“On the Air” Podcast

GASP is “On the Air” with our new podcast series! Each month, we will post a new episode to keep you up to date on the latest air quality issues in Southwestern Pennsylvania. With a little bit of fun and a lot of guest speakers, On the Air with GASP will equip you with the tools you need to stay informed and actively engage in community issues.

Financial support for this podcast was provided by the Colcom Foundation.


Episode 1: The Nose Knows

Air pollution is invisible, and sometimes that makes it a bit difficult to talk about. Still, we encounter air pollution every day. Sometimes our nose can sniff it out and alert us. In “The Nose Knows,” we explore our region through smells and discuss some tools used to talk about and track those foul odors.

Episode 2: Welcome to Ozone Season

It’s spring! Tulips are poking their heads out of the melting snow and athletes are lacing up their shoes to get active. But wait–not so fast. April is also the beginning of ozone season! Ozone is a dangerous pollutant, a product of a reaction that is created in the spring heat. So: Welcome to Ozone Season, where we hear from two athletes, a doctor, and an educator about how to cope with ozone in a region where this pollutant is often well above recommended levels.

Episode 3: On the Fenceline

The average person takes over 23,000 breaths every single day, each one filled with oxygen, carbon dioxide–and pollution. Here in Allegheny County, residents have no choice but to breathe the eighth worst air in the nation. For those living nearby major polluters, the air is even worse, and health consequences are compounded by bothersome noise, unsightly smoke, and a constant coating of dust on absolutely everything. In this episode, we’re meeting fenceline communities right where they are to hear stories of environmental injustice.

Episode 4: Road to a Cleaner Future

Americans guzzle 391 million gallons of gasoline a day, pumping out greenhouse gases, carbon monoxide, particulate pollution, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and hazardous air toxics. With some of the worst air quality in the country, single-passenger vehicles are a particular problem here in the Pittsburgh region. But there’s another, growing trend in our region–a trend towards “alternative” transportation. In this episode, we take a walk, a climb, a bike ride, and a bus through Pittsburgh’s history right up to the present. Hop on your favorite mode of (non-car!) transportation and join us on the road to a cleaner future.