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Soldiers on a search and destroy operation near Qui Nhon. January 17, 1967. Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images
On May 28 at 8:30 pm, a preview of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's documentary series on the Vietnam War airs. In 1984, WTTW hosted a discussion of the war with a group of veterans and four Steppenwolf Theatre actors playing soldiers onstage, including Gary Sinise.
The original poster for 'Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.'
40 years ago on May 25, the first Star Wars movie was released. Relive the excitement of the release of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi through a 1983 review and interviews with the director and C-3PO on WTTW's Sneak Previews
Alice Waters. Photo: Courtesy Amanda Marsalis
On Friday, May 26 at 10:00 pm, enjoy an American Masters film about Alice Waters, preceded by the premiere of Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft at 9:00 pm. Try some of Waters's fresh, ingredient-focused recipes here.
Jacques Pépin and Julia Child, c. 1980s. Photo: Courtesy Jacques Pépin
In a 1978 interview with WTTW's John Callaway, Julia Child discusses food snobs, nutrition freaks, and children in the kitchen. "My point is to make cooking easy for people so that they can enjoy it and do it, rather than making it a kind of art for the 'we happy few,'" she says.
James Beard. Photo: Reed College
The American Masters documentary James Beard: America's First Foodie explores the life of one of the most important figures in America's culinary revolution. A James Beard Award winner and nominee share Beard's influence on them and their favorite Beard recipe.
James Beard, America's First Foodie. Photo: Dan Wynn
Enjoy recipes and witty quotes from James Beard: a pioneer of American cuisine and farm-to-table cooking, an influential teacher and cookbook author, the host of the first nationally televised cooking show, and a jovial, insatiable gourmand.
Joanne Froggatt as Mary Ann Cotton; H. H. Holmes. Photo: ©JustinSleePhotography2015/MASTERPIECE
Masterpiece: Dark Angel follows the life of Mary Ann Cotton, Britain's first female serial killer. Chicago had its own "first": H. H. Holmes, America's first serial killer, otherwise known as "The Devil in the White City." Learn about the disputed mythology surrounding this shady figure.
Okeh engineers with the Western Electric recording machine, and director Bernard MacMahon and engineer Nicholas Bergh. Photos: Maida Vale Music (top); ©2017 Lo-­‐Max Records Ltd.(bottom)
In the 1920s, homegrown American musicians recorded songs that became foundational in the development of American music, from country to blues to Cajun.The filmmaker of American Epic discusses those musicians and his documentary.
Martha Stewart's Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies.
In honor of National Chocolate Chip day, bake up some GIant Chocolate Chip Cookies from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food, and learn the entertaining history behind the invention of chocolate chips (and the chocolate chip cookie).
Beitar Jerusalem fans. Photo: Haim Tzah
Forever Pure follows the story of Israel's most popular and controversial football team, the only club to never sign an Arab, when it signs two Muslim players from Chechnya. Filmmaker Maya Zinshtein discusses the documentary.
Victoria Yeates as Sister Winifred in 'Call the Midwife.' Photo: Neal Street Productions 2016
Prejudice in various forms causes trouble in this episode of Call the Midwife. It leads to a near-tragic accident, causes a rift in a family with a handicapped daughter, and threatens to end a budding romance.
Tim Pigott-Smith as King Charles III. Photo: Robert Viglasky/Drama Republic for BBC and MASTERPIECE
No, not the Kardashians. With King Charles III airing this Sunday, there are now three recent depictions of British monarchs on TV. What's our obsession with kings and queens, Victoria and The Crown
Chicago Botanic Garden's Orchid Show. Photo: Chicago Botanic Garden
Orchids drive people mad, from wealthy Victorian collectors to one of the most important scientists of the last few centuries. A horticulturist from the Chicago Botanic Garden explains what makes orchids unique and attempts to tease out our obsession with them.
Frances Barden and Joyce Cameron in 'Home Fires.' Photo: ITV Studios for MASTERPIECE
Call the Midwife is now slated for nine seasons, while Home Fires was abruptly cancelled after two. The two dramas share some similarities - both based on a book, both focusing on the lives of women in mid-century Britain - so what explains their opposite trajectories?