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From the Source

22 EpisodesProduced by PublicSourceWebsite

In each episode, the podcast “From the Source” covers stories of places and people that bring Pittsburgh to life. Created in the spring of 2020, “From the Source” began as an experiment to help our listeners process the changes brought on by a global pandemic. In Season 2, we’re still learning what … read more

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Year-end reflections from PublicSource staff on the never-ending year that was 2020: Jennie Liska

December 31st, 2020

8:34

When we began From the Source it was our ambition to help listeners find community with others around how they were getting through working, …

Year-end reflections from PublicSource staff on the never-ending year that was 2020: Naomi Harris

December 31st, 2020

15:28

When we began From the Source it was our ambition to help listeners find community with others around how they were getting through working, …

Year-end reflections from PublicSource staff on the never-ending year that was 2020: Jay Manning

December 31st, 2020

11:26

When we began From the Source it was our ambition to help listeners find community with others around how they were getting through working, …

How Pittsburgh shapes and cages the experience of Black women. For real. (Part 2)

December 22nd, 2020

20:17

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 …

How Pittsburgh shapes and cages the experience of Black women. For real.

November 23rd, 2020

26:58

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 …

To Vote or Not to Vote

October 30th, 2020

24:51

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 …

Pandemics, plural: Season 1 recap

June 23rd, 2020

7:36

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 …

The student and her grandma, an intergenerational view on civil rights

June 16th, 2020

19:25

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 …

BONUS EXTRA: Listen to Mekka interview her grandmother

June 16th, 2020

4:29

An Obama Academy student interviews her grandma about civil rights, Malcolm X and 'being radical.'

A mom of boys navigates the pandemic and fight for justice

June 9th, 2020

17:45

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 …

A Pittsburgh Punk Rocker's Case of COVID-19

June 2nd, 2020

13:22

The coronavirus pandemic had already shut down Piper's Pub manager and punk band member Alex Peightal on many fronts. Then, he was dealt another blow: He contracted COVID-19. On this episode, Alex discusses the illness, …

The counselor and teacher finding hope and growth in kids

May 26th, 2020

15:21

More than two months into quarantine, it remains unclear when or how children will return to classrooms. How will they be evaluated? Would they be …

Turned off by tip-baiting, the Pittsburgh-area Instacart worker went solo 

May 19th, 2020

14:36

Many consumers are relying on delivery workers to shop for and deliver their groceries to protect themselves during the pandemic. With increased demand, some customers have been making their orders look more appealing …

The advocate whose social media followers are helping him help the homeless

May 12th, 2020

14:30

Since the pandemic began to affect Allegheny County, Lorenzo Ruilli has been hiking under bridges and through urban brush to help the homeless. On this episode, learn how he is putting together bags of food and hygiene …

The Lawrenceville 8-year-old with a podcast and lots of pandemic thoughts

May 4th, 2020

9:48

What does a kid make of a historic event that is affecting people throughout the world? On this episode, third-grader Felix Wodzak shares what he understands about the effects of the coronavirus, the history of past …

The postal worker with a calling to serve his East End customers

April 28th, 2020

10:15

The U.S. Postal Service is in danger of bankruptcy at a time when their service is considered 'essential.' While postal workers are delivering important items, like prescriptions and mail-in ballot applications, they're …

The food bank employee helping to get food to people during a pandemic

April 21st, 2020

17:00

You've seen the footage of the cars in lengthy lines for food bank distributions. Now, hear what it's like on the ground during a pandemic. On this episode, an employee of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank …

The new mom balancing her happiness with sadness over altered expectations

April 21st, 2020

8:07

Bringing home a newborn is challenging, and that's why so many new parents lean on family and friends to help them adjust. But this support is near impossible during a pandemic, without taking risks. In this episode, …

The nurse worried for her peers on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis

April 13th, 2020

12:39

In our lifetime, there has not been a more scary time to be a nurse. On this episode, we’re hearing from a Pittsburgh-based nurse who is not on the front lines but has a lot of insight into the experiences nurses face. …

The high school senior singing the coronavirus blues

April 13th, 2020

12:11

Final exams. Prom. Graduation. Right about this time of year, these would be the milestones for high school seniors in the United States. For …

The hair salon owner shocked by which billers would and wouldn't help

April 13th, 2020

14:38

The coronavirus has devastated Pittsburgh's small business owners. Dana Bannon, the owner of a Millvale hair salon, is one of them. On this episode, she talks about closing her doors and calling all the places she soon …

Introducing "From the Source"

April 10th, 2020

2:00

The coronavirus has changed us, no matter what class, race, gender, age we represent, in Pittsburgh and beyond. Each week, the Pittsburgh nonprofit news outlet PublicSource will bring you voices and personal stories of …

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