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Mel Brooks in 'The Last Laugh.' Photo: Ferne Pearlstein

What's Taboo? Nothing, for These Comedians

Monday, April 24 at 10:00 pm, Independent Lens: The Last Laugh explores what's taboo in comedy, focusing on the Holocaust. Meet some of the controversial and transgressive comedians who appear in the film, including Mel Brooks and Sarah Silverman.
Raney Aronson-Rath of 'Frontline.' Photo: Jonas Fredwall Karlsson

The Executive Producer of 'Frontline' on Journalism's Challenges Today

Raney Aronson-Rath believes that, for all its difficulties, the current period is "a golden age for serious journalism." She explains why, and talks about the newest Frontline film, Last Days of Solitary.
Vittorio Grigolo as Roméo and Diana Damrau as Juliette in Gounod's opera at the Met. Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Gounod's 'Roméo et Juliette' at the Met

On Friday, April 14 at 9:00 pm, watch the Met's production of Gounod's Roméo et Juliette on Great Performances. Revisit an interview with the director Bartlett Sher by our sister station WFMT from his time in Chicago in which he discusses Shakespeare and opera, and explore photos of the production.
Matthew Sandiford in the Great Performances broadcast of 'Young Men.' Photo: Sophie Harris-Taylor

World War I in Works of Art

April 6 marked the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I. The dance film Young Men dramatizes the effect of that war on the soldiers who fought in it. Explore other works of art that have grappled with the Great War.
Nicole Hockley, mother of Sandy Hook victim, and first responder Sgt. Bill Cario. (Courtesy of Derek Weisehahn)

Grief and Resilience in 'Newtown'

Filmmaker Kim A. Snyder discusses her film about the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  “I simply think it’s important to give these people a voice and to bear witness."
The Brontë sisters in 'To Walk Invisible.' (Courtesy of Gary Moyes/BBC and MASTERPIECE)

All of Playlist's Women's History Month Content

Revisit the exceptional women about whom Playlist posted during Women's HIstory Month. Archival interviews, a trivia quiz, explorations of historical figures, and more. 
Brett Sparks of The Handsome Family, John Prine, and Shemekia Copeland. (Paul Natkin, courtesy of Lyric Opera of Chicago)

The "Rich Tapestry" of "Chicago Voices"

Meet the stellar local talents who performed in Lyric Opera of Chicago's "Chicago Voices" concert in February, broadcast tonight at 9:00 pm. From opera to blues, gospel to rap, the gamut of Chicago's diverse musical styles is covered.
Sara Just, executive producer of PBS NewsHour.

The Executive Producer of 'PBS NewsHour' on Media in the Age of Trump

"It's our job to hold power accountable. We did that before this White House, and we'll continue to do it." Sara Just discusses the role of long-form journalism in an era of fake news and antagonism towards traditional media. 
Branwell Bronte's portrait of his three sisters alongside the actors who portray them in 'To Walk Invisible.' (Courtesy of Michael Prince/BBC and MASTERPIECE)

The Brontë Family and the Actors Who Portray Them

To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters, which aired Sunday, explores the lives of the authors of Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Agnes Grey. Do the actors in the film look like the people that they play?
Robert Adam's Sackler Library at Oxford. (Courtesy of ADAM Architecture)

Architect Robert Adam: A Place at the Table

Explore the work and style of the 2017 Driehaus Prize-winning architect Robert Adam in WTTW's new documentary and website. Watch web-exclusive interviews, absorb Adam's striking buildings through photos, and learn more about the career of this modern traditionalist.

From the Archives: Nora Ephron

Before she wrote and directed such iconic films as When Harry Met Sally... and Sleepless in Seattle, Nora Ephron was a journalist. She appeared on WTTW in 1975 to discuss her book of published essays and share a hilarious story about reporting from the front lines.
Scoppio Del Carro, or Explosion of the Cart, an Easter tradition in Florence.

Easter Around the World

April 13 at 8:00 pm, Rick Steves explores European Easter traditions. Take your own tour of the holiday and discover exploding carts, colorful kites, and the history of the Easter bunny. 
Derek Walcott.

Nobel Prize-winning Poet Derek Walcott Dies at Age 87

In 1981, the monumental poet of the Caribbean appeared on Studs Terkel's radio show to discuss his native West Indies, their unique people, and elemental landscape. 
Patsy Cline. (Courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises)

How Well Do You Know Patsy Cline?

A new American Masters documentary explores the life and influence of Patsy Cline, one of country's biggest stars despite her brief career. 
Race car driver Janet Guthrie.

From the Archive: Race Car Driver Janet Guthrie

Janet Guthrie was the first woman to qualify for and compete in the Indianapolis and Daytona 500s. In 1979, she spoke to WTTW's John Callaway about her most recent Indy race and the sexism she encountered as a racer.
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