In the tradition of the Horizons series on diversity, musicians representing the region’s varied musical traditions perform songs that celebrate the holiday season. Groups include CoroLatino Americano, the Afro American Music Institute Boys Choir, Gabrielle and Mr. DeVilla, (Filipino folk music), The Bastard Bearded Irishmen, an Irish rock band and the Asian-influenced jazz ensemble Silk Sound.

Original airdate: Dec 18, 2014


Discover how a dog helps add cheer to a Pittsburgh Homeless Shelter and learn about a new competition at the University of Pittsburgh which aims for solutions to health issues. Then, we’ll explore a McMurray man’s mining memorabilia before going into the studio with the minds behind The Saturday Light Brigade.

Original airdate: Dec 11, 2014


WQED’s Portrayal & Perception documentary series focuses on African American men and boys in positive roles. Young African American men score below their counterparts in other racial and ethnic groups when it comes to graduation rates, literacy rates and college preparedness. Yet sometimes it is the success story that inspires other young people, and encourages community leaders to work for change. The tenth documentary in the series focuses on teenagers excelling in school, volunteering as mentors and working hard to make a difference among their peers.

Original airdate: Nov 20, 2014


Digital badging provides an opportunity for learners of all ages to acquire skills and credentials in a variety of settings both within and outside of the classroom. This episode of iQ: smartparent shares ways that digital badges are being used by parents, students, teachers, and in the workplace.

Original airdate: Nov 13, 2014


This web extra includes conversation recorded in the WQED studios after the televised iQ smartparent episode on "Digital Badging."

Original airdate: Nov 13, 2014


Educators are finding innovative ways to modernize learning spaces and incorporate technology into their teaching practices. This episode of iQ: smartparent explores the Flipped Learning approach and what parents need to know about re-designed classrooms.

Original airdate: Nov 13, 2014


This web-extra includes conversation recorded in the WQED studios after the televised event o the iQ smartparent episode on "Flipped Learning."

Original airdate: Nov 13, 2014


The spotlight is on Homestead. Michael Bartley covers its historic past and future hopes. Tonia Caruso reports on Homestead's arts scene with a visit to Studio A.M. Dave Crawley features the Carnegie Library of Homestead, a local and national treasure.

Original airdate: Nov 06, 2014


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

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