WTTW National Productions
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.
New and Current Productions and Presentations
In a fractured nation, what ideals do we share in common? To find out, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy teams up with his Stanford University colleague Condoleezza Rice to investigate the idea of a unifying American creed. Their thorny, cross-partisan inquiry frames the stories of activists, each of whom is striving to realize his or her own vision of America’s promise across a deep divide.
Fighting on Both Fronts: The Story of the 370th
FIGHTING ON BOTH FRONTS: THE STORY OF THE 370th tells the remarkable but little-known story of one of few African American regiments to have fought in combat during World War I. They were America's unsung heroes — 2,900 men from Illinois, many of them from Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood. This intrepid group of soldiers fought on two fronts — the war against the Germans and the war against racism and inequality. But when they returned from war they realized that, despite their sacrifices, the country still denied them civil rights
Making a New American NUTCRACKER
The one-hour documentary Making a New American NUTCRACKER, narrated by actress Neve Campbell (The Company), takes audiences behind the scenes to discover what it took to bring this original production to life. The Joffrey Ballet artistic director Ashley Wheater gathered a stellar group of creative visionaries, including Tony Award®-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon , to reimagine the original story of 19th-century privilege into the story of Marie, the daughter of an immigrant single mother working as a sculptress, who falls asleep on Christmas Eve and dreams of the World’s Fair.
Wheaton College Christmas Festival: Love Divine
Wheaton College Christmas Festival: Love Divine offers a program of sacred Christmas music presented by the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in Wheaton, Illinois. Join the Wheaton College Concert Choir, Men’s Glee Club, Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Women’s Chorale and guest artist Claire Holley for a selection of pieces spanning the centuries, including “Wolcum Yole,” “A Rhapsody on Christmas Carols,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” and “Gloria."
10 That Changed America
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.
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!”
The Travel Detective Season 4
In the fourth season of the public television series The Travel Detective, 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: how — and when — to book a hotel room, avoiding nickel-and-diming fees, and how to speed through airport security. 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 Jordan, Hawaii, Cuba, Australia, and United Arab Emirates, just to name a few!
Other Recent Productions and Presentations
Weekend in Havana
Weekend in Havana follows architectural enthusiast and television host Geoffrey Baer as he takes his first trip to Havana, Cuba. Geoffrey, with the help of a number of prominent Cuban travel guides, will lead viewers through an exploration of the capital city of this island nation and discover why it still holds such fascination for Americans. Geoffrey and his Cuban companions will lead viewers on a journey of discovery through Havana’s distinctive cultural landscapes.
My Neighborhood: Pilsen
This engaging new 1-hour documentary is an intimate street-level look at what community engagement and activism has done for one Chicago neighborhood: Pilsen. Playing like a street mural come to life, six Pilsen residents share their personal stories to illustrate how the residents of this predominantly Mexican-American working class community have organized to address the societal issues facing their community, ranging from housing to health care to education and citizenship.
The Arab Americans
The Arab Americans is the new 60-minute documentary illustrating the contributions made to the American fabric for almost 200 years by those who immigrated to the United States from the Middle East, North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. This untold story vividly paints a portrait of the Arab-American immigrant experience through the stories of people who, like all Americans, immigrated in pursuit of the American Dream.
Soundstage® / Season 17
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.
Trailblazers: The New Zealand Story
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.
(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:
- 10 Buildings that Changed America
- 1916: The Irish Rebellion
- About Your House with Bob Yapp
- The America’s Family Kitchen
- American Idealist
- The Artist Toolbox
- Brian Wilson & Friends: A Soundstage® Special Event
- Catholicism: The Pivotal Players
- CEO Exchange (Seasons 1-4)
- Chicago: City of the Century
- A Christmas Carol: The Concert
- Count Me In
- Curious Traveler
- David Broza at Masada
- Dream of Italy
- Ebert Presents At The Movies
- Ecuador: The Royal Tour
- Economic Freedom in Action: Changing Lives
- Electoral Dysfunction
- Family Travel with Colleen Kelly Season 2
- The First Silent Night
- The Frugal Gourmet
- Grannies on Safari
- Harlem Globetrotters: The Team That Changed the World
- HandyMa’am with Beverly DeJulio®
- The Hayloft Gang
- Heroes on Deck
- The Horsemen Cometh
- In a Just World
- inCommon with Mike Leonard
- In Pursuit of Passion
- Intelligence Squared
- I Remember Better When I Paint
- Islands Without Cars
- Jerzy Popieluszko: Messenger of the Truth
- Joffrey Nutcracker
- Justice & Jihad
- Lamb Chop’s Play Along
- Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis
- Long Distance Warrior
- Lost in Middle America
- Love is a Verb
- The Magic Never Ends: The Life and Works of C.S. Lewis
- Marriage: Just a Piece of Paper?
- McLaughlin Group
- McLaughlin’s One on One
- MEXICO—One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless (Seasons 1-9)
- MEXICO—One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless | Season 11
- Mini-Med School TV
- Mulberry Child
- The New Explorers
- One Dog at a Time with Dennis Hill
- Pedal America
- Power of the Poor
- Power to the People
- Globalization at the Crossroads
- A Renaissance Christmas
- Race to the Moon: The Daring Adventures of Apollo 8
- RAGGs Holiday Jam
- The Real Adam Smith
- Real Age with Dr. Mike Roizen
- Retirement Revolution
- Rx: Doctors of Tomorrow
- Rx: The Quiet Revolution
- Skokie: Invaded But Not Conquered
- Sneak Previews
- Soldiers without Swords: The Black Press
- Soundstage (Seasons 1-16)
- SS United States: Lady in Waiting
- Straight No Chaser
- Testing Milton Friedman
- Unexpected Justice
- Walter Williams: Suffer No Fools
- Water Pressures
- Wind Gods