A Christmas Cookie Story

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.

A Christmas Cookie Story aired on Dec 21, 2017.


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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


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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 iQ smartparent episode on "Digital Badging."

Original airdate: Nov 13, 2014


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