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.
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.
Rethink your point of view with Intelligence Squared U.S. – Oxford-style debates. From clean energy and the financial crisis, to the Middle East and the death of mainstream media, Intelligence Squared U.S. brings together the world’s leading authorities on the day’s most important issues.
For the ninth season of Chef Rick Bayless’ highly-rated cooking and travel show, we’re taking our viewers from Oaxaca City to Puerto Angel to explore the cuisine and culture that makes the wonderful state of Oaxaca, Mexico irresistible.
The Wind Gods documents the 33rd America’s Cup yacht race, in which Larry Ellison’s American yacht USA-17 defeated the Swiss-owned Alinghi 5 yacht of Ernesto Bertarelli. Narrated by actor Jeremy Irons, the documentary relates Ellison’s effort to bring the America’s Cup back to the U.S. after 18 years.
This visually stunning special features international composer, guitarist and singer David Broza performing at the site of the ancient fortress of Masada in the southern Israeli desert. David performs his music accompanied by Jackson Browne, Shawn Colvin and a Palestinian/Israeli children’s choir.
Imagine two middle-aged African American women who are best friends, traveling worldwide to destinations that dazzle the eye and intrigue the mind. They are Pat Johnson and Regina Fraser, the Grannies on Safari.
This ground-breaking jazz and conversation series, hosted by Ramsey Lewis, features unforgettable, intimate interviews and performances with Jazz legends.
Host Ira David Levy celebrates the liberating world of bicycling. The series emphasizes wellness, bicycle safety and preserving climate change while highlighting the icons and cultures in various North American locales that take pride in being bicycle-friendly.
The Retirement Revolution Series® are documentaries that take a deep and comprehensive look at the financial challenges facing the Baby Boomer generation. Hosted by broadcast journalist Paula Zahn, the programs eliminate fear, offer hope, and affirm that it’s never too late to begin preparation for retirement.
Soundstage® is an award winning, legendary performance series that pioneered the concert format for television and puts viewers in the front row at the best concerts on TV.
By 2050, the U.N. estimates that 52% of the world’s population will experience water scarcity. Water is at a tipping point. Actor/Producer Adrian Grenier (Entourage) narrates Water Pressures, a one-hour documentary showcasing a groundbreaking partnership between Northwestern University students and Rajasthani, India villagers.
WordWorld is an Emmy-winning, 3D-animated children’s series set in a colorful, word-rich place where friends have fun and meet challenges through word play. Each episode is a fun narrative built around a wacky troupe of WordFriends™, who are characters first and words second.
(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: