Episode 143: Classic Tina | Donora Smog and Aaron von Ehlinger


October 5th, 2022

1 hr 9 mins 49 secs

Season 3

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About this Episode

Hillary and Tina cover the Donora smog and former Idaho state representative, Aaron von Ehlinger.

Hillary’s Story
In the 1940s Donora thrived as a mill town for the steel industry, BUT residents faced tragedy when a deadly smog smothers the town.

Tina’s Story
Aaron von Ehlinger landed an Idaho State House position in 2021, BUT months later, he landed in jail after facing sexual assault charges.

Hillary's Story
British Path (YouTube Channel)
Poison Fog (1948)

National Geographic
Decades ago, this pollution disaster exposed the perils of dirty air--by Cynthia Gorney

National Library of Medicine
The Donora Smog Revisited: 70 Years After the Event That Inspired the Clean Air Act

Pennsylvania Center for the Book
A Cloud With a Silver Lining: The Killer Smog in Donora, 1948--By Erin Peterman

Smithsonian Magazine
The Deadly Donora Smog of 1948 Spurred Environmental Protection—But Have We Forgotten the Lesson?--by Lorraine Boissoneault

1948 Donora smog

Smog Deaths In 1948 Led To Clean Air Laws

Smog in Downtown Donora--photo by Bettmann via Smithsonian Magazine
Town of Donora after Smog--photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt
Emissions from Zinc and Steel Plant--Donora Historical Society via howstuffworks

Tina's Story
Boise State Public Radio (NPR)
Aaron von Ehlinger had a long list of previous convictions; the State of Idaho pardoned them all--by George Prentice
Former State Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger Arrested In Georgia On Rape Warrant--by James Dawson

Woman who accused former Idaho legislator of rape has her identity revealed in conservative media--by Amanda Watts

The Guardian
Idaho Republican’s rape conviction a rare victory for sexual assault victims

Idaho Capital Sun
Former Rep. von Ehlinger arrested on rape charges after returning to Idaho--by Clark Corbin
Former Idaho Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger sentenced to at least 8 years in prison for rape--by Kelcie Moseley-Morris

Idaho County Free Press
‘I forgive you’— An in-depth look at the von Ehlinger hearing, testimony of Jane Doe--by Alexandra Duggan

Idaho Legislature
Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger

Idaho News
Von Ehlinger files for appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court

Idaho Statesman
Former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger appeals rape conviction to Idaho Supreme Court--by Alex Brizee
Former Idaho Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger sentenced to up to 20 years in prison for rape--by Alex Brizee

Aaron von Ehlinger, former Idaho lawmaker, sentenced to a minimum of eight years in prison--by Alexandra Duggan
Former lawmaker sentenced for raping an intern appeals to the Idaho Supreme Court
Rape trial begins for former Idaho lawmaker--by Katie Terhune

Idaho lawmaker accused of rape was warned about his behavior

New York Times
Former Idaho Lawmaker Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Raping Intern--by McKenna Oxenden

Former Idaho state Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger sentenced to 20 years in prison for rape--by A.L. Lee

US News
Ex Idaho Lawmaker Charged With Rape Is Arrested in Georgia

Aaron von Ehlinger as State Representative--by FinallyGoodIT (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Aaron von Ehlinger mugshot--by Ada County Sheriff's Office via Newsweek

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