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City Cast Pittsburgh
City Cast Pittsburgh
City Cast

Join us weekdays at 6 a.m. for a fast-paced daily news podcast that will get you talking — and make you question... more

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LED Lights, Lyme Disease & Pgh in the Limelight

It’s the Friday news roundup! A local program for movie and theater professionals is getting a reboot, we’ve found yet... more

09 Jun 2023 · 23 minutes
The Local Beers You Should Be Drinking This Summer

Summer is the perfect time for an ice cold brew, and it turns out many of the top producers in... more

08 Jun 2023 · 29 minutes
The Best Ways To Explore Pittsburgh This Summer

Summer’s finally here and so is the stress of trying to fit in every warm-weather activity you dreamed about all... more

07 Jun 2023 · 24 minutes
What Happens When It's Too Hot for School?

Dozens of Pittsburgh public schools went virtual last week — not because of COVID, but because of extreme heat. The city’s school buildings are so old, most of them don’t... more

06 Jun 2023 · 17 minutes
FDA Rules Changed. Can Gay Men Give Blood Here?

An historic announcement from the FDA changes the rules about who can give blood, which is vital, because according to... more

05 Jun 2023 · 17 minutes
Synagogue Shooting Trial, Celebrity Pgh Takes & a Stolen Steelers Playbook

It’s the Friday news roundup! The first week of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting trial is done, and we’re feeling a... more

02 Jun 2023 · 26 minutes
Glazed & Confused: Our Pgh Donut Hot Takes

Friday is National Donut Day, and we’re celebrating early. The City Cast crew tasted 21 different donuts from all corners... more

01 Jun 2023 · 26 minutes
50 Years of Pittsburgh Pride

Local celebrations kick off this weekend with concerts, marches, and festivals, including the Pittsburgh parade at noon on Saturday, June... more

31 May 2023 · 16 minutes
6 Things You Didn’t Know Your Library Card Could Do

When Andrew Carnegie began opening libraries in southwest Pennsylvania in the 1890s, he wanted to bring books and knowledge to... more

30 May 2023 · 16 minutes
Shipwrecks, Shelters, and a Trailblazing Pgh Artist

It’s the Friday news roundup! The team is discussing plans to close the Downtown homeless shelter on Smithfield Street and the... more

26 May 2023 · 27 minutes
Pgh Summer Tastes Like Strawberry Pretzel Salad

One from the archives! Some tastes are just quintessentially Pittsburgh, and today the City Cast team is celebrating a summertime... more

25 May 2023 · 18 minutes
4 Tips to Help New Parents (or Anyone) Deal with Stress

Pregnancy and birth can be a time of joy and wonder, but it can also leave parents feeling overwhelmed and... more

24 May 2023 · 17 minutes
Practical Security Tips from Your Friendly Neighborhood ASMR Artist

We’ve got one from the archives: ASMR is supposed to be relaxing, but for the creators behind the content, platforms... more

23 May 2023 · 19 minutes
How To Keep Your Kids Entertained in Pgh This Summer

Summer is just around the corner, which means anyone who takes care of kids will soon be looking for ways to... more

22 May 2023 · 19 minutes
Election Takeaways, Pgh Ballet Updates and a Listener Shoutout

It’s the Friday news roundup! The primary election is over, but election season is just getting started. We’ve got your... more

19 May 2023 · 25 minutes
Pittsburgh Dirt Sucks. Here’s How To Compost Your Own

A few weeks ago, someone told the City Cast Pittsburgh team we should absolutely feel guilty if we don’t compost,... more

18 May 2023 · 14 minutes
Pgh Hills Are No Match for an E-Bike

Friday is Bike to Work Day! There’s a new kind of bicycle gracing our fair city and Pittsburgh’s biggest bike advocacy group, BikePGH, thinks... more

17 May 2023 · 18 minutes
These Pittsburgh Girls Just Wanna Wrestle

Just a few years ago, there were no high school wrestling programs for girls in Pennsylvania. Now, there are more... more

16 May 2023 · 15 minutes
The Fight To Get a Gun Range Out of Highland Park

More than 1,200 people have signed a petition asking officials to close a 40-year-old, city-owned, open-air gun range in Highland Park where city police train and... more

15 May 2023 · 18 minutes
PA's Claim to Mom's Day & Why Some County Workers Don't Talk

It’s the Friday news roundup! Brittany Hailer from the Pittsburgh Institute for Nonprofit Journalism joins host Megan Harris and lead producer... more

12 May 2023 · 26 minutes
How to Start a Backyard Garden in Pgh

Spring has already turned the leaves green in Pittsburgh, and many folks are thinking about what what kinds of fruits... more

11 May 2023 · 18 minutes
How Shrinking Enrollment at CCAC Could Hurt Pgh

The number of students at Community College of Allegheny County is just half of what it was 12 years ago. Emma... more

10 May 2023 · 15 minutes
Why Kitten Season Isn't So Cute

Did you know that cats can get pregnant at just four months old, and they can birth as many as... more

09 May 2023 · 15 minutes
Dems Have the PA House. Has Anything Changed?

We’re two weeks into Pennsylvania’s new legislative session, and for the first time in years, Democrats have the House and... more

08 May 2023 · 17 minutes
Marathon Madness, Baby Elk & 40 Years of Wish Granting

It’s the Friday news roundup! The team is discussing the best ways to experience the Pittsburgh Marathon and how elk... more

05 May 2023 · 20 minutes
Your Etiquette Guide to Pgh Farmers Markets

The Bloomfield Saturday Market returns for the season this weekend. It’s the go-to spot for fresh produce, fancy cheese, homemade pies and... more

04 May 2023 · 18 minutes
Behind Pgh's Most Hated Parking Spot

The car parked outside of Evergreen Cafe on Penn Avenue in Point Breeze has frustrated Pittsburgh drivers for decades. Despite complaints to police and social media... more

03 May 2023 · 14 minutes
Local Gifts, Goodies & Must-Dos For May

It’s always good to show your loved ones you care, and it’s even better when you can do it while... more

02 May 2023 · 20 minutes
Pgh Needs More Foster Families, Especially For Queer Kids

At any given time, there are 1,300 children in foster care in Allegheny County, and almost one-third of those older... more

01 May 2023 · 22 minutes
Free Trees, Pollution Problems & Residents Coming for the Cracker

It’s the Friday news roundup! Residents are raising a stink about bad — and possibly dangerous — smells around the Shell... more

28 Apr 2023 · 31 minutes
The Industrial Roots of Pepperoni Rolls

The Steel City has a bunch of classic eats, but one of our all-time favorites — the pepperoni roll! — actually... more

27 Apr 2023 · 20 minutes
Sex, Drugs & Pirates Mascots

The Pirates are back and so is their beloved mascot — the shaggy, round, lime green Parrot with the bright... more

26 Apr 2023 · 19 minutes
Your Allegheny County Primary Election Guide

If you like having a say in local politics, now is your moment. The primary election on May 16 will... more

25 Apr 2023 · 25 minutes
What To Know About the Synagogue Shooting Trial

Jury selection is starting for the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting trial. The defendant is accused of killing 11 people from three... more

24 Apr 2023 · 25 minutes
VisitPittsburgh’s Audit, Record Store Love & Earth Day Celebrations

It’s the Friday news roundup! Host Megan Harris and newsletter editor Francesca Dabecco are joined by Stacey Federoff, a contributor... more

21 Apr 2023 · 30 minutes
It’s 420! Your Guide to the Best Munchies in Pgh

Recreational cannabis is still illegal in Pennsylvania, but you gotta eat, right? To mark 420, the City Cast Pittsburgh team... more

20 Apr 2023 · 22 minutes
How Pgh Became the Roller Coaster Capitol of the World

Kennywood's (almost) open! Both the historic amusement park and the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium are celebrating their 125th birthdays this... more

19 Apr 2023 · 17 minutes
Doorstep Squirrels, a Lost Elephant Grave & More Pgh Zoo History

Both Kennywood Park and the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium are celebrating their 125th birthdays this year, and their origin stories... more

18 Apr 2023 · 21 minutes
Making Pgh Parks and Trails More Inclusive

Pittsburgh has amazing outdoor resources, but they’re only great if you can get to them and have a fun, safe... more

17 Apr 2023 · 21 minutes
Police Chief Search, Passover Primaries & Another Train Derailment

It’s the Friday news roundup! The team is discussing the finalists for Pittsburgh police chief and renewed calls for federal train... more

14 Apr 2023 · 28 minutes
The Best Pop-Ups, Patios & Food Trucks for Spring

If you’re looking for some dining options to complement the warmer weather and sunny vibes, then you’re in luck! Writer... more

13 Apr 2023 · 21 minutes
How Well Does ChatGPT Know Pittsburgh?

Can a chatbot plan the perfect Pittsburgh day? How about write an ode to our city? Does it know where... more

12 Apr 2023 · 24 minutes
A Problematic New Police Chief? Boise Says Watch Out

City officials say they’re closing in on Pittsburgh’s next police chief and could decide any day. Two finalists are local... more

11 Apr 2023 · 16 minutes
What Happened to Pgh’s Chinatown?

It took more than a decade and four separate appeals to the state to get formal recognition of Pittsburgh’s historic... more

10 Apr 2023 · 18 minutes
Ghost Guns, Buccos & Supporting Pgh’s LGBTQ+ Community

It’s the Friday news roundup! Lead producer Megan Harris is joined by producer Mallory Falk and Hey Pittsburgh editor Francesca Dabecco... more

07 Apr 2023 · 28 minutes
Pgh-Raised Shrimp? Plus Tips on Eating Sustainably

What does it mean to live sustainably? Should you feel guilty if you don’t compost? If you live in Pittsburgh, can you ever eat... more

06 Apr 2023 · 18 minutes
Best Local Gifts To Give In April

Want to show Pittsburghers you care? The City Cast team loves shopping local, and we’re sharing all of our favorite... more

05 Apr 2023 · 19 minutes
Is Pittsburgh Planning Its Own ‘Cop City?’

For years now, the city‘s had plans and property ready to build a consolidated police training facility in Lincoln-Lemington. The... more

04 Apr 2023 · 18 minutes
Is UPMC’s Nonprofit Status On The Chopping Block?

Mayor Ed Gainey is making good on a campaign promise to go after tax-exempt properties that the city says shouldn’t... more

03 Apr 2023 · 19 minutes
1.1 Million Jobs Restored, Trans Rights Protests, & Spring Composting Tips

It’s the Friday news roundup! Lead producer Megan Harris is joined by Hey Pittsburgh newsletter editor Francesca Dabecco and producer... more

31 Mar 2023 · 18 minutes
How A Pgh Pop-Up Restaurant Got National Attention

Chef Nik Forsberg is a semi-finalist for Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic Region by the James Beard Foundation for his... more

30 Mar 2023 · 17 minutes
How Pgh Robbed Black Entrepreneurs of Their Baseball Legacy

We knew Pittsburgh was home to the nation’s first Black-owned and operated professional sports stadium, but it turns out, another... more

29 Mar 2023 · 17 minutes
I FRTED PENNDOT's Problem With Raunchy Plates

Not all roads in PA lead to getting a vanity license plate the green light. Today, Pittsburgh is teaming up... more

28 Mar 2023 · 21 minutes
How Politics Sway Pgh's Covid Treatments

During the pandemic, many of us clung to the phrase “Follow The Science,” and trusted that our doctors would do... more

27 Mar 2023 · 21 minutes
Pollution, Love and a Pittsburgh Mystery Solved

It’s the Friday news roundup! A fund to help communities deal with polluted air could get poached by the county,... more

24 Mar 2023 · 23 minutes
A Look Inside Pgh’s Teen Chef Competition

From knife skills and mother sauces to composting and the global supply chain, there’s a culinary arts training program in... more

23 Mar 2023 · 18 minutes
What Wheelchair Users Experience In Pgh

With one look down, it’s obvious that Pittsburgh’s sidewalks need some work. The city just announced that it’s getting $3... more

22 Mar 2023 · 15 minutes
Pittsburgh Smells That Don’t Stink

It’s National Fragrance Day, and we’re talking niche perfumes, what they are, and why they’re having a moment right now... more

21 Mar 2023 · 21 minutes
Who’s Paying for the Governor's Sports Tickets?

Governor Josh Shapiro is a huge sports fan. He recently sat courtside at a Sixers game and cheered for the... more

20 Mar 2023 · 15 minutes
Pitt Greatness, TV Bankruptcies and an Abandoned Boat

It’s the Friday news roundup! City Cast’s Elizabeth Kauma and Megan Harris are with NHL writer Sean Gentille talking about... more

17 Mar 2023 · 18 minutes
What’s Happening to Pgh’s Veggie Scene?

If you’re a plant-based eater in Pittsburgh, you’re probably mourning the loss of some favorite haunts. Our resident vegetarian, newsletter... more

16 Mar 2023 · 20 minutes
Is Pittsburgh the Midwest? Or Part of Appalachia?

In the first of a few debates, we consider an age-old question: Where officially is the Steel City? Midwest? East Coast?... more

15 Mar 2023 · 33 minutes
Why It's So Complicated To Return Human Remains

Since 1990, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History has been working to repatriate more than 700 human remains and funerary... more

14 Mar 2023 · 25 minutes
Meet Pgh’s Viral TikTok Snail-fluencer

Tim Pearce doesn’t really think about being a social media sensation—he is too busy thinking about snails! Section head and... more

13 Mar 2023 · 16 minutes
St. Patrick’s and a Pothole Patrol Take Over Pgh

It’s the Friday news roundup! If you like crowds, crowdsourcing, or hanging in the sun, golly is this the weekend... more

10 Mar 2023 · 17 minutes
Does PA Make The Best Maple Syrup?

Pennsylvania may not be the first state that comes to mind when you think of maple syrup, but we're actually... more

09 Mar 2023 · 21 minutes
Inside A Local Billboard War

“No matter what you look like, who you love, what your religion, or where you’re from: you’ve got a friend... more

08 Mar 2023 · 15 minutes
Fetterman Needed Treatment, Do You?

U.S. Sen. John Fetterman is being treated for clinical depression, but a lot of us struggle with feeling our best... more

07 Mar 2023 · 14 minutes
Will PA Legalize Cannabis This Year?

Cannabis law in the Keystone state is different depending on where you live in the state, but lawmakers are talking... more

06 Mar 2023 · 18 minutes
The Politics of the Ohio Train Derailment and School Testing

It’s the Friday news roundup! This week we are talking about the EPA’s latest efforts to clean up the East... more

03 Mar 2023 · 17 minutes
Why Pgh Has So Many Food Festivals

What does brine, brews, and baklava all have in common (besides the b)? They are all a part of Pittsburgh’s... more

02 Mar 2023 · 16 minutes
Has It Really Been 20 Years Since Fred Rogers Died?

We’ve got one from the vault! Ten years ago, a new children’s show premiered on PBS starring Daniel Tiger, son... more

01 Mar 2023 · 17 minutes
Could PA’s Religious ‘Garb Ban’ Finally Get Thrown Out?

In Pennsylvania, public school teachers can’t legally wear religious garb while working. We’re the only state that still has such... more

28 Feb 2023 · 16 minutes
From Church to Club: Pittsburgh’s Unholiest Trend

A hundred years ago, at the height of industry in Pittsburgh, immigrants of different religious backgrounds, packed places of worship... more

27 Feb 2023 · 13 minutes
Are You Missing Any Money? Plus Public Art and the Pirates

It’s the Friday news roundup! The full squad is here celebrating the return of beloved Pirate Andrew McCutcheon and looking... more

24 Feb 2023 · 17 minutes
Batter Up: It’s Fish Fry Season in Pgh

Lent is the month long period leading up to Easter involving fasting, asking for forgiveness and prayer. So when did... more

23 Feb 2023 · 12 minutes
How Bootleggers & Bullets Brought Nightlife to the Hill

Urban "renewal" changed the Lower Hill from a bustling neighborhood filled with nightclubs and bars to a parking lot —... more

22 Feb 2023 · 17 minutes
What Do Outsiders Want to Know About Pittsburgh?

What do non-Pittsburghers want to know about our city? Does anyone here still make steel? Where did the Pirates get... more

21 Feb 2023 · 15 minutes
Paczki, Parades and a Very Yinzer Mardi Gras

It’s the Friday news roundup! This week, learn the history of paczki, take a tour of Chinese treats ahead of... more

17 Feb 2023 · 21 minutes
The Ohio Train Derailment is Awful. Could It Happen Here?

Earlier this month, a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in a town 50 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Residents within miles... more

16 Feb 2023 · 19 minutes
City Cast Pittsburgh
From Church to Club: Pittsburgh’s Unholiest Trend
City Cast Pittsburgh

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A hundred years ago, at the height of industry in Pittsburgh, immigrants of different religious backgrounds, packed places of worship in their... more