WQED mini docs: Musical Mentors

Two award-winning mini documentaries from the WQED archives are compiled into this half-hour program. Madame Dawson’s Opera Company tells the story of Mary Cardwell Dawson who formed the National Negro Opera Company in 1941, opening doors and launching careers for African-Americans who had little access to classical music training. The feature also highlights efforts to restore the grand Victorian-style house in Pittsburgh where the opera company was founded. Prattis & The Piano recounts the career of Pittsburgh Symphony principal keyboardist Patricia Prattis Jennings, who in 1966 became the first African American woman to be awarded a full contract by a major American symphony orchestra, breaking decades of discrimination in the world of classical music.

WQED mini docs: Musical Mentors aired on Feb 18, 2016.


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After the turbulent 1960s and 1970s, the torch has been passed to a new generation of leadership in the African American community in Pittsburgh. You could call them "The New Trailblazers." Reporter Harold Hayes explores the careers of attorney Blaine Jones and PA Rep. Ed Gainey. The program shows how they are making their mark in law and politics, while offering perspective from those who once walked in their shoes.

Original airdate: May 13, 2013


WQED's Chris Moore hosts this forum during which Democratic candidates discuss how they'd work to improve Pittsburgh's future.

Original airdate: May 02, 2013


How are girls portrayed in the media? How does this impact their  decisions, behaviors, and sense of self? Join us as we explore these  topics and offer some iQ: smartparent advice on how to talk with your  children about gender inequity in the media.

Original airdate: Apr 25, 2013


WQED's Chris Moore and The Pittsburgh Foundation's Grant Oliphant host a forum for the democratic candidates in the Pittsburgh mayoral race. The topic is "Race and Poverty."

Original airdate: Apr 25, 2013


This episode continues a series that reports on African American men and boys in positive and mentoring roles. "Journey to Medicine" follows middle school students, medical school students and seasonedprofessional physicians as they pursue careers in medicine.

Original airdate: Mar 18, 2013


This documentary profiles Pittsburgh native Lou Astorino, the only American in history to design a building at the Vatican. Astorino's "Chapel of the Holy Spirit" is where cardinals pray before choosing a new pope. WQED's production team is granted unprecedented access to the chapel, which is closed to the public. Production team: reporter Michael Bartley, producer/writer David Solomon, camera/editing Paul Ruggieri, camera Frank Caloiero.

Original airdate: Mar 12, 2013


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