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Clockwise from left: Oscar Zeta Acosta, the Brown Buffalo; Bill Nye; Walled city of Lahore, Pakistan. Photos: Annie Leibovitz; David Alvarado/Structure Films; Nutopia Ltd
Take a look at not-to-be-missed programs airing between now and the end of April, from a timely show discussing the #MeToo movement, to a documentary about a beloved Science Guy, to Benedict Cumberbatch's return to Masterpiece.
Academy Awards on PBS
Two films that aired on PBS were nominated today for an Academy Award in the Documentary category: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, and Last Men in Aleppo. Revisit our various interviews with the directors about their films.
Ann Curry by the Statue of Liberty in We'll Meet Again. Photo: David Turnley
In We'll Meet Again, Ann Curry helps reunite people who met during world-altering events. She herself is the product of a life-changing meeting, between her American soldier father and Japanese mother. Their incredible story is "Romeo and Juliet, Japanese style."
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Photo: Courtesy of ITV Studios
Victoria attempts to help the lower classes in a tone-deaf way and also loses two of her closest friends; that grief is compounded by a difficult birth. Albert suffers his own sorrow and must travel to Coburg, where he hears a distressing rumor.
Lorraine Hansberry with her typewriter. Photo: David Attie
The essential play A Raisin in the Sun is based on its playwright Lorraine Hansberry's own experience as a child moving into an all-white Chicago neighborhood, a situation that produced a Supreme Courrt case. Revisit the story here.
Joel Weisman on Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
On the 40th anniversary of Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review tonight, its host and one of its creators Joel Weisman steps down. Joel recalls memorable incidents and more.
Understanding the Opioid Epidemic
Understanding the Opioid Epidemic explores the roots of the crisis and stories of people affected. Get even more background from Frontline, through one of their investigative films and various articles examining the opioid crisis.
Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King, Jr. on WTTW
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, listen to the woman who helped make the civil rights leader's birthday a federal holiday, as Coretta Scott King discusses her husband's sense of humor and legacy, as well as the structural problems undergirding racism.
Prince Albert and Victoria. Photo: Courtesy of ITV Studios
Queen Victoria is back, and she's ready to rule again even though everyone around her – especially the men – want her to stay with her newborn child. Prince Albert is unwilling to cede control and is also enticed by the dashing mathematician behind the predecessor to the computer.
James Baldwin in the crowd. March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, 28 August 1963, Washington. Photo: Dan Budnik
"I want to be an honest man, and I want to be a good writer," James Baldwin tells Studs Terkel in this eloquent and incisive conversation from 1961. He achieved both, in his clear-eyed writing and speaking about America and race, as is brilliantly obvious here.
An illustration of a black hole. Image: Courtesy WGBH
They're a curvature in spacetime that even light can't escape; an object sucked into one is crushed into an infinite density. We haven't been able to see them, but we can hear them, in a sense. Learn more confounding information about these enigmas of space.
Theodore Roosevelt, Candido Rondon and camaradas sitting in camp, 1914. Photo: Courtesy of the Library of Congress
In 1913, Theodore Roosevelt set off on a journey down a river in the Amazonian jungle. The expedition was led in part by one of the little-known heroes of modern Brazil: the explorer and advocate for indigenous peoples Cândido Rondon.
Oprah Winfrey on WTTW's Callaway Magazine in 1984
Sunday night at the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey gave a galvanizing acceptance speech after being granted a lifetime achievement award. See what she was like just as her career was taking off with a morning talk show, in a 1984 interview on WTTW.
Amy Brent at a bookstore. Photo: Courtesy Stuart Brent Children’s Book Club
“I have spent most of my life in a perennial quest to convince people that reading a book is actually worthwhile,” Amy Brent says. In her show Amy's Book Hunt, she proves that books can be exciting by tracking down rare books in unlikely places.
'The Interview Show with Mark Bazer' at the Hideout in Chicago. Photo: Caitrin Hughes
In the first half of the new season of The Interview Show, Mark Bazer sits down with some outstanding guests with Chicago connections, including a Nobel Prize-winning economist, a Top Chef alum, and a screenwriter whose show was just picked up by HBO.