What Makes Rick Tick?
Rick Sebak is a Pittsburgh treasure whose award-winning documentaries have entertained and educated local and national viewers for 25 years. As he celebrates this anniversary at WQED, we look back at Rick's memorable programs and hear about the stories behind them. Rick talks about his inspiration as a filmmaker, while colleagues and fans share their thoughts on Rick's appealing and timeless body of work.
What Makes Rick Tick? aired on Nov 26, 2012.
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One in 150 children is diagnosed with autism in the United States today. Who is working to address this epidemic which has grown at alarming rates since the 1990s? What does this mean for families living with autism as their children grow into adolescence and adulthood? Interviews include conversations with parents, siblings and young people with an Autism spectrum diagnosis. We'll also hear from researchers at the Center for Excellence in Autism Research at the University of Pittsburgh, The Watson Institute and members of the Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders (ABOARD).
Original airdate: Jan 17, 2011
On December 19, 1907, a tremendous explosion shook the Youghiogheny River Valley at the Darr Mine in Van Meter, Westmoreland County, killing 239 men and boys. It remains the worst mining disaster in Pennsylvania history and led to important changes in the mining industry. Yet very few people know the story. With compelling interviews and rich archival images, the story focuses on a small, dedicated group of people - led by elderly Ann Toth of Bobtown, Pennsylvania - all determined to preserve the Darr's place in history.
Original airdate: Dec 20, 2010
Also known as the National Road, Route 40 has fascinating connections to historic figures, where inns once welcomed west-bound settlers passing through Western Pennsylvania. Farmington, one of the towns along the route, still welcomes visitors, with attractions ranging from The Christian Clay Winery, Laurel Caverns, the historic Stone House, to the vistas of the Summit Inn and the legendary white buffalo at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Reporter Dave Crawley follows 40 to Farmington in this historic travelogue.
Original airdate: Dec 13, 2010