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 number of seniors is rising dramatically in the United States. But the number of medical professionals and family members who can provide care for these older adults is seriously lagging. WQED is proud to partner with Highmark Blue Cross, Blue Shield in this multi-platform project that includes a television documentary and digital-first content focusing on challenges for both the aging seniors and their caregivers.
Original airdate: Feb 14, 2017
As the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump nears, moderator Chris Moore sits down with a group of local voters who talk openly about who they voted for in the presidential election and why. Voters explain the campaign messages that appealed to them, and discuss whether they feel post-election healing is a possibility.
Original airdate: Jan 19, 2017
Western Pennsylvania has a rich history of volunteerism. This documentary focuses on three local volunteers who give their time in three different ways: John Edward Hutchinson of the Greensburg VFD is believed to be the nations oldest-living volunteer fire chief; Former Pittsburgh Steeler Charlie Batch combines athletics and academics in a highly-successful program for at-risk youth; Linda Lafferty organizes Blessings in a Backpack in Wilkinsburg, providing food for students who might not have a meal waiting at home.
Original airdate: Dec 16, 2016
Chris Moore hosts the ninth and final episode in a series of Election 2016 discussion programs. In this episode, the panel explores the major issues of this election year, and the impact they have on Western Pennsylvania. The panel will also discuss the big contests in November, including the races for President, U.S. Senate, and Attorney General.
Original airdate: Oct 28, 2016
Episode 402 of iQ: smartparent features Dr. John Carosso, Psy.D.; Patrick Waters; Kristen Tachoir; Michelle Lubetsky; Jan Abernathy.
Original airdate: Oct 21, 2016
The melting pot of the early 1900s helped build Pittsburgh. But today, city leaders struggle to attract and retain a working class immigrant population. Beyond the immigrants, how does the region integrate the growing number of refugees? Studies show that cities thrive economically, socially and culturally with active programs that welcome and retain new arrivals. Who are the people and organizations working on this mission – and how are the immigrants and refugees faring in Pittsburgh so far?
Original airdate: Oct 13, 2016