburgh’s 739 sets of steps. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2022
What’s On City Council’s Agenda Post-Recess?
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Pittsburgh’s City Council is on their version of a summer vacation. The 9-member board is on recess until August 19th and City Cast’s Megan Harris and Morgan Moody are running down what they’ve accomplished this year, plus what legislation is waiting for them when council resumes next month.  The Post-Gazette has an excellent roundup of some of these measures: https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2022/07/25/pittsburgh-city-council-summer-break-agenda-stop-and-frisk-bill-airbnb-rentals/stories/202207200083 Here’s a handy map of our new City Council districts. Learn more about District 5 candidates Barb Warwick here and Doug Shields here. And check out PublicSource’s great breakdown of DOMI’s challenges, especially now that the city’s Bridge Asset Management Program has been approved: https://www.publicsource.org/gainey-pittsburgh-bridges-infrastructure-lucas-domi/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2022
Black Women Earn Less In Pgh. How Do We Change That?
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Black women in Allegheny County earn significantly less than their colleagues — the wage gap between Black women and white men here is even worse than the national average. But a new campaign is trying to change that by encouraging employers to look at existing gaps in their own companies and commit to raising wages for women of color. Rochelle Jackson, founder and director of the Black Women’s Policy Center, joins us to discuss the Level Up initiative. As she says, you can’t address what you won’t acknowledge. The campaign is led by the Black Women’s Policy Center, YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, and the Women and Girls Foundation. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2022
Officer X: The Incident
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Last year, an officer with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police alleged another officer sexually assaulted her at home after a social gathering on city property. The public safety director chose not to fire him, and the county declined to prosecute. So on her own, she found a little-used Pennsylvania law called the Protection of Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation Act. In the first part of a new series, City Cast Pittsburgh, with our news partner PublicSource, looks into the incident and what followed.  Can't handle the wait for part 2? Read the full story here: https://publicsource.org/Sexual-violence-protection-victims-intimidation-pennsylvania-Pittsburgh-police City Cast's newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 25, 2022
Congressional Baseball, BA.5 & Ballot Bins For Your Butts
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It’s the Friday news roundup! City Cast’s Morgan Moody and Francesca Dabecco chat with roving producer Meg Dalton about how worried we should be about the BA.5 subvariant; climate advocates’ plans to shut down next week’s Congressional Baseball Game if climate change legislation doesn't pass (local Rep. Mike Doyle is coaching!); and a new way to share your Yinzer preferences while properly disposing of cigarette butts around tahn. Plus, the whole team shares the best things they learned about the city this week. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2022
Beginners' Lesson: Kayaking On The Allegheny
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Pittsburgh’s first-ever Paddlesport Weekend kicks off this Friday, so to celebrate, City Cast’s Morgan Moody and Mallory Falk are testing the waters with a first-timers kayaking lesson. They’re with Christine Iksic, owner of 3 Rivers Outdoor Company (3ROC), to learn more about how she makes the outdoors more accessible through her retail store in Regent Square and riverfront outpost in Aspinwall, and how locals can dive into the city’s waterways this weekend. Paddlesport Weekend is hosted by 3ROC, Outkast Paddlers, and Friends of the Riverfront. You can check out 3ROC’s other events — like paddling trips, outdoor rock climbing, and live music on the water here. And if you’re looking for more ways to get out on the river, Christine also recommends 10.7 Marina, SurfSUP Adventures, and Kayak Pittsburgh. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 21, 2022
You Can Help Pgh’s Cat Population Right Meow
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It's kitten season in Pittsburgh, but cats can get pregnant any time — and at just four months old with up to five litters every year. That creates a lot of mouths to feed, and if they aren’t brought into a shelter as babies, they often end up in overpopulated, outdoor cat colonies. That’s where local rescues like Conquer the Colony step up to help maintain the population through trap, neuter, and return programs. Founders Erin Hartman and Kelly Kraus join us to talk about how — with a crate and some patience! — anyone can get involved. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2022
How Small Towns Can Help Us Cope With Climate Change
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Climate change is a global issue, but Pittsburgh is already feeling its effects: rising temperatures, poor air quality, extreme precipitation, flooding and drought, and even landslides. So how do we make changes on the local level? The state Department of Environmental Protection is offering local governments trainings through its Local Climate Action Program, which helps municipalities develop plans to reduce emissions and implement on-the-ground strategies like weatherizing homes, tree planting, curb-side recycling, bike-share programs, and more. Sharpsburg Mayor Brittany Reno says the training really grounded her work in data, and a year and a half later, she’s still inspired by the process.  Sound like a good fit for your neighborhood? PA townships and boroughs interested in the program can apply through July 31. You can hear our March 17 episode about glass recycling here. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2022
Pittsburgher Josh Gibson Could Be Baseball’s New MVP Namesake
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Homestead Grays catcher Josh Gibson hit something like 800 home runs during his career, but Major League Baseball has never counted Negro League stats alongside white players of the same era. Two years ago, MLB officials promised to change that, but so far – no dice.  Fifty years since Gibson’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, his great-grandson, Sean Gibson, shares more about that legacy on and off the field, plus efforts to honor Gibson as the new namesake for the MLB’s annual MVP Award. “If Josh Gibson’s name is on the MVP Award, it will not just be about Josh Gibson. It’ll be about the 3,400 men who were denied the opportunity to play.”  Vote for Josh here. And if you’re looking for a way to celebrate the anniversary, Sean runs the Josh Gibson Foundation, which is hosting events all summer, including one on Wednesday in Washington, Pa. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 18, 2022
Pens' Trio Lives On, Inflation Is Up & Black Music Fest Kicks Off
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It’s the Friday news roundup! By the time their new contracts expire, Penguins legends Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang will have played around 20 years together — and with the same team. It’s unprecedented in this era of professional sports. Meanwhile, inflation continues to rise, and we’re all feeling it. But there’s good news: the Black Music Festival is this weekend! Plus, the team share’s their picks for the very worst of Pgh this week. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2022
How Pittsburgh Helps Kids With Cancer Plan For Parenthood
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When children go through treatment for cancer, there’s a risk it could affect their fertility. Pittsburgh is on the cutting edge of something that could help: a process called pediatric fertility treatment. But how does it work for kids who haven’t gone through puberty yet? And what’s it like to broach this subject with families who’ve just received a life-altering diagnosis? Amy Jutca, the fertility preservation program navigator at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, joins us to talk about helping kids and families with their options. Check here for more about fertility preservation programs at Children’s Hospital and Magee-Womens Hospital. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 14, 2022
Rise & Brine: Picklesburgh Is Back And Bigger Than Ever
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The everything pickle and pickled festival includes quirky dishes, merchandise, live performances and more — and they’re expanding this year to the Rachel Carson Bridge, plus an exclusive spot for shade and food on the 10th Street bypass. City Cast’s Morgan Moody & Megan Harris talk to the guy who helped make it happen, Jack Dougherty, about the shindig USA Today calls the best specialty food festival in North America. There’s a can’t miss Picklesburgh roundup in our newsletter today. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2022
Heinz Field Has A New Name — And No One Likes It
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The long-time home of the Pittsburgh Steelers has a new name: Acrisure Stadium. The team made it official late yesterday, and fans went wild making fun of the choice. Minority owner Thomas Tull allegedly brokered the deal with Michigan-based insurance firm Acrisure, which Reuters reports is a growing member of the fintech industry — and one that’s profited recently from the war in Ukraine. While the terms of the deal aren’t public, Pittsburgh-based Kraft Heinz says the company hopes to remain involved with the Steelers. The Post-Gazette’s Brian Batko explains what comes next. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2022
Celebrating 60 Years Of Andy Warhol’s Soup-er Art
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Artist Andy Warhol grew up in Oakland, but his iconic influence started later — mostly because of a soup can that made its debut 60 years ago in Los Angeles. Back then, the reception to his paintings was... lukewarm. City Cast contributor Rossilynne Skena Culgan is covering the anniversary of Warhol’s inaugural show for Pittsburgh City Paper.  Check out the full story here: https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/sixty-years-ago-this-week-warhol-began-his-souper-success/Content?oid=21989740 Look here for complete list of the Pennsylvania General Assembly's proposed amendments to our state constitution: https://www.spotlightpa.org/news/2022/01/pennsylvania-constitution-amendments-tracker-complete-guide/ Find more information about your legislators here: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 11, 2022
Anti-Trans Bills, Late Budgets & The Bugs Everyone Wants You To Kill
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It’s the Friday news roundup! Morgan is away celebrating her birthday (we see you, Cancer season) so the rest of the squad gets nerdy with state budget talks and all those anti-trans bills announced recently, plus why the spotted lanternfly is on everyone’s seasonal kill list. There’s always great reporting behind these convos: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star and the Associated Press break down the latest bills on LGBTQ instruction: https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/senate-approves-limits-on-sexually-explicit-content-gender-identity-discussions-in-schools/ and https://apnews.com/article/education-pennsylvania-gender-identity-tom-wolf-government-and-politics-2fb27c1be186f2e36095b308523286af Spotlight PA really goes into detail on different budgetary sticking points this year: https://www.spotlightpa.org/news/2022/07/pennsylvania-state-budget-explainer-late/ Check out this meaty report from Old Dominion University that really details PA’s past budget woes: file:///Users/meganharris/Downloads/289-Article%20Text-915-1-10-20201112.pdf And here’s Penn State’s Spotted Lanternfly sighting reporting tool https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2022
The Ultimate Guide To Pittsburgh Butcher Shops
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There are hardly any independent butchers left in the region, but these seven institutions — most of them more than 50 years old — offer high-quality meat with service you can’t find at the big-box stores. In one of his final stories for Pittsburgh Magazine, City Cast contributor Hal B. Klein talk about his local favorites and why this could be *the* moment for more would-be butchers to learn the craft. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 07, 2022
How A Deadly Pgh Labor Fight Set The Stage For Workers’ Rights
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Today marks the 130th anniversary of the Battle of Homestead. No, it wasn’t part of any war, and technically, it didn’t even happen in Homestead. Just outside the Pump House in what is now the Waterfront, labor leaders walked out for six days to defend their rights while on the job. What followed was a brutal clash with Pinkerton “detectives” that ended with dozens of injuries and the slow collapse of the budding union. People died, and the movement didn’t stick, but the conflict left an indelible mark on union organizers and the company leaders who would stop them. Historian Maura Bainbridge gets into the particulars, plus why that legacy still matters today. Catch her today at 9:30 a.m. for a free event commemorating the anniversary. Additional speakers include Steffi Domike (filmmaker of “The River Ran Red”), Mike Stout (labor singer/songwriter), Tammy Hepps (Homestead community historian), Joel Woller (labor historian), and Joe White (U.S. political scientist). Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2022
A Former Steeler’s New Take On Mental Health
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Super Bowl champ — and forever Pittsburgher — Ryan Mundy thrived on the field in the shadow of groundbreaking concussion research. But as he pondered his post-game career, he wondered what was out there for folks like him looking for guidance on how to heal himself from the inside out. Now he’s created a tech platform, Alkeme Health, aimed at addressing mental health by and for the Black community.  "We’re focused on the Black community and we designed our platform to meet the needs of the Black community but we are not Black exclusive. … What’s good for Black people is good for all people.” Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 05, 2022
Driverless Cars, Research At Risk, And A Coffee Union Update
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The Friday news roundup is back! This week, the team discusses a GOP move to block state funding for Pa. schools that use fetal tissue for medical research; new legislation that could allow companies to test driverless vehicles in Pittsburgh; and one woman’s gripe with the Pittsburgh city flag. Plus an update on local Starbucks unions. As always, the Friday roundup is powered by great local (and national) journalism. This week, check out: Kate Giammarise and Chris Potter with WESA on the threat to tuition aid: https://www.wesa.fm/politics-government/2022-06-28/republican-legislators-university-pittsburgh-tuition-fetal-tissue An-Li Herring with WESA on autonomous vehicles: https://www.wesa.fm/economy-business/2022-04-25/autonomous-vehicles-drive-investment-to-pittsburgh-but-companies-say-government-buy-in-is-key Dontae Washington in Pittsburgh City Paper on a strike at the Bloomfield Starbucks: https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/union-protests-corporate-obstructions-at-bloomfield-starbucks/Content?oid=21940316 Ali Francis in Bon Appétit on Starbucks and abortion access: https://www.bonappetit.com/story/starbucks-union-battle Our own Francesca Dabecco in Pittsburgh City Paper on LGBTQ-led efforts to unionize Starbucks: https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/starbucks-unions-pick-up-steam-among-lgbtq-workers/Content?oid=21908834 Lucy Chen in Pittsburgh City Paper on the problem(s) with Pittsburgh’s flag: https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/an-artists-plea-for-pittsburgh-to-redesign-its-city-flag/Content?oid=21441677 Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2022
Forget The Moral Panic, Pittsburgh Loves Its Furries
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A handful of school boards across the country are causing a fresh stir, alleging a growing number of schools are putting litter boxes in bathrooms to accommodate kids who identify as furries and only communicate by barking or meowing. Some politicians and political candidates have spread the rumors, including in Nebraska, Texas, and even one south central PA school.  On the eve of Anthrocon — Pittsburgh’s annual celebration of furry culture — we talk to Xanni Novak, a longtime convention attendee, about what’s behind the fear-mongering and how it connects to conversations about critical race theory and LGBTQ+ inclusion. Also, check out the latest research and writings from Furscience, aka the International Anthropomorphic Research Project, which found 12-19% of furries identify as trans, and upwards of 80-85% identify as LGBTQ+. Researcher Dr. Sharon Roberts says both numbers are trending up: “You have all of these marginalized identities that people have struggled with because the rest of the world is nasty about them, or they have been historically, and (furry culture) is a safe environment just for people to be their most authentic selves.” Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2022
Whatever Happened To That Racist Stephen Foster Statue?
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You know the one — Stephen Foster is well-dressed and seated, looking down over a barefoot Black man playing a banjo at his feet. After 118 years in Oakland, the controversial piece came down by unanimous decision in 2018, and we wondered where it’s been since. It turns out, it’s still in a local basement. But there’s a museum director in LA who’s got a plan. We’re with co-curator Hamza Walker of LAXART. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2022
Capitol Line Trains ‘On Track’ For A $200M Boost To Pgh
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Ridership along Norfolk Southern’s Pennsylvanian train line has been growing in recent years, and the state says the whole operation needs a little TLC if it’s going to accommodate expanded service from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg. Today we talk to City Cast subscriber Keegan Gibson during his commute back to the ‘Burgh about what he’s seeing, how he figures the experience could be improved by a newly announced influx of $200 million, and the best train car snacks to chew chew for his money. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2022
Roe v. Wade Fell. How Do We Rise?
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We knew it was coming: the landmark doctrine legalizing choice in America was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday. Abortion rights in Pennsylvania are protected, but not guaranteed, and with a governor’s race coming in November, abortion rights advocates say Pittsburgh should expect a wave of out-of-state patients in the coming months and years. The Pittsburgh team talks about the immediate aftermath locally, how other City Cast teams around the country are talking about next steps, and what it'll mean for Pittsburgh to become a beacon for access for hundreds of miles. Friend-of-the-pod Katrina Lipinsky shared a bunch of resources on Instagram for folks interested in getting involved. She's a certified nurse midwife at the Allegheny Reproductive Health Center here in Pittsburgh: Info on where to get an abortion around the country as the laws evolve: @ineedanacom Abortion pills available online, based on where you live: @plancpills Medical support when self-managing at home: @ma_hotline Legal support for self-managing: @ifwhenhow & @reprolegaldefensefund Funds available to help cover travel, food, child care, and other needs incurred as part of seeking an abortion: @abortionfunds (national) & @wpafundforchoice (Pittsburgh) Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 27, 2022
Starbucks Unions Pick Up Steam Among Local LGBTQ+ Workers
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The coffee giant prides itself on being an inclusive workplace for the LGBTQ+ community, but Pittsburgh workers say the benefits it offers — like gender-affirming health care — are often inaccessible. City Cast’s Francesca Dabecco talks to union organizer and author of “On The Line,” Daisy Pitkin, about how queer folks are at the center of this historic workers rights movement. Plus, local Starbucks partners share their perspective. Please read the written version for Pittsburgh City Paper here: pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/starbucks-unions-pick-up-steam-among-lgbtq-workers/Content?oid=21908834 And check out these bonkers stories about the local Airport Authority… Post-Gazette: https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2022/06/20/pittsburgh-international-airport-airmall-fraport-christina-cassotis-allegheny-county-airport-authority-common-pleas-court/stories/202206200084 TribLIVE: https://triblive.com/business/allegheny-county-airport-authority-company-in-legal-battle-over-concessions-contract/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 23, 2022
How To Beat The Heat This Week In Pittsburgh
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The temps last week were brutal, and now we're in the midst of another stretch of near 90-degree days. While most of us take cover indoors, City Cast’s Morgan Moody & Megan Harris share their favorite ways to get a little sunshine while also staying safe and cool around the ‘Burgh.  Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2022
For Juneteenth, Get To Know Pittsburgh’s Abolitionist History
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This Sunday is Juneteenth, so we took a trip to the Heinz History Center in the Strip District to walk through their From Slavery to Freedom exhibit. Today, hear from Director of African American Programs Samuel Black about the cultural importance of the nation's newest bank holiday — and Pittsburgh’s abolitionist roots! Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2022
Some Kids Scored 0% On State Math Tests — Here's Why
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Pittsburgh students struggled with math even before the pandemic, but the latest round of standardized test scores paints a dire picture. Learning gaps have only gotten worse, especially for Black, brown and low-income children — at some local elementary schools, the math proficiency rate among Black students was 0%. Reporter Mary Niederburger with the Pittsburgh Institute for Nonprofit Journalism explains how we got here and what happens next. Read Mary’s piece about student math scores here: https://pinjnews.org/does-tutoring-culturally-relevant-lessons-double-math-periods-math-proficiency And follow all her reporting on the pandemic and Pittsburgh schools here: https://pinjnews.org/unfinished-learning/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2022
Pittsburgh’s Best Summer Patio Spots, And What To Order!
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Isn’t it more fun to eat alfresco? Outdoor dining got a boost during the pandemic, and Pittsburgh is blooming with pretty patios, rooftop tables, beer gardens, and sidewalk seating. We invited Pittsburgh foodie blogger Sophia Chang — aka @sopheating on Instagram — to help us dish on some of the best spots for romance, ambiance, and a strong summer sipper. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 09, 2022
The Pittsburgh Company Behind A Deadly UK Fire
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Five years ago, a refrigerator caught fire in an apartment inside the Grenfell Tower in London. It burned to the ground, ultimately killing 72 people — many of them children. And there’s a Pittsburgh manufacturing firm at the center of that story. Local filmmaker and multimedia artist Chris Ivey has interviewed dozens of survivors about their trauma. He’s with us to talk about how he got involved, how you can see his new film, and what justice means for the hundreds of displaced people looking to Arconic for answers. Read the NYT piece about Arconic’s actions in Russia here: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/20/world/europe/russia-ukraine-arconic-samara.html Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2022
It’s Pride Month! Here’s How Pgh Is Celebrating
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Since the pandemic, Pittsburgh’s Pride has been kinda muted. Still proud, but a little quieter. That’s likely to change this weekend as the Steel City welcomes back dozens of community concerts, craft fairs, marches and more, plus a slew of new celebrations in smaller boroughs. QBurgh’s Jason Shavers and Jim Sheppard are here to talk through them all, share their top recommendations and explain an evolving court battle still being championed by Pride’s former organizers.  Check out QBurgh’s full itinerary here: https://qburgh.com/heres-your-pride-2022-itinerary/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 02, 2022
Takeaways From An Unfinished PA Primary
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It’s been two weeks since Pennsylvania’s primary election, and we still don’t know everyone who’ll be on our ballots for the general election in November. But we can expect at least two defining talking points — gun control and abortion access. Today on the pod, the City Cast team talks through the big takeaways, what we've learned since the Uvalde shooting and what's likely to come next.  Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2022
Pollution So Bad It's Changing Our Brains?
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Pittsburgh is consistently rated among the nation’s worst cities for air quality, but how does that affect our mental health -- especially in the hardest-hit lower income communities along the Mon Valley? Environmental Health News journalist Kristina Marusic explains how folks are coping with the continued effect of "climate anxiety," and what you can do to help.  The series is a collaboration between Environmental Health News and The Allegheny Front: https://www.ehn.org/mental-health-2655533166/what-we-found  PublicSource did some excellent reporting about one of the hardest-hit communities, Clairton. Check it out here: https://www.publicsource.org/clairton-city-of-prayer-portraits-illness-trauma-advocacy-resilience/ And please read these lists of local organizations helping to make change: https://www.ehn.org/mental-health-solutions-2655533540/take-care-of-your-mental-health https://www.publicsource.org/pittsburgh-mental-health-organizations-filling-access-gaps/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 26, 2022
The Real Reason Pgh Doesn't Have An NBA Team
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Pittsburgh doesn’t just not have an NBA team. A lot of locals straight-up loathe professional basketball. But why all the venom? City Cast’s Morgan Moody is with Steel City transplant Tyler Batiste to talk about the ‘Burgh’s on-court legacy and whether — someday — we just might get a team of our own.  Keep up with Tyler’s basketball coverage for The Athletic here, and pay homage to our ABA squad, the Steel City Yellow Jackets, for bringing home their first franchise championship last week! PLUS: Hit up our newsletter for a historical photo from the championship-winning Pittsburgh Pipers.  And check out The New York Times' coverage of a 'Burgh-based company cutting ties with Russia. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2022
Pgh's 25 Best Restaurants, Post(ish) Pandemic
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The food scene here in Pittsburgh has been booming for years, but like a lot of businesses, the pandemic hit hard. City Cast contributor Hal B. Klein is here to talk about his annual Pittsburgh Magazine list of the city’s best restaurants and why he tightened it to just 25 in 2022. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 19, 2022
Can Instagram Live Really School Us On The Primary?
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We have a huge primary election today to decide the major candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, Pat Toomey’s old U.S. Senate seat, several for the newly-redistricted U.S. House, gobs of state legislators and more. The field is crowded, and since the City Cast team hasn’t had the opportunity to meet a ton of candidates personally this round, we thought we’d check in with someone who has.  Journalist Natalie Bencivenga has been chatting up candidates and thought leaders for months now on Instagram Live in a regular segment called “After Hours” for Pittsburgh City Paper. Hear how she got started, which candidates surprised her, what issues they’re most focused on, and why she (and they) think you should cast a ballot today. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2022
Pittsburgh Goes Big With Its First Free Book Festival
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With names like Billy Porter, Toi Derricote, Jan Beatty, and Sharon Flake, the first-ever Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books promises to have a little something for everyone. The all-day celebration is free, family-friendly, and spread across six locations in East Liberty, each paying tribute to Pittsburgh's rich literary community and love of reading. Co-chairs Marshall Cohen and Laurie Moser share with us what finally spurred them to take the plunge and create an event like the ones they’ve adored in other cities, plus how they chose this year’s more than 40 local and nationally renowned authors – all with special ties to the Steel City. Check out the full lineup and register for author readings, signings, children’s events, and Q&A sessions here. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2022
What Papayas Can Teach Us About Abortion
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Since news broke that SCOTUS is likely to strike down Roe v. Wade, folks in Pittsburgh have been coping in different ways. Today, City Cast's Megan Harris is with a few educators who’ve decided to address their fear and frustration by sharing their knowledge with others.  And we’ve got a full house!  Alecia Ott is an abortion doula and community resource for folks navigating reproductive care. She’s leading a step-by-step workshop through Prototype PGH for anyone who finds themselves pregnant and doesn’t want to stay that way. Find more information here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-get-an-abortion-a-step-by-step-guide-for-you-your-friends-tickets-331009868427?aff=ebdsoporgprofile Katrina Lipinsky is leading a workshop through her work as a certified nurse midwife at the Allegheny Reproductive Health Center. In her upcoming “papaya” clinic, she’s going to demonstrate to medical and non-medical attendees alike how procedural abortions can be safely administered using a handheld device. And Nikki Terney is the director of abortion care at the Health Center. She shares more about the Western Pennsylvania Fund for Choice, which pays for procedures, transit, lodging, child care and food for anyone with barriers to access. Nikki and Katrina both serve on the Fund’s board. More details about the hands-on workshop and ways to help are available on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CdHahyntRko/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2022
How To Make Your Garden Grow In Pittsburgh
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For sisters Raynise and TaRay Kelly, gardening is more than a seasonal hobby — it's a means of self-sufficiency, opportunity, and food access far beyond their bursting home nursery in Mount Oliver. City Cast's Morgan Moody and Megan Harris stopped by the Soil Sisters’ home base and took away a few pointers for any novice planters out there looking to cultivate their own green thumbs.  Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 05, 2022
The City Won’t Release Police Discipline Data, So We Did It For Them
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Disciplinary action against Pittsburgh police officers has doubled over the last 10 years, but community activists and experts wonder whether an uptick in internal investigations represents a problem or a solution. The detailed data dump is unprecedented in Pittsburgh, and City Cast’s Megan Harris is here with Rich Lord of PublicSource to talk about what the more than 5,600 allegations really mean for us moving forward. It’s all written up for PublicSource here: https://www.publicsource.org/pittsburgh-police-accountability-discipline-data-jim-rogers-ed-gainey/# You can check out the raw data for yourself here: https://www.publicsource.org/pittsburgh-police-accountability-discipline-data-jim-rogers-ed-gainey/#data 1Hood Media collaborated with the Alliance for Police Accountability on a report last year considering a different approach to public safety. It's available here: https://www.1hood.org/publicsafety And if you're still looking for your precinct, check out our newsletter or hit up the county here: https://apps.alleghenycounty.us/website/electpollplace.aspx Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2022
Tree Pittsburgh To Ask Council: Don't Leaf Us Lonely
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Happy (almost) Arbor Day to all our fellow tree huggers! Ahead of celebrations on Saturday, we’re talking about why it can be so complicated to get a tree planted in some parts of the city — from high rentorship to bad sidewalks to absentee or investor homeowners who can’t be located to even get permission.  Danielle Crumrine is about to celebrate her 15th year leading the nonprofit Tree Pittsburgh, and she’s with City Cast’s Megan Harris to talk about what local lawmakers could be doing to help. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2022
What Should The Carnegie Do With Human Remains?
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The Carnegie Museum of Natural History has a lot of weird wonders in its collection, but few have plagued management quite like the diorama “Lion Attacking a Dromedary.” It’s got a lot of inaccuracies, from the meshing of several Middle Eastern and North African cultures, to placements that reinforce violence, colonialism and misogyny. Modern curators struggle to even call it art — which was also the consensus in 1899 when industrialist Andrew Carnegie first acquired it for his new museum in Pittsburgh from a private collection being sold off in France. But more recently, scientists also discovered it contains human remains, likely acquired from the original taxidermists, who were well-known grave robbers. Museum director Gretchen Baker joins City Cast’s Megan Harris to talk about what comes next and what local patrons have had to say about it. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2022
A Bad Month For Vegans & What To Expect From The New Asian Food Hall
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A moment of silence for some of our now-closed East End favorites: Bitter Ends, B52, and Reed & Co. But there’s still a lot to look forward to on the Pittsburgh food scene, including our first non-alcoholic bottle shop and a Pan-Asian food hall set to open this winter. Our very own Morgan Moody and Francesca Dabecco join City Cast contributor Hal B. Klein, who’s covering it all for Pittsburgh Magazine.  Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 21, 2022
A Closeup On The Local Film Biz, Plus A Tax Credit Explainer
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Pennsylvania’s Senate Finance Committee is set to hear testimony tomorrow in Pittsburgh about potentially raising the Film Tax Credit, which is currently capped at $70 million. While lawmakers consider what to do, we thought we’d tap into what the film scene here is really like. Is the food good? Why is Lawrenceville in every shot? How do you become an extra? Luckily our own Morgan Moody has a few credits to her name and knows how the sausage gets made. Check out more on tomorrow’s hearing, including expected testimony here. Pittsburgh Film Office director Dawn Keezer will also share her perspective at 9 a.m. on 90.5 WESA’s The Confluence. Check it out via podcast, too.  Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2022
Pgh’s Chinatown (Finally) Gets Historic Recognition
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In the grand tradition of building throughways through immigrant neighborhoods, Pittsburgh’s once-thriving Chinatown was decimated in the 1910s and ’20s with the downtown construction of the Boulevard of the Allies. It’s been a long time coming—12 years and four separate appeals to the state—but the neighborhood is finally getting the historic landmark it deserves.  Marian Lein, president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the OCA, joins newsletter editor Francesca Dabecco to talk about that history and the Pan-Asian celebrations this Saturday.  Check out a full event listing here: https://ocapghpa.org/ And check back soon for ways to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month in May.  Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 14, 2022
PA’s Maternity Care Work Needs… A Lot Of Work
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Pregnancy and childbirth should be happy and safe, but for way too many Black and brown women, complications before, during and even months after the birth are stealing that joy — and even some women’s lives. Dr. Sharee Livingston, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at UPMC Lititz, joins City Cast’s Megan Harris for a conversation about Black Maternal Health Week and what Pittsburgh could learn from a promising new doula project in Lancaster.  If you want to follow the legislation on these topics, check out:  House Bill 1175, which would extend Medicaid coverage to doula services and create a Doula Advisory Board; House Bill 1419, which would prohibit the shackling and solitary confinement of pregnant women, provide for trauma informed care training of corrections officers interacting with pregnant and postpartum women, and provide for up to three days of post-delivery bonding time between mother and newborn child; and House Resolution 959, better known as the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021. The bill is composed of 12 individual acts, all sponsored by the Black Maternal Health Caucus. And in honor of 4-1-2 Day, redd up Mark Belko’s great Pirates scoop here: https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/pirates/2022/04/10/pirates-ticket-sales-revenue-player-investment-mlb-payroll-special-report/stories/202204100006 Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2022
Affordable Housing, Closed Climbing Sites & A Plastic Bag Ban
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In this week’s Friday news roundup, the team talks about the latest round of affordable housing evictions in East Liberty; what we know about the loss of outdoor climbing access in Fayette County; and when Pittsburghers should start stocking up on reusable totes for the inevitable plastic bag ban. Check out the wonderful local journalism and residents that made it possible: TribLive’s Julia Felton on Pgh’s new affordable housing committee: https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-city-council-establishes-affordable-housing-committee/ Margaret J. Krauss with 90.5 WESA is the go-to source on what’s gone wrong with redevelopment in East Liberty: https://www.wesa.fm/development-transportation/2022-04-05/east-liberty-will-lose-more-affordable-housing-but-seller-aims-to-fight-long-term-displacement The state’s announcement that game lands in Fayette County will be closed to climbers going forward: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/game-commission-details.aspx?newsid=537  Stay posted to SWPACC for the latest on how local enthusiasts hope to handle that: https://www.swpacc.org/2022/04/05/important-pa-game-commission-announces-closure-of-state-game-lands-51-and-138-to-climbing/ 90.5 WESA’s Ariel Worthy on the likelihood of plastic bag bans in Pittsburgh: https://www.wesa.fm/politics-government/2022-04-06/pittsburgh-city-council-preliminarily-approves-long-delayed-ban-on-single-use-plastic-bags SpotlightPA’s Colin Deppen on how the bag bans have worked across the state: https://www.spotlightpa.org/newsletters/papost/apr-5-pennsylvania-plastic-bag-bans-are-taking-root-do-they-work/ Plus a look at how New Jersey residents prepared: https://www.nj.com/business/2022/04/dont-stockpile-plastic-bags-before-bag-ban-starts-heres-how-to-use-the-ones-you-have.html Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2022
Baseball Is Back, The Pirates Still Suck
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Spirits are high for Opening Day, but Pirates fans should keep their expectations low. We were the worst team in baseball last year, and in the off-season, long-time owner Bob Nutting signed off on a collective bargaining agreement that won’t help small market teams at all. (We spend less money on the whole team than some clubs do for individual player salaries!) Why won’t “Bottom Line Bob” spend more to give us a shot? Post-Gazette beat writer Jason Mackey has a few answers, and he’s just as frustrated as we are.  Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2022
Mon Valley Writers Explore Daily Life & Loss In Debut Paperback
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On March 12, 2020, the drop-in group Tube City Writers met for their final pre-pandemic session. In addition to agreeing that future meetups would need to happen virtually, they also decided a daily blog could be a good way to occupy their time. Mon Valley resident Jim Busch led the charge. For more than a year, he documented life in the shadow of the pandemic, plus one very personal loss — his wife, Glenda, was diagnosed with end-stage pancreatic cancer.  He and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Martha Rial are here to talk about the project, what it took to keep building their community online, and what they hope to accomplish next.  The Tube City Writers are hosting a reading and book signing on Friday at the Carnegie Library of McKeesport at 2PM. And they’re always looking for new members! No experience necessary. Contact Martha at mrial@pointpark.edu and pick up a copy of “The Corona Diaries” here: https://www.amazon.com/Corona-Diaries-Tube-Writers/dp/B09Q1VDNM3 Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2022
Could Audacy Revive WAMO For Black Pittsburgh?
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Last month, the communications giant Audacity — which already owned KDKA and a slew of radio and television stations across the country — purchased WAMO, an iconic and influential radio station for Pittsburgh’s Black community. Today City Cast Pittsburgh host Morgan Moody talks with Brian Cook, president of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, about the history of WAMO, his own experiences with the station, and whether a new owner could bring WAMO back to prominence.  Read more about Audacity’s purchase from Jordana Rosenfeld in Pittsburgh City Paper: https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/wamo-1073-pittsburghs-home-for-hip-hop-purchased-by-audacy/Content?oid=21344112  And follow Brian Cook and WAMO on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/goldenskymedia — https://www.instagram.com/wamo1073pgh/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 05, 2022
Red Whittaker On Elon Musk And Taking Pittsburgh To The Moon
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Students and professors at Carnegie Mellon University have been leaving their mark on the world for generations. Now they're taking it a bit further by leaving their mark on the moon. Red Whitaker is a roboticist and a professor at CMU who has led robotic missions to space and built self-driving vehicles long before Elon Musk. Now he's helping students land a Rover on the moon in search of water. He talks with City Cast Pittsburgh host Morgan Moody about the next space frontier — and how many dollars the U.S. could save on space ventures if they thought just a little smaller.  Read more about Red here: https://www.ri.cmu.edu/ri-faculty/william-red-l-whittaker/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 04, 2022
Funding For Schools And Mental Health, Plus New River Trails
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On this week's Friday news roundup, the team discusses a massive infusion of cash for schools and mental health programs in Pittsburgh (including a few dollars from philanthropist, writer, and ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, MacKenzie Scott); a new plan for recreation along Pittsburgh’s rivers; and plenty of options for what to do this weekend.  As always, the Friday roundup is powered by great Pittsburgh journalism. This week, check out: Julia Felton from the Trib: https://triblive.com/local/pressley-ridge-receives-10-million-gift-from-philanthropist-mackenzie-scott/ The journalists at South Pittsburgh Reporter: https://www.sopghreporter.com/story/2022/03/22/news/steel-smiling-secures-grant-to-help-scale-and-deepen-the-impact-of-its-work-connecting-community-members-to-mental-health-support/21731.html Oliver Morrison from PublicSource: https://www.publicsource.org/allegheny-county-school-districts-covid-relief-funding-esser/ Kiley Koscinski at WESA: https://www.wesa.fm/development-transportation/2022-03-29/246-8-million-plan-would-complete-loop-of-trails-and-parks-along-pittsburghs-downtown-riverfronts Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2022
PA House Celebrates Trans Day Of Visibility With A Sports Ban
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A Republican-led proposal in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, House Bill 972, aims to ban trans girls and women from school sports teams aligning with their gender identity. Though it was tabled in the House, it’s almost guaranteed to pop back up in April, when the House session resumes. Today — on Trans Day of Visibility — host Morgan Moody talks with activist Dena Stanley, who founded TransYOUniting, to discuss the bill and the many other issues that the trans community faces. Find out more about TransYOUniting here: https://www.transyounitingpgh.org/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31, 2022
A Pittsburgh Journalist Unpacks Putin’s Propaganda
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Mila Sanina, until recently the executive director of PublicSource, has family in Russia and Ukraine. To her aunt in Donetsk, the war in Ukraine is one of liberation, and Vladimir Putin is a “man of peace” rather than a tyrant. Mila wrote about her family situation for The Independent, and today she talks with City Cast Pittsburgh host Morgan Moody about how she’s trying to continue relationships — often by making and discussing borsht — with her family when she knows they’re being misled. Read Mila’s story about her family conversations in The Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/putin-russian-propaganda-family-b2028809.html Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2022
If Amazon Is Done With Churchill, Why Are They Still Going To Court?
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For almost two years, a group of neighbors out in Churchill have been fighting a Goliath. The retail giant Amazon has been lobbying to bulldoze the old Westinghouse Research & Technology Park to build a new distribution facility, bringing jobs but also trucking traffic to the largely residential borough. Officials now say that’s over — that Amazon will look elsewhere — but residents and developers are still expected in court on Thursday to make their case. Senior producer Megan Harris is with vocal Churchill Future member Cathy Bordner to talk about why she’s skeptical and what may come next. The 150-acre Westinghouse campus is considered an important example of postwar corporate architecture. Metropolis Magazine asks, can it be saved? https://metropolismag.com/viewpoints/westinghouse-research-development-som/ And Preservation Pittsburgh is watching. Check out their piece from late last year that discusses its merit for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places: https://docomomo-us.org/news/you-can-be-sure-if-its-westinghouse Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 29, 2022
How False Claims About Marijuana Could Hurt PA
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Marijuana is an approved medical treatment for opioid addiction in Pennsylvania. But Ed Mahon of SpotlightPA discovered that researchers don’t recommend cannabis as a primary treatment for opioid abuse — and that questionable claims by cannabis certification companies could put people’s lives in danger. Lead Producer Matt Stroud talks with Mahon today about his reporting, and whether anyone can stop these companies from making these claims.  Read Mahon’s reporting for SpotlightPA here: https://www.spotlightpa.org/news/2022/02/pennsylvania-medical-marijuana-addiction-misleading-dangerous-websites/ And more about Diamonte Walker’s exit from the URA here: https://www.wesa.fm/development-transportation/2022-03-25/pittsburgh-ura-powerhouse-diamonte-walker-to-leave-the-agency Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 28, 2022
Food Stamps, Black Neighborhoods, And The Elusive Legal Roadie
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Today on City Cast Pittsburgh’s Friday roundup, Megan, Francesca, and Morgan sit down to discuss how structural racism impacts dementia; why food stamp enrollment numbers are on the rise, and whether you’ll ever be able to walk around with open alcohol containers in Pennsylvania.  As always, the Friday roundup is powered by local journalism. Check out: Jesse Bunch in the Post-Gazette: https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2022/03/19/state-senators-bipartisan-cocktails-restaurants-pandemic-pennsylvania/stories/202203150093 Jordana Rosenfeld in Pittsburgh City Paper: https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/new-study-to-examine-how-structural-racism-affects-dementia-in-citys-black-communities/Content?oid=21307438 And Kate Giammarise reporting for WESA: https://www.wesa.fm/economy-business/2022-03-21/pennsylvanias-food-stamp-enrollment-is-climbing-toward-levels-not-seen-since-the-early-pandemic Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2022
Meet Pittsburgh’s Dark Sky Defender, Diane Turnshek
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Writer, astronomer, and Carnegie Mellon University researcher Diane Turnshek has been encouraging cities to address light pollution for decades — and Pittsburgh finally caught on. Today, she talks about the new city ordinance she helped create, what it’ll take to replace 40,000 streetlights in Pittsburgh, and how much humans have in common with birds, bats, and the springtime flora we love most. And don’t forget to set your alarm for 8:30 p.m. on Saturday to participate in Earth Hour, where people across the globe turn off their lights as a symbol of solidarity — and a catalyst for change — to benefit both people and the planet. Read more about the plan to replace Pittsburgh’s streetlights here: https://www.wesa.fm/environment-energy/2021-11-02/behind-the-city-of-pittsburghs-plans-to-outfit-35-000-streetlights-with-leds Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 24, 2022
More Kids Are Testing Positive For Lead, But The Risk Was Always There
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As Pennsylvania adopts the CDC’s new, lower threshold for children exposed to “high lead levels,” more Pittsburgh families are becoming eligible for home lead testing and remediation. City Cast Pittsburghers Morgan Moody and Megan Harris talk about what this means for families — and how it might help folks still affected by Pittsburgh’s lingering water crisis.  Read the Post-Gazette’s latest reporting on the new lead threshold: https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2022/03/14/lead-remediation-children-pa-high-level/stories/202203130011 And a fantastic piece from The Intercept that lays out all the background on the parallels between Flint and Pittsburgh, a la Veolia: https://theintercept.com/2018/05/20/pittsburgh-flint-veolia-privatization-public-water-systems-lead/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2022
Can Pittsburgh Have Mobility And Justice For All?
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Sometimes it can be a real pain to get around Pittsburgh. Especially lately, with Port Authority’s service disruptions causing delays and missed routes. Senior producer Megan Harris and newsletter editor Francesca Dabecco catch up with Bonnie Fan and Paul O’Hanlon from the advocacy group Pittsburghers for Public Transit to talk about what it would take to create a more equitable transit system for everybody. Read PPT’s latest report here: https://www.pittsburghforpublictransit.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Mobility-for-Who_-Rebuilding-Bridges-to-Transportaiton-Justice.pdf Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2022
Author Damon Young On Banned Books And ‘Feckless Jagoffs’
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When Pittsburgh Author Damon Young released his memoir, “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker,” it earned him international praise, a spot on NPR’s “Best Book of the Year” list, and took the VerySmartBros founder and former Wilkinsburg high school teacher from Pittsburgh to the world. Tomorrow, his new podcast, "Stuck with Damon Young,” drops, in partnership with Crooked Media and Spotify. Today, he talks with City Cast Pittsburgh Host Morgan Moody about banned books, the plight of middle school teachers, and the literature even he won’t let his kids read. Read Young’s writing for the Washington Post (where he recently snuck the word ‘jagoff’ into a column): https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/damon-young/ Devour his book, “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker”: https://www.damonjyoung.com/book And listen to “Stuck With Damon Young”: https://crooked.com/podcast-series/stuck-with-damon-young/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 21, 2022
Better Crisis Response, Restaurant Inspections — And A Pirate Ship!
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The team is back for the Friday roundup. This week, we’re discussing understaffing at the Allegheny County Health Department, municipal police departments bringing in social workers, and a full-scale pirate ship — with water cannons! — soon to set sail on the three rivers.  As always, the Friday roundup is powered by incredible local journalism. This week, check out: Charlie Wolfson for PublicSource on restaurant inspections: https://www.publicsource.org/allegheny-food-safety-health-inspection-salary-staffing-shortage/  Allegheny County’s website to look up the health safety status of a restaurant: https://eapps.alleghenycounty.us/restaurant/ Sandy Trozzo for PublicSource on social workers at local police departments: https://www.publicsource.org/police-arent-social-workers-some-local-departments-want-them-at-the-scene/ And Kristy Locklin for NEXTPittsburgh on “The Kraken,” a new pirate ship taking to the high seas of Pittsburgh: https://nextpittsburgh.com/latest-news/pittsburgh-pirate-ship-will-sail-into-the-season-with-a-larger-vessel-and-a-liquor-license/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2022
How To Keep Your Glass Out Of The Landfill
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It’s pretty convenient to leave your recycling at the curb, but it can be a lot more convenient for facilities to process those materials when they’re pre-sorted. Two of 10 new glass drop-off facilities just opened in Allegheny County, and officials are hopeful it’ll mean a lot more of our waste gets back on the shelf. (According to the EPA, about 5% of the waste stream is glass.) The Allegheny Front’s Julie Grant is here to explain how that happens. Learn more about local recycling efforts here: https://www.alleghenyfront.org/packaging-group-makes-the-case-for-better-glass-recycling/ And no, your recycling isn’t just going to the landfill. Or, well, most of it isn’t. Check it out: https://www.alleghenyfront.org/no-your-recycling-is-not-just-going-to-the-landfill-well-most-of-it-isnt/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2022
No Charges For Peter Spencer’s Killer
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In a press conference yesterday, the Venango County District Attorney ruled the fatal shooting of Pittsburgh resident Peter Bernardo Spencer as a “justifiable act of self defense,” and cited Pennsylvania's "Use of force in self-protection" — also known as stand your ground — law. A 29-year-old Black man and Jamaican immigrant, Spencer was shot nine times at a cabin in Rockland Township four months ago. The case is complicated, and there’s been a lot of rumors and criticism surrounding what happened and how investigators handled the case.  There’s a lot of new information to digest, and City Cast producers Matt Stroud and Megan Harris are back with Post-Gazette columnist Tony Norman to talk about what we’ve learned. Check out the Post-Gazette’s coverage here: https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2022/03/15/peter-spencer-pittsburgh-death-venango-county-killing-self-defense-district-attorney/stories/202203150097 Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2022
How To Talk With Kids About Critical Race Theory
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Recent protests at Sewickley Academy have revolved around the school’s approach to — and avoidance of — teaching anything that could be considered “critical race theory.” But what is CRT? And how should we think about it — both as adults, and as adults explaining it to kids? PublicSource’s TyLisa Johnson explains how to have these conversations — and why they’re so important. Is your child asking about critical race theory? Here’s a guide to navigate those talks: https://www.publicsource.org/parents-talk-with-kids-about-race-critical-race-theory-1619/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2022
Why Are So Many People Dying In Pittsburgh's Jail?
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No one wants to end up behind bars, but if you are arrested, it's a reasonable expectation that you’ll survive to get your day in court. New reporting out today from the Pittsburgh Institute of Nonprofit Journalism shows deaths inside Allegheny County Jail are happening at higher rates than they have in years. Investigative reporter Brittany Hailer explains who’s dying and what needs to be done. Follow Hailer on Twitter here, and read more of her reporting here. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 14, 2022
Warhol AI, Thinking Like A Criminal, And Sewickley Academy In Shambles
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For our Friday news roundup, the team hears about student demands at Sewickley Academy; a former lawyer’s five-year federal prison sentence for marijuana distribution; the Warhol docu-series (and the artificial intelligence that replicates his voice); and, finally, some bridge news that doesn’t end in collapse… we hope. Today’s conversation is powered by local journalism, including: Paula Reed Ward has some great background from the Tribune-Review on the antics of former attorney and rapper Daniel Muessig, aka Dos Noun, including the infamous video: https://triblive.com/local/former-pittsburgh-defense-attorney-gets-5-years-in-prison-for-marijuana-distribution/ Like Morgan, 90.5 WESA’s Julia Zenkevich attended the student press conference about the happenings at Sewickley Academy: https://www.wesa.fm/education/2022-03-10/sewickley-academy-students-seek-public-apology-petition-administration-for-concessions Ed Blazina's got a great scoop at the Post-Gazette on Norfolk Southern’s NDA: https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2022/03/07/norfolk-southern-pittsburgh-bridges-construction-modification-double-stacked-trains-north-side-allegheny-commons/stories/202203070012 And City Paper’s Amanda Waltz lets us know what to look for in Netflix’s new six-part series, “The Andy Warhol Diaries”: https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/the-andy-warhol-diaries-looks-at-intensely-private-life-of-pittsburgh-born-pop-artist/Content?oid=21245880 Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2022
Trendsetting, March Madness, And Why Brittney Griner Was Playing In Russia
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March Madness is almost here! The NCAA men’s tournament is coming through the Steel City this year for the first and second rounds of games. Here to walk us through what changes to expect is Pittsburgh native, color commentator, and pro scout Ashley Battle, who played professionally and won three championships with the University of Connecticut.  Plus, Ashley gets real about what’s happening in Russia to WNBA phenom Brittney Griner. The Pittsburgh Foundation and local United Way is collecting donations for the #UnitedForUkraine campaign. Here’s how to donate: https://nextpittsburgh.com/latest-news/pghunitedforukraine-campaign-gives-pittsburghers-a-direct-way-to-assist-ukrainian-refugees/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 10, 2022
Are Sidewalks A Safe Space Or A Battle Ground?
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New investments in local transportation have brought more options to help residents commute — but who are all these bikes and rideshares and e-scooters for? Newsletter editor Francesca Dabecco is with disability advocate and leader of Access Mob Pittsburgh, Alisa Grishman, to talk about what it’s like to be a wheelchair user in Pittsburgh and what our neighbors — with or without disabilities — can do to help to create a safer, more accessible city. And tomorrow is the last day to drop off donations for Repair the World Pittsburgh’s Purim celebration. They’re collecting household supplies for a bunch of great organizations around town. More info here: https://twitter.com/pitt_repair/status/1498735298825621505 Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2022
The Land Is Vacant. Why Is It So Hard to Buy?
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The city and the Urban Redevelopment Authority are supposed to make vacant property available for purchase through something called the Pittsburgh Land Bank. It's been a mess for years, and the URA hired an urban planner, Greg Miller, to reorganize the process. But just a few months in, he quit too. Ariam Ford of Grounded Pittsburgh is here to explain what’s at stake and what both the city and its residents can do to help. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2022
The Culinary History Of Pittsburgh’s Beloved Fish Fry
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Whether you’re a regular Sunday church-goer or not, packing church basements or a VFW for a Lenten fish fry is still very much a tradition in Pittsburgh this time of year. Host Morgan Moody talks with Pittsburgh native and fish fry aficionado Rossilynne Skena Culgan about the history of the tradition and where to find the best fish fry dinner in Pittsburgh.  Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 07, 2022
Dispatchers Striking, Hate Group Funding, And Sky-High Airport Prices
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For our Friday news roundup, the City Cast Pittsburgh team discusses the movement to encourage a local foundation to stop funding hate groups; a possible dispatcher strike on the day of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade; and rising prices at the Pittsburgh International Airport. We also dig back into a story about regional police charging sex workers with “possessing an instrument of crime” if they carry condoms. Check them out: Jordana Rosenfeld for City Paper on the Colcom Foundation: https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/over-70-organizations-demand-colcom-foundation-stop-funding-anti-immigrant-groups/Content?oid=21201599 Jesse Bunch for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on the dispatcher strike: https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2022/03/01/Allegheny-County-911-dispatchers-strike-notice-St-Patrick-Day-union-parade-March-12-SEIU/stories/202203010104 Kiley Koscinski on 90.5 WESA on rising airport costs: https://www.wesa.fm/development-transportation/2022-03-01/audit-shows-some-items-cost-nearly-twice-as-much-at-pittsburgh-international-airport And John Oliver’s most recent episode on sex work, featuring reporting by the Tribune-Review’s Megan Guza: https://archive.triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/condoms-criminalized-in-allegheny-county-prostitution-cases/ Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2022
Will There Be Justice For Peter Spencer?
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Peter Spencer was 29 when he went camping in Venango County with a group of white men in December. The next morning, Spencer, who was Black, was found dead in the lawn with nine bullets in his back and front. And while news reports have said that the person who killed Spencer admitted to it, no charges have been filed.  Lead producer Matt Stroud is with longtime Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Tony Norman about the case and where it might go in coming weeks. You can read his piece here: https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/tony-norman/2022/01/24/Peter-Bernardo-Spencer-Venango-County-lynching-Jamaica-transparency/stories/202201250008 Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03, 2022
A Russian And Ukrainian Are On Same Side In Pittsburgh
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A week ago, native Russian Anastasia Gorelova and Ukrainian-born Karina Shevchenko had never met. Then came the invasion. Hear how conflict brought them together, what their friends and families are experiencing back home, and what they need now from their adopted neighbors in Pittsburgh. If you’re hoping to help, Karina suggests donating directly to St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 109 S. 7th St., in the South Side. They’re collecting medical supplies like analgesics, gauze and tape, as well as thermal underwear, lanterns, and headlamps. Karina says those supplies will be shipped to Ukraine next week.  Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2022
Will $1 Billion Solve the Opioid Crisis in Pittsburgh?
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All 67 Pennsylvania counties have now signed on to a $1 billion settlement from opioid manufacturers to deliver drug treatment and prevention in the commonwealth. As officials figure out how to divvy up that money, Senior Producer Megan Harris checks in with Dr. Payel Roy, Director of UPMC’s Addiction Medicine Consult Service, to find out how recovery services could be better in the 'Burgh. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01, 2022
Hiring Brian Flores Matters On And Off The Field
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The NFL Combine, a national week-long tryout for all the teams in the league, marks the start of a new — and hopefully promising — Steelers season. So who is Pittsburgh looking at? What can we expect from the draft? And can we start planning that next Super Bowl parade? Sean Gentille, senior writer for The Athletic, is here to talk through it all, plus how the team is reacting to one very important coaching hire. The newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 28, 2022
Global Conflicts, Big Donations, And Those Damn E-Scooters
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For our Friday news roundup, the City Cast Pittsburgh team discusses UPMC's newest high-profile lobbyist, a massive donation for a local private school, and the question of whether we love or hate the recent onslaught of e-scooters.  Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! --- We talked about a bunch of stories in today's conversation. Check out the Post-Gazette’s investigation into the Ukrainian oligarchs who routed potentially billions into the region: https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2022/02/20/Ihor-Kolomoisky-US-banks-warren-ohio-steel-plant-ukraine/stories/202202200063 And this one, on the Ukrainians praying for peace in Pittsburgh: https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2022/02/24/pittsburgh-ukrainian-community-reaction-russia-ukraine-attack-vladimir-putin-greenfield-carnegie/stories/202202240131 Here’s the PublicSource story about talking to your kids about critical race theory: https://www.publicsource.org/parents-talk-with-kids-about-race-critical-race-theory-1619/ And check out the full mobility study released last week: https://www.pittsburghforpublictransit.org/new-report-mobility-for-who-rebuilding-bridges-to-transportation-justice/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2022
Inside Pittsburgh’s 20-Year Craft Brewery Boom
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Not long ago, you’d be hard-pressed to find a brew pub with an all-local rotation — let alone one with a fire pit or board games or dogs and babies at the bar. But today, it’s not just normal, it’s expected. Our buddy Hal B. Klein is here to talk about why. Read his excellent piece in Pittsburgh Magazine here. Sign up for our daily newsletter and follow us on Twitter & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 24, 2022
Should A Notorious Bootlegger’s House Be Saved?
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Should a 138-year-old house in Uptown linked to bootlegging and an illegal lottery be preserved as a historic landmark? Or demolished for new development? Folklorist and public historian Dr. David Rotenstein researched the Tito-Mecca-Zizza house and its garage, revealing its connections to Pittsburgh’s Black history, prohibition, the secret history of Rolling Rock beer, and the Italian immigrant experience in the 1920s and ’30s. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23, 2022
If Pittsburgh Were A Soup, What Would It Be?
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Funeral director Sarah McAlee is a soup-lebrity on the North Side. She goes by Brothmonger, and you have to be at Mayfly Market eeeearrly in the morning if you want to snag her daily offerings. Hear about her journey from the morbid kid to comfort-maker-in-chief, plus all her best-kept, soup-making secrets. Our newsletter is fresh daily at 6 a.m. Sign up here. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2022
‘There Are Black People In The Future’ And Beyond
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Artist Alisha Wormsley is best known in Pittsburgh for her incisive, compelling — and weirdly controversial — East Liberty billboard reminding us all that “There Are Black People in the Future.” But her latest exhibit at Concept Art Gallery in Regent Square goes way beyond the billboard that drew so much attention. Want some more Pittsburgh news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter and follow us on Instagram & Twitter at @CityCastPgh. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 17, 2022
Happy Valentine's Day, Pittsburgh
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Dating in Pittsburgh is hard enough — and getting on the apps is like, a whole other thing. What pictures do you post? What should you say? Are like, mask selfies ok? There’s a lot to figure out, but not to worry—Pittsburgh City Paper arts and culture writer Dani Janae is here to help you get all the dates. Plus, an estimated 11,000 love locks will be cut off the Clemente Bridge today in advance of restoration work. We've got a tribute to all the Pittsburghers who locked their love and threw away (or lost!) the key. Read Dani's piece here, and Pittsburgh Magazine's piece about the love locks here. Want some more Pittsburgh news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh! Follow us on Instagram at @CityCastPgh. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 14, 2022
Business Was Great, Until The Bridge Collapsed
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Without the Fern Hollow Bridge, a main artery connecting neighborhoods on either side of Frick Park, businesses in Wilkinsburg and Regent Square are cut off from their neighbors in Squirrel Hill. Senior producer Megan Harris and Morgan Moody stopped by Smashed Waffles, Madeleine’s Bakery & Bistro, and Dee’s Six Pax and Dogz to see how they’ve been impacted by the bridge collapse and their concerns for the future. Want to help? Take the detours and spread a little love to your favorite spots on that side of town, like this list of businesses provided by the Regent Square Civic Association.  Make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter. We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh and Instagram at @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 10, 2022
Getting To The Bottom Of Poopsenders.com
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Gag gifts are supposed to be funny, but should that novelty extend to a box of anonymous feces at your doorstep? For 15 years, the mysterious owners of Pittsburgh-based poopsenders.com have been leaving their mark in an unusual way. Freelance journalist Nick Keppler flushed out the father-son duo for Vice. And a bunch of local bridges will be renovated over the next two years. Check out the list here. Subscribe to our morning newsletter and follow us on social @CityCastPgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2022
How To Make School Safer After Two Tough Pandemic Years
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When school districts have a discipline problem — or a perception of one — they often hire police officers, rather than teachers or school administrators, to patrol schools. A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania finds that student arrests happen way more frequently than they’re reported. And that students in Allegheny County schools are more likely to be arrested than students anywhere else in the commonwealth.  ACLU Pennsylvania community advocate Ghadah Makoshi tells senior producer Megan Harris why these are big problems and how they can change. Check out the full report here. And make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter! We’re also on Twitter @citycastpgh & Instagram at @CityCastPgh. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2022
We Don’t Have The Most Bridges, But We Have Some Of The Worst
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As the City of Bridges, we’re also going to be a city of bridge failures. The Fern Hollow collapse last week is just the latest in an unfortunate history of calamities that have accompanied the Steel City's rise to transportation prominence.  Senior producer Megan Harris talks to historian and author Mark Houser about our past and what we can glean from the federal database keeping track of it all. Check out his wonderful book “MultiStories: 55 Antique Skyscrapers & the Business Tycoons Who Built Them,” and listen to his TedX talk here. Our morning newsletter is fresh every day at 6 a.m. Share your favorite memes with us — we’re on Twitter & Instagram at @CityCastPgh Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 02, 2022
Assessing Costs and Complications When A Bridge Collapses
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It's been a few days since the Fern Hollow Bridge collapsed in Frick Park. With two years and more than $25 million estimated for repairs, what should we know about all those other "poor" bridges in Pittsburgh? Host Morgan Moody dives into the details with Kent Harries, an associate professor of engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Our morning newsletter is fresh every day at 6 a.m. Subscribe and follow us on Twitter & Instagram @CityCastPgh Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2022
Who Am I, Really? New Art Explores Creation Myths and Cosmic Truths
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Pittsburgh artists Mikael Owunna and Marques Redd have adapted the lore of southeastern Nigeria’s Igbo people to explore how our collective mythologies influence our cosmic destinies. You can see their heady, beautiful installations all over town, and they’re collaborating with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on a free show tonight.  Morgan Moody talked to the artists about their own beginnings and what inspires them today. You can also snag tickets to their upcoming film Obi Mbu here. Get more Pittsburgh news fresh to your inbox every morning via our newsletter!  And talk to us! We’re on Twitter @citycastpgh and Instagram @CityCastPgh. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2022
What Delayed Voting Maps Mean For PA's Primary
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Every 10 years, states calibrate voting districts to reflect their changing populace. But Pennsylvania’s new legislative and Congressional maps are late. How will that affect voters and candidates? And what makes a map fair?  Senior producer Megan Harris talks to reporter Kate Huangpu with Spotlight PA and David Thornburgh, senior advisor with the Committee of 70, which submitted a collaborative Congressional map for consideration last year. Read the latest on Kate’s redistricting reporting here: https://www.spotlightpa.org/news/2022/01/pennsylvania-primary-2022-redistricting-delays/ Music on City Cast Pittsburgh is composed by Benji. See him perform live at the Greer Cabaret Theater this Friday, and say hello if you see us in the crowd.  Want some more Pittsburgh news? Sign up for our morning newsletter and follow us on social @CityCastPgh Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2022
Inside The North Side's New Emergency Shelter For LGBTQIA Youth
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Single-digit temperatures put people without stable housing at serious risk, and challenges can multiply if you're relying on people who don't recognize or support you. Senior producer Megan Harris checks in with Lyndsey Sickler, executive director of Proud Haven on Pittsburgh's North Side, about how their clients are faring, what they've learned from the new Haven House space, and how Pittsburghers like you can help. Sign up for our morning newsletter and follow us on social. We're on Twitter and Instagram! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20, 2022
Confused About The Wilkinsburg Annexation? So Is Its Mayor
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It’s been nearly 70 years since Pittsburgh expanded its borders into a neighboring town or borough, and Wilkinsburg could be next. What’s at stake for residents of both communities if elected leaders — and eventually voters — decide to proceed? Wilkinsburg Mayor Dontae Comans joins host Morgan Moody to sort through everything we still don't know.  Plus, senior producer Megan Harris checks in with Light of Life Rescue Mission about how clients are faring in all this snow. Be sure to sign up for our morning newsletter and connect with us on Twitter & Instagram @citycastpgh Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 18, 2022
Searching For Sobriety In Black Pittsburgh
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A lot of people stop drinking after their boozy holidays to start off the new year sober and refreshed. But for some, “Dry January” is a life-saving, year-round commitment they make every day. Host Morgan Moody talks candidly about her own experience with Pittsburgh author Brian Broome. A special thanks to City of Asylum Bookstore for hosting the conversation. Snag Brian’s wonderful memoir “Punch Me Up To The Gods” from them here.  Want some more Pittsburgh news? Sign up for our morning newsletter and follow us on Twitter & Insta @ CityCastPgh Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 13, 2022
Pittsburgh’s Best New Restaurants And The Ones We Left Behind
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The coronavirus is seemingly ever present, but we still gotta eat! Hal B. Klein of Pittsburgh Magazine chats with Morgan Moody and Megan Harris about takeout, food trucks, and the one thing to avoid when ordering out in the city. And Damon Young, author of “What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker,” shares his remembrance of one closing Pittsburgh restaurant he'll sorely miss. And not because of the food. Redd up on Hal’s 2021 roundup of Pgh's Best New Restaurants Subscribe to our morning newsletter here and follow us on Twitter & Instagram! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2022
Launching January 11
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City Cast Pittsburgh is the nebby neighbor you wish you had — with conversations you want to hear and insights that help you question and celebrate the city we share. Starting January 11th, it's 15 minutes every day of the news you need about the most pressing local issues of our time. Subscribe to the newsletter at pittsburgh.citycast.fm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 05, 2022