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 Remake Learning movement is a network of educators, artists, entrepreneurs, mentors, and community leaders. They’re working to re-imagine and re-envision the way education works. Thousands of people are part of this network, which is celebrating its 10th year of shaping the future of teaching and learning in the Pittsburgh region and across the nation.
Original airdate: May 13, 2016
In this episode, we examine the topics of terrorism, treatment of terror suspects, refugees and the debate over security versus privacy.
Original airdate: Apr 21, 2016
Mini documentaries from the WQED archives are compiled into this new half-hour program. These are stories of environmental neglect that led to positive change in our water, our land and our air. Stories include the Donora Smog pollution tragedy of 1948, the environmental comeback story of Nine Mile Run and a visit to the landmark home of Rachel Carson, a woman from Springdale, Pennsylvania who took on corporate America when few others would.
Original airdate: Apr 07, 2016
More than 90 percent of American have health care. But not everyone has such a positive outlook on our current system. As we watch the candidates, we listen to what they say about health care and think about the impact on our region. So, as policies, precedures and prices change over time, how can people stay ahead of the game? Find out in our Election 2016 special on health care.
Original airdate: Mar 31, 2016
The program follows leading sleep researchers as they create a "sleep hygiene" regime forteenagers and visits the University of Pittsburgh’s Sleep Lab for a look at the research that showshow lack of sleep affects teens and behavior. This program also explores the challenges of implementing healthy sleep habits: getting young people to give up their beloved digital devices at bedtime, as well as the complications of changing school hours to accommodate the natural sleep patterns that work best for a teen's developing brain.
Original airdate: Mar 17, 2016
Award-winning mini documentaries from the WQED archives are compiled into this new half-hour program. This episode showcases the wartime contributions of Pittsburgh-area women. Scheduled features (prior to final edit) include Florence Reynolds (WASP pilot), Lillie Lesesne (WAC nurse), Eleanor Berge (WAVE), Eva Turner (WAC), Sally Stephenson (WAVE), Laurette Smith Cribbins (home front “Rosie the Riveter”) and Julia Parsons, who cracked German U-Boat code.
Original airdate: Mar 10, 2016