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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 what’s going here in Western Pennsylvania. In just 15 minutes a day, City Cast Pittsburgh is a smart new way to connect with the Steel City you love. Add us to your feeds today!

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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 what’s going here in Western Pennsylvania. In just 15 minutes a day, City Cast Pittsburgh is a smart new way to connect with the Steel City you love. Add us to your feeds today!

    Cannabis Loophole, Closed Bridge & Appalachian Folklore

    Cannabis Loophole, Closed Bridge & Appalachian Folklore

    It’s the Friday news roundup! The City Cast team is talking about how anxiety dominates the state’s medical cannabis industry, why a bridge rumored to be unsafe in 2018 is only now getting closed, and how one local artist is turning regional folklore into a tarot deck.

    As always, our Friday shows are powered by great local journalism.

     Ed Mahon in Spotlight PA on anxiety disorders and medical cannabis


     Our episode with Ed Mahon on misleading claims about cannabis treatment for opioid use disorder.


     Oliver Morrison with WESA on the City of Pittsburgh shutting down The Charles Anderson Memorial Bridge in Oakland after it failed a safety analysis.


     Matthew Monroy in Pittsburgh City Paper on Killerpancake Illustration’s Appalachian Tarot Deck.

    Want to get your hands on the Haunted tarot deck? You can check out the Kickstarter here.


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    • 24 min
    Punxsutawney Phil: Clairvoyant or Scammer?

    Punxsutawney Phil: Clairvoyant or Scammer?

    Every February 2, the lore of a mythical groundhog draws thousands of spectators from all over the world to a small town 80 miles north of Pittsburgh. Punxsutawney Phil sits on his stump and predicts the weather; if he doesn’t see his shadow, that means an early spring. But how accurate are his predictions — and why does PA ride so hard for a rodent? We're teaming up with City Cast Philly this Groundhog Day to learn whether Punxsutawney Phil is the true "seer of seers" or just a groundhog who digs meteorology.

    They’re joined by two people who spend a lot of time around groundhogs: AJ Dereume, who is Phil’s handler, and Dr. Stam Zervanos, who has studied groundhogs for two decades. 

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    • 19 min
    We Visited PA's Only 'Green' Cemetery to Dig Into Sustainable Death

    We Visited PA's Only 'Green' Cemetery to Dig Into Sustainable Death

    In Pennsylvania, there’s one cemetery that can offer a sustainable afterlife – and it’s just outside of Pittsburgh in Verona. City Cast host Morgan Moody and producer Mallory Falk are touring the grounds of Penn Forest Natural Burial Park, the state’s only certified green cemetery, to find out why more people are going out green.

    And if you want to become a volunteer river ice spotter, check out the National Weather Service's virtual training here.

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    • 22 min
    Online Psychiatric Care Is Convenient…But Is It Safe?

    Online Psychiatric Care Is Convenient…But Is It Safe?

    Pittsburgh is packed with medical centers and doctors, but it can still be a challenge to get an appointment with a trained mental health professional. It was even trickier in the early days of COVID, until the pandemic gave rise to third-party psychiatric platforms.

    Remote therapy and virtual prescriptions helped increase access to mental healthcare. But as freelance journalist Meg St-Esprit reports, some of the platforms are starting to come under scrutiny. She joins us to discuss her recent article for PublicSource.

    You can read Meg's reporting here.

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    • 15 min
    Shattering Myths About Pgh’s Production History

    Shattering Myths About Pgh’s Production History

    Pittsburgh prides itself in our strong steel background, but before this city was the world leader in steel production, we were known for a much more delicate material: glass. Anne Madarasz, chief historian at the Heinz History Center, joins us to discuss Pittsburgh’s legacy as “Glass City U.S.A.”

    You can learn more Pittsburgh glass history at the Heinz History Center exhibit Glass: Shattering Notions.

    And if you’re a fan of Blown Away — the popular glassblowing competition on Netflix — there’s a new exhibition featuring artwork from Season 3’s top three finalists at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. It opens this Friday, and there’s a free artist talk with the finalists at 6:30 p.m. More information is available here.

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    • 17 min
    Getting Cell Phones Out of Schools & Non-Profits To Pay Up

    Getting Cell Phones Out of Schools & Non-Profits To Pay Up

    It’s the Friday news roundup! The City Cast team is discussing one school’s attempt to keep cell phones out of classrooms, why more teens are gathering Downtown, and Mayor Gainey’s plan to review whether Pittsburgh non-profits should start paying property taxes.

    As always, our Friday shows are powered by great local journalism.

     Terryaun Bell in PublicSource on cell phone bans in schools


    An-Li Herring and Sarah Schneider with WESA on high schools students spending more time Downtown — and the reaction from local businesses


    Kiley Kosckinski with WESA on city council shifting its focus from enforcing a youth curfew to opening resource centers


    Kiley Kosckinski with WESA on Gainey’s plan to review tax-exempt properties


    Charlie Wolfson in PublicSource with more on Gainey’s plan


    Our episode “You Pay Taxes, So Why Don’t Colleges & Hospitals?”


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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

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Morgan STAN

great team producing great local content ! thank you for waking up with me every morning on my drive into the hospital 🤍 really loved the episode of pgh increasing unhoused community.

cahoola ,

Love having a local news Podcast!

I am a huge podcast listener and have been looking for something to add to my rotation to keep me in the loop with Pittsburgh news. This show has a fun but informative tone, I'm glad it exists!

Jennifer Jerrett ,

Smart. Fun. Yinzery!

I grew up in Pittsburgh and love listening to this show. So fun to stay connected to all things Steel City, even from afar. From sports (Go Steelers!) to food to local politics, there’s a point-of-view here. It’s not NPR (in a good way), but it’s not a mindless ‘chatcast’ either. The producers dig deep into the distinctly Pittsburgh, at-this-moment conversations happening around town while also highlighting so much of what the city has to offer. I don’t think you’ll hear anything else like it.

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