A Beacon for Change: The Pittsburgh Courier Story

Groundbreaking, influential, transformative. From its beginnings in 1907, the Pittsburgh Courier has been a leader among the nation’s African American newspapers – sparking historic change on issues ranging from education, housing and employment to discrimination in the military. With rare archival images and compelling interviews, this documentary explores the Courier’s impact on civil rights, social justice, culture and sports. The paper also provided historians with an invaluable chronicle of everyday life in the black community.

A Beacon for Change: The Pittsburgh Courier Story aired on Feb 22, 2018.


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Hosted by Tonia Caruso, this half-hour discussion program will take an in-depth look at the importance of hands-on learning, problem solving, collaboration, and STEAM learning, an approach that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and math with the arts - for a broader, more holistic education.

Original airdate: Apr 09, 2015


Pittsburgh artist Elizabeth Black sketched hundreds of soldiers during World War II. This sequel to the documentary "Portraits for the Home Front" chronicles WQED's efforts to find homes for 100 of those sketches. Through detective work and the help of volunteer researchers producer David Solomon tracks down soldiers or their survivors from Philadelphia to San Francisco.

Original airdate: Mar 26, 2015


This episode of iQ: smartparent discusses healthy media habits for children and families.

Original airdate: Jan 15, 2015


In the tradition of the Horizons series on diversity, musicians representing the region’s varied musical traditions perform songs that celebrate the holiday season. Groups include CoroLatino Americano, the Afro American Music Institute Boys Choir, Gabrielle and Mr. DeVilla, (Filipino folk music), The Bastard Bearded Irishmen, an Irish rock band and the Asian-influenced jazz ensemble Silk Sound.

Original airdate: Dec 18, 2014


WQED’s Portrayal & Perception documentary series focuses on African American men and boys in positive roles. Young African American men score below their counterparts in other racial and ethnic groups when it comes to graduation rates, literacy rates and college preparedness. Yet sometimes it is the success story that inspires other young people, and encourages community leaders to work for change. The tenth documentary in the series focuses on teenagers excelling in school, volunteering as mentors and working hard to make a difference among their peers.

Original airdate: Nov 20, 2014


This web-extra includes conversation recorded in the WQED studios after the televised event o the iQ smartparent episode on "Flipped Learning."

Original airdate: Nov 13, 2014


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