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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Long Road Home focuses on the compelling stories of Pittsburgh area veterans coping and healing with the emotional wounds of war, after combat in Iraq, Vietnam, Korea, and World War II. The documentary also explores current treatments and research into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among returning veterans.
Original airdate: May 26, 2011
This one-hour special explores the controversial issue of Marcellus Shale drilling in the Pittsburgh region. Hosted by Chris Moore, the program features guest panelists who are experts on various issues related to Marcellus Shale drilling. Tonia Caruso will field questions submitted through WQED's web site and Facebook page and present them to the panel.
Original airdate: Mar 31, 2011
We'll hear from survivors, law enforcement, local women's shelters and mental health professionals working to help survivors and families put their lives back together. We will also air a special report on domestic violence along with clips from the documentary Telling Amy's Story.
Original airdate: Nov 18, 2010
Western Pennsylvania is sitting on what seems like an endless source of natural gas. The drilling promises jobs to a struggling economy, but at what cost? Environmental groups fear the drilling is a disaster waiting to happen and some homeowners say the process has already contaminated their drinking water.
Original airdate: Nov 04, 2010
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: Oct 22, 2009