In the first half hour, Mandy Jones and Julie Rea of the Simon Community NI discuss why homelessness is on the rise in Belfast, how their group works to address it, and what results they’ve seen. In the second half, Carla Pflueger talks about owning and working in Wilma’s Candy & Fudge Factory over the past twenty-some years. She and her husband Harold started the business in the basement of their home in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania and sold it 2 years ago. Carla talks about the art of making candies, the catastrophes that can happen in a chocolate factory, and what life after chocolate holds for her.
In the 1980s, Larry Evans was named a national security threat, Hollywood script writers were intent on telling his life story, he was crossing the Iron Curtain, and he was overtaking the Pittsburgh public television airwaves. As the steel mills were closing down in that decade, Larry ran the Millhunk Herald, a local journal, and was active in the efforts to keep the industry alive. He tells his story — how he got politically active, what’s happened to him since those activist days, and what it’s like to be classed a threat to society.
The video clip below comes from a documentary Larry made about his Millhunk Herald days. Tony Novosel stars in the 1983 Pittsburgh-made ‘Crashdance’, as a steelworker who turns to exotic dancing amidst the collapse of the steel industry in the city.
Episode 13 goes to Spuds to talk with its owner John Vance about the restaurant’s place in Belfast. The second half features an interview with Stephen Blakeney, the head of Queen’s Movie Society, about the society’s short films and the state of film-making in Northern Ireland today.
Dorothy Hagan died at the age of 87 this February. Episode 12 features an interview with her recorded in December. She recounts her life: growing up in Pittsburgh during the Great Depression, working for the FBI, starting a family while her husband was overseas in World War II, raising 9 children, and living through the upheavals of the past century.