40 episodes

The Slaw is a podcast from Very Local Pittsburgh about the people and places of the Steel City.


Each week, we'll be highlighting some of the unique collaborations among Pittsburgh artists & business. From the makers to the mailmen, to the ladies who make pierogies, we’ll be featuring very Pittsburgh stories.


The Slaw is brought to you by Very Local Pittsburgh. Very Local Pittsburgh is the user’s guide to the city. We’ll tell you where to go, what to know and where to park when you get there.

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    • 5.0, 18 Ratings

The Slaw is a podcast from Very Local Pittsburgh about the people and places of the Steel City.


Each week, we'll be highlighting some of the unique collaborations among Pittsburgh artists & business. From the makers to the mailmen, to the ladies who make pierogies, we’ll be featuring very Pittsburgh stories.


The Slaw is brought to you by Very Local Pittsburgh. Very Local Pittsburgh is the user’s guide to the city. We’ll tell you where to go, what to know and where to park when you get there.

    39 - Sad Animal Facts & Brooke Barker’s New Memoir

    39 - Sad Animal Facts & Brooke Barker’s New Memoir

    Meet Brooke Barker, the author and illustrator behind “Sad Animal Facts,” as well as a new memoir titled “So Help Me Gosh.” What are sad animal facts? Well, exactly that -- animal illustrations paired with “did you know” style, bite-sized information about animals. As Barker explains, “We’re all familiar with the concept of animals, and everyone assumes animals have these really easy and carefree lives. They’re frolicking in the woods; they’re just relaxing. They’re sleeping in cute little dens. But we don’t know how terrible animal lives are because they can’t tell us about them.”
     
    While the project started with Barker sharing the content on the internet, she has subsequently written and illustrated two sad animal books, “Sad Animal Facts” and “Sad Animal Babies,” as well as a book about animal couples that is co-authored with her husband. In this episode, we discuss some of her favorite facts as well as her new series ‘Meet This Scientist.’ 
     
    We talk about her new audiobook, “So Help Me Gosh,” which is a series of essays about growing up Mormon, and she even gives us a sneak peek by reading an excerpt. 
     
     
    Links in this episode:
     
    Sad Animal Fact website Sad Animal Facts on Instagram So Help Me Gosh on Audible Order Brooke’s books locally from White Whale Bookstore

    • 22 min
    38 - Katie Heldstab of Leona’s Ice Cream // Pittsburgh ice cream history

    38 - Katie Heldstab of Leona’s Ice Cream // Pittsburgh ice cream history

    In honor of National Ice Cream Sandwich Day on Aug. 2, we chat with Katie Heldstab, co-owner of Leona’s Ice Cream. Learn how the local company got its name, how they develop those flavors we love, and which very Pittsburgh flavor has folks making actual phone calls in order to buy it. Plus, Very Local freelancer Boaz Frankel shares a sweet bit of Pittsburgh’s ice cream history. 
     
    Links in this episode: 
     
    Leona’s Ice Cream

    • 31 min
    37 - Pittsburgh historian Charles Succop // Adda Coffee & Tea // Olive & Marlowe’s flavored vinegars

    37 - Pittsburgh historian Charles Succop // Adda Coffee & Tea // Olive & Marlowe’s flavored vinegars

    Meet Charles Succop, a local historian who features lots of Pittsburgh history on his three Instagram accounts: @pghthenandnow, @pittsburghistory (the H is deliberately missing) and @hiddenhousespgh. An intern at the city archives, Succop shares what document is the oldest in the collection and he reveals some parallels between the arguments presented in city council today and the council's records from our past. Our curiosity was piqued by the idea of a hidden house, which Succop explains is a house that has been modified to a commercial space (see: the Daily Bread on Roup Ave. and Penn Ave. in Garfield) Plus, we shoutout Adda Coffee and Tea’s new location in Garfield and Olive and Marlowe’s flavored vinegars.
     
    Links in this episode: 
     
    Charles Succop’s Instagram accounts
    @hiddenhousespgh
    @pghthenandnow
    @pittsburghistory
     
    Adda Coffee & Tea
    Olive & Marlowe

    • 26 min
    36 - Harvie Farms Pittsburgh // Lunchtime fishing with the TriAnglers // Iron City Bean coffee

    36 - Harvie Farms Pittsburgh // Lunchtime fishing with the TriAnglers // Iron City Bean coffee

    Meet Simon Huntley, the founder of Harvie -- a local company that uses technology to improve the community-supported agriculture (CSA) experience. He believes that eating local food grown on local farms should be as easy as ordering from Amazon. In this episode we discuss how Harvie sows relationships with multiple local farms to build a farm share box that is similar to a trip to the farmers market, with multiple vendors including Who Cooks For You Farm, Clarion River Organics, and Jubilee Hilltop Ranch. You have the opportunity to swap out produce you don’t like just by clicking some buttons and then the box is delivered to your door. Due to COVID-19, the business is rapidly expanding; they currently serve 500 families in the Pittsburgh area. We also highlight Venture Outdoors’ TriAnglers Wednesday lunchtime fishing program if you want to play hooky from work. For our coffee folks, we shout out the new Pittsburgh Brewing Co. collaboration with Press House roasters: Iron City Bean Nine to Five Blend. It’s supposed to taste like “the best damn diner coffee” you’ve ever had.
     
    Links in this episode:
     
    Harvie Farms Pittsburgh
     
    TriAnglers Fishing Calendar

    • 27 min
    35 - Eliza Smith Brown & Pittsburgh suffrage // Frick Park mountain bike meetup // Blanket & Board picnics

    35 - Eliza Smith Brown & Pittsburgh suffrage // Frick Park mountain bike meetup // Blanket & Board picnics

    One hundred years ago, the women of Pittsburgh (finally) received the right to vote, thanks to the 19th Amendment. The Pittsburgh Suffrage Centennial Committee is a nonpartisan initiative that highlights the history of the suffrage movement in Western Pennsylvania, while simultaneously working for present day voter registration and election participation. In this episode, we chat with the committee’s chairwoman, Eliza Smith Brown, about some of the ways that Pittsburgh’s suffragists influenced the larger, national suffrage movement, and we draw distinct parallels to current affairs. Plus, we highlight a new Thursday evening mountain bike trail ride through Frick Park, organized by 3 Rivers Outdoor Co. and Golden Triangle Bike Rental. And for the final segment of the episode, we shout out Blanket & Board for all your socially distant picnicking needs. 
     
    Links in this episode:
     
    Pittsburgh Suffrage Centennial  
    Weekly Mountain Biking in Frick Park   
    Blanket & Board

    • 32 min
    34 - Day Bracey & Fresh Fest Digi Fest // PGH bike match program // Spirit mural walls Black AF edition

    34 - Day Bracey & Fresh Fest Digi Fest // PGH bike match program // Spirit mural walls Black AF edition

    Fresh Fest, the first Black beer festival in the country, is moving online due to COVID-19. In this episode, we chat with co-founder Day Bracey about how the pivot to digital will allow more accessibility and how he believes that digital components will permanently change the events landscape long after coronavirus. But what about a key aspect of this festival -- the beer collaborations? Bracey has organized some special four-packs that will be available for purchase, so you can drink along from the comfort of your couch. For $10, Fresh Fest Digi Fest promises 54 total hours of available programming, including cooking demos, panel discussions, and live music. By going digital, both presenters and attendees are not constrained by geography, and as such Bracey is excited about some international voices entering the mix. Plus, we highlight the Bike Match network, a nationwide program that is overseen locally by BikePGH, and we shoutout some diversity in the art community with the Spirit mural walls Black AF edition project slated for unveiling in Lawrenceville this summer. 
     
    Links in this episode:
     
    Fresh Fest Digi Fest
    Bike Match Network Pittsburgh
    Spirit Walls Black AF Edition

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

smoketreemagee ,

This podcast is a PGH gem

This is a great PGH based podcast and we’re lucky to have it, so please keep up the good work! I’m looking forward to hearing more as this grows and I love the small business shoutout/ collaborations as well!

Buzz and Nick ,

The Essential Pittsburgh Podcast

Need something to do over the weekend? Wanna find the best breakfast sandwitch?
This is a great podcast for the city, and we're happy to be a part of it!

Dhanc ,

Amazing Name for the podcast

Love the podcast! Keep it up!!!

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