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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WQED Multimedia honors Elsie Hilliard Hillman and her lasting legacy. Elsie was well known for her philanthropy, politics and her dedication to the city of Pittsburgh. During this one-hour special, several Pittsburghers share their favorite memories of Elsie Hillman.
Original airdate: Aug 05, 2015
At a time when the electorate is clearly divided, even angry, WQED's Michael Bartley brings you the story of a Pittsburgh political giant who spent 40 years working both sides of the political aisle. Michael brings viewers a candid interview with Elsie Hillman, and takes viewers to an exclusive University of Pittsburgh gala, where political leaders and celebrities lauded her voice of reason, compromise, and friendship.
Original airdate: Aug 04, 2015
What happens to students’ learning when the school year ends and the summer months roll around? This episode of WQED’s program about parenting in the digital age will showcase the innovations, techniques and activities that viewers can use to cultivate continued learning and growth throughout the summer. Host Darieth Chisolm welcomes Christine Cray, Annisha Jeffries, Emily Kirkpatrick, and Larry Smith as guests on “Summer Slide,” premiering Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. on WQED-TV to kick off the third season ofiQ: smartparent.
Original airdate: Jul 30, 2015
Host Chris Moore and a group of local experts gather for a conversation about the current issues facing African American males from a societal and legal perspective.
Original airdate: May 28, 2015
Though statistics and attitudes may show a slight narrowing of America’s racial divide, the highly-charged racial incidents in Missouri, New York and South Carolina tell another story. In the culmination of our three-year initiative, we talk not only with community and law enforcement leaders, but with the generation of young men whose lives are most affected – examining accomplishments and objectives that remain.
Original airdate: May 28, 2015
More United States troops have died from suicide than have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001. Of those who have survived, many have suffered physical and mental injuries. These wounds have left some unable to visualize where they fit in at home. Produced by Vietnam Veteran Chris Moore,Warriors: A Semper Fi Odyssey takes you to a Western Pennsylvania retreat where returning veterans can rebuild their confidence.
Original airdate: May 21, 2015