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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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
In this episode, we’ll examine some of the concerns people have about the environment as well as find out what is being done to maintain and improve the condition of our water, air and land.
Original airdate: Jul 14, 2016
This live community forum features panel discussions and opinion maker segments to examine the “State of Black Pittsburgh” and what recent changes in community, advances in tech based industries and emerging leadership means to Pittsburgh’s African American community and to the city at large.
For more information, visit the State of Black Pittsburgh website.
Original airdate: Jun 02, 2016