Volunteers: A Call to Serve

Western Pennsylvania has a rich history of volunteerism. This documentary focuses on three local volunteers who give their time in three different ways: John Edward Hutchinson of the Greensburg VFD is believed to be the nations oldest-living volunteer fire chief; Former Pittsburgh Steeler Charlie Batch combines athletics and academics in a highly-successful program for at-risk youth; Linda Lafferty organizes Blessings in a Backpack in Wilkinsburg, providing food for students who might not have a meal waiting at home. 

Volunteers: A Call to Serve aired on Dec 16, 2016.


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This panel discussion is focused on End of Life planning and the myriad of issues families, patients and healthcare providers face when confronted with the end of life.

Original airdate: Jun 29, 2011


Long Road Home focuses on the compelling stories of Pittsburgh area veterans coping and healing with the emotional wounds of war, after combat in Iraq, Vietnam, Korea, and World War II. The documentary also explores current treatments and research into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among returning veterans.

Original airdate: May 26, 2011


Original airdate: May 19, 2011


This one-hour special explores the controversial issue of Marcellus  Shale drilling in the Pittsburgh region. Hosted by Chris Moore, the  program features guest panelists who are experts on various issues  related to Marcellus Shale drilling. Tonia Caruso will field questions  submitted through WQED's web site and Facebook page and present them to  the panel.

Original airdate: Mar 31, 2011


We'll hear from survivors, law  enforcement, local women's shelters and mental health professionals  working to help survivors and families put their lives back together. We  will also air a special report on domestic violence along with clips  from the documentary Telling Amy's Story.

Original airdate: Nov 18, 2010


Western Pennsylvania is sitting on what seems like an endless source of natural gas. The drilling promises jobs to a struggling economy, but at what cost? Environmental groups fear the drilling is a disaster waiting to happen and some homeowners say the process has already contaminated their drinking water.

Original airdate: Nov 04, 2010


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