Broken: Women - Families - Opioids

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.

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Broken: Women - Families - Opioids aired on Nov 29, 2017.


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Series: Specials

WQED continues "Perception & Portrayal," a series of documentaries on the image of African American men and boys, with Michael Bartley showing you what you rarely see on television. This is the story about African-American men who are "owning it" as successful entrepreneurs.

Original airdate: Mar 19, 2012


This multiple-part series explores how the media portrays African American males and how society views them as a result. The episodes also report on people and organizations working to spotlight positive rather than negative images. In this documentary, Minette Seate profiles leaders and members of Pittsburgh's Afro American Music Institute, which goes beyond teaching music to foster a culture of pride and community responsibility.

Original airdate: Feb 28, 2012


As part of a special series of programs under the banner "Managing Marcellus" -- WQED will be presenting a LIVE forum on Energy & Economic Impact. WQED hosts Michael Bartley and Tonia Caruso will convene a panel of economic and Marcellus Shale experts.

Original airdate: Jan 26, 2012


32 counties, One vision, the Power of Regional Thinking. In this special, one hour town hall meeting, representatives of the Power of 32 lay out their goals and strategies for 32 counties in Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, the West Virginia Panhandle, and Western Maryland. The goal is to create one vibrant region by 2025 by sharing resources and planning in six key areas, the environment, education, transportation and infrastructure, people and communities, governance, and the economy.

Original airdate: Nov 03, 2011


On September 11, 2001 the heroes aboard Flight 93 made an attempt to regain control of the aircraft after four hijackers took control of the aircraft's cockpit and diverted the flight towards Washington, D.C. The plane crashed near Shanksville, PA where a permanent memorial now stands. Michael Bartley talks to the residents of Shanksville about their memories -- and moving on.

Original airdate: Sep 08, 2011


An original performance from the Unseam'd Shakespeare Company dramatizing issues raised by Marcellus Shale drilling in Western Pennsylvania. For more information and to view our other specials, visit our dedicated Managing Marcellus site.

Original airdate: Aug 02, 2011


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