WQED mini docs: Musical Mentors

Two award-winning mini documentaries from the WQED archives are compiled into this half-hour program. Madame Dawson’s Opera Company tells the story of Mary Cardwell Dawson who formed the National Negro Opera Company in 1941, opening doors and launching careers for African-Americans who had little access to classical music training. The feature also highlights efforts to restore the grand Victorian-style house in Pittsburgh where the opera company was founded. Prattis & The Piano recounts the career of Pittsburgh Symphony principal keyboardist Patricia Prattis Jennings, who in 1966 became the first African American woman to be awarded a full contract by a major American symphony orchestra, breaking decades of discrimination in the world of classical music.

WQED mini docs: Musical Mentors aired on Feb 18, 2016.


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Series: Specials

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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