The tourism industry calls it “ruin porn” – a chic fascination with landmarks in decay. Pennsylvania is filled with historic, vacated places just waiting to be explored. To coincide with this growing trend in abandoned tourism, WQED visits a few unique, offbeat attractions. Planned destinations include Eastern State Penitentiary, a haunting world of crumbling cell blocks and empty guard towers in Philadelphia; Eckley Miners’ Village, a coal patch ghost town in Luzerne County; the Carrie Blast Furnace, once the epitome of Pittsburgh steelmaking, the site now hosts weddings, film crews and Halloween parties; Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine in Schuylkill County.
Forgotten/Found aired on Oct 26, 2017.
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Chautauqua: Charting a Life in the Arts follows four students from Chautauqua Institution Schools of Fine and Performing Arts through their auditions, practices, and performances during the summer of 2013. The story focuses on violinist Adé Williams, singer Jean-Michel Richer, and sibling dancers Colby and Christina Clark as they sharpen their already impressive skills with world-renowned masters at the state-of-the-art facility.
Original airdate: Apr 10, 2014
In this extra half-hour of &quot;Apps, Gaps, and the Digital Divide,&quot; join host Angela Santomero and guests Michael Levine, Derek Lomas, and Nicolas Jaramillo as they answer audience questions and share their thoughts on technology and education.
Original airdate: Feb 20, 2014
This episode of iQ: smartparent explores the accessibility of broadband and mobile technology to different socioeconomic groups, and whether the digital divide also impacts access to educational content for children in the U.S. and globally.
Original airdate: Feb 20, 2014
Fifty years ago, a quarter of a million people gathered in our nation's capital for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. At that iconic civil rights demonstration, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his most-quoted speech, "I Have A Dream." Pittsburgh area men and women were there; they share their thoughts of that day -- and the events leading up to that time and the ensuing years -- in "Memories of the March."
Original airdate: Feb 13, 2014
This documentary follows the emotional story of a Pittsburgh-area mother who lost her 16-year-old son to suicide. Kathy O'Hern Fowler would emerge as one of the region's best-known advocates for "Survivors of Suicide." The program also focuses on fascinating Pittsburgh research that is testing the brains of teenagers with thoughts of suicide. This Emmy winning documentary is from writer/producer David Solomon with camera/editing by Paul Ruggieri.
Original airdate: Feb 10, 2014
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery with people used for labor or forced to sell sex. See how Pittsburgh is fighting human trafficking in our area and helping survivors. If you suspect human trafficking, report it at: Pittsburgh FBI Trafficking Hotline 412-432-4122 National Human Trafficking Resource Center -- Call 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733
Original airdate: Jan 23, 2014