What happens when kids under age 8 watch TV and are exposed to screens?  We’ll discuss current research and practical considerations of exposing  children to media during the early childhood years, explore the impact  of educational screen time on kids of various backgrounds, and offer iQ:  smartparents some tips for raising young children in our media-rich  environment.

Original airdate: Oct 24, 2013


The Pirates have always been a big part of Pittsburgh's sports history. Now we introduce five local men who have witnessed most of it firsthand. Phil Coyne started working as an usher at Forbes Field in 1936. He's still ushering today at the age of 95! Phil and four of his longtime colleagues share their stories - from the ballparks, to the players, to their favorite Pirates memories and more. It's a unique look through the eyes of the other boys of summer.

Original airdate: Oct 17, 2013


Football is a rite of passage for many Western Pennsylvania high school students. But along with the opportunities, camaraderie and other benefits of the sport comes the risk of injury. Concussion rates have doubled in the past decade. Is it because of more traumas on the field, or better diagnoses? This documentary shows how local sports programs and the Pittsburgh medical community are working to keep football players and other young athletes safe and healthy.

Original airdate: Oct 10, 2013


Do your children believe everything they see on TV? How does your child learn to separate fiction from reality? This episode of iQ: smartparent will empower families with skills and techniques for evaluating media images and ratings systems while identifying ways that media can have a positive impact on their lives.

Original airdate: Aug 29, 2013


The beloved Spanish rice dish becomes the centerpiece for a fantastic summer party. Friends and family join Bob as gives us the tips that turn a balmy evening into an event to remember. Bob and Nick return with viewers to the studio kitchen for the step-by-step instructions for crafting a pefect paella. Bob also shares insider advice on everything from selecting seafood to sensational seasonings and how to serve them all.

Original airdate: Aug 01, 2013


When it comes to combining good food and good times, Chef-Host-Party Planner Bob Sendall does it all with style. First, Bob takes viewers to a small farm on his search for the freshest ingredients. Then, its time to go into the kitchen where Bob and assistant chef Nick prepare a delicious summer feast that's a treat for the senses. Bob and Nick also assist viewers with helpful tips on planning, prep and recipe advice.

Original airdate: Jun 27, 2013


Can technology and digital devices contribute to our health and wellness? Join us as we identify apps, games, and other forms of media that can help iQ: smartparents and children stay fit and enjoy the outdoors!

Original airdate: Jun 20, 2013


Michael Bartley, Tonia Caruso and Chris Moore host this forum featuring a panel of guests with different backgrounds, views and experiences on gun violence. An invited audience includes gun violence victims, concerned citizens and representatives from community groups. Viewers will also be encouraged to join the forum through social media as WQED navigates the complex issues.

Original airdate: May 30, 2013


Tonia Caruso examines the complexities of the gun control debate. Gun experts, community groups, representatives from the mental health community and more weigh in on the issues and obstacles in the search for common ground. And as the arguing continues in Washington, Debra Germany of Pittsburgh isn't waiting for politicians. After her son was shot and killed, she's determined to make a difference by stopping gun violence in her community.

Original airdate: May 30, 2013


After the turbulent 1960s and 1970s, the torch has been passed to a new generation of leadership in the African American community in Pittsburgh. You could call them "The New Trailblazers." Reporter Harold Hayes explores the careers of attorney Blaine Jones and PA Rep. Ed Gainey. The program shows how they are making their mark in law and politics, while offering perspective from those who once walked in their shoes.

Original airdate: May 13, 2013


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