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.

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New and Current Productions and Presentations

Weekend in Havana

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.

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My Neighborhood: Pilsen

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.

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The Arab Americans

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.

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Making a New American NUTCRACKER

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

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."

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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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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 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!

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Other Recent Productions and Presentations

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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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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Count Me In

Catholicism: The Pivotal Players

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.

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Count Me In

Count Me In

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.

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Trailblazers: The New Zealand Story

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.

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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: