The Green Compass Season 4

Exploring the road to a better Pittsburgh. Where we are and where we are going…


In July 2012, twenty-three students about to enter their first year of college created these nine radio features as Summer Youth Philanthropy Interns at The Heinz Endowments. Because the Summer 2012 internship program focused on issues of sustainability, the resulting features cover a range of community, social and environmental issues. While SLB provided training and coaching, the features presented here were conceived and created entirely by the students in a single week. All statements and opinions are those of the speakers and do not necessarily represent those of The Heinz Endowments.



Crossing Bridges – Immigrants Taking Root in Pittsburgh

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Michelle, Victoria & Roman interview Melanie Harrington (Vibrant Pittsburgh), Iris M. (teen from Bosnia), Norm-Anne Rothermel (Pennsylvania Refugee Resettlement Program), Leslie Aizenman, (Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Pittsburgh) and Jim Guffey (South Hills Interfaith Ministries).



Prejudice and Profiling

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Kierra, Rachel and Shaquille interview Jim Kelly, (Carlow University), David Harris (University of Pittsburgh) and Carl Cooper (Diversity Consultant).


Adolescent Brain Development and the Long-Term Impacts of Drug Abuse

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Brieona & Tersha interview Abigail Baird (Vassar College), Ralph Brandon (Wilkinsburg School District), Valerie Ketter (Allegheny County Probation Drug and Alcohol Unit) and Peyton and Kaleb (Pittsburgh area teens).


Combined Sewer Overflow – Effects on Water Recreation

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Antonio, Bennett & Sami interview David Rohm (Paddle Without Pollution), Jon Lucadamo (Venture Outdoors), Rick Brown (Three Rivers Rowing Association) and Jeff Jordan (RiverQuest).


Teacher Furlough Fairness

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Shavonte and Tiasia interview Nina Esposito (Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers), Carey Harris (A+ Schools) and Anonymous (Pittsburgh Public Schools).



Oh, Deer! Deer Overpopulation

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Cara & Cortney interview Kristen Linfante, (Commissioner of Mt. Lebanon), Kim Stolfer (Allegheny Sportsmen’s League), Jeannine Fleegle (Pennsylvania Game Commission) and Willa Seybolt (resident, Fox Chapel).



The Green Wave – Green Jobs on the Rise in Pittsburgh

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Alec, Melia & Hydia interview Cate Rassman (Design Center Pittsburgh), Miriam Parsons (SCA), Aftyn Giles (City of Pittsburgh Office of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency),Mary Whitney (Chatham University) and Court Gould (Sustainable Pittsburgh).



Impact of Arts Education on Future Workforce

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Evan & Fatuma interview Brian Lee (Pittsburgh Public Schools) and Linda Addlespurger (Hope Academy of Music and the Arts).



The Unspoken Conversation – Schools Abstaining from STD Education

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Judah, Michael and Sarah interview Sue Steele (Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania), Nancy Osterhus (Allegheny County Health Department STD Clinic) and various teens from Pittsburgh and the surrounding area.


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