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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The 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.
Original airdate: Oct 25, 2012
What are the challenges still facing Western Pennsylvania on the vital topic of hunger and food insecurity? Where are the success stories? Where can local families find additional support? Is everyone taking advantage of the help that is available? These are some of the questions that will be addressed during WQED's broadcast, which features a panel of specialists on various topics dealing with hunger, as well as a participatory audience in the studio, and social media interaction from viewers at home.
Original airdate: Oct 11, 2012
Journalists from Southwestern Pennsylvania and elsewhere gather at WQED-TV to talk about their experiences covering Marcellus Shale. What they’ve seen, who’ve they’ve talked to, the events they’ve witnessed, and the facts as they’ve gathered them on Marcellus Shale drilling in Pennsylvania. For more information and to view our other specials, visit our dedicated Managing Marcellus site.
Original airdate: May 31, 2012
In this episode, Chris Moore reveals how One Hood Media combats negative images by urging young men to define themselves using available media, rather than allowing others to do it for them.
Original airdate: Apr 17, 2012
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