10 That Changed America

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

h1916: The Irish Rebellion

1916: The Irish Rebellion

This new documentary series, narrated by acclaimed actor and Irish native Liam Neeson, commemorates the 100th anniversary of this seminal event that led to the establishment of an independent Irish State and, indirectly, to the breakup of the British Empire.

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Geoffrey Baer

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.

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Soundstage: Jake Owen

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.

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Nature Cat

Nature Cat

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!”

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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. 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.

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Ecuador

Ecuador: The Royal Tour

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.

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Love is a Verb

Love is a Verb

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.

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Unexpected Justice

Unexpected Justice

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.

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Johan Norberg

The Real Adam Smith

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.

Part 1: "Morality and Markets" preview
Part 2: "Ideas that Changed the World" preview

Heroes on Deck

Heroes on Deck

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.

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inCommon with Mike Leonard

inCommon with Mike Leonard

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.

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Other Recent Productions and Presentations

Brian Wilson & Friends:  A Soundstage® Special Event

Brian Wilson & Friends: A Soundstage® Special Event

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.

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Rx: The Quiet Revolution

Rx: The Quiet Revolution

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.

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Rx:  Doctors of Tomorrow

Rx: Doctors of Tomorrow

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.

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Curious Traveler

Join host/creator Christine van Blokland as she travels to incredible European and North American destinations to explore the hidden histories in their art, architecture, museums, monuments, houses of worship and parks.

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Family Travel with Colleen Kelly Season 2

Family Travel with Colleen Kelly Season 2

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.

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McLaughlin Group

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.

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Dream of Italy

Dream of Italy

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.

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Rick Bayless

MEXICO—One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless | Season 10

After nine seasons of exploring various states of Mexico, Rick Bayless couldn’t resist the allure of modern Mexico City or Mexico, D.F. or simply DF (Distrito Federal) and the burgeoning chef movement. Viewers will be transported all over DF’s sixteen boroughs to explore the vibrant restaurant scene, evolving cuisine and ancient culture.

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Nile Rodgers on Speakeasy

Speakeasy

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.

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Power to the People

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.

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Islands Without Cars

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.

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10 Buildings that Changed America

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.

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Digital Media

UMIGO ("yoU Make It GO")

(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.

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Mission to Planet 429

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.

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WTTW National Productions is pleased to have produced, co-produced, or presented the following quality programs for public media over the past 60 years: