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.
Original airdate: Feb 18, 2016
In six years, Pittsburgh police have solved only half the murders in the city. Statistics like this are at the center of an investigative series which examines the aftermath of unsolved murders, which overwhelmingly affect black families and communities. The local media collaboration includes a four-part online series by Public Source, radio reports by WESA-FM, research assistance by the New Pittsburgh Courier and a one-hour discussion broadcast at WQED hosted by Chris Moore.
Original airdate: Feb 04, 2016
Pittsburgh is a hotbed of something known as the Maker Movement, which can encompass anything from designing robots to sewing your own clothes. It melds high tech and low tech, it touches all ages, and it teaches skills that are useful in everyday life and necessary for the 21st Century. We profile four young "Makers" and just a few of the women and men who are "Making" leaders, and see how the Maker Movement is motivating local youngsters to explore and grow.
Original airdate: Jan 21, 2016
Pittsburgh is widely known for re-inventing itself: from steel giant to a leader in medicine, technology and education. Now you can add laughter to the list. The city is gaining a national reputation for its contributions to comedy. Pittsburgh comedy venues are not only bringing in more nationally-known acts, but are producing more comics and troupes who are performing across the county. An increasing number of comedians, improvisers, actors and writers are making their way to New York, Los Angeles and Chicago after honing their skills in Pittsburgh.
Original airdate: Jan 14, 2016
It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but inside - Nied’s Hotel in Lawrenceville has evolved from a friendly neighborhood tavern to an entertainment destination. Country performer Slim Forsythe weaves viewers through this engaging, musical program featuring the Beagle Brothers, Molly Alphabet and Slim – both onstage and off.
Original airdate: Dec 10, 2015
Anxiety is among the most common, yet under-reported of all behavioral health issues. 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety and panic disorders – overwhelming worrying resulting in physical symptoms such as pounding heart, chest pain, shortness of breath and nausea. Through personal stories of those affected, this documentary examines the causes, diagnosis, prevention and treatment. It also spotlights innovative initiatives that explore the issue in vulnerable populations, such as efforts to address anxiety disorders among Carnegie Mellon University students.
Original airdate: Dec 03, 2015
Movie making in Pittsburgh boomed in recent years. But now that so many other states have film tax credits, production here is starting to slow. So how does Pittsburgh make movies a sustainable industry? We'll explore what happens next in the entertainment industry in Pittsburgh.
Original airdate: Nov 12, 2015
With a thriving main street, dozens of churches, and a prosperous middle class, Wilkinsburg was once among Pittsburgh's most popular suburbs. But changing times, a failing economy and crime damaged the borough and its citizens. Wilkinsburg is among many local communities fighting to come back – but it faces unique challenges. Neighboring districts have refused to partner with Wilkinsburg’s troubled high school. A referendum to bring liquor licenses into the long-dry borough has passed, but has also raised concerns.
Original airdate: Nov 05, 2015
Braddock, Pennsylvania was once a vibrant steel town with a population of more than 20,000. Today, fewer than 2200 people live there. Enter a team of community leaders and investors determined to spark new life. As the borough struggles to rebound from unemployment, poverty, crime and the devastating loss of its hospital, there are signs of revitalization and hope. But who benefits from the rebirth? This program explores Braddock through the eyes of residents and those working hard for change.
Original airdate: Oct 29, 2015
Neighborhoods in Pittsburgh are growing. More young adults are moving into the city, attracted by low housing costs, arts, culture and a trendy food scene. The city tops national lists on livability. But despite the high rankings, Pittsburgh lags in diversity and air quality. And some critics worry that a trendier Pittsburgh will drive up the cost of living and displace people with lower incomes. This program spotlights the positives in communities including Lawrenceville, Manchester and Larimer, while exploring possible ramifications of the negatives.
Original airdate: Oct 22, 2015