47 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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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.

    46 - Ariam Ford-Graver of Grounded

    46 - Ariam Ford-Graver of Grounded

    A city planner with a passion for environmental justice, Ariam Ford-Graver is the executive director of Grounded Strategies, a local nonprofit that uses land as a medium for community change. In this episode, she talks about the work that Grounded does to help people reclaim and revitalize vacant lots and abandoned spaces in neighborhoods throughout Allegheny County. Learn why equitable access to high quality green space is important and how city planning decisions can have an effect on a neighborhood’s value (or consequent devaluing over time). “Land is the one thing you can’t make more of,” she explains. Ford-Graver believes that “you cannot achieve racial equity without addressing spatial inequity.” While we address this idea in this episode, Grounded’s “Black Neighborhoods Matter” website post digs deeper into what this means in the city of Pittsburgh. 
     
    Links in this episode:
     
    Grounded 
    Black Neighborhoods Matter

    • 38 min
    45 - Karla Lamb of Latinx + Proud! // Lagerlands

    45 - Karla Lamb of Latinx + Proud! // Lagerlands

    Karla Lamb is a poet, the senior programming director at City of Asylum, and the founder of Latinx & Proud! -- a literary series whose mission is to “incite conversation, empower, and amplify the Latinx community in Pittsburgh. In this episode, Lamb speaks about identity and she shares the story of her own experiences as a self-labeled Chicana and Latinx poet. She explains the “All Pittsburghers are Poets” initiative recently launched by City of Asylum and Aadam learns what a poet laureate is. October 27 celebrates one year of the Latinx & Proud! reading series; in anticipation of that anniversary event, Lamb shares what has made her most proud so far and what she hopes to accomplish. Plus: a new socially distant, pop-up beer garden opens in the South Side. Lagerlands is a four-way collaboration between Hop Culture magazine, Cinderlands Beer Co., Burgh’ers Brewing, and De Fer Coffee & Tea. 
     
    Links in this episode:
     
    City of Asylum
    Latinx & Proud!
    Lagerlands

    • 30 min
    44 - Very Local goes Back to School: Meet Julie Zaichuk-Ryan of South Atlantic Stitching Company

    44 - Very Local goes Back to School: Meet Julie Zaichuk-Ryan of South Atlantic Stitching Company

    This is back-to-school week at Very Local PGH. Each day’s content is themed around a familiar subject. And since this episode goes live for home ec. day, we made sure our guest fits the theme: Meet Julie Zaichuk-Ryan, owner of South Atlantic Stitching Company. She is a sewist whose work is a modern take on traditional needlecraft. In addition to selling her work via her Etsy store, taking custom orders and repairs, and doing pattern editing for other quilters and crafters, Zaichuk-Ryan teaches classes at Cut & Sew Studio in Morningside. In this episode we talk about the importance of hand stitching as a means of slowing down, about “women’s work” and what that means to her, and what inspires her. Her advice for beginning sewists is similar to that of some previous guests: Just do it and do not be afraid of making mistakes. “There’s no fear in sewing.” Zaichuk-Ryan encourages folks to tackle a project they are interested in, even if it is above their current skill level, in order to stay excited throughout the project.  
     
    Links in this episode: 
     
    South Atlantic Stitching Company
    South Atlantic Stitching Company on Etsy
    Cut & Sew Studio Virtual Classes

    • 22 min
    43 - Artist Camerin “Camo” Nesbit of Camo Customz

    43 - Artist Camerin “Camo” Nesbit of Camo Customz

    Artist Camerin “Camo” Nesbit got his start painting sneakers, but nowadays, he’s working on much larger canvases. Nesbit was instrumental in the revisioning of the Black Lives Matter mural downtown this past June, spearheading the effort to organize (and pay) 25 Black artists to make the finished piece more inclusive. He also managed this year’s mural project at Spirit in Lawrenceville, choosing local artists to create a unified piece that utilized all of their personal styles in a cohesive image. In this episode we ask him about his experiences as a Black artist in Pittsburgh and what changes he would like to see. He shouts out some of his mural locations so you can take a socially distant mural tour and check them out, and he talks about his new project -- the Homewood Experience Artwalk. 
     
    Links in this episode:
     
    Camo Customz Website
    Camo Customz on Instagram

    • 30 min
    42 - Danielle Spinola of Tupelo Honey Teas

    42 - Danielle Spinola of Tupelo Honey Teas

    Danielle Spinola has been serving her specialty tea blends to Pittsburghers since 2007. In 2016, she expanded Tupelo Honey Teas and opened a plant-based cafe in Millvale, returning to her hometown and working to build community with an emphasis on sustainability and collaboration. In this episode, she gives an excellent tea explainer and discusses the health benefits of the beverage. We learn her views about plants as medicine and the level of care she and her team take when blending and selling tea to customers. Is tea, well, not your cup of tea? Spinola takes a “thinking outside the box” approach to tea and her business, which means that her blends are often used in collaborations with local breweries and distilleries for some harder-edged drinks. The episode concludes with her latest collaboration project: She is foraging in Girty’s Woods each week to create a tea used to raise money for the Allegheny Land Trust’s purchase of the 155 acres that span Millvale, Shaler, and Reserve in order to preserve it as green space. Plus: What goes great with tea? Cookies. This week, we dug through our archives to find a previously unreleased clip. Very Local freelancer/cookie enthusiast Boaz Frankel recommends his favorite chocolate chip cookies around town.
     
    Links in this episode:
    Tupelo Honey Teas Allegheny Land Trust Girty’s Woods Initiative

    • 29 min
    41 - Blending spices and stories with Jalsa by Veda // Synthesis specialty plant shop

    41 - Blending spices and stories with Jalsa by Veda // Synthesis specialty plant shop

    Veda Sankaran combines her Indian heritage and her Western Pennsylvanian upbringing to tell her personal story via her cooking. Jalsa by Veda is one part recipe website, one part cooking classes and popup dinners, and one part specialty spice blend. In this episode, we learn how Sankaran came to love cooking, the recipe that started her eponymous spice blend, and where she loves to shop for ingredients. She shares her takes on some very Pittsburgh foods and we talk about why she thinks cooking is important to so many people right now. Plus, we shoutout Synthesis, a plant shop that specializes in cacti, succulents, and other sculptural plants.
     
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    Jalsa By Veda Synthesis

    • 27 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!

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Amazing Name for the podcast

Love the podcast! Keep it up!!!

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