The Allegheny Front

The Allegheny Front

The Allegheny Front, hosted by Kara Holsopple, has the environment covered, from energy and food to the birds that visit your backyard. Listen to this podcast and see the world around you differently.
The Allegheny Front

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The Allegheny Front, hosted by Kara Holsopple, has the environment covered, from energy and food to the birds that visit your backyard. Listen to this podcast and see the world around you differently.

Link: www.alleghenyfront.org

Episodes

Episode for May 10, 2019

May 10, 2019 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, Pennsylvania goes old-school to prevent forest fires while controlled burns on game lands create habitat for a threatened songbird. The UN warns of mass extinction, a new study says the Ohio River has more fish and Three Mile Island nuclear plant will close in September.

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Episode for May 3, 2019

May 3, 2019 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, prosecutors in Pennsylvania are looking into possible environmental crimes committed during the fracking boom. New technology aims to recycle flexible plastic like candy wrappers. Pa. commits to goals in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Plus, the latest on the Clairton Coke Works, Pa. nuclear bailout and oil/gas waste.

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Episode for April 26, 2019

Apr 26, 2019 28:58

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This week on The Allegheny Front, we talk with local researchers about a fungus that's devastating frog populations across the globe and its impact locally. A citizen science project enlists nature lovers, including kids, to head to their local ponds to gather data on frogs. Plus, how the past might help us act more boldly on climate change. An update on a state investigation into a rare cancer.

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Episode for April 19, 2019

Apr 19, 2019 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, stories about the air we breathe: tiny particles of pollution can be too small to see, but that doesn’t mean that dirty air isn’t affecting our health; some neighbors of an industrial coke plant say a recent fire there has made air pollution worse in their community; a new […]

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Episode for April 12, 2019

Apr 12, 2019 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, surveying Pittsburgh's rivers to see if a salamander is bouncing back, in hopes that an endangered mussel can make a comeback, too. The story of how one school teacher saved a swampy patch of suburb for salamanders. A planned gas storage hub meets resistance and utility companies look to a younger generation.

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Episode for April 5, 2019

Apr 5, 2019 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, Japan bets on hydrogen-fueled vehicles, but will consumers buy them? We talk with a reporter who found "chaos" when she went to New Mexico to see how the government is managing drilling on public lands. DEP is investigating well water contamination from fracking in suburbs. Plus, the fast food industry embraces the vegan burger that bleeds.

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Episode for March 29, 2019

Mar 29, 2019 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, we look back at the Three Mile Island nuclear accident on this 40th anniversary. We'll hear from residents who still live near the nuclear power station and consider the consequences if the struggling plant, and others like it in Pennsylvania, are powered down. Plus an investigation of a rare cancer in one community.

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Episode for March 22, 2019

Mar 23, 2019 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, some communities are dropping glass from residential recycling programs. The 40th anniversary of the partial meltdown at Three Mile Island has some taking another look at thyroid cancer rates in Pennsylvania. And critics of the Green New Deal say health care and jobs are great, but cutting carbon takes precedence.

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Episode for March 15, 2019

Mar 15, 2019 28:57

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Carnegie Mellon researchers designed robots to help clean up the Three Mile Island accident. That was just the beginning. We talk with the local high school student who organized Pittsburgh's Youth Climate Strike. Meanwhile, a carbon-free society will need a skilled workforce. News about abandoned gas wells, controlling the spotted lanternfly and Clairton Coke Works.

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Episode for March 8, 2019

Mar 8, 2019 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, a study shows coal ash is contaminating groundwater. Gov. Wolf's proposal to move environmental funds draws criticism. A cheaper way to capture carbon. Pittsburgh gets federal recognition as the start of the Lewis and Clark trek. Plus, two retirees find friendship in birdwatching.

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Episode for March 1, 2019

Mar 1, 2019 28:57

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A woman who sued drillers testifies before a grand jury in a Pa. Attorney General probe. Voters in Toledo just gave Lake Erie legal rights. Youth are making the Green New Deal's case to lawmakers. And, enforcements of environmental laws are down at EPA. Plus, a decline in insect populations and the latest on Clairton Coke Works.

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Episode for February 22, 2019

Feb 22, 2019 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, Reid Frazier talks with NPR reporter, Howard Berkes about an NPR and Frontline investigation that revealed that regulators didn’t act when they could have to stop the exposure of thousands of coal miners to toxic silica dust. The investigation discovered there’s now an epidemic of black lung disease.

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Episode for February 15, 2019

Feb 15, 2019 28:58

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This week on The Allegheny Front, a pageant queen who values renewable energy as much as her crown. A new study finds diets in the U.S. lower in carbon footprint tend to be more healthy. In Ohio, lawmakers may reconsider a bill to loosen rules for a de-icer made from drilling waste found to contain radium. And a study finds waterways are getting saltier.

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Episode for February 8, 2019

Feb 8, 2019 28:57

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Changes could be coming to how pollution is regulated on the Ohio River. Fracking for natural gas is now a well-established industry, but the business model might not be as stable as it seems. A possible state bailout for nuclear energy. Plus, a winter sport that takes skill, grace and a little rebellion.

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Episode for February 1, 2019

Feb 1, 2019 28:57

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Just how can Pennsylvania reach Governor Wolf's new climate goals? One children's author has a strategy for empowering kids to take action on climate change and a psychologist has tips for parents to talk to their children about it. The federal government may not regulate two toxic PFAS compounds in drinking water. And for some farmers, growing hemp is the future.

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Episode for January 25, 2019

Jan 25, 2019 28:57

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A class of chemicals known as PFAS is in our bodies and the environment, and could be affecting our health. Plus, there's surprising momentum building for the Green New Deal, a set of ideas on how the government can combat climate change and economic inequality. Art is in the eye of the beholder, especially when it's made from plastic trash.

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Episode for January 18, 2019

Jan 22, 2019 28:57

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Some kids with asthma in a Mon Valley town are having a harder time breathing. Their doctor is blaming a nearby U.S. Steel facility where pollution controls were compromised by a fire. What's ahead for the efforts to tackle climate change in Pennsylvania and can we really achieve zero carbon?  And, what's the impact of Ryan Zinke's tenure as Interior Secretary?

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Episode for January 11, 2019

Jan 11, 2019 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, America’s role in the global struggle with climate change. Plus, the push for petrochemicals in the Ohio Valley. And, Haiti is a paradise of biodiversity, but the country is quickly losing most of its forest, and with it, many species. 

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Episode for January 4, 2019

Jan 4, 2019 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, we’re looking back on our best stories from 2018 -- the ones that taught us something new, or made us think differently about the environment, or even inspired us.

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Episode for December 28, 2018

Dec 28, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, we're looking back at some of our favorite interviews of 2018. From an environmental filmmaker who is passionate about his work to an author whose story gets to the heart of fracking in Pennsylvania -- listen in for a show of unique conversations with people who think and care deeply about the environment.

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Episode for December 21, 2018

Dec 22, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, we're looking back at our series, Wild PA, to bring you stories about making room for wildlife. Bats, brook trout, migratory birds--each has its own special needs for thriving.

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Episode for December 14, 2018

Dec 14, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, a training program to help residents identify the pollution next door. And a new mayor is making the environment a priority for her town. Plus, an economist looks at the relationship between pollution and inequality.

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Episode for December 7, 2018

Dec 7, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, a special look at Clairton, home of the largest coke facility in North America, and the people who live with the industry there. Some residents say they've had enough, and they're taking action by telling their stories.

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Episode for November 30, 2018

Nov 30, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, a special look at East Liverpool, Ohio --  a town that’s welcoming new industry while still dealing with pollution from facilities that have been there for decades.

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Episode for November 16, 2018

Nov 16, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, we're looking back at some of our favorite wildlife stories from the past year. From landowners stepping up to protect their acres from development for generations to come to the challenge of turning a former tourist attraction into the perfect bat cave.

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Episode for November 9, 2018

Nov 9, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, how some are looking to rebuild and re-green in the places coal left behind. Plus, we'll look at the environmental winners and losers after the midterm elections. And if you are going to bring up climate change this year at the Thanksgiving table, we have some tips for making that conversation matter.

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Episode for November 2, 2018

Nov 2, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, why children are uniquely vulnerable to climate change. And, millions of self-described environmentalists don't vote. What's up with that? Plus, do you know your rights when it comes to the environment? 

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Episode for October 26, 2018

Oct 26, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, betting on the future of natural gas. And Pennsylvania's governor is positioning himself as a champion of green energy. But what has he done to make more renewable energy a reality in the state? For that matter, what will any of the candidates in the upcoming midterms do about the environment in Pennsylvania?

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Episode for October 19, 2018

Oct 19, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, socialists are headed to Harrisburg. And new technology tells researchers how pollution is changing what songbirds eat. Plus, this year some farmers are disappointed as they head out to their pumpkin fields.

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Episode for October 12, 2018

Oct 12, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, getting people to move from feelings to action on climate change. And a new documentary looks at the many threats to Pennsylvania's rivers and streams. Plus, what's going on with the water in Flint, three years after the crisis?  One woman's devotion to the Delaware River spans decades.

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Episode for October 5th, 2018

Oct 5, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, more than a billion gallons of frack waste-much of it from Pennsylvania-were injected into underground wells in Ohio just last year. Residents say they’ve had enough. And, it sounded like a good idea: train veterans to farm lavender on abandoned coal fields, transforming the landscape and their lives. Then the money dried up. 

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Episode for September 28, 2018

Sep 28, 2018 28:59

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This week on The Allegheny Front, we're taking a closer look at the safety of pipelines, including the fatality rate of workers on the job building them. And, time is running out on the farm bill--a massive, 860-billion dollar piece of legislation that’s renegotiated every five years. Plus, why the Trump resistance keeps winning in court. 

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Episode for September 21, 2018

Sep 21, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, building infrastructure to withstand super storms and the new normal. Plus, planning for climate change at the airport. And, a new book of poetry and photographs looks at the risks and benefits after a decade of fracking in Pennsylvania.

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Episode for September 14, 2018

Sep 14, 2018 28:58

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This week on The Allegheny Front, a pipeline is about to go online but sinkholes, mud spills, and gas leaks have people concerned. And, western Pennsylvania is well known for coal and steel, but salt was also once big business. Plus, migrating birds perform a neat trick before they head south.

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Episode for September 7, 2018

Sep 7, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, regrowing forests and fields after fracking. Plus, grocery stores are one place to find food. And that apple tree along the sidewalk on your route to work is another. Plus, people of faith are joining the ranks of the People’s Climate Movement, which takes to the streets this weekend. 

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Episode for August 31, 2018

Aug 31, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, a look at the toxicity of hair care products marketed to African-American girls and women. And Pennsylvania's largest coal-fired power plant announces it is closing.... unless the Trump administration bails it out. 

Episode for August 24, 2018

Aug 24, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, a fight simmers over 'exceptional' streams in the Poconos. Plus, conservationists are mobilizing to save a federal program that helps pay for things like access to clean streams, hiking trails and parks. And President Trump has unveiled his plan to replace the Clean Power Plan. What does it mean for our region?

Episode for August 17, 2018

Aug 17, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, what will it take to clean up illegal dumping sites for good? Plus, we've all heard that Pittsburgh's air quality is much better than it was, but data show industry is still holding the region back from making progress on cleaner air. And 40 years ago this month, President Carter made history by declaring a man-made environmental disaster a federal health emergency.

Episode for August 10, 2018

Aug 10, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, how farmers are helping keep a premier fly-fishing stream clean. And, there's a big difference in how American and English coal miners are reacting to the industry's decline. Plus, getting kids excited about river conservation can be as easy as giving them a paddle and a board.

Episode for August 3, 2018

Aug 3, 2018 28:58

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This week on The Allegheny Front, stories about our plastic problem -- from oceans full of plastic straws, to what’s piling up in landfills, and in our own recycling bins.

Episode for July 27, 2018

Jul 27, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, Native American burial sites, gas wells and private property rights. And satellite imagery shows just how much land in Appalachia has been disturbed by mountaintop removal mining. Plus, we know about a great hot dog stand. But you have to take a river tube to get to it.

Episode for July 20, 2018

Jul 21, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, one small town takes action in the face of large scale agriculture. Plus, young people take to the streets--and to lawmakers offices--to make their concerns about global warming heard. And the environmental legacy of Fred Rogers. (Photo: Julie Grant)

Brett Kavanaugh is Trump’s Pick. Should Environmentalists Be Worried?

Jul 20, 2018 31:49

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What do we know about Judge Kavanaugh’s record on environmental cases? And what does a court without Kennedy mean for climate change?

Episode for July 13, 2018

Jul 14, 2018 28:58

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This week on The Allegheny Front, the battle to stop an invasive insect from spreading is on. Plus, Scott Pruitt is out as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, but will his replacement be any different? And we visit a summertime celebration where you can really feel the earth between your toes.

Episode for July 6, 2018

Jul 8, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, a special look at how we humans relate to wildlife. We bring you stories about the Endangered Species Act, animal migration on the southern border, and the origins of the Teddy Bear.

Episode for June 29, 2018

Jun 30, 2018 28:56

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This week on The Allegheny Front, can cities take the lead on climate change? Plus, we have a look at what the Farm Bill moving though Congress could mean for conservation. And, taking advantage of nature's free, summertime buffet.

Episode for June 22, 2018

Jun 23, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, fracking comes to a popular hiking trail. Plus, an artist draws colorful frogs and salamanders to connect people to conservation. And Pennsylvania state conservation officials release a plan to confront climate change on public land.

Episode for June 15, 2018

Jun 15, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, a bid to fight climate change through our tastebuds. Plus, a new book asks urban Americans to consider the rural people and places that help power the country. And, stories of river hijinks and the boating life.

Episode for June 8, 2018

Jun 8, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, can a growing solar industry empower a region still dependent on fossil fuels? Plus, how does EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s faith shape his views on the environment? And, a surprise find in Pittsburgh's Frick Park gives conservationists hope.

Episode for June 1, 2018

Jun 1, 2018 28:58

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This week on The Allegheny Front, we continue our series, Wild PA by going down into a cave, and out to the woods, where researchers are worried about how climate change is affecting some bird species. Plus, a mother who lost her son to a toxic chemical asks the government and hardware stores to ban it. 

Episode for May 25th, 2018

May 27, 2018 28:58

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This week on The Allegheny Front, we’re handing the show over to our friends at Inside Energy. They’re a public media collaboration focused on America’s energy issues based in Colorado, where there’s been a lot of oil and gas development. We know something about that in Pennsylvania. So we’re sharing their podcast about living with the risks and benefits of fracking with you.

Episode for May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018 28:58

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This week on The Allegheny Front, a profile of a landowner on the frontlines of conservation. Plus, newly released emails show the Trump administration tried to stop the public from seeing a federal report on a toxic chemical. And, a plan to extend the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail to Pittsburgh.

Episode for May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, fighting habitat loss with fire. And, Allegheny County is losing tree cover, and it won't be easy to replace. Plus, wet weather has caused landslides in our region, and it might be an expensive, ongoing problem. (Photo: Sarah Boden / 90.5 WESA)

Episode for May 4th, 2018

May 4, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, as fracking moves west, so do the concerns from residents. And researchers are trying to learn more about an aquatic species that could help us clean up rivers, if only it wasn't so misunderstood. Plus, how well do you know your spring wildflowers?

Episode for Friday, April 27, 2018

Apr 27, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, our Wild Pennsylvania series continues with advice for living with the wildlife in our backyards. Plus, what is fracking doing to a songbird whose entire lifecycle depends on clean streams? And, the struggle to keep Lake Erie safe for all to enjoy.

Episode for April 20, 2018

Apr 20, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, scientists, nature lovers and filmmakers work to save Pennsylvania's iconic hemlocks. Plus, nano technology meets bird research. And, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers is backing legislation aimed at getting Pennsylvania to 100% renewable energy by the year 2050.

Episode for April 13, 2018

Apr 13, 2018 28:58

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This week on The Allegheny Front, will the Department of Energy throw a life jacket to a power company that relies on coal and nuclear energy? And a new organization will put birds front and center on the shores of Lake Erie. Plus, birders have big love for little saw whet owls.

Episode for April 6, 2018

Apr 6, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, fish, birds and mussels get their own business plan in Pennsylvania. Plus, big eaters cause nearly half the carbon footprint of food. And, there's a storm brewing over the Trump administration's proposal to expand drilling off of America's coasts.

Episode for March 30, 2018

Mar 30, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, a Catholic nun whose spirituality is reflected in the stars, and rooted in the earth. Plus, how environmental and gas industry lobbyists work it at the state capitol. And, are emissions standards for vehicles outdated? 

Episode for March 23, 2018

Mar 23, 2018 28:58

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This week on The Allegheny Front, doctors who say the evidence to end fracking is mounting. And, how manganese in the air got into the bodies of kids in East Liverpool, Ohio, and what the government is doing about it.

Episode for March 16, 2018

Mar 17, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, a food chain that begins with the booze in your glass, and ends with farm fresh salmon on your plate. And college students take on food waste--and their peers--in the dining hall. Plus, a new podcast takes a personal approach to air pollution.

Episode for March 9, 2018

Mar 11, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, as one local mine closes, coal miners struggle to maintain a way of life, and their livelihoods. And, how understanding the DNA of one little bird could help protect vulnerable species from a changing climate. Plus, fighting fake news with science literacy. (Photo: Kenneth Cole Schneider / flickr)

Episode for March 2, 2018

Mar 4, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, the Trump administration comes to Pennsylvania to talk about cleaning up abandoned mines. And, why some strike it rich in the natural gas patch and others strike out. Also, the state needs your help to track a new invasive species that is threatening PA's grape, hops and logging industries. (Photo: Reid Frazier)

Episode for February 23, 2018

Feb 24, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, how purple fields of lavender could bring some economic diversity to coal country. And, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University find that the Clean Power Plan might be less important than we thought. Plus, we learn a couple of moves from a unique winter sport enthusiast.

Episode for February 16, 2018

Feb 18, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, what's causing the recent surge in black lung disease in Appalachia? Plus, there's a delicate calculation that goes into environmental regulations for air pollution. . . but are the jobs saved worth the lives lost? 

Episode for February 9, 2018

Feb 11, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, there's a ban on fracking within the city of Pittsburgh. But the gas industry is moving into some of the city’s biggest suburbs. It's rekindling a debate about the risks and benefits of drilling. Plus, a conversation about savoring a food that has our heart….and protecting it from climate change. 

Episode for February 2, 2018

Feb 3, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, we're going all in on energy: how we make it, with either Chinese or American-made solar panels, and how we move it, with natural gas pipelines built through our region's unique topography.

Episode for January 26, 2018

Jan 27, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, last year was the second hottest on record, according to NASA. It's a continuation of the rapid warming trend of the last 40 years. So how is Pennsylvania faring? Plus, what does Trump's solar energy tax mean for the state?

Episode for January 19, 2018

Jan 21, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, when you live on an island like, say in the Great Lakes, everything from what you do with your trash to where you build becomes REALLY important. And a little gray bird that hangs around winter bird feeders has a diet many of us might envy--an all-day buffet.

Episode for January 12, 2018

Jan 13, 2018 28:57

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This week on The Allegheny Front, a controversial new rule that would clarify how farmers treat organic poultry might never make it to the chicken coop. And to some people's dismay, natural gas production is ramping up in Pennsylvania, in part, because of a pipeline boom. Plus, the rock salt that you put onto your sidewalk is making our freshwater saltier. And that's not good.