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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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


Award-winning mini documentaries from the WQED archives are compiled into this half-hour program. This episode spotlights two of the Pittsburgh region’s most infamous landmarks, Dixmont State Hospital and Allegheny Arsenal.

Original airdate: May 19, 2016


This discussion program features experts who explore the future of the Remake Learning movement. As the network of educators, innovators and organizations expands, how does it continue to evolve? The panel will discuss how the 21st century skills that students are learning translate into the real world. The program will also highlight the important connection between the Remake Learning movement and entrepreneurship.

Original airdate: May 13, 2016


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


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