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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Elizabeth Black abandoned a promising Pittsburgh art career to join American Red Cross efforts during World War II. She proposed a unique project to sketch soldiers throughout Europe and send the treasured portraits to worried families back home. Seventy years later, Black’s son uncovered her fascinating memorabilia and shared it with WQED. The poignant story unfolds as we explore Black’s lost art career, seek out elderly veterans who encountered Ms. Black on the battlefield, and present to amazed and appreciative families - portraits that never arrived.
Original airdate: Nov 07, 2013
What happens when kids under age 8 watch TV and are exposed to screens? We&rsquo;ll discuss current research and practical considerations of exposing children to media during the early childhood years, explore the impact of educational screen time on kids of various backgrounds, and offer iQ: smartparents some tips for raising young children in our media-rich environment.
Original airdate: Oct 24, 2013
The Pirates have always been a big part of Pittsburgh's sports history. Now we introduce five local men who have witnessed most of it firsthand. Phil Coyne started working as an usher at Forbes Field in 1936. He's still ushering today at the age of 95! Phil and four of his longtime colleagues share their stories - from the ballparks, to the players, to their favorite Pirates memories and more. It's a unique look through the eyes of the other boys of summer.
Original airdate: Oct 17, 2013
Football is a rite of passage for many Western Pennsylvania high school students. But along with the opportunities, camaraderie and other benefits of the sport comes the risk of injury. Concussion rates have doubled in the past decade. Is it because of more traumas on the field, or better diagnoses? This documentary shows how local sports programs and the Pittsburgh medical community are working to keep football players and other young athletes safe and healthy.
Original airdate: Oct 10, 2013
Do your children believe everything they see on TV? How does your child learn to separate fiction from reality? This episode of iQ: smartparent will empower families with skills and techniques for evaluating media images and ratings systems while identifying ways that media can have a positive impact on their lives.
Original airdate: Aug 29, 2013
The beloved Spanish rice dish becomes the centerpiece for a fantastic summer party. Friends and family join Bob as gives us the tips that turn a balmy evening into an event to remember. Bob and Nick return with viewers to the studio kitchen for the step-by-step instructions for crafting a pefect paella. Bob also shares insider advice on everything from selecting seafood to sensational seasonings and how to serve them all.
Original airdate: Aug 01, 2013