Elsie Hillman: Remembering an Extraordinary Life

WQED Multimedia honors Elsie Hilliard Hillman and her lasting legacy. Elsie was well known for her philanthropy, politics and her dedication to the city of Pittsburgh. During this one-hour special, several Pittsburghers share their favorite memories of Elsie Hillman.

Elsie Hillman: Remembering an Extraordinary Life aired on Aug 05, 2015.

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For many Western Pennsylvanians, a day of cookie baking is as celebratory as the holidays. Families gather in kitchens throughout the region to mix dough, whip frostings and scatter sprinkles. It’s a time to embrace ethnic traditions and remember loved ones who handed down now creased and crumbling recipes. This holiday documentary features a pizzelle-making church group, gingerbread house artists, one of the area’s busiest cookie bakeries, a woman who donates her cookies as a goodwill gesture, and Pittsburgh’s popular cookie tour.

Original airdate: Dec 21, 2017


Poverty is a multifaceted social problem that affects billions of people worldwide. Our focus is on the Pittsburgh region in this third Think! initiative. Working with the Art of Democracy and a diverse group of regional community partners directly involved in combating various elements of poverty, we have determined that our discussion of poverty must ask the following questions:

Original airdate: Dec 07, 2017


Opioid addiction is destructive across all demographics. But compared to men, women’s addiction can have more devastating implications. Some children are born addicted, while others face uncertain futures because of addicted mothers. Many children are placed in foster care, but an increasing number are being raised by extended family – further disrupting lives. WQED continues its Emmy© Award winning “Hope after Heroin” project with a compelling new documentary exploring how opioid addiction among women is breaking the family bond and changing the fabric of society.

Original airdate: Nov 29, 2017


WQED has long reported on the Vietnam War – with a significant focus on veterans. But the perspective of the Vietnamese people is equally compelling - and all too often, unheard. After the fall of Saigon in 1975, many Vietnamese people made desperate scrambles to flee the country. Their exoduses were fraught with danger – some escaping in tiny boats or by airlift. Others fled under U.S. policies allowing the emigration of children fathered by American troops as well as people who fought against the Communists. And some of them found new lives in Western Pennsylvania.

Original airdate: Nov 09, 2017


Chris Moore hosts this discussion program with a panel of guests who share reflections on the Vietnam War and its influence on their lives. Guests include Tony Accamando from the Friends of Danang, Todd DePastino of the Veterans Breakfast Club and Dr. Nghi Nguyen of the Vietnamese Association of Pittsburgh. Reflections of Vietnam is part of WQED’s multi-platform engagement project surround the PBS documentary series “The Vietnam War.” Visit wqed.org/Vietnam to learn more.

Original airdate: Nov 09, 2017


The tourism industry calls it “ruin porn” – a chic fascination with landmarks in decay. Pennsylvania is filled with historic, vacated places just waiting to be explored. To coincide with this growing trend in abandoned tourism, WQED visits a few unique, offbeat attractions.

Original airdate: Oct 26, 2017

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