WTTW National Productions is a premiere producer and presenter of original, high- quality media – reflecting the world’s rich and diverse arts and entertainment scene as well as education, politics, public affairs, business, and religion – to a national audience. Our programs and series are distributed by PBS, American Public Television (APT), the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) and others. Our programming extends beyond the TV screen and can be seen internationally as well as online.
Bishop Robert Barron is on a new journey to unlock the truth behind the Catholic Church's most influential people. Catholicism: The Pivotal Players is a multi-part series that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics, and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization.
The first in-depth documentary about this burgeoning national movement, Count Me In tells the compelling stories of regular Chicagoans who are rolling up their sleeves to make an impact in their neighborhoods, highlighting a direct democracy model, dubbed "participatory budgeting," that provides the platform to have direct say over local public projects and monies.
Thirty years ago, New Zealand was on the verge of economic collapse. Today, the country is a driving force in international trade, economic leadership, healthy environmental practices, and is the flagship for sustainable fishing practices. Johan Norberg examines this revolution led by an unlikely alliance of farm owners and maverick politicians who broke a system of excessive privileges that was choking the nation.
Hosted by Geoffrey Baer, this series recounts the stories of 40 of America’s manmade wonders, introduces us to the men and women who built them, and explore the impact that these places have had on us as individuals and communities. These buildings, homes, parks, and towns are all around us, and yet Americans typically have little understanding of how they came to be, who built them, and how they affect us all.
Music lovers rejoice! Soundstage® re-introduces the intimate concert experience that music enthusiasts crave. With music greats and budding artists alike, this concert studio showcase shines a fresh light on the unique collaboration of music and television. Immerse yourself in the heart and soul of music as it comes to life right before your eyes with Soundstage® 2016.
Nature Cat is a new animated PBS KIDS® series designed to encourage kids to explore and develop connections with the natural world. With broad comedic appeal and a focus on natural sciences, the show follows Fred, a house cat who dreams of exploring the great outdoors. Once his family leaves for the day, Fred transforms into Nature Cat, “backyard explorer extraordinaire!”
CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg shares cutting-edge travel news, must-have information, and insider secrets on navigating the travel process. Each episode has need-to-know tips to improve the travel experience. The series also features signature “Hidden Gems” destination segments, where Greenberg highlights his personal picks and favorite experiences off the tourist map. Featured destinations in this season include Spain, China, and Singapore, among many others.
In this latest edition, Emmy Award-winning journalist Peter Greenberg received a Royal Tour from the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa. Together, they explored the Amazon rainforest, went whale watching off the coast of Manta, were mesmerized by the diversity of plant and animal species that can only be found on the world famous Galápagos Islands, and much more.
Narrated by Ashley Judd, this film is an examination of a social movement of Sufi-inspired Sunni Muslims that began in Turkey in the 1960s and now reaches across the globe. The group is called Hizmet, the Turkish word for service, or The Gulen Movement after its inspiration, leader and beloved teacher Fethullah Gulen, a man that Time Magazine named as one of the most influential leaders in the world in 2013.
In the summer of 1969, two state Supreme Court justices, including the chief justice, were accused of accepting bribes in exchange for a favorable decision in a case before the bench. The investigation that followed launched the public career of a modest, bow-tied, Chicago antitrust lawyer named John Paul Stevens. It led to his appointment as a federal appeals court judge, and ultimately, his distinguished, thirty-five year tenure on the United States Supreme Court.
The Real Adam Smith: A Personal Exploration by Johan Norberg looks at Smith and the evolution and relevance of his ideas today, both economic and ethical. It’s difficult to imagine that a man who lived with horse-drawn carriages and sailing ships would foresee our massive 21st century global market exchange, much less the relationship between markets and morality. Norberg explores Smith’s insights regarding free trade and the nature of wealth to the present, where they are thriving and driving the world’s economy.
The story of how 17,000 aviators were trained on Lake Michigan immediately following Pearl Harbor. Practicing takeoffs and landings from passenger ships converted into aircraft carriers, more than 100 classic WWII fighters and dive bombers were abandoned at the bottom of Lake Michigan. See the remarkable story behind these historical artifacts, including interviews with surviving pilots that were instrumental in training our heroes.
Emmy award-winning NBC-TV correspondent and renowned filmmaker Mike Leonard’s new series for public television features ordinary people making an extraordinary impact in locations across America, Africa, the Middle East, and elsewhere in the world. He weaves their wisdom, wit and wide-ranging music into each episode.
Extraordinary talent Brian Wilson performs with his 12-piece band along with special guests Nate Ruess from Fun.; Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine and renowned guitarist Blondie Chaplin; singer/songwriter actress Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward (She & Him); Capital Cities’ Sebu Simonian; Grammy-winning country star Kacey Musgraves; and jazz trumpeter/composer Mark Isham.
Filmmaker David Grubin — the son of a general practitioner — takes his camera across America to focus on the challenges and triumphs in our country's healthcare delivery system. The program will introduce us to a diverse group of doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals who are transforming the way we receive our medical care: lowering costs by placing the patient at the center of their practice.
The new Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine has taken the standard medical curriculum and stood it on its head. Students train to respond to emergencies with NYC firemen, but also learn from doctors in private practices and hospitals. It’s about applying the science of medicine to individual patients, emphasizing the human dimension – trust and empathy – in medical care.
Host Colleen Kelly returns for another season of exploring must-see family destinations in the U.S. and abroad. This season she visits Pensacola, the Emerald Coast and Palm Beaches in Florida; Wales; Lake of the Ozarks; Boston; Quebec; Chicago and Switzerland.
Veteran journalist and interviewer John McLaughlin faces off each week with a panel of guest newsmakers, providing viewers with an in-depth look at the issues and people of the week.
A journey into the heart and soul of the most beautiful country in the world with an insider's perspective on the people and culture that make Italy so special, the series will visit six regions in Italy exploring what makes them unique, through stories of the food, wine, arts and history of the region.
Season 11 of Mexico—One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless centers on the burgeoning restaurant scene, evolving cuisine and ancient culture in the Yucatán peninsula that makes this state so irresistible.
It’s all about the conversation. Taped in Manhattan’s historic McKittrick Hotel, this new 5-part series gives viewers the unique perspective of an intimate, frank conversation between one singular artist chatting with his chosen interviewer.
Hosted by Swedish economist and author Johan Norberg, Power to the People explores how innovation and new technologies are providing answers to our world's growing energy needs.
A travel series exploring remote islands that have kept a well-worn foot in the past by restricting or altogether forbidding the use of motorized vehicles. Hosted by Kira Hesser.
The stories of ten American architectural marvels; you may not be familiar with all of these buildings, but they probably shaped the way you live, work, shop and play. Host Geoffrey Baer takes a journey across America and inside these ten groundbreaking works of art and engineering.
(pronounced you-me-go) is an innovative transmedia world of invention and construction designed to engage children in the exploration of real-world science, engineering and mathematical ideas. Through game play and problem solving, children navigate the world of UMIGO along with a cool and quirky cast of characters. UMIGO is funded in part by a Ready to Learn award from the US Department of education.
3-D interactive game designed to support reading comprehension for grades 2-3, is about the hilarious misadventures of two rookie "Worldsplorers,"" Gylnert and Zornat who hail from the planet Cyron. They are charged with figuring out Cyron’s 429th discovery &ndsah; EARTH. Mission to Planet 429 is funded in part by a Ready to Learn award from the US Department of Education.
WTTW National Productions is pleased to have produced, co-produced, or presented the following quality programs for public media over the past 60 years: