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From the Source

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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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Kicking in the right direction

April 28th, 2023


Yvetter Harrison discoves how a passion for kickball can driving positive change in Wilkinsburg and inspire others to reinvest in their neighborhood.

Pittsburgh's Gen Z speaks out: From the Source season recap | S4, Ep. 12

March 29th, 2023


Relive the voices of the future in the season finale of From the Source! Our Pittsburgh-area teen co-hosts have shared their perspectives on mental health, activism, immigration and more with humor and bravery …

How news and technology are influencing young minds | S4, Ep. 11

March 15th, 2023


In this episode, we dive into the intersection of news and technology and how it’s shaping the awareness of teen culture. The minds behind this …

A freshman founder takes us on an entrepreneurial journey of doubts and triumph | S4, Ep. 10

March 1st, 2023


In a candid conversation, high school freshman Jazmiere Bates opens up about her experiences as an entrepreneur and the challenges she’s had to …

Brandi’s antidote to teen gun violence | S4, Ep. 9

February 15th, 2023


This week, McKeesport native Brandi Cox discusses her observations of what happens in a community when teen gun violence becomes the norm. Listen to …

Inside Ja’Nya’s film lab: How a 10th grader is scripting her future, her way | S4, Ep. 8

February 1st, 2023


In this conversation, Reach Cyber Charter School sophomore Ja’Nya Coleman discusses how she views the paths to career success outside of attending …

This preteen is proud of her police officer dad, and also has ideas for better policing | S4, Ep. 7

January 18th, 2023


In this episode of From the Source, Ambyr Clay discusses her experiences as a preteen coming of age in the era of police misconduct and protests …

Teens fighting for a livable planet | S4, Ep. 6

January 4th, 2023


In this episode, five Pittsburgh high school students from Girl Scout Troop 55286 discuss the uncomfortable truths about climate change and …

From The Source is on holiday break

December 21st, 2022


We’re taking a break to observe the holiday season, so there won’t be a new episode this week. We’re back Wednesday, January 4th

Next time on From …

Finding home: Exploring immigration through the teen experience | S4, Ep. 5

December 7th, 2022


For some young people, an intercultural exchange is rare and there is little consideration of why they are who they are. But for teens who immigrated …

When teens and social media collide, what happens to self-image and worldviews?

November 23rd, 2022


In this conversation with Pittsburgh Allderdice senior Amaya Dorman, she discusses her observations of lifestyle content on social media; its effects on teens’ aspirations and values; and the challenges she faces to …

A high school senior’s perspective on how adults frame gender roles and talking with teens about sexual safety

November 9th, 2022


Boys and girls, the birds and the bees, the double standards. In this conversation with Woodland Hills High School senior Tierra Bush, she discusses …

A freshman’s take on teen mental health 101, and spoiler, it’s not constant positivity

October 26th, 2022


A sustainable future and the health and wellness of teens are inextricably linked. Since the pandemic, there’s been an increase in high school …

These teens are fighting to change the rhetoric and reality around youth violence in the Pittsburgh area | S4, Ep. 1

October 12th, 2022


Young people have not been shielded from the spike of gun violence in the Pittsburgh area. They have been innocent bystanders, victims and the ones …

PA eased telehealth regulations during COVID

June 9th, 2022


PublicSource explores telehealth access through a parity lens for mental and physical health needs.

What do you know for sure? | Revisiting S3 personalities

May 6th, 2022


In the third season of From the Source, we focused on the Pittsburgh barrier-breakers and their personal reflections on challenges, growth and achievement. We asked each and every one of them a question that yielded …

Michael’s dilemma: When your work influences how your child sees the world

April 20th, 2022


Michael Carroll is a social media marketer, producer and artist manager. In this episode of From the Source, Michael deconstructs popular media …

Mark’s ‘magical Mindful Toolbox’ for kids

April 6th, 2022


Mark Williams is the songwriter, artist and creator of the show, “Hello, Humans!” In this episode of From the Source, Mark talks about the steps he’s …

Ginny's work values, shaped by childhood responsibilities

March 23rd, 2022


Meet Ginny Nemchick. She’s an operations manager at a business incubator in East Liberty. In this episode of From the Source, Ginny talks about her work in the nonprofit space and how growing up the responsible sibling …

Damian’s approach to ‘whole body’ training

March 9th, 2022


Meet Damian Addison, father, boxer and personal trainer. In this episode of From the Source, Damian talks about developing positive mental agility, the relationship between confidence and fitness, and what he knows to …

Lena’s labor theory

February 23rd, 2022


Meet Lena Chen, a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University as well as an artist and performer. In this episode of From the Source, Lena talks about breaking into the sex-pleasure industry; the relationship between …

Nick’s community practice

February 9th, 2022


In this episode of From the Source, you’ll meet Nick Ripley, who works in the North Side at the Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation’s free legal aid clinic, which serves the LGBTQ+ community. Listen to what Nick has to say …

She’Cholle’s venture into manufacturing

January 26th, 2022


She’Cholle Winmon works in additive manufacturing at  RE2 Robotics in Lawrenceville. From firsthand experience, She’Cholle shares how she …

Priya’s vision for child care

January 12th, 2022


In this episode of From the Source, you’ll meet Priya Amin, co-creator of the child care company Flexable. Priya talks about where the idea for Flexable came from and why it was so needed, the decision to close the …

Terry's pilgrimage to Pittsburgh

December 29th, 2021


Introducing Terry Gibson: Ten years ago, religion and family pushed this Florida native to break ground in a new city he’d never visited. Listen to his description of Pittsburgh’s “unfiltered'' religious identity, …

Ehrrin’s return to school and going from gig work to career

December 15th, 2021


In this episode of From the Source, we discuss the challenges Ehrrin Keenan is facing and has faced in reaching her goal of graduating college — …

Karen's challenge to herself — and ultimately to you

December 1st, 2021


Has someone ever said something to you that just stunk? It was biased, close-minded, perhaps straight-up hateful. Where did you dump the feelings …

Season 2 Recap: How Do You Measure a Good Life?

August 10th, 2021


In the second season of From the Source, we focused on quality-of-life issues. 

What do you need to live well?

How much? 

And at what cost?

Before we sign off and come back for Season 3 in the fall, here’s a recap of …

Lives left in caring hands?— A conversation with a palliative care social worker 

August 5th, 2021


What information do you need to have in place for you to transition to the end of your life on your terms? Support and palliative care social worker Tanisha Bowman walks us through how to prepare and empower your loved …

Stigma and support — A conversation with a Pittsburgh bereavement doula

July 28th, 2021


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 …

Communal Land and Ownership. A conversation with Pittsburgh affordable housing advocates.

June 24th, 2021


Land banks, inclusionary zoning policies and community land trusts are all a part of the toolkit that cities like Pittsburgh and community leaders …

Leading with generosity — A conversation with a local jeweler about his career and culture of giving.

June 10th, 2021


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 …

Tuition isn’t free, and neither is emotional labor — A conversation with Pitt’s departing Black Action Society president

May 24th, 2021


Meet Morgan Ottley as she unpacks the lessons and challenges of remotely completing her senior year at the University of Pittsburgh following 2020’s …

Pittsburgh’s Black Muslim history uncovered

May 6th, 2021


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 …

Sweat equity — A conversation with Pittsburgh activist Dena Stanley

April 21st, 2021


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 …

Flair with care — A conversation with a Pittsburgh alternative hairstyle and wig specialis

March 30th, 2021


The kind of hair service Pittsburgh-based entrepreneur LaToya Johnson-Rainey provides is for a particular clientele. Clients come to her in their …

Better nature, better relationship, better planet — A conversation with a Pittsburgh urban ecologist

March 11th, 2021


Are discussions about the non-human natural world relevant to folks outside of climate change and environmentalist circles? After listening to …

Let’s get free — A Pittsburgh-based prison abolitionist’s point of view 

February 26th, 2021


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 …

Secret ingredients: purpose and confidence. Meet the 9-year-old chef dishing up recipe videos for social media.

February 3rd, 2021


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 …

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

December 31st, 2020


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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