The Last Chapter

Everyone has a story. We can all look back on our lives and break them down into "chapters." The same holds true for patients with a life limiting illness who are living out - or thinking about - their last chapter. In this one hour documentary, we take viewers inside the hospital, hospice, homes and lives of palliative and hospice care recipients and providers. Medical, ethical, practical and spiritual issues are explored from several different perspectives as we discover how patients seeking palliative and hospice care are taking an active role in their own End of Life planning; making decisions about their treatment and telling care providers what they need.

The Last Chapter aired on Jun 30, 2011.


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This half-hour documentary explores and exposes threats to Pennsylvania’s watersheds, and highlights the efforts of committed scientists, water-quality advocates, and everyday citizens as they work to protect and restore the state’s streams and rivers . . . not only to benefit Pennsylvanians, but also for the health and safety of all of the life that exists in its downstream communities. Downstream was produced by Point Park University/Environmental Journalism, in association with WQED Multimedia.

Original airdate: Oct 11, 2018


Educators, politicians and activists discuss the issues that shape the community.

Original airdate: Jun 07, 2018


Tattoos can transform – but in a way that goes far beyond body art. Explore the lives of people who use tattoos for mental health and medical reasons. The compelling documentary introduces self-harm and suicide survivors who use ink to cover their scars, a breast cancer patient who got tattoos to make reconstruction look more realistic and a veteran hoping to hide the wounds of war.

Original airdate: Mar 29, 2018


Groundbreaking, influential, transformative. From its beginnings in 1907, the Pittsburgh Courier has been a leader among the nation’s African American newspapers – sparking historic change on issues ranging from education, housing and employment to discrimination in the military. With rare archival images and compelling interviews, this documentary explores the Courier’s impact on civil rights, social justice, culture and sports. The paper also provided historians with an invaluable chronicle of everyday life in the black community.

Original airdate: Feb 22, 2018


It started with a shipwreck in 1850. Two Irish sweethearts are headed to the New World when calamity strikes. The chaos of the shipwreck separated the couple. But many years later, WQED picks up the story in Pittsburgh where their implausible reunion is a love story for the ages. It’s just one of a collection of poignant, romantic and life-affirming stories set in Western Pennsylvania – all with an engaging musical thread.

Original airdate: Feb 08, 2018


From education to employment, health care to housing, transgender Americans fight daily for their right to exist. How is Pittsburgh responding? This documentary spotlights some of the concerned organizations working on behalf of the region’s transgender population – and also profiles transgender men and women as they define their own authentic lives while navigating an evolving city.

Original airdate: Jan 25, 2018


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