Despite much wealth and success in our Appalachian northern region, widespread poverty still exists in rural Fayette and Greene counties. However, Michael Bartley shows how and why so many people are delivering life-saving services to our rural neighbors.

Original airdate: Apr 15, 2009


In this expanded interview, OnQ's Michael Bartley goes back to the river with University of Pittsburgh researcher Dr. Dan Volz to get the latest results of the so-called "Fish Study."  Are male fish being feminized by what ends up in the river?  And how is it affecting humans?  Dr. Volz also discusses other serious contaminants affecting river quality and potentially our drinking water.


OnQ looks into a pioneering public policy called Pennsylvania's Fresh Food Financing Initiative which makes fresh food more accessible in underserved communities, where obesity is prevalent.


For years, it was a Pittsburgh community in steep decline but that's all starting to change. Great strides are now being made in Garfield and the Penn Avenue Corridor and OnQ's Tonia Caruso takes us to this neighborhood and community on a comeback.


World War II veteran Clarence "Code" Gomberg hasn't forgotten his fallen comrades and still leads the charge to place flags on veterans' graves during memorial holidays. But with fewer flag volunteers turning out each year, Gomberg wondered "Who will put a flag on my grave?" The response was immediate and heartwarming.


OnQ's Michael Bartley introduces you to a Hampton Township mother who, despite her physical paralysis, finds a unique strength in raising her two daughters.


OnQ continues its series on health care reform with a panel discussion featuring professionals working in the fields of health care and education. Guests: Douglas Clough, MD, President of the Allegheny County Medical Society; Lowell Taylor, Ph.D., Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University; Stephen Thomas, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Diversity at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health.


He's the co-host of the longest-running Indian music radio program in the country and the founder of the Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival. OnQ's Tonia Caruso introduces Harish and shows how his work is having a big impact on Pittsburgh.


His bright, colorful paintings depict scenes of downtown Pittsburgh and the steel industry during its hey day. OnQ's Chris Moore looks back at the life and lasting art of Jeff Hager.


He's known as the heavyweight champion of the NHL, but OnQ contributor Susie Meister finds out why Pittsburgh Penguin Georges Laraque goes from a feared enforcer during the game to a gentle giant off the ice.

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