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Stronger communities begin with good health — for everyone. Some people are more likely to develop chronic health conditions, simply because of where they live, their economic status, their level of education, and even ready access to grocery stores. These factors — and underlying inequities — influence the decisions people can make which may lead to life-altering consequences regarding their health. Experts recognize this set of factors with a name: social determinants of health. The World ...
 
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On this episode, hear from Gary Abernathy, a contributing columnist for The Washington Post. Gary is also a freelance writer, based in southwestern Ohio with a long newspaper career in Postindustrial America. After spending 13 years as an editor at three Ohio newspapers, Abernathy worked in Republican Party politics in Ohio and West Virginia. He re…
 
Damon Young is a writer, humorist and satirist. His debut memoir, "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker," won a Thurber Prize, among other awards. The book explores the angsts and anxieties "of existing while Black in America." Damon is also cofounder of VerySmartBrothas, which was sold to Univision. His writing has been featured in the Washingt…
 
Gisele Fetterman believes in “blooming where you live.” In this episode to kick off Season 5, Pennsylvania’s Second Lady talks about improving her community, what she learned growing up as an undocumented immigrant, and more. Fetterman is a native of Brazil. She became a U.S. citizen in 2009. She’s the founder of Free Store 15014 in her community o…
 
Employers large and small in Pennsylvania may be wrestling with questions as COVID-19 restrictions begin to lift and more people are eligible for vaccinations. In this episode, hear from Dr. Joon Lee, senior vice president, UPMC, and president, UPMC Physician Services, UPMC Health Services Division. Dr. Lee, formerly chief medical officer of UPMC H…
 
Nan Whaley discovered her love of politics years ago while studying chemistry at the University of Dayton. Now, the mayor of Ohio's sixth-largest city is in play to run for governor or U.S. Senate. She proved so popular during her first term as Dayton mayor that she was unopposed in her second term. How has she met some of this postindustrial city'…
 
What role can health insurers play to help improve a person's health, outside the doctor's office? Many factors influence the choices a person makes regarding their health. Addressing these social factors often seems insurmountable. But organizations are beginning to make inroads. This includes insurers, like UPMC Health Plan. In this episode, we h…
 
What can other Postindustrial regions learn from the ups and downs in Ohio? Bertram de Souza is a former columnist and editor for The Youngstown Vindicator, a daily staple in the Mahoning Valley for more than a century. He wrote more than 1,600 columns for the newspaper over 40 years — from politics to public corruption in an area that once boomed,…
 
Researchers, insurers, and health care experts continue to try to tackle improving maternal health care — and by extension, the health of children. In this episode, we hear from Dr. Johanna Vidal-Phelan, senior medical director, pediatrics at UPMC Health Plan, where she manages children’s services in the Children's Health Insurance Program, among o…
 
We hoped that following the inauguration of Joe Biden divisions in our region might become less stark...but it appears not so much. On this week's Postindustrial Podcast, host Carmen Gentile talks to Kim Palmiero, CEO & editor-in-chief about political and social divisions in our region, the importance of local news, how we select our stories, and m…
 
How can researchers partner with community and government organizations to gain visibility into the social needs of our communities? In Episode 6, we hear from Joan Eichner, director, operations and evaluation, UPMC Center for Social Impact in Pittsburgh. Her work supports the development of comprehensive strategies across UPMC that address social …
 
How can we create more inclusive care for the LGBTQ+ community, and what role can a health insurer play? In this episode, we hear from Sarah Rosso, executive director of the Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation in Pittsburgh. The nonprofit organization offers services and supports, as well as training for organizations to improve their capacity to serve L…
 
Those without stable housing are more likely to suffer from chronic health conditions compared to those who have the security of a home, research shows. In Episode 4, we hear from Everett McElveen, chief executive officer of Community Human Services in Pittsburgh, which helps people secure housing. We also hear from John Lovelace, president, Govern…
 
What does a job have to do with your physical health? Plenty, as it turns out. In this episode, we hear about how innovative partnerships across the commonwealth are training people and helping them to gain employment. For example, UPMC Health Plan's Pathways to Work program helps its members gain training and jobs, through partnerships with area n…
 
How can people get the help they need, when they need it most? In Episode 2, host Ellen Beckjord, PhD, MPH, helps us learn about ways to connect people to social services across Pennsylvania at a time when more people need support. We hear from Julie L. DeSeyn, chief program and policy officer for the United Way of Western Pennsylvania, and Dr. Dan…
 
Stronger communities begin with good health — for everyone. But how can we get there? Some people are more likely to develop chronic health conditions, simply because of where they live, their economic status, their level of education, and even access to grocery stores. These factors — and underlying inequities — influence the decisions people can …
 
What's it like serving in federal government at a time of great change in the U.S.? In this episode, hear from Lt. Col. David Eastburn, director of marketing and outreach for the U.S. Army, located in New York City. He helps to develop public support for the Army and its soldiers through community outreach and support to veterans and military suppo…
 
Why is media literacy so important? With more information at our disposal, shouldn't we be a more informed society? (that's a trick question). Kim Palmiero, CEO & editor-in-chief of Postindustrial, talks to host Carmen Gentile, founder of the company about media literacy. They both spent time at media outlets where fact-checking was required, and t…
 
Why is local news so vital? Hear from Ben Lando, who covered stories abroad but returned to his native Kalamazoo, Mich. and launched an online news startup, NowKalamazoo.com, covering vital community issues. He's also the founder of the Iraq Oil Report, which specializes in covering developments in the energy sector, politics, and security in Iraq.…
 
Access to health care is essential to our freedom, but it's freedom that eludes many, writes bestselling author Timothy Snyder in his newest book, "Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary." Snyder fell gravely ill late last year, and as he clung to life he began to reflect upon the notion that without good health, all other freedoms an…
 
In Season 3, Episode 1 of the Postindustrial Podcast, author and expert Seth G. Jones says that the U.S. faces an escalating threat of violence in the next year — from within. Extremist groups fueled by the disinformation, political rhetoric, and a populace suffering added stresses of surging unemployment and the pandemic only adds to the growing t…
 
In the final episode of Season 2, Eros Hoagland discusses his experience as a photojournalist and visual documentarian working around the world, concentrating on areas immersed in cycles of violence. What can those conflicts teach us about the current state of affairs in the U.S.? Listen in. Assignments and personal projects have taken him througho…
 
In this week's podcast, host Carmen Gentile speaks with Tory Parrish, president of Region I of the National Association of Black Journalists, and a business reporter for Newsday on Long Island, N.Y. Tory is writing a story for Postindustrial magazine highlighting some women in positions of power across the region and what this year's developments m…
 
Stephanie Strasburg documents the human condition in Postindustrial America from behind the lens. She is a staff photographer and filmmaker with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, in Pennsylvania. Her recent work includes an investigation on child sexual abuse in the Amish and Mennonite communities, for which she and her fellow reporters were named final…
 
John Rudoff is a full-time freelance photojournalist who has been documenting the protests and federal response in Portland, Ore., where he lives. His principal current outlet is Sipa USA and AP Images, with whom he has worked for about three years. Recently he's also covered political events in Charlottesville, Va., Standing Rock, Colo., Greece, B…
 
Letrell Deshan Crittenden is assistant professor of communication and program at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. A former police and government reporter, he is an emerging scholar who specializes issues related to diversity and inclusion in news, and community journalism. How can the media do better at a time when individuals and insti…
 
West Virginia is known for its natural beauty, natural resources, and also, struggles. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Eric Eyre uncovered the story of companies flooding small towns in his state with prescription pain pills. He's concerned about those struggling with addiction amid COVID-19, what the government is doing, and how peopl…
 
We don't know everything about how COVID-19 will change our world, but we do know that medicine and science can guide us. Listen in as Dr. Arvind Venkat discusses the novel coronavirus pandemic that's transformed our lives. He is vice chair for research and faculty academic affairs in the Department of Emergency Medicine of Allegheny Health Network…
 
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public when around people outside of their household. Yet some Americans resist this simple measure. In this bonus episode, a trip to an Italian market in Ohio becomes uncomfortable, as some balk at wearing masks. Tho…
 
We are living through a global pandemic and a social justice movement: How are our communities faring across the region? In Issue 4 of the Postindustrial magazine, out soon, we'll take a look at how people are working toward reimagining their communities, with hope and resilience, amid sorrow. And keep listening for new conversations — coming soon …
 
Roger Hill is a filmmaker whose documentaries include "Struggle," about voter suppression and election fraud in the 2004 presidential election and "Flying Paper," a story of youth in the Gaza Strip on a quest to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown. Last year he released a feature film, "Huckleberry," about a young trans …
 
In this week's episode of the Postindustrial Podcast, host Carmen Gentile talks with scholar Rana Khoury, who wrote "As Ohio Goes: Life in the Post-Recession Nation, about her home state. Khoury's insights into the effect of the Great Recession on some of her fellow Ohians are particularly valuable considering the even greater economic challenge we…
 
Derrick McDowell is a public speaker, activist & entrepreneur. His motto? "Action over everything.” McDowell says he prefers to focus on change through action and the measurable outcomes through which he believes dreams and goals are achieved. In this episode, he talks about lifting up postindustrial communities — specifically his hometown of Young…
 
Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili is an author and scholar who is studying what types of programs help cities struggling after economic decline. She is the author of "Informal Order and the State in Afghanistan." Two other books are forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. Murtazashvili also has advised the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Defense…
 
Jeff Newton has had a long career as an award-winning journalist, producing work for The Associated Press, "60 Minutes," Vice, and National Geographic. among others. He's worked throughout the globe in conflict zones including Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Uganda, Egypt, Niger, and Haiti. Jeff's most recent work can be seen on National Geogra…
 
In this episode of the Postindustrial Podcast, co-founder Carmen Gentile talks to Heath Druzin, Boise State Public Radio’s Guns & America reporter, part of a national collaboration between 10 public radio stations examining all aspects of firearms in America. Carmen talks to Heath about groups protesting shutdown orders nationwide, and more. Listen…
 
In the first episode of The Postindustrial Podcast, we talk to the chief of emergency medicine about how his suburban hospital is preparing for an anticipated onslaught of COVID-19 cases. The Postindustrial Podcast will featuring conversations about how the novel coronavirus is transforming life across the Rust Belt and Appalachia.…
 
Stuart Argabright joins the show to talk about the history of his industrial/tribal/post-punk project Black Rain and their latest archival collection, Metal Rain 1989 - 1993, released on DKA Records. Raul Antony and Stuart also discuss the work of William Gibson and Stuart's work on Johnny Mnemonic, opening for GG Allin, NYC counter-culture, black-…
 
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