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.
Episode for March 15, 2019Mar 15, 2019 28:57
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.
Episode for March 8, 2019Mar 8, 2019 28:57
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.
Episode for March 1, 2019Mar 1, 2019 28:57
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.
Episode for February 22, 2019Feb 22, 2019 28:57
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.
Episode for February 15, 2019Feb 15, 2019 28:58
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.
Episode for February 8, 2019Feb 8, 2019 28:57
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.
Episode for February 1, 2019Feb 1, 2019 28:57
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.
Episode for January 25, 2019Jan 25, 2019 28:57
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.
Episode for January 18, 2019Jan 22, 2019 28:57
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?
Episode for January 11, 2019Jan 11, 2019 28:57
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.
Episode for January 4, 2019Jan 4, 2019 28:57
Episode for December 28, 2018Dec 28, 2018 28:57
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.
Episode for December 21, 2018Dec 22, 2018 28:57
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.
Episode for December 14, 2018Dec 14, 2018 28:57
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.
Episode for December 7, 2018Dec 7, 2018 28:57
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.
Episode for November 30, 2018Nov 30, 2018 28:57
Episode for November 16, 2018Nov 16, 2018 28:57
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.
Episode for November 9, 2018Nov 9, 2018 28:57
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.
Episode for November 2, 2018Nov 2, 2018 28:57
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?
Episode for October 26, 2018Oct 26, 2018 28:57
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?
Episode for October 19, 2018Oct 19, 2018 28:57
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.
Episode for October 12, 2018Oct 12, 2018 28:57
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.
Episode for October 5th, 2018Oct 5, 2018 28:57
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.
Episode for September 28, 2018Sep 28, 2018 28:59
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.
Episode for September 21, 2018Sep 21, 2018 28:57
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.
Episode for September 14, 2018Sep 14, 2018 28:58
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.
Episode for September 7, 2018Sep 7, 2018 28:57
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.