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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... more

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Wait, Coolio Was From Pittsburgh?!

It’s the Friday news roundup! The City Cast pod-squad is talking the Pittsburgh Zine Fair and federal funding for better... more

30 Sep 2022 · 21 minutes
Bad Allergies? Snot Girl Summer Ain't Over Yet

Thanks to climate change, the seasonal part of “seasonal allergies” is a bit of a misnomer in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Our... more

29 Sep 2022 · 12 minutes
Inside Pgh’s One-Stop Shop for Free School Supplies

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... more

28 Sep 2022 · 17 minutes
What are Nurdles? Plus Why the New Shell Cracker Really Matters

Shell is opening an Ethane Cracker in Beaver County, but we still have some questions. Like why here, in Western... more

27 Sep 2022 · 15 minutes
A New Way to Explore Downtown's Most Interesting Buildings

From the courthouse to the Clark Building, Doors Open Pittsburgh lets Pittsburgh get nebby about all kinds of Downtown spaces,... more

26 Sep 2022 · 13 minutes
What’s Your Favorite Banned Book? Plus, We Try a Pawpaw

It’s the Friday news roundup! This week, we dive deep into Banned Books Week, explore the intersection of race and policing... more

23 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
America's Longest Running Art Show Opens Saturday

Billboards, discos, murals, and more will light up Pittsburgh over the next six months as part of the 58th Carnegie... more

22 Sep 2022 · 12 minutes
How Community Kitchen Cooks Up Job Training

For most organizations, an expansive job training program might be enough, but not the Hazelwood nonprofit Community Kitchen Pittsburgh. Executive director and... more

21 Sep 2022 · 14 minutes
You Pay Taxes, So Why Don’t Colleges & Hospitals?

Roughly 20% of Pittsburgh land and 10% in Allegheny County is owned by nonprofits exempt from paying property taxes, including... more

20 Sep 2022 · 15 minutes
One of the Nation’s Best Bike Trails is in Our Backyard

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... more

19 Sep 2022 · 16 minutes
Zombies Take Over Tiny Town & Nursing Home Workers Win Big

It’s the Friday news roundup! This week, the City Cast team is talking about how city officials are tackling what they call an... more

16 Sep 2022 · 17 minutes
With 988 Rollout, Crisis Centers Need More Resources

The national 988 hotline, which went live in July, provides free and confidential emotional support for people with mental health... more

15 Sep 2022 · 17 minutes
Heinz or Bust: How Our City's Favorite Ketchup Became King

Can you imagine sitting down with a crispy plate of fries, reaching for your trusty bottle of ketchup, and watching... more

14 Sep 2022 · 12 minutes
Is PA's Cannabis Pardon Just Blowing Smoke?

For the rest of this month, people with non-violent cannabis convictions can apply for clemency through the “Marijuana Pardon Project.” But... more

13 Sep 2022 · 15 minutes
Pittsburgh Author Gets Candid on Writing, Job Loss & More

In her new book “How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water,” Pittsburgh author Angie Cruz tells the story... more

12 Sep 2022 · 15 minutes
Pumpkins, Pierogi & Jazz: PGH’s Best Fall Fests

It's the Friday news roundup, but a special Fall Fest edition! The whole team is previewing some of the best... more

09 Sep 2022 · 20 minutes
How to Plan the Perfect Pittsburgh Picnic

We’re (hopefully) out of the “Hell’s Front Porch” part of summer — and what’s better than a fall picnic?! City Cast’s... more

08 Sep 2022 · 17 minutes
What’s in a Name? The Rooney Rule, 20 Years Later

Have you ever heard of the “Rooney Rule?” It’s been an NFL hiring policy for decades, but it’s not clear... more

07 Sep 2022 · 16 minutes
How Does Your Glass End Up in the Landfill?

It’s pretty convenient to leave your recycling at the curb, but it can be a lot more convenient for facilities... more

06 Sep 2022 · 14 minutes
Labor Day Brings Joe Biden (& Ribs!) to Pgh

It's the Friday news roundup! Today the team previews their picks for an eventful Labor Day weekend, including parades and... more

02 Sep 2022 · 12 minutes
The Jig is Up, the News is Out: Styx Helps the Steelers Win

Have you ever heard the drum line under Styx's 1979 hit "Renegade" pick up on the speakers at a Steelers... more

01 Sep 2022 · 12 minutes
Hide Your Couch! The Backyard Brawl is Back

The best rivalry in college sports is back — and it usually ends with some furniture going up in flames.... more

31 Aug 2022 · 14 minutes
You Don’t Have To Be An OBGYN To Learn Abortion Care

Hundreds of people from our surrounding states have been coming to Pittsburgh for abortion care since was Roe was overturned,... more

30 Aug 2022 · 13 minutes
Western PA Doesn't Typically Get Wildfires, But That Could Change

Pittsburgh is known as a cloudy and rainy city, but this summer has been unseasonably dry. Climate and forestry scientists... more

29 Aug 2022 · 12 minutes
Tiny Homes, Free Transit & the Dukes Shoot for a Star

It's the Friday news roundup! The team is embracing its love for the Pittsburgh potty. This week, hear all about... more

26 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
A (Literal) Crash Course With Black Girls Do Bike

Host Morgan Moody is adjusting her gears and facing her fears today with a pedaling lesson from a pro, Black... more

25 Aug 2022 · 15 minutes
The Fight To Keep Lawrenceville Livable

Median home prices have tripled in Lawrenceville and surrounding communities over the last decade, forcing many residents out — particularly... more

24 Aug 2022 · 13 minutes
New Review Asks: Why Do People Keep Dying in Pittsburgh's Jail?

Five people have died in custody at the Allegheny County Jail this year, putting it on track for the deadliest... more

23 Aug 2022 · 12 minutes
Why Even Omnivores Should Go To VegFest This Weekend

Thousands of plant-loving Pittsburghers will gather on the North Side this weekend for the eighth annual VegFest — a summer... more

22 Aug 2022 · 15 minutes
Justice in 'Kids-for-Cash' Scheme & PA's Trip To Legalize Psychedelics

It’s the Friday news roundup! The team is talking about how a new executive order from Gov. Wolf could help protect kids... more

19 Aug 2022 · 16 minutes
Pittsburgh: The City Afghan Evacuees Are Now Calling Home

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... more

18 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
'A Field Guide for Blue Girls' Author on Art, Poetry & Mental Health

Jasmine Green — aka Black Girl Absolute — wants young people struggling with depression and anxiety to know they’re not alone. That’s what inspired... more

17 Aug 2022 · 14 minutes
No, We Don’t Have The Most Bridges In The World

For decades now, Pittsburghers have been told we have the most bridges of any city in the world. And it... more

16 Aug 2022 · 14 minutes
Talking Internet Safety With ASMR Artist Lily Whispers

ASMR is supposed to be relaxing, but for the creators behind the content, platforms like YouTube often fall well short... more

15 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
Denzel Visits The Burgh & Giant Eagle Knows When You're Pregnant

It’s the Friday news roundup! The team is talking about how long standing college football rivals, Pitt and WVU, are... more

12 Aug 2022 · 23 minutes
The Astrology Of Pittsburgh’s Wealthiest Man

Becoming a billionaire doesn’t come down to odds like the lottery—but it might be in the stars. In honor of... more

11 Aug 2022 · 14 minutes
Road Trip: Your Guide To Steelers Training Camp

For the first year since the start of the pandemic, the Pittsburgh Steelers are back at their rightful summer home... more

10 Aug 2022 · 19 minutes
Beer All Week! What To Know About Barrel & Flow

Last year, something shady happened at the nation’s first Black brew festival, but that won’t put a damper on the... more

09 Aug 2022 · 15 minutes
Taste Test: A Strawberry Pretzel Celebration

Some foods are just quintessentially Pittsburgh, and today the City Cast team is celebrating a summertime staple: the strawberry pretzel... more

08 Aug 2022 · 17 minutes
Pittsburgh Movies, Monkeypox & A Fight Over School Funding

It’s the Friday news roundup! The show team talks about a lawsuit that could dramatically change how Pennsylvania funds its... more

05 Aug 2022 · 22 minutes
50 Years Of Yinzer Fuel: Celebrating Turner’s Iced Tea

For generations of Pittsburghers, nothing quite quenches their thirst like Turner’s Premium Iced Tea from those iconic, bright-orange cartons. And... more

04 Aug 2022 · 14 minutes
Getting (& Staying) Sober In Pittsburgh

Today, we're bringing back a conversation where host Morgan Moody talks candidly about her sobriety experiences with Pittsburgh author Brian... more

03 Aug 2022 · 17 minutes
Knotty By Nature? How To Deal With Pgh’s Invasive Plants

Knotweed, nettle, tree of heaven, and garlic mustard — if you live in Pittsburgh, odds are you’ve been exposed to... more

02 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
How Pittsburgh’s Trying To Treat Long Covid

Pittsburgh is on the forefront of a growing national trend — trying to understand and treat what doctors are calling... more

01 Aug 2022 · 13 minutes
The Scoop On Local Klondike History, Plus LGBTQ+ Rights

It’s the Friday news roundup! Today the gang is talking about the U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania who voted against legislation... more

29 Jul 2022 · 14 minutes
The First Public Transportation In Pgh? City Steps

Pittsburgh might not have the most bridges in the U.S. (we debunked that claim back in a February episode), but... more

28 Jul 2022 · 14 minutes
What’s On City Council’s Agenda Post-Recess?

Pittsburgh’s City Council is on their version of a summer vacation. The 9-member board is on recess until August 19th... more

27 Jul 2022 · 18 minutes
Black Women Earn Less In Pgh. How Do We Change That?

Black women in Allegheny County earn significantly less than their colleagues — the wage gap between Black women and white... more

26 Jul 2022 · 13 minutes
Officer X: The Incident

Last year, an officer with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police alleged another officer sexually assaulted her at home after a... more

25 Jul 2022 · 15 minutes
Congressional Baseball, BA.5 & Ballot Bins For Your Butts

It’s the Friday news roundup! City Cast’s Morgan Moody and Francesca Dabecco chat with roving producer Meg Dalton about how... more

22 Jul 2022 · 19 minutes
Beginners' Lesson: Kayaking On The Allegheny

Pittsburgh’s first-ever Paddlesport Weekend kicks off this Friday, so to celebrate, City Cast’s Morgan Moody and Mallory Falk are testing... more

21 Jul 2022 · 13 minutes
You Can Help Pgh’s Cat Population Right Meow

It's kitten season in Pittsburgh, but cats can get pregnant any time — and at just four months old with... more

20 Jul 2022 · 16 minutes
How Small Towns Can Help Us Cope With Climate Change

Climate change is a global issue, but Pittsburgh is already feeling its effects: rising temperatures, poor air quality, extreme precipitation,... more

19 Jul 2022 · 15 minutes
Pittsburgher Josh Gibson Could Be Baseball’s New MVP Namesake

Homestead Grays catcher Josh Gibson hit something like 800 home runs during his career, but Major League Baseball has never... more

18 Jul 2022 · 15 minutes
Pens' Trio Lives On, Inflation Is Up & Black Music Fest Kicks Off

It’s the Friday news roundup! By the time their new contracts expire, Penguins legends Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris... more

15 Jul 2022 · 24 minutes
How Pittsburgh Helps Kids With Cancer Plan For Parenthood

When children go through treatment for cancer, there’s a risk it could affect their fertility. Pittsburgh is on the cutting... more

14 Jul 2022 · 15 minutes
Rise & Brine: Picklesburgh Is Back And Bigger Than Ever

The everything pickle and pickled festival includes quirky dishes, merchandise, live performances and more — and they’re expanding this year... more

13 Jul 2022 · 11 minutes
Heinz Field Has A New Name — And No One Likes It

The long-time home of the Pittsburgh Steelers has a new name: Acrisure Stadium. The team made it official late yesterday,... more

12 Jul 2022 · 20 minutes
Celebrating 60 Years Of Andy Warhol’s Soup-er Art

Artist Andy Warhol grew up in Oakland, but his iconic influence started later — mostly because of a soup can... more

11 Jul 2022 · 15 minutes
Anti-Trans Bills, Late Budgets & The Bugs Everyone Wants You To Kill

It’s the Friday news roundup! Morgan is away celebrating her birthday (we see you, Cancer season) so the rest of... more

08 Jul 2022 · 21 minutes
The Ultimate Guide To Pittsburgh Butcher Shops

There are hardly any independent butchers left in the region, but these seven institutions — most of them more than... more

07 Jul 2022 · 18 minutes
How A Deadly Pgh Labor Fight Set The Stage For Workers’ Rights

Today marks the 130th anniversary of the Battle of Homestead. No, it wasn’t part of any war, and technically, it... more

06 Jul 2022 · 15 minutes
A Former Steeler’s New Take On Mental Health

Super Bowl champ — and forever Pittsburgher — Ryan Mundy thrived on the field in the shadow of groundbreaking concussion... more

05 Jul 2022 · 11 minutes
Driverless Cars, Research At Risk, And A Coffee Union Update

The Friday news roundup is back! This week, the team discusses a GOP move to block state funding for Pa.... more

01 Jul 2022 · 25 minutes
Forget The Moral Panic, Pittsburgh Loves Its Furries

A handful of school boards across the country are causing a fresh stir, alleging a growing number of schools are... more

30 Jun 2022 · 12 minutes
Whatever Happened To That Racist Stephen Foster Statue?

You know the one — Stephen Foster is well-dressed and seated, looking down over a barefoot Black man playing a... more

29 Jun 2022 · 19 minutes
Capitol Line Trains ‘On Track’ For A $200M Boost To Pgh

Ridership along Norfolk Southern’s Pennsylvanian train line has been growing in recent years, and the state says the whole operation... more

28 Jun 2022 · 9 minutes
Roe v. Wade Fell. How Do We Rise?

We knew it was coming: the landmark doctrine legalizing choice in America was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court on... more

27 Jun 2022 · 21 minutes
Starbucks Unions Pick Up Steam Among Local LGBTQ+ Workers

The coffee giant prides itself on being an inclusive workplace for the LGBTQ+ community, but Pittsburgh workers say the benefits... more

23 Jun 2022 · 20 minutes
How To Beat The Heat This Week In Pittsburgh

The temps last week were brutal, and now we're in the midst of another stretch of near 90-degree days. While... more

21 Jun 2022 · 24 minutes
For Juneteenth, Get To Know Pittsburgh’s Abolitionist History

This Sunday is Juneteenth, so we took a trip to the Heinz History Center in the Strip District to walk... more

16 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
Some Kids Scored 0% On State Math Tests — Here's Why

Pittsburgh students struggled with math even before the pandemic, but the latest round of standardized test scores paints a dire... more

14 Jun 2022 · 15 minutes
Pittsburgh’s Best Summer Patio Spots, And What To Order!

Isn’t it more fun to eat alfresco? Outdoor dining got a boost during the pandemic, and Pittsburgh is blooming with... more

09 Jun 2022 · 15 minutes
The Pittsburgh Company Behind A Deadly UK Fire

Five years ago, a refrigerator caught fire in an apartment inside the Grenfell Tower in London. It burned to the... more

07 Jun 2022 · 12 minutes
It’s Pride Month! Here’s How Pgh Is Celebrating

Since the pandemic, Pittsburgh’s Pride has been kinda muted. Still proud, but a little quieter. That’s likely to change this... more

02 Jun 2022 · 20 minutes
Takeaways From An Unfinished PA Primary

It’s been two weeks since Pennsylvania’s primary election, and we still don’t know everyone who’ll be on our ballots for... more

31 May 2022 · 24 minutes
Pollution So Bad It's Changing Our Brains?

Pittsburgh is consistently rated among the nation’s worst cities for air quality, but how does that affect our mental health... more

26 May 2022 · 17 minutes
The Real Reason Pgh Doesn't Have An NBA Team

Pittsburgh doesn’t just not have an NBA team. A lot of locals straight-up loathe professional basketball. But why all the... more

24 May 2022 · 17 minutes
Pgh's 25 Best Restaurants, Post(ish) Pandemic

The food scene here in Pittsburgh has been booming for years, but like a lot of businesses, the pandemic hit... more

19 May 2022 · 20 minutes
Can Instagram Live Really School Us On The Primary?

We have a huge primary election today to decide the major candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, Pat Toomey’s old U.S.... more

17 May 2022 · 29 minutes
Pittsburgh Goes Big With Its First Free Book Festival

With names like Billy Porter, Toi Derricote, Jan Beatty, and Sharon Flake, the first-ever Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books promises... more

12 May 2022 · 20 minutes
What Papayas Can Teach Us About Abortion

Since news broke that SCOTUS is likely to strike down Roe v. Wade, folks in Pittsburgh have been coping in... more

10 May 2022 · 25 minutes
How To Make Your Garden Grow In Pittsburgh

For sisters Raynise and TaRay Kelly, gardening is more than a seasonal hobby — it's a means of self-sufficiency, opportunity,... more

05 May 2022 · 24 minutes
The City Won’t Release Police Discipline Data, So We Did It For Them

Disciplinary action against Pittsburgh police officers has doubled over the last 10 years, but community activists and experts wonder whether... more

03 May 2022 · 24 minutes
Tree Pittsburgh To Ask Council: Don't Leaf Us Lonely

Happy (almost) Arbor Day to all our fellow tree huggers! Ahead of celebrations on Saturday, we’re talking about why it... more

28 Apr 2022 · 15 minutes
What Should The Carnegie Do With Human Remains?

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History has a lot of weird wonders in its collection, but few have plagued management... more

26 Apr 2022 · 24 minutes
A Bad Month For Vegans & What To Expect From The New Asian Food Hall

A moment of silence for some of our now-closed East End favorites: Bitter Ends, B52, and Reed & Co. But... more

21 Apr 2022 · 19 minutes
A Closeup On The Local Film Biz, Plus A Tax Credit Explainer

Pennsylvania’s Senate Finance Committee is set to hear testimony tomorrow in Pittsburgh about potentially raising the Film Tax Credit, which... more

19 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
Pgh’s Chinatown (Finally) Gets Historic Recognition

In the grand tradition of building throughways through immigrant neighborhoods, Pittsburgh’s once-thriving Chinatown was decimated in the 1910s and ’20s... more

14 Apr 2022 · 19 minutes
PA’s Maternity Care Work Needs… A Lot Of Work

Pregnancy and childbirth should be happy and safe, but for way too many Black and brown women, complications before, during... more

12 Apr 2022 · 20 minutes
Affordable Housing, Closed Climbing Sites & A Plastic Bag Ban

In this week’s Friday news roundup, the team talks about the latest round of affordable housing evictions in East Liberty;... more

08 Apr 2022 · 23 minutes
Baseball Is Back, The Pirates Still Suck

Spirits are high for Opening Day, but Pirates fans should keep their expectations low. We were the worst team in... more

07 Apr 2022 · 15 minutes
Mon Valley Writers Explore Daily Life & Loss In Debut Paperback

On March 12, 2020, the drop-in group Tube City Writers met for their final pre-pandemic session. In addition to agreeing... more

06 Apr 2022 · 13 minutes
Could Audacy Revive WAMO For Black Pittsburgh?

Last month, the communications giant Audacity — which already owned KDKA and a slew of radio and television stations across... more

05 Apr 2022 · 19 minutes
Red Whittaker On Elon Musk And Taking Pittsburgh To The Moon

Students and professors at Carnegie Mellon University have been leaving their mark on the world for generations. Now they're taking... more

04 Apr 2022 · 13 minutes
Funding For Schools And Mental Health, Plus New River Trails

On this week's Friday news roundup, the team discusses a massive infusion of cash for schools and mental health programs... more

01 Apr 2022 · 19 minutes
PA House Celebrates Trans Day Of Visibility With A Sports Ban

A Republican-led proposal in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, House Bill 972, aims to ban trans girls and women from... more

31 Mar 2022 · 15 minutes
A Pittsburgh Journalist Unpacks Putin’s Propaganda

Mila Sanina, until recently the executive director of PublicSource, has family in Russia and Ukraine. To her aunt in Donetsk,... more

30 Mar 2022 · 16 minutes
If Amazon Is Done With Churchill, Why Are They Still Going To Court?

For almost two years, a group of neighbors out in Churchill have been fighting a Goliath. The retail giant Amazon... more

29 Mar 2022 · 17 minutes
How False Claims About Marijuana Could Hurt PA

Marijuana is an approved medical treatment for opioid addiction in Pennsylvania. But Ed Mahon of SpotlightPA discovered that researchers don’t... more

28 Mar 2022 · 14 minutes
Food Stamps, Black Neighborhoods, And The Elusive Legal Roadie

Today on City Cast Pittsburgh’s Friday roundup, Megan, Francesca, and Morgan sit down to discuss how structural racism impacts dementia;... more

25 Mar 2022 · 17 minutes
Meet Pittsburgh’s Dark Sky Defender, Diane Turnshek

Writer, astronomer, and Carnegie Mellon University researcher Diane Turnshek has been encouraging cities to address light pollution for decades —... more

24 Mar 2022 · 17 minutes
More Kids Are Testing Positive For Lead, But The Risk Was Always There

As Pennsylvania adopts the CDC’s new, lower threshold for children exposed to “high lead levels,” more Pittsburgh families are becoming... more

23 Mar 2022 · 15 minutes
Can Pittsburgh Have Mobility And Justice For All?

Sometimes it can be a real pain to get around Pittsburgh. Especially lately, with Port Authority’s service disruptions causing delays... more

22 Mar 2022 · 21 minutes
Author Damon Young On Banned Books And ‘Feckless Jagoffs’

When Pittsburgh Author Damon Young released his memoir, “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker,” it earned him international praise,... more

21 Mar 2022 · 13 minutes
Better Crisis Response, Restaurant Inspections — And A Pirate Ship!

The team is back for the Friday roundup. This week, we’re discussing understaffing at the Allegheny County Health Department, municipal... more

18 Mar 2022 · 17 minutes
How To Keep Your Glass Out Of The Landfill

It’s pretty convenient to leave your recycling at the curb, but it can be a lot more convenient for facilities... more

17 Mar 2022 · 14 minutes
No Charges For Peter Spencer’s Killer

In a press conference yesterday, the Venango County District Attorney ruled the fatal shooting of Pittsburgh resident Peter Bernardo Spencer... more

16 Mar 2022 · 16 minutes
How To Talk With Kids About Critical Race Theory

Recent protests at Sewickley Academy have revolved around the school’s approach to — and avoidance of — teaching anything that... more

15 Mar 2022 · 16 minutes
Why Are So Many People Dying In Pittsburgh's Jail?

No one wants to end up behind bars, but if you are arrested, it's a reasonable expectation that you’ll survive... more

14 Mar 2022 · 12 minutes
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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... more