The tourism industry calls it “ruin porn” – a chic fascination with landmarks in decay. Pennsylvania is filled with historic, vacated places just waiting to be explored. To coincide with this growing trend in abandoned tourism, WQED visits a few unique, offbeat attractions. Planned destinations include Eastern State Penitentiary, a haunting world of crumbling cell blocks and empty guard towers in Philadelphia; Eckley Miners’ Village, a coal patch ghost town in Luzerne County; the Carrie Blast Furnace, once the epitome of Pittsburgh steelmaking, the site now hosts weddings, film crews and Halloween parties; Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine in Schuylkill County.

Forgotten/Found aired on Oct 26, 2017.

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Series: Specials

Discover some of the impressive public gardens in Western Pennsylvania. Hosted by Doug Oster, this shortened version of the one-hour documentary “Gardens of Pennsylvania” spotlights gardens within a drive of Pittsburgh, including those at Phipps Conservatory, Kennywood Park, Temple Emanuel and the Erie Zoo.

Original airdate: Jun 02, 2014

How can digital devices and new technology be helpful to children with autism and other special needs? Join us as we discuss which apps, games, and other forms of media can be beneficial in the classroom and beyond.

Original airdate: Apr 24, 2014

In this after-the-show bonus content for "Aiding Autism," join host Angela Santomero and guests Carla Mazefsky, Brett Spitale, and Aubrey Shick as they answer audience questions and share their advice on ways that technology can help children with autism and other learning differences.

Original airdate: Apr 24, 2014

The next episode of Portrayal and Perception: African American Men and Boys, looks at men who have made a career in the fine arts. The program profiles a classical musician, painter, playwright, ballet dancer, poet and arts educator -- and explores some of the obstacles and accomplishments of each in his chosen field.

Original airdate: Apr 17, 2014

Chautauqua: Charting a Life in the Arts follows four students from Chautauqua Institution Schools of Fine and Performing Arts through their auditions, practices, and performances during the summer of 2013. The story focuses on violinist Adé Williams, singer Jean-Michel Richer, and sibling dancers Colby and Christina Clark as they sharpen their already impressive skills with world-renowned masters at the state-of-the-art facility.

Original airdate: Apr 10, 2014

In this extra half-hour of "Apps, Gaps, and the Digital Divide," join host Angela Santomero and guests Michael Levine, Derek Lomas, and Nicolas Jaramillo as they answer audience questions and share their thoughts on technology and education.

Original airdate: Feb 20, 2014