Battlezone 2009

People of all ages gathered on Nov. 21, 2009 to take part in a breakdancing competition, organized by Carnegie Mellon University and International Freestylers. OnQ reports on a cultural experience, full of energy and diversity, that's becoming a popular movement in Pittsburgh.

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Despite much wealth and success in our Appalachian northern region, widespread poverty still exists in rural Fayette and Greene counties. However, Michael Bartley shows how and why so many people are delivering life-saving services to our rural neighbors.

Original airdate: Apr 15, 2009


Since 1929, "PIA" has been training people in aviation maintenance and electronics. OnQ contributor Harold Hayes attends a recent graduation, where many students show how flight runs in the family.


A system of inclined planes and a 900-foot tunnel carved through solid rock made travel through the Allegheny Mountains possible in the 1800s. OnQ reports on the Allegheny Portage Railroad national park in Cambria County, Pennsylvania.


“Why is it named the “Boulevard of the Allies”? OnQ contributor Mike Lee searches for the answer to the often misunderstood origins of one of Pittsburgh’s busiest and most recognizable roadways.


Birdwatching is considered by many to be a hobby for white, middle class, middle aged Americans. But John C. Robinson is working to change that by teaching minority children and young adults about the joy and importance of birdwatching. Robinson wrote Birding For Everyone as part of his "birding" mission.


A Monroeville man feared the worst when an MRI showed a grapefruit-sized tumor lodged against the front of his brain. But a new, minimally invasive surgical technique by UPMC Dr. Amin Kassam would quickly end the patient's fear. On Q host Michael Bartley reports.

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