Program Description:

The New American Economy is a weekly radio program addressing emerging trends in energy, manufacturing, transportation, food & water, and lifestyle. Perspectives on shifts in the workforce, environmental concerns, health implications and policy challenges will inform each weekly topic. The program will have a one-hour format of four twelve- minute segments. The purpose of this program is to help people in working families visualize a new economy that is just, socially equitable and environmentally sustainable, and to help people see the emerging opportunities and challenges.

The program is broadcast from Pittsburgh on The Union Edge “Working Families Radio Network” with an audience of 300,000 listeners in 33 cities nationwide with about 15,000 to 20,000 podcast downloads a month. Reaching out to the heartland of America about the benefits and opportunities of a New Economy will help people see their place in a progressive agenda. The program topics of 10energy, 2) food and water, 3) manufacturing and supply chain, 4) transportation will be addressed in weekly rotation each month. Presenting the program in a way that draws people in from where they are is important. Program Hosts are Charles Showalter, long time radio host of The Union Edge and primary producer of the program, and Patricia DeMarco author of Pathways to A Sustainable Future with a long career in energy and environmental policy, also a Member of the Forest Hills Borough Council


More about host Dr: Patricia DeMarco:

Visiting Researcher and Writer, Carnegie Mellon University, Institute for Green Sciences

Senior Scholar, Chatham University

Elected to Forest Hills Borough Council 2016-2020

Patricia M. DeMarco is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. with a doctorate in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh. She  has spent a thirty -year career in energy and environmental policy  in both private and public sector positions, including Commissioner of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and Demand Side Manager for the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative. She was the Executive Director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association and Director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University.

Her  book, titled Pathways to Our Sustainable Future”  is funded by the W. Clyde  and Ida Mae Thurman Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation. Inspired by Rachel Carson’s environmental ethic, the book explores positive pathways toward sustainability based on 28 case studies in Pittsburgh. It will be published by The University of Pittsburgh Press in 2017. https://patriciademarco.com/book/

She is the Executive Producer of a documentary film with Mark E. Dixon, “The Power of One Voice- A 50 Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson” and has served as technical advisor for a video series with Kirsi Jansa titled “Sustainability Pioneers” https://patriciademarco.com/film-video/ 

On November 3, 2015, Patricia DeMarco was elected to the Forest Hills Borough Council as an At Large Member for a four year term commencing on January 4, 2016.