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Rick Sebak

About Rick: Rick Sebak makes unusual television programs. His slightly wacky documentaries celebrate various aspects of modern American life and the unexpected charms of Pittsburgh. Audiences have learned to recognize his friendly narrative style and the unusual topics that he obviously loves. Read more about Rick.

Pittsburgh History Series

IT'S PITTSBURGH & A LOT OF OTHER STUFF
It's a magazine show. Lots of stories. It's produced by Rick Sebak & his trusty WQED cohorts. It's fun to watch. It's trying to be surprising. Season Three of It's Pittsburgh & A Lot Of Other Stuff is made possible by the Buhl Foundation and PNC.
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25 THINGS I LIKE ABOUT PITTSBURGH
Rick’s newest documentary to celebrate his 25th anniversary at WQED looks at 25 things he likes about Pittsburgh – not his top 25, just 25 aspects of living here that surprise and delight him and make him happy to be a Pittsburgher. This documentary made possible by the Buhl Foundation and PNC.

RIGHT BESIDE THE RIVER
Some of the stuff that has happened and still happens beside rivers in the Pittsburgh area. From the big mound in Moundsville, WV, to the sweeping curved corners of Vandergrift on the Kiskiminetas River north east of Pittsburgh, it's a surprising look at our region's charms.
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INVENTED, ENGINEERED & PIONEERED IN PITTSBURGH
It's a celebration of engineers and innovators in the Pittsburgh region over the past 250 years. From Ferris wheels to computer games, engineers around here have helped create the modern world.
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WHAT MAKES PITTSBURGH, PITTSBURGH?
We say it's a question with no easy or definitive answer. It's just fun to consider.
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IT'S THE NEIGHBORHOODS
You often hear that Pittsburgh is a city of great neighborhoods. WQED producer Rick Sebak made a program that celebrates a few areas in Western Pennsylvania that illustrate some of the factors that make neighborhoods around here charming and comfortable places to live.
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All-American Documentaries

BREAKFAST SPECIAL
A celebration of going out for a morning meal in America. We visit interesting and unusual breakfast spots from a Cuban cafe in downtown St. Augustine to a midwestern eatery in a shopping center outside Columbus, Ohio. We sample pancakes in rural New York state, try loco moco in Hilo, Hawaii, and see what's cooking at the Tin Shed in Portland, Oregon. There's more to life than a bowl of cold cereal. more info | buy the DVD

BREAKFAST SPECIAL 2: REVENGE OF THE OMELETS
Going out for breakfast can be a delicious, social and sometimes gritty pleasure. This tasty sequel (with a playful title) from Rick Sebak celebrates some great breakfast spots — like Big Ed’s in Raleigh, North Carolina; Post Road Diner in Norwalk, Connecticut; and Square Cafe and Hot Metal Diner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This documentary made possible by the Buhl Foundation and PNC. more info

A RIDE ALONG THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY
This new hour-long documentary looks at some history of the highway, but also includes new footage of cross-country journeys with unexpected encounters that make traditional two-lane traveling so rewarding.
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TO MARKET TO MARKET TO BUY A FAT PIG
A celebration of market houses, market places and farmers' markets across the United States. Rick Sebak checks out crab cakes in Baltimore's Lexington Market, shops with a chef in Pittsburgh's East Liberty Farmers' Market and attends a tomato tasting in Asheville, North Carolina.
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A CEMETERY SPECIAL
Cemeteries are of course where we bury the dead, where we mark their graves with monuments and markers of many sorts, but also where we go to remember people we have loved, admired, or learned about over the years.
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A PROGRAM ABOUT UNUSUAL BUILDINGS & OTHER ROADSIDE STUFF
Rick takes a road trip in search of America's most interesting, wacky and goofy buildings, celebrating places such as the Big Duck on Long Island and the world's largest catsup bottle, built as a water tower in Collinsville, Illinois.
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  • Portraits for the Homefront: The Story of Elizabeth Black
    The poignant story unfolds as we explore Black’s lost art career, seek out elderly veterans who encountered Miss Black on the battlefield, and present to amazed and appreciative families portraits that never arrived.
  • Classical Crossroads
    Where classical music crosses paths with rock and roll, world music, folk music and jazz. Listen to interviews with people who make good music here.

featured specials

  • Portraits for the Homefront: The Story of Elizabeth Black
    The poignant story unfolds as we explore Black’s lost art career, seek out elderly veterans who encountered Miss Black on the battlefield, and present to amazed and appreciative families portraits that never arrived.
  • Classical Crossroads
    Where classical music crosses paths with rock and roll, world music, folk music and jazz. Listen to interviews with people who make good music here.

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