Podcasts for your Memorial Day weekend

If you are hitting the road or doing some work around your house, we think these podcast episodes will set you up for the unofficial start of summer.

by Stephanie Brea
May 22, 2020

Sure, this Memorial Day weekend will be a little different than years past, but we have compiled some of our favorite podcast episodes to keep you company. We might be biased, but we think these are a great accompaniment if you are driving out of town, working on your house or even exploring the city on a long walk.

Get Outdoors

Ep. 19 – We talk to Christine Iksic, co-owner of Three Rivers Outdoor Co., about camping for beginners and we learn that Western PA is a great place for whitewater kayaking.

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Step up to explore Pittsburgh neighborhoods

Ep. 15 – Laura Zurowski is climbing all of Pittsburgh’s city steps and documenting them with a Polaroid camera. If you plan to take an urban hike, this episode is a perfect accompaniment.

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House History

Ep. 20 – We talk to historic preservationist Justin Greenawalt about old houses, the Pittsburgh potty and Bellevue.

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Body-Positive Biking

Ep. 21 – Meet Scott Kowalski, the organizer of the Pittsburgh Underwear Bike Ride. The bike ride is on hold for the time being, but you can learn more about this community and some of the places to ride in the city.

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Circus Circus

Ep. 28 – In our most recent episode of The Slaw, we talk with two members of the Pittsburgh Circus Arts Collaborative. Curious about what it is like to be a circus performer? Take a listen. Plus, they are still finding creative ways to perform during a pandemic.

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A Collaborative Beer

Ep. 06 – Pink Boots Society is an organization of women who work in the beer industry. The Pittsburgh chapter has just released its 2020 collaboration beer, Virago’s Fury, which is available at Penn Brewery, Roundabout Brewery and The Independent Brewing Company. Last fall, we talked to Lauren Hughes, who is the assistant head brewer at Penn Brewery, about Pink Boots and some of her favorite local beers.

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Stephanie has been organizing events since 1998, starting with a series of motorcycle rides through the Arizona desert to support her father’s business. She’s probably crossed your name off a presale ticket list or served you a beer somewhere around town. An undergrad degree in poetry means she has lots of unpractical knowledge about iambic pentameter, while a brief stint as a copy editor for Alternative Press taught her that twenty one pilots is stylized in all lowercase letters. Wanna throw a party in a vacant parking lot? She’s interested. At the onset of COVID-19, Stephanie took on the role...

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