The people of Pittsburgh love stories about their city, as told by people who live them. That’s a theory behind why our first-person stories resonate so deeply with our readers.

Our readers love reading them.

But how about hearing them, really hearing them, directly from the source?

Podcasts have become a journalistic form so many people have come to love. Audio is conducive to authentic storytelling and powerful narratives. That’s why we’ve been eager to experiment with podcasts. Plus, fans of PublicSource have been asking us for a while now, “When are you guys going to have a podcast?”

So, the day has come. And we are launching “From the Source.” We wish the circumstances of the first season were brighter. But the pandemic is THE story now.

The coronavirus has changed us, no matter what class, race, gender, age we represent, in Pittsburgh and beyond. Each week, “From the Source” will bring you voices and personal stories of people in our area who are coping with changes brought about by the pandemic. If you care about our region’s communities, schools and businesses, this is the podcast for you.

“From the Source” is hosted by Jourdan Hicks and is launching with three episodes: a story about Dana Bannon, the owner of a hair salon in Millvale; Theresa Brown, an author and nurse; and Jordan McNeal, a graduating senior at CAPA.

If you have a story you’d like to share with the podcast crew, please get in touch with us. You can text a voice memo to 412-432-9669 or email it to jourdan@publicsource.org.

You can find “From the Source” on Stitcher, Spotify, Pocketcasts and wherever you get your podcasts.

Thanks for listening.

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This fact-based local reporting drives impact and creates change. Help power that impact.

James Baldwin wrote, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” PublicSource exists to help the Pittsburgh region face its realities and create opportunities for change. When we shine a light on inequity in our region, like the “completely unacceptable” conditions in low-income housing in McKeesport, things change. When we ask questions about policymakers’ decisions, like how Allegheny County is handling COVID-19 safety for its employees, things change. When we push for transparency on issues that affect the public, like in the use of facial recognition software by Pittsburgh police, things change.

It takes a lot of time, skill and resources to produce journalism like this. Our stories are always made available for free so that they can benefit the most people, regardless of ability to pay. But as an independent, nonprofit newsroom, we count on donations from our readers to support this crucial work. Can you make a contribution of any amount (or better yet, set up a recurring monthly gift) to help ensure we can continue to report on what matters and tell stories for a better Pittsburgh?

Mila Sanina is the executive director of PublicSource. Previously, she was the deputy managing editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where she led innovation in storytelling and integration of print and...