The best medicine could be a drug - or a dog. For years, doctors have known the value of therapy dogs - but until recently the reports have been largely anecdotal. Now, with new research, funding and clinical trials, animal assisted therapy is on the rise. This documentary shows how man's best friend is being utilized in Western Pennsylvania to help hospital patients, teenagers traumatized by a school tragedy, and even stressed-out college students cramming for finals.

Original airdate: Nov 06, 2014


Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay was eight years old when his mother was murdered, the result of domestic violence. WQED's Michael Bartley brings you this compelling documentary that explores Will's troubled childhood, and shows how embracing survivors and speaking out against domestic violence brought him happiness and inner peace.

Original airdate: Oct 30, 2014


According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, more than 70% of students, and an equal number of school staff, have seen bullying occur in educational environments. The number increases significantly when including social media and other forms of electronic communication. This discussion program is focused on The Marcus L. Ruscitto Charitable Foundation’s “Know What’s Right, Do What’s Right” campaign. It reaches Pittsburgh region children with solutions that prepare them to confront this troubling behavior.

Original airdate: Oct 23, 2014


This documentary explores the new role of patients and healthcare providers in a world where information is more readily available than ever before. With patients doing more of their own research and connecting with other patients on-line,  healthcare providers are often interacting with more engaged, informed and empowered patients. Are doctors and nurses ready to embrace this change? Are medical students prepared to encounter more educated patients? Is a more informed patient a "better" patient?

Original airdate: Jun 19, 2014


Today’s dad grew up playing video games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Dungeons and Dragons, and watching sci-fi films like Star Wars and Superman. On this episode of iQ:smartparent we’ll explore how digital-age dads are sharing their love of science, tech and media with their kids.

Original airdate: Jun 12, 2014


In this after-the-show bonus content for "iDad," join host Angela Santomero and guests as they answer audience questions and share their advice on ways to share their love of science and technology with their children.

Original airdate: Jun 12, 2014


In this after-the-show bonus content for iDad, join host Angela Santomero and the creators of the You Tube channel babyteeth4.  Guest Bob McLaughlin and his daughters Jillian and Adelaide share their experiences creating videos that have garnered over 60 million views.

Original airdate: Jun 12, 2014


Discover some of the impressive public gardens in Western Pennsylvania. Hosted by Doug Oster, this shortened version of the one-hour documentary “Gardens of Pennsylvania” spotlights gardens within a drive of Pittsburgh, including those at Phipps Conservatory, Kennywood Park, Temple Emanuel and the Erie Zoo.

Original airdate: Jun 02, 2014


How can digital devices and new technology be helpful to children with autism and other special needs? Join us as we discuss which apps, games, and other forms of media can be beneficial in the classroom and beyond.

Original airdate: Apr 24, 2014


In this after-the-show bonus content for "Aiding Autism," join host Angela Santomero and guests Carla Mazefsky, Brett Spitale, and Aubrey Shick as they answer audience questions and share their advice on ways that technology can help children with autism and other learning differences.

Original airdate: Apr 24, 2014

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