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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Series: Specials

This live community forum features panel discussions and opinion maker segments to examine the “State of Black Pittsburgh” and what recent changes in community, advances in tech based industries and emerging leadership means to Pittsburgh’s African American community and to the city at large.

For more information, visit the State of Black Pittsburgh website.

Original airdate: Jun 02, 2016

Award-winning mini documentaries from the WQED archives are compiled into this half-hour program. This episode spotlights two of the Pittsburgh region’s most infamous landmarks, Dixmont State Hospital and Allegheny Arsenal.

Original airdate: May 19, 2016

The Remake Learning movement is a network of educators, artists, entrepreneurs, mentors, and community leaders. They’re working to re-imagine and re-envision the way education works. Thousands of people are part of this network, which is celebrating its 10th year of shaping the future of teaching and learning in the Pittsburgh region and across the nation.

Original airdate: May 13, 2016

This discussion program features experts who explore the future of the Remake Learning movement. As the network of educators, innovators and organizations expands, how does it continue to evolve? The panel will discuss how the 21st century skills that students are learning translate into the real world. The program will also highlight the important connection between the Remake Learning movement and entrepreneurship.

Original airdate: May 13, 2016

In this episode, we examine the topics of terrorism, treatment of terror suspects, refugees and the debate over security versus privacy.

Original airdate: Apr 21, 2016

Mini documentaries from the WQED archives are compiled into this new half-hour program. These are stories of environmental neglect that led to positive change in our water, our land and our air. Stories include the Donora Smog pollution tragedy of 1948, the environmental comeback story of Nine Mile Run and a visit to the landmark home of Rachel Carson, a woman from Springdale, Pennsylvania who took on corporate America when few others would.

Original airdate: Apr 07, 2016