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Making the Grade
A Special OnQ Series on Education Reform
All too often, the positive stories about learning and education in the Pittsburgh region - go untold. That's why OnQ has developed this ongoing series of feature reports and interviews showcasing innovative educational programs and goals, exceptional teachers and students, and policy makers working for education reform.
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Managing Marcellus
It is a a billion dollar industry, producing billions of cubic feet of natural gas in Pennsylvania every day. A subject of much discussion, debate and deliberation -- concerned citizens, land owners, environmentalists, elected officials and the industry grapple with managing Marcellus Shale.
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Manfred Honeck: Pittsburgh's New Maestro
An OnQ Special Feature
The Austrian-born Manfred Honeck takes OnQ's Michael Bartley on a tour of Honeck's beloved Vienna, the city of classical music. Honeck's family members share their excitement about his being hired as the PSO conductor and music director. We find out how this "rising international star" hopes to bring happiness to Pittsburgh audiences and we take the new maestro on a tour of the best of the 'burgh!
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Marcellus Shale Debate
A Town Hall Meeting
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.
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Masters of Glass
An OnQ Special Edition
OnQ visits the Pittsburgh Glass Center on Penn Avenue in Friendship. Several internationally renowned glass artists are featured in the half-hour special.
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Mayoral Debate 2007
Who will be the next mayor of Pittsburgh and how is that person going to address the many issues that face the city and affect the entire metropolitan region? Meet the candidates and hear what they have to say about tough issues.
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Mount Saint Macrina
An OnQ Special Edition
This former coal baron's estate in Uniontown, Fayette County is now home to the Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great, members of the Byzantine Catholic Rite.
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Mr. Right Now: PNH and Big Ben Make a Video
What does a Superbowl-winning quarterback do on his summer vacation? He makes a music video with one of the hottest country breakout bands in America! BUY THE DVD!
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National Negro Opera Company
An OnQ Special Feature
There are new efforts to restore the now-dilapidated home where Mary Cardwell Dawson founded the National Negro Opera Company in 1941. The grand Victorian-style house on the border of Pittsburgh's Homewood and Lincoln-Lemington neighborhoods was also dubbed "Mystery Manor" because of the "comings and goings" of celebrities, athletes and business people.
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National Parks of Western Pennsylvania
An OnQ Special Series
In cooperation with the National Park Service and in conjunction with the national broadcast of the Ken Burns series "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," OnQ visited some of the national parks in Western Pennsylvania. The feature stories aired on WQED-TV's nightly news magazine broadcast "OnQ."
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Not In Our Town III
Light in the Darkness
WQED is a participant in the Not In Our Town initiative which highlights communities working together to stop hate. Our videos and broadcasts highlight and celebrate people who have developed creative anti-bias programs and responses. These stories have motivated many others to develop their own innovative initiatives which overpower the hateful actions and voices in their communities.
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Nursing: Rewards & Challenges
An OnQ Series & Special Edition
When it comes to media coverage of health care, television viewers always see the doctors front and center. But ask medical professionals and patients about the true driving force - and they'll likely credit the nurses. OnQ's coverage examines a variety of nursing topics including the nursing shortage, the changing face of nursing and compelling nursing specialties.
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Obesity: A Growing Problem
An OnQ Special Series
OnQ and WQED are proud to be partners with Highmark in a series of reports and studio interviews on this important issue. Obesity is linked to major health consequences - and the best solution will come from changes in the way we eat and exercise. The Pittsburgh region has addressed a number of obesity issues and has some promising programs in place.
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Obesity: It's Gaining On Us
An OnQ Special Report
This one-hour special addresses the problems and solutions associated with obesity.
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One Year in Brownsville
An OnQ Special Report
Once a hub of activity in the Mon Valley, Brownsville's business district has fallen into decline and near abandonment.
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Oral Health = Overall Health
An OnQ Special Series
Recent research suggests a link between oral health and heart disease, stroke, preterm births, diabetes and respiratory disease. In fact, a visit to the dentist could detect more than just a cavity, as often the first sign of a medical condition will appear in the mouth. This OnQ series focuses on the importance of dental and oral care, and its impact on your overall health.
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Our Environment, Our Health
An OnQ Special Report
This series of OnQ special reports focuses on connections between our habitat and our health. OnQ's staff explores everything from air and water quality to mold in our homes. Another featured segment looks at cancer caused by environmental factors.
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Our Region's Next Renaissance
An OnQ Special Edition
This series of OnQ special reports and town hall meetings explores the importance of the nonprofit community in Pittsburgh's economic revival.
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  • Portraits for the Homefront: The Story of Elizabeth Black
    The poignant story unfolds as we explore Black’s lost art career, seek out elderly veterans who encountered Miss Black on the battlefield, and present to amazed and appreciative families portraits that never arrived.
  • Classical Crossroads
    Where classical music crosses paths with rock and roll, world music, folk music and jazz. Listen to interviews with people who make good music here.

featured specials

  • Portraits for the Homefront: The Story of Elizabeth Black
    The poignant story unfolds as we explore Black’s lost art career, seek out elderly veterans who encountered Miss Black on the battlefield, and present to amazed and appreciative families portraits that never arrived.
  • Classical Crossroads
    Where classical music crosses paths with rock and roll, world music, folk music and jazz. Listen to interviews with people who make good music here.

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