The Allegheny Front show

The Allegheny Front

Summary: Each week, The Allegheny Front, an award-winning public radio program hosted by Matthew Craig, explores environmental issues and the natural history of Western Pennsylvania and beyond with interviews, feature stories and commentary.

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 Keeping the Flight 93 memorial as a place for reflection in nature | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Preserving the sacred ground at the Flight 93 National Memorial and treating the water pollution that plagued the site long before the plane crashed there on 9/11. A look back as a naturalist searched for reassurance in nature on September 12. We dig into the recent decision by a federal judge to throw out a Trump rule that stripped protections for many streams and wetlands.

 Labor and fossil fuel communities in a clean energy economy; a little clover makes a big comeback | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

What some labor unions want in a clean energy economy. We'll also talk to the engineer the president has tasked with making sure fossil fuel communities aren't left behind. Pa. is a step closer to putting a price on carbon. Plus, a little clover makes a big move off the Endangered Species list. News about fracking waste and the Clean Water Act.

 Bird migration; Teaching machines to lD birdsongs; A warning for Shell about its Falcon pipeline | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

The wonder and peril of bird migration with author Scott Weidensaul. Teaching computer models to identify birdsong to aid in conservation. The Department of Energy listens to community perspectives on the ethane and petrochemical industries. News about Shell's Falcon pipeline and climate education in Pa. schools.

 Vaccinating raccoons; Shopping for electricity; Another fine for Sunoco | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

A vaccine blitz for raccoons to stop rabies from marching westward. How to shop smart for electricity. A short documentary features little kids tackling a big environmental problem... litter. News about a new plan for Pa.'s state parks to address climate change, a fine for spills from the Mariner East, and a roadblock for a new coal mine in Allegheny County.

 Black bears, a climate warning, and a New Civilian Conservation Corps | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

The latest UN climate report is the most dire yet. A climate scientist breaks it down. Calls for a new Civilian Conservation Corps. We head into the woods with Pennsylvania's bear biologist to tag black bears. News about conservation funding and a fine for a pipeline company.

 Green infrastructure and risks of gentrification; Native American connection to the pawpaw | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Green infrastructure uses natural systems to steer rainwater away from aging sewer systems, but it could lead to gentrification. Indigenous tribes, forcibly removed from Appalachia 200 years ago, are reconnecting with a traditional food: pawpaws. News about Pa. state parks, air quality, and a mysterious bird disease. 

 How birds are faring; Environmental justice in Philly; Controlling hemlock wooly adelgid | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

While bald eagle populations are increasing, other birds of prey seem to be declining. Some Philadelphia residents are accusing the city of racism over permitting a new natural gas plant. How homeowners can join foresters in stopping the hemlock wooly adelgid. Plus news about air quality and fracking.

 Pennsylvania’s very own prairie; radioactive oil and gas waste; environmental risks for cancer. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Every week, our 29-minute podcast brings you all the environmental news and stories to keep you in the know in Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania.

 PA's Constitutional Right to Clean Air and Water Turns 50; Protecting fly fishing streams from farm pollution; What do you want to know about Biden's climate plan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Every week, our 29-minute podcast brings you all the environmental news and stories to keep you in the know in Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania.

 Cicada Safari; New River Gorge National Park; and Environmental Art | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Billions of Brood X cicadas are emerging! Learn how to go on a Cicada Safari. A local artist is creating a portal to an underground stream. How U.S. Steel's decision to nix a $2 billion upgrade will impact air quality and the economy in Allegheny County. What West Virginia's New River Gorge can expect this summer and beyond.

 'Responsibly sourced' gas; Climate - meat wars; Native plants create habitat | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Branding gas as “responsibly sourced” by cutting methane leaks. A fight is brewing over another source of methane, the meat and dairy industry. Climate change report predicts more heatwaves, floods, and droughts in Pennsylvania’s future. Choosing native plants helps create more habitat for birds and bugs. 

 Farming and mental health; Pittsburgh mayoral candidates and the environment; spotted lanternfly traps | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

The efforts to get farmers the mental health resources they need. Pittsburgh mayoral candidates have some similarities and many differences about the environment. Pa. GOP is trying to stop Gov. Wolf from joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. U.S. Steel reneges on a promise to upgrade its polluting Mon Valley Works. How to build your own trap for invasive lanternflies.

 Climate denial in Pa. House environment committee; Fracking and private property rights; Can Crushers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

The chair of Pa. House's environmental committee is a climate denier. How could this impact climate action? The author of a new book that centers on Pa.'s gas country says fracking's impacts are challenging rural values of individual liberty and private property rights. Scientists are working to reverse damage to wildlife habitat from fracking. Meet the brother-sister duo of Can Crushers.

 Unions and the energy transition; Amphibians get a new habitat at Ohiopyle; New River Gorge National Park | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

President Biden’s plans to invest in clean energy could create high-paying union jobs. But not everyone's on board. New reports outline thousands of new jobs to clean up old mines and gas wells. A new project in the Laurel Highlands gives amphibians a place to breed in peace. Some local concerns over the newly designated New River Gorge National Park and Preserve.

 Fetterman on Fracking; Vacant lots as environmental justice; and Beech trees for syrup | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:59

Why fracking is a tricky issue for Senate candidate John Fetterman. An environmental justice leader says vacant land in communities of color is "an environmental emergency." A citizen science project for the whole family can help save frogs. Plus, syrup for your pancakes doesn't only have to come from maple trees.


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