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13 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Stigma and support — A conversation with a Pittsburgh bereavement doula
Should we talk about loss more? Does it make a difference if it’s a loss of an elderly parent or an infant? Pittsburgh bereavement doula Heather Bradley helps parents through infant loss and thinks everyone could stand to benefit from talking about end-of-life issues more openly.
26 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Communal Land and Ownership. A conversation with Pittsburgh affordable housing advocates.
Land banks, inclusionary zoning policies and community land trusts are all a part of the toolkit that cities like Pittsburgh and community leaders are using to ensure that neighborhoods maintain affordability and can benefit from development. Hear from two Pittsburgh affordable housing advocates on the historical and social through lines Pittsburgh needs to discuss affordable housing better.
16 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Leading with generosity — A conversation with a local jeweler about his career and culture of giving.
When an employee says their relationship with their boss resembles that of a close brother or sister, you must be doing something right. Listen and learn how employers exercising generosity in the workplace can change the way we see and do work together.
23 minutes | May 24, 2021
Tuition isn’t free, and neither is emotional labor — A conversation with Pitt’s departing Black Action Society president
Meet Morgan Ottley as she unpacks the lessons and challenges of remotely completing her senior year at the University of Pittsburgh following 2020’s summer of racial reckoning and protests. Morgan discusses the emotional, often invisible labor left to students when universities fall short of solidarity and the future of racial justice and accountability on college campuses. For more insights on the effects of the racial justice movement on higher ed from students, faculty, staff and administrations of Pittsburgh-area universities, check out the accompanying stories to this podcast by PublicSource higher education reporter Naomi Harris.
13 minutes | May 6, 2021
Pittsburgh’s Black Muslim history uncovered
Meet Ali R. Abdullah as he explains the significance of being an African-American Muslim in the Pittsburgh region and what you should know about Pittsburgh’s role in Islamic history in the United States. For a deeper look into what Ali uncovered about his own family’s connection to religious history in the area, check out the story by PublicSource faith and religion reporter Chris Hedlin: “Pittsburgh was once a Black Muslim refuge.”
18 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Sweat equity — A conversation with Pittsburgh activist Dena Stanley
In this episode, you’ll hear Dena Stanley, activist and executive director of TransYOUniting PGH, on the emotional and mental labor it takes to defend equity and the protection of human rights for the Black and trans community. We discuss how protests inform community organizing, how she feels about her “radical” reputation and the vulnerabilities of being a visible public defender of human rights in Allegheny County.
14 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Flair with care — A conversation with a Pittsburgh alternative hairstyle and wig specialis
The kind of hair service Pittsburgh-based entrepreneur LaToya Johnson-Rainey provides is for a particular clientele. Clients come to her in their most vulnerable time of need. Johnson-Rainey owns A Hair Boutique Shadyside, a private wig boutique specializing in medical wigs and hairpieces. She is also the author of The Hair Commandments; The Shalls & Shall Nots of Weaves, Wigs, and Natural Hair. Listen and learn how Johnson-Rainey is helping people find their perfect fit and style after trauma, illness and injury.
22 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
Better nature, better relationship, better planet — A conversation with a Pittsburgh urban ecologist
Are discussions about the non-human natural world relevant to folks outside of climate change and environmentalist circles? After listening to Pittsburgh urban ecologist Marijke Hecht, you’ll understand how everyone plays a role in creating the environment. For episode 6, we’re reviewing a Science Magazine article on how design patterns influenced by systemic racism affect green space and the plant and pest variety in your neighborhood. Do you see more weeds or butterflies where you live? Hecht discusses her work as an urban ecologist and how community design, race and mental health are all related in Pittsburgh’s environmental ecosystem.
25 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Let’s get free — A Pittsburgh-based prison abolitionist’s point of view
This week, we’re asking you to engage in a bit of deep thinking as you meet Etta Cetera. She’s not a lawyer or a corrections officer, but she’s dedicated to freeing people and changing the options our society has for punishment and justice. We discuss what she sees as the day-to-day injustices that come with imprisonment and how she went from virtually having no political consciousness to adopting the mission of a prison abolitionist.
17 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
Secret ingredients: purpose and confidence. Meet the 9-year-old chef dishing up recipe videos for social media.
This episode is a nice palate cleanser after a day or week (or year) of serious news. For this episode of From the Source, you’ll meet the 3rd-grade chef — balancing remote learning and nurturing his passion for cooking — his mom and two local chefs providing tips, advice and support for his dreams of becoming a master chef.
9 minutes | Dec 31, 2020
Year-end reflections from PublicSource staff on the never-ending year that was 2020: Jennie Liska
When we began From the Source it was our ambition to help listeners find community with others around how they were getting through working, schooling, running businesses and living with all of the changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. For our 2020 year-end episode we are doing things a little differently, From the Source won’t be featuring any sources. Instead, we’ll feature ourselves. For Part 3, Jennie Liska, PublicSource's director of loyalty programs, talks how she has navigated this year as a working mom of two kids, both of whom are not even 10. An avid reader, Jennie talks about how lines have blurred between work and home and how our team has worked to serve our readers when the times called for it.
15 minutes | Dec 31, 2020
Year-end reflections from PublicSource staff on the never-ending year that was 2020: Naomi Harris
When we began From the Source it was our ambition to help listeners find community with others around how they were getting through working, schooling, running businesses and living with all of the changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. For our 2020 year-end episode we are doing things a little differently, From the Source won’t be featuring any sources. Instead, we’ll feature ourselves. For Part 2, Naomi Harris shares how she has started as a higher education reporter at PublicSource in November during the pandemic and has met only one of her colleagues in person so far. A fan of anime, Naomi talks about her research and sourcing for the upcoming stories on localizing college debt.
11 minutes | Dec 31, 2020
Year-end reflections from PublicSource staff on the never-ending year that was 2020: Jay Manning
When we began From the Source it was our ambition to help listeners find community with others around how they were getting through working, schooling, running businesses and living with all of the changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. For our 2020 year-end episode we are doing things a little differently, From the Source won’t be featuring any sources. Instead, we’ll feature ourselves. First up, Jay Manning. Jay is a visual storyteller and producer at PublicSource. A Brazilian martial arts fighter and musician, Jay brings a lot of creativity and passion to our newsroom, and that has come through to you in the form of his photos and video work.
20 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
How Pittsburgh shapes and cages the experience of Black women. For real. (Part 2)
Black women are not a monolith. So, building on the first part of the episode about Black women in Pittsburgh, I spoke with Jahqwhan “Jah” Watson. A native Ohioan by way of Cleveland — who came to Pittsburgh as a Pulse social service fellow last summer —Jah picks up where Naomi Ritter and Janel Young left off. We explore more of what gets left out of the conversation when discussing Black women in Pittsburgh and the unique experiences that shape and cage their identities. Jah’s reflections are important because they’ve had a life not shaped by what we're used to as long-time residents of Pittsburgh. Their reflections come from trying to acclimate to a city with its own set of systems, rules for socialization and history. Jah’s reflections are intimate, authentic and a fresh take on how we talk about Pittsburgh nurturing and shaping Black women. “Whatever my experience in Pittsburgh is has really sort of like beat me out of myself, and I'm really having to beat back. To come into myself,” they said.
27 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
How Pittsburgh shapes and cages the experience of Black women. For real.
The quality of life for the Black woman in Pittsburgh has been the topic of many panels and studies in recent years. From opportunity to education, Pittsburgh has proven to be a challenging, and, at times, fatal place for Black Women to live. On this episode of From the Source I speak with two native Pittsburghers, artists and entrepreneurs, Janel Young and Naomi Ritter, about what they feel gets left out of conversation and news coverage depicting the journey of becoming Black women in Pittsburgh.
25 minutes | Oct 30, 2020
To Vote or Not to Vote
2020 is set to see record-breaking participation from voters in the presidential election. But not everyone has plans to vote. In this episode, we talk to Veronica Coptis who runs Coalfield Justice in Washington County about the disillusionment of residents she works with and serves. We also connect with two Pittsburgh women, Ayana Sade and Patrice Bolompe, who are not going to vote. We explore the motivations behind voting abstention and voting as a notion of requirement vs. right.
8 minutes | Jun 23, 2020
Pandemics, plural: Season 1 recap
Season 1 of "From the Source" set out to hear about life in Pittsburgh during the coronavirus pandemic. We heard from business owners, students, parents and others. Then, we shifted attention to the crisis of racism and police brutality against Black people in America — a civil rights movement happening during a health pandemic. Now, we're ending season 1 and would like to hear from you as we plan for season 2. What do you want us to cover? Who should we feature? What stories should we report? Please take this survey today!
19 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
The student and her grandma, an intergenerational view on civil rights
Mekka Lloyd, a student at Obama Academy, grapples with how to make progress on the pandemic of racism and balance her views with what her beloved grandmother shares about her own experiences and the history of the Civil Rights Movement.
4 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
BONUS EXTRA: Listen to Mekka interview her grandmother
An Obama Academy student interviews her grandma about civil rights, Malcolm X and 'being radical.'
18 minutes | Jun 9, 2020
A mom of boys navigates the pandemic and fight for justice
Pittsburgh resident Kim Neely was taking the pandemic in stride. It was a relief, to some degree. And it was because her family was home alongside her, and that makes a big difference for the Black mom of two Black boys and wife of a Black man. On this episode, she shares how she's been impacted by the movement against racism and police brutality and the experience of taking her son to his first protest.
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