Pennsylvania Podcasts

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Ep86: Redistricting in PennsylvaniaPA State Rep. Greg Rothman, who also chairs the state's House Republican Campaign Committee, reflects on the GOP's legislative wins in 2020 and looks ahead to the topic that will be front-and-center in 2021: redistricting.

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Watershed ShowdownWhich of five finalists will be Pennsylvania's River of the Year for 2021? With less than a week remaining to vote, nominating watershed groups make their final pitch for your vote.

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Accidental ParadiseOn its 100th anniversary, a new book explores the chain of unlikely historical events that gave us Presque Isle State Park.

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State of the Union 2020The civil liberties impact of the three crises of 2020 - the COVID-19 pandemic, the racial reckoning captured in the Black Lives Matter movement, and the election - cannot be overstated.

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Ep85: Devlin Robinson, Incoming PA senator, combat veteran, small businessmanIncoming state Senator Devlin Robinson defeated incumbent Democrat Sen. Pam Iovino in Nov. 2020, flipping the 37th Senate seat in Allegheny and Washington counties from blue to red.

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"The Loyal Son: The War in Ben Franklin's House" with Daniel Mark EpsteinIn The Loyal Son, award-winning historian Daniel Mark Epstein throws the spotlight on one of the more enigmatic aspects of Franklin's biography: his complex and confounding relationship with his illegitimate son William.

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A public health emergency in Pennsylvania's prisonsRobert Saleem Holbrook of Abolitionist Law Center joins the podcast to discuss the urgency of this moment and the failure of Governor Wolf's response.

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Ep 84: Abhi Samuel: What makes America unique?For those of us who grew up in the United States, it can be easy to take for granted the freedoms we enjoy.

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Fight of the Century: A conversation with Ayelet Waldman and Michael ChabonAs part of the ACLU's Centennial celebration, the writers Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon published the book Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases.

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Ep83: Carrie DelRosso, Incoming PA State Rep and Small Business OwnerIn perhaps the biggest upset of the 2020 elections in Pennsylvania, Republican Carrie DelRosso defeated Democrat House Minority Leader Frank Dermody, who had been in office for nearly 30 years.

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Recognizing ExcellenceWinners of the 2020 Northeast Environmental Partnership Awards and 2020 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards, in their own words.

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Ep82: Lenny McAllister, CEO, PA Coalition of Public Charter SchoolsLenny McAllister is a name well known in Pennsylvania and beyond. As the new CEO of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools, Lenny joins Commonwealth Partners President and CEO Matt Brouillette to talk about his passion for expanding educational opportunity for children across Pennsylvania and how his organization is doing just that.

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The next big LGBQ&T case is at the Supreme CourtOn Wednesday, the Supreme Court hears arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, a challenge to the city's enforcement of its nondiscrimination ordinance in its contracts with foster care agencies.

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Ep81: Ryan Aument, PA Senator and former U.S. Army CaptainFrom fighting overseas as a Captain in the United States Army to fighting in Harrisburg so kids can get a better education, Pennsylvania State Senator Ryan Aument traveled a unique path to the Legislature.

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Making HistoryAfter decades of struggle, Pittsburgh's Hazelwood neighborhood is poised for an economic comeback. The long-awaited redevelopment of Hazelwood's industrial riverfront has rekindled hopes for a brighter future - but the neighborhood's resident historian says there's also much to celebrate about, and learn from, its past.

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How ACLU-PA is protecting the voteACLU-PA's election protection work has been at full speed for months. In this episode, Sara Mullen, advocacy and policy director; Vic Walczak, legal director; and Elizabeth Randol, legislative director, talk about what election protection means, what our team has been doing, and what it means for you as a voter.

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Ep80: Curt Schroder on COVID protections for businessesAs the economy slowly reopens, businesses small and large are under significant threat of COVID related lawsuits, even when they do everything right.

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Reasons to RideCelebrating ten years of the PEC Environment Ride in conversation with members of the 2020 team.

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Things you need to know about voting, part 2Marian Schneider served as deputy secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of State under Governor Wolf and has worked as a voting rights attorney for 15 years.

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"Becoming Philadelphia" with Inga SaffronOver the past two decades, Inga Saffron has served as the premier chronicler of the city's physical transformation as it emerged from a half century of decline.

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Ep79: Tim DeFoor, GOP candidate for PA Auditor GeneralPennsylvania has not had a Republican Auditor General in decades. Tim DeFoor wants to change that.

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Brownfield to GreenspaceFor the better part of a century, the Hazelwood neighborhood was one of Pittsburgh's most important industrial centers.

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Things you need to know about voting, part 1Election season is here, and Alexa Grant of Common Cause PA and Donnell Drinks of ACLU-PA fill us in on some of the things you need to know before you vote.

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Ep78: PA GOP Chair Lawrence Tabas on mail-in votingPA GOP Chair and election attorney Lawrence Tabas joins Commonwealth Partners President and CEO Matt Brouillette to talk about mail-in voting in this key swing state, and why election results may not be known until well after Election Day.

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Policy RoundupA reckoning over RGGI, outdoor recreation and COVID, bipartisan love for community solar, and clearing a path for E-bikes: Legal and Government Affairs VP John Walliser reviews the PEC policy agenda heading into what promises to be an eventful fall in Harrisburg.

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Ep77: CapitAlism works, and CapitOlism doesn'tCapitalism has been accused of many ills over the years, but is it guilty as charged?

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Six Routes, One Great RideThe 2020 PEC Public Lands Ride showcases some of the best trail-riding in the state, and this year's ride features an expanded lineup of routes in state parks and forests.

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Ep76: Reclaiming Public Education by Commonwealth Partners President and CEO Matt BrouilletteHave we forgotten the true purpose of public education? As the COVID-19 pandemic has upended the educational landscape, more and more parents are considering options other than traditional brick-and-mortar public schools for their children.

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"A liberating moment": LGBQ&T discrimination and the Supreme CourtIn June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that discrimination in the workplace against LGBQ&T people is a form of sex discrimination.

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Why We Need Wildlife CorridorsLike humans, animals need space and the ability to move safely across it. But habitat fragmentation caused by development is disrupting wildlife migration, leading to more frequent and sometimes dangerous encounters with people - and the effects will only intensify with climate change.

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Ep75: Rep. Clint Owlett on getting PA students 'Back on Track'It's not every lawmaker who can say his district includes the Grand Grand Canyon, that is.

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Mitigating CircumstancesFixing leaks in the natural gas supply chain is critical to reducing Pennsylvania's greenhouse gas emissions, and proposed new requirements for gas facilities would hold operators accountable for detecting and repairing them.

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"Have you read this bill? ! " Civil liberties and the PA General AssemblyState government can have profound impacts on Pennsylvanians' lives, for better and for worse. On this episode, ACLU-PA Legislative Director Elizabeth Randol talks about her work lobbying the state Legislature on civil liberties, how probation reform turned into probation deform, and legislators' responses to the crisis in policing.

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" at the Point…A Journey Through History" with Thomas Leech and Linda Kaplan"at the Point...A Journey Through History" tells the stories of the 34 bridges that crossed the Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio rivers in Pittsburgh from 1818 to today.

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Ep74: Dave Spigelmyer, president, Marcellus Shale CoalitionIn late June, 2020, PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued a scathing Grand Jury report taking aim at Pennsylvania's natural gas industry.

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Going the DistanceWe welcome back P3R's Troy Schooley to discuss the new format and the growing movement for sustainability in distance running.

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Counselors. Not cops. A conversation with Harold JordanIn the last 20 years, the presence of police officers in schools has increased dramatically, to the detriment of the lives and futures of students.

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Ep73: PA House Speaker Bryan CutlerPennsylvania's newly elected House Speaker Bryan Cutler discusses his path from Majority Whip to Majority Leader to Speaker of the House.

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Short Take 6: From political science to affective scienceAt the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Tom Wolf assured Pennsylvanians his decisions would be driven by data and science.

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The Long Weekend"Every day is like a weekend day now," read one response to PEC's recent survey of Pennsylvania trail managers about outdoor recreation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Divest in police. Invest in people.What does it mean to divest in police? Paige Fernandez, policing policy advisor for national ACLU, joins the podcast to talk about how we change the police by shrinking their size, scope, and power and why reform didn't work.

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Ep72: Nathan McGrath, president and general counsel, The Fairness CenterPublic sector unions are supposed to represent their workers, but where can workers go when they've been mistreated by union officials?

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The StakesAs the Department of Environmental Protection gathers public comment on a proposed rulemaking to cut emissions of climate-changing methane from Pennsylvania's natural gas industry, new data from the Environmental Defense Fund paints a stark picture of what's at stake: current emissions up to fifteen times higher than official estimates, and...

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Ep71: Rep. Tim O'Neal on liquor privatization in PAAmong the many things Pennsylvanians saw throughout Gov. Tom Wolf's shutdown of the economy during COVID, the disaster of the state-run liquor system ranks among the more frustrating.

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Ep70: Zach Shamberg, president and CEO, Pennsylvania Health Care AssociationOne topic that's been front and center during the COVID-19 pandemic in Pennsylvania is the state's response to helping residents and staff of long-term care facilities.

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Breaking the FrameThese days, environmental issues are politically charged in a way that can make sound, commonsense policy seem unattainable.

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When freedom is no longer for sale: Ending cash bailThe Philadelphia Bail Fund works to put itself out of business by ending the use of cash bail and pretrial punishment.

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Short Take 5: Civilian Coronavirus Corps fails to solve problem Gov. Wolf madeCommonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs Board Member David Hogg, an entrepreneur who is the founder and CEO of a hospitality development and management company, recently explained in an op-ed how Wolf's proposal fails to solve a problem of the governor's own making.

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Ep69: Rep. Seth Grove on Gov. Wolf's shutdown and safely re-opening PAIn light of PA Gov. Tom Wolf's threats to retaliate against counties and businesses that re-open without his permission, Rep.

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Running the Numbers on RGGIAny way you slice it, coal-fired power generation is on its way out. That leaves two likely scenarios for Pennsylvania's electricity sector in the next decade: a modest reduction in greenhouse gas emissions with little economic impact, or a dramatic reduction coupled with massive investment in energy innovation and efficiency.

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"Bandstandland" with Larry LehmerAmerican Bandstand, one of the longest-running shows in television history, spotlighted well-scrubbed, properly dressed dancing teenagers on every show.

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Ep68: Mike Pries, Vice-Chairman, Dauphin County Board of CommissionersWith much focus in Pennsylvania on the state's response to COVID-19, how are county leaders responding?

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ACLU-PA's Greatest HitsThe ACLU is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2020. To continue the celebration, we hear in this episode from Vic Walczak, ACLU-PA's legal director, about some of the cases that have cemented our legacy as the leading defender of civil liberties in the commonwealth.

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Short Take 4: Kids are short-changed when schools refuse to changeWith traditional public schools shuttered for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year, are kids being shortchanged amid COVID-19?

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"By Great Rivers: Lives of the Appalachian Frontier" with Robert SwiftThe several dozen individuals profiled here reflect a multi-cultural society that developed on that frontier.

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Ep67: Adventures in liquor-buying in PA: David La Torre's storyBuying liquor in Pennsylvania in normal times is bad enough, given the state's government-run liquor monopoly.

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Short Take 3: Believe the ScienceAs weeks of Gov. Wolf's shutdown order drag on, we're told to rely on the data, trust the science, and believe the experts.

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Ep66: Jonathan Goldstein, attorney filing federal lawsuit over COVID business shutdownNearly six weeks into Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's business shutdown order in response to COVID-19, attorney and business owner Jonathan Goldstein joins Commonwealth Partners president and CEO Matt Brouillette to discuss a federal lawsuit he's filed challenging Gov.

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In Living MemoryAt 96, Thomas Dolan is part of a very exclusive club: surviving founders of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

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Justice and Jobs: Marijuana Reform with Pittsburgh NORMLAfter the discussion, Patrick received a response to his Right To Know request and learned that Pittsburgh police issued approximately 200 citations under the city's decriminalization ordinance in 2019.

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Ep65: COVID shut-down order impact on PA supply chain and manufacturingIn the fall-out of PA Gov. Tom Wolf's executive order closing wide swaths of the state's economy, David Taylor, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association, discusses the disastrous impact the haphazard order has had on critical supply chain companies and considers how well Pennsylvania is poised to come back once the...

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Social Distancing for AnglersPennsylvania's trout season opened as scheduled earlier this week, but anglers must abide by the same social distancing rules that apply in any public place.

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The Pandemic and Civil Liberties: How ACLU-PA is RespondingThe civil liberties implications of the current public health crisis are significant. Hear from ACLU-PA's Reggie Shuford, Vic Walczak, and Nyssa Taylor about how we've been responding.

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Ep64: Cris Dush, state representative, candidate for PA senate, veteranAs a child, PA State Rep. Cris Dush got to know not one or two but three of his knew people who fought in the Civil War.

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Birding Under QuarantineIn this time of social distancing, one of the best and safest ways to stay connected with nature is by getting to know the creatures in your own backyard - especially the myriad bird species migrating to or through Pennsylvania this time of year.

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Short Take 2: What's the goal to win the war against COVID-19?In any battle, a clear goal is essential. This audio version of a commentary by Commonwealth Partners President and CEO Matt Brouillette outlines why this clarity is particularly critical in the battle against COVID-19.

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Ready, Set, Vote! Live in PittsburghIn a pandemic, it is as critical as ever to know your voting rights. In our second live podcast, we hear from Eileen Olmsted of the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh and Sara Rose of ACLU-PA, covering a wide range of topics, including Pennsylvania's new vote-by-mail option and voting with a criminal record.

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Ep63: Doug Mastriano, state senator, retired Army colonel, author, and moreRecounting a 30-year military career, a family background of unbelievable stories of heroism, and a passion for America, freshman PA state Senator Doug Mastriano has a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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The New Economics of ClimateAs investors grow wary of fossil fuels and big companies prioritize sustainability, where will Pennsylvania fit in the post-carbon economy?

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Short Take 1: Power, Patronage, Politics and the Pennsylvania TurnpikeIn this inaugural Brews and Views Short Take, hear the REAL reason Pennsylvania's turnpike tolls are so high!

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Ellery's Protest: The Case That Ended Mandatory Bible Readings in SchoolsIn 1956, as an 11th grader, Ellery Schempp challenged the mandatory Bible readings at his public school in Abington, Pennsylvania.

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Ep62: Ethan Demme, Entrepreneur and East Lampeter Township SupervisorAs former U.S. House Speaker Tip O'Neil famously said, all politics is local. In this episode, entrepreneur and East Lampeter Township Supervisor Ethan Demme takes a hyper-local look at how local governments can foster-or hinder-economic growth and opportunity.

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HomegrownCommunity supported agriculture gives subscribers access to fresh, locally grown produce without the trouble and expense of growing it themselves.

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Derrell Key on life on probationDerrell Key of Pittsburgh has lived it. Convicted of crimes that occurred more than a decade ago, Derrell has been out of prison since 2013.

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"Benjamin Franklin: An American Life" with Walter IsaacsonBenjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us, the one who seems made of flesh rather than marble.

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Ep61: Andy Phillips, Executive Director, Logos Academy HarrisburgWhat does it take to provide children in Harrisburg with a quality education regardless of socioeconomic background?

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TailwindThe Circuit Trails initiative is starting 2020 with a full slate of projects and a hefty funding boost courtesy of Montgomery County.

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Ep60: David Rowe, Pa. State Rep, EntrepreneurDavid Rowe has what he describes as an unconventional childhood. After spending a few years working in Asia just out of high school, he returned to Pennsylvania and took the path of an entrepreneur in the commonwealth.

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Watershed AlliesThe Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers provides support for community watershed organizations to build capacity and coordinate more effectively with one another.

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Episode 90PBPC Director Marc Stier joins the podcast to talk about his recent report about corporate tax breaks in Pennsylvania.

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Ep59: Heather Heidelbaugh, candidate for PA attorney generalPittsburgh attorney Heather Heidelbaugh is running for the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania attorney general in 2020 in a race that could pit her against incumbent AG Josh Shapiro.

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The Greenway ImperativeChuck Flink wrote the book on greenways - literally. 1993's "Greenways: A Guide To Planning Design And Development," co-authored with Robert Searns and addressed to the planning community, helped launch a global movement in landscape architecture.

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"Chasing Cosby: The Downfall of America's Dad" with Nicole Weisensee EganBill Cosby's decades-long career as a sweater-wearing, wholesome TV dad came to a swift and stunning end on April 26, 2018, when he was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand.

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Choosing the Next PA River of the YearThe five finalists for 2020 River of the Year represent everything that's right - and everything that's wrong - with Pennsylvania's 86,000 miles of rivers and streams.

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State of the Union 2019It's been a year! In this episode, ACLU-PA Executive Director Reggie Shuford discusses our numerous achievements in 2019, including reform of the commonwealth's election law, intervening to protect the right of people on probation to use medical marijuana, and several projects to keep people living in poverty out of jail.

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Ep58: Martina White, State Representative and New Chair, Republican Party of PhiladelphiaIn 2015, Martina White became the first new Republican elected to the State Legislature in Philadelphia in 25 years.

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The Year in PolicyBack in January, PEC published a list of legislative and regulatory recommendations for cutting greenhouse gas emissions from Pennsylvania's electricity sector.

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Ep57: Chris Frye, Mayor-Elect, New Castle, PAChris Frye made history on Election Day by being elected the first black mayor of New Castle, Pennsylvania.

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The end of solitary confinement on Pennsylvania's death rowLast week, the ACLU, ACLU-PA, the Abolitionist Law Center, and two law firms announced a settlement to our lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections that challenged the department's use of permanent, automatic solitary confinement for people who are sentenced to death.

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Trails for EveryoneTrails beautify neighborhoods and make communities more livable - but that's only the beginning. A 2019 report from the East Coast Greenway Alliance shows how every dollar spent developing the ECG corridor through the Delaware River Watershed comes back almost twofold in benefits to public health, local economies, transportation safety and...

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"Betsy Ross and the Making of America" with Marla MillerBeyond the legend of the creation of the American flag, we know very little about the facts of Betsy Ross' life.

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Ep56: Dawn Keefer, PA State Representative, Business OwnerYou might say PA State Representative Dawn Keefer grew up with small business in her DNA.

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The Business Case Against Trump's AgendaJim Doyle, President of the Business Forward Foundation, joins us to talk to us about a new report entitled "Answering America: The Business Case Against Trump's Agenda."

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"Bosom Friends: The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King" with Thomas BalcerskiHe traces the parallels in the men's personal and professional lives before elected office, including their failed romantic courtships and the stories they told about them.

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Forester For a DayIn a state that's nearly 60 percent tree-covered, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry has a lot of ground to cover.

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"Voters won": Common Cause PA on election reformOn October 31, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed the most sweeping reform to the commonwealth's election law in decades.

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Ep55: Rick Gray, former mayor of Lancaster, Pa.Former Mayor Rick Gray spent 12 years leading the Red Rose City-Lancaster, PA. As a lifelong student of American government and history, Rick kept charts in high school of how U.S. Senators voted on various issues.

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Carbon FootprintsThis year's GAP Relay - a 150-mile team footrace along the Great Allegheny Passage - was the first carbon neutral trail relay in the nation.

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More law and less justice in PennsylvaniaIn the last two weeks, the ACLU of Pennsylvania has released two new reports about the criminal legal system in the commonwealth.

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Ep54: Jesse Topper, Pa. State Representative, Former Baseball UmpireFrom baseball umpire to... state legislator? That's the path of Representative Jesse Topper, who also has the somewhat unique experience among legislators of having earned a degree in music.

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Carbon Pricing 101An executive order signed by Governor Tom Wolf last week initiates the rulemaking process whereby Pennsylvania will join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative , a multi-state effort to cut carbon emissions using market-based mechanisms.

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Back to school for trans students. Plus, #PAprobationreform now at the state capitolStudents in Pennsylvania have been back in class for just over a month now. For transgender students, that means navigating a variety of challenges that are unique to them because they are trans.

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Ep53: Carolyn Dumaresq, Former PA Sec't of Ed, Union Leader, Charter AdvocateTeacher, principal, superintendent, secretary of education, teachers' union executive director-Dr. Carolyn Dumaresq knows education inside-out.

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Exploring IHTC TrailsYou've heard of the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition and its vision for 1,500 miles of interconnected trails across the Rust Belt.

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JusticeForOsaze. And the harm of cannabis prohibition.Read ACLU-PA's blog post from June about this, we hear in this episode about cannabis legalization and the harm caused by prohibition.

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Ep52: David Taylor, President and CEO, PA Manufacturers' AssociationFounded in 1909, the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association has worked consistently for more than a century to advance pro-growth public policies in the state.

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Creek ConnectionsAllegheny College's "Creek Connections" program gets students out of the classroom and into local waterways for a hands-on learning experience.

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"Put your hands in the pot": Ending mass incarceration with Just LeadershipBobby Harris knows the criminal legal system. He was incarcerated for 29 years for his involvement in a crime that led to the death of Terrence Smith.

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Ep51: Ana Meyers, Executive Director, PA Coalition of Public Charter SchoolsPennsylvania's Gov. Tom Wolf recently took aim at public charter schools, threatening to cut their funding and limit options for even more students.

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Analyzing the 2019-20 PA BudgetPBPC Director Marc Stier joins the podcast to walk through his recently-released comprehensive analysis of the PA budget passed by the General Assembly at the end of June.

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Tiny Town AdventuresIn honor of Ohiopyle, PA's bid for Top Adventure Town honors in the "Tiny Towns" division, a tiny podcast episode to tide you through the holiday weekend.

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"A state of perpetual alert": Living while Black in PhiladelphiaPOWER has been one of Philadelphia's leading organizations in the struggle against police violence and racism in the city.

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Ep50: Guy Ciarrocchi, president, Chester County Chamber of Business and IndustryChester County, PA, located outside Philadelphia, went from red to blue between the 2016 and 2018 elections.

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Present Company IncludedThe end goal of any trail project is to create a public asset that's accessible, welcoming, and beneficial to everyone in the community.

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FAMM's vision for changing the criminal legal systemFounded in 1991, FAMM started as an organization dedicated to ending mandatory minimum sentencing, and while ending mandatory minimums is still a priority, the organization has since evolved to advocate for comprehensive changes to the criminal legal system.

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Ep49: Frank Ryan, PA State Representative and Retired USMC ColonelState Representative Frank Ryan is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel and CPA who specialized in saving companies from bankruptcy.

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Federal Rules Changes and the Social Safety NetThe comment periods are closed for the other two proposed rules discussed, but members of the public can email comments about Wagner-Peyser to: and comments about the poverty threshold to the White House's contact page: / as Mick Mulvaney is both the head of OMB and Trump's CoS.

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Great ExpectationsThe governors of five Great Lakes states, including Pennsylvania's Tom Wolf, are banding together in an effort to make the health of the lakes a campaign issue in the 2020 presidential election.

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Ep48: Sam DeMarco, Allegheny County GOP ChairNewly elected Allegheny County GOP Chair Sam DeMarco has a focused vision for the county.

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Ep47: Aaron Anderson, CEO and Head of School, Logos AcademyLogos Academy has been serving children in York, Pa. for more than 20 years. Unique among many private schools, Logos reserves 2/3 of its seats for students living in poverty.

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Just Add WaterThough Pennsylvania enjoys an abundance of world-class opportunities for outdoor recreation, access is often limited by racial, socioeconomic, and other disparities.

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Ep46: Dave Spigelmyer, President, Marcellus Shale CoalitionPennsylvania's natural gas industry is not only one of the most important industries in our state and even our country-it's also one of the most misunderstood.

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Wish You Were HerePennsylvania Legacies is on summer break through mid July. We leave you with an audio postcard from the recent unveiling of two exciting new improvements along Bucks County's Delaware and Lehigh Trail.

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Beyond #StopTheBans: Reproductive JusticeSince Brett Kavanaugh's elevation to the Supreme Court and the subsequent passage of abortion bans in some state legislatures, there's been a lot of talk about the future of Roe v.

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Ep45: Val DiGiorgio, Chairman, Republican Party of PennsylvaniaWith Pennsylvania at the epicenter of presidential politics, the state's Republican Party Chairman, Val DiGiorgio, joins Commonwealth Partners president and CEO Matt Brouillette to lay out the political landscape heading into the 2019 and 2020 elections.

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Trails Are the New GolfIt's not just Pennsylvania - trails and greenways are becoming must-have amenities for communities throughout the U.S. and around the world.

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We'll do it live! At ACLU 100…Episode 26 is our first live podcast. ACLU-PA Legislative Director Elizabeth Randol and Senior Staff Attorney Molly Tack-Hooper joined Andy to discuss a wide-range of topics, from reproductive rights to smart justice to free speech to voting rights to marijuana.

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"Blue-Blooded Cavalryman: Captain William Brooke Rawle in the Army of the Potomac, May 1863-August 1865" with J. Gregory AckenIn May 1863, eighteen-year-old William Brooke Rawle graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and traded a genteel, cultured life of privilege for service as a cavalry officer.

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Ep44: Kirk Hallett, Founder and Director, the Joshua GroupMore than 20 years ago, Kirk Hallett had a successful career in construction equipment sales, but he was looking for something different.

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Building Sustainable UniversitiesThrough research, activism, and thought leadership, colleges and universities have always been the vanguard of the sustainability movement.

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Advocating for a Minimum Wage IncreaseSee the page to write to your legislator about raising the minimum wage here: information about the June 4 budget day of action in Harrisburg here.

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System fail: Tech hasn't solved problems in policingAs technology evolves, police departments and the public are sold on the idea that modern equipment can make police fairer, more transparent, and less lethal.

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Ep43: Matt Bradford, Pa. State Representative and Chair, Democratic Appropriations CommitteeRep. Matt Bradford has been serving the people of Montgomery County, Pa. since 2009. Last fall, he was elected to a key leadership position as House Democratic Appropriations Committee Chairman.

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The Worth of WaterAs Ben Franklin wrote, "when the well's dry, we know the worth of water." But how do you calculate the value of water resources in dollars and cents?

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"People are not happy": Holding district attorneys accountableOn May 21, Pennsylvanians go to the polls for the primary election, to nominate candidates for the general election.

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Episode 85PBPC Director Marc Stier talks about the possibility of a minimum wage increase in Pennsylvania this year for the first time in a decade and why that conversation is tied to budget negotiations.

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Ep42: Donna Bullock, Pa. State RepresentativeState Representative Donna Bullock grew up in New Jersey, but love brought her to Philly.

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Starving the GoosePennsylvania has one of the nation's most extensive state park-and-forest systems, and for decades it's been growing in size as well as popularity.

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Marsy's Law of Unintended ConsequencesMarsy's Law is an amendment to the state constitution that implements both existing and new processes in the criminal justice system as constitutional rights for people who identify as victims of crime.

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Ep41: Sheryl Delozier, Pa. State RepresentativeRep. Sheryl Delozier never intended to run for office. That changed when a state House seat became vacant and she was challenged to "put up or shut up".

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The Creek So Nice They Named It ThriceThe Watershed Partnership is a small organization with a big name, and even bigger ambitions.

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