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WTTW Community Conversations

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Latino Voices: A WTTW News Community Conversation

  • Joanna Hernandez moderated this virtual conversation which focused on local investments in summer youth programs across the city, while also focusing on communities demanding more resources and investment to help combat violence in their area.

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Black Voices: A WTTW News Community Conversation

  • Brandis Friedman led an online conversation focused on why Emmett Till’s story is still relevant today, and how family members and other community leaders are working to keep his memory alive.

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WTTW & PBS Programming — Coverage and Context

Music group spreads Mandela’s message of reconciliation

South African music group spreads Mandela’s message of reconciliation and healing

Understanding the politically diverse Latino community

How the politically diverse Latino community can help moderate U.S. polarization

A Brief But Spectacular take on creating cultures of growth

A Brief But Spectacular take on creating cultures of growth

How Ants Make Our Cities Healthier

NYC ants can eat 6,000 hot dogs a year… and that’s making our cities greener.


Belonging is a fundamental human desire that transcends boundaries - geographical, cultural, social.

Sami Cuisine

Christer visits the Finnmarksvidda plateau for the Sami people’s rich food traditions.

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Belonging is a fundamental human desire that transcends boundaries - geographical, cultural, social.

Minneapolis Comedy: Diversity & Community

Jesus Trejo and Ali Sultan discuss the Minneapolis comedy scene, including its diversity.

Breaking Taboos: Racism and Comedy

Sierra Katow and Jesus Trejo share their experiences in addressing racism through comedy.



WTTW & PBS Programming — For Kids & Families

Elmo talking with Wes and Elijah in park

Explaining What is Race?

When Elmo notices that some of the leaves in the park match his red fur and some match his friend Wes's brown skin, he wonders how skin gets its color. Wes's dad Elijah explains it's from melanin—something everyone has in their bodies that gives us our skin, eye, and hair color. These things make us who we are, and many people call this race. But like the leaves on a tree, the colors are most beautiful when they are standing together!

Arthur & Buster talking remotely


Arthur, Buster And Mrs. McGrady share their thoughts on racism.

Father and daughter talking to each other

PBS KIDS Talk About Race & Racism

Hosted by inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, this half-hour program features authentic conversations between real children and their parents and includes content from DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, ARTHUR, and XAVIER RIDDLE AND THE SECRET MUSEUM. The show looks at race and racial justice-related topics in an age-appropriate way and offers viewers ideas to build on as they continue these important conversations at home.

Sesame Street characters

The Power of We: A Sesame Street Special

Follow Elmo, Abby, Tamir and Gabrielle as they prepare for a virtual community singalong as they stand up against racism by expressing love, kindness, and respect. Tamir and Gabrielle belong to an affinity group called the Power of We, led by Chris Jackson.

Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism special

Coming Together: A Sesame Street Standing up to Racism Town Hall

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms takes questions about how to combat racism and shares a message with kids about how they can help make a change. Sesame’s Dr. Jeanette Betancourt shares tips on how grown-ups can talk to kids about these tough topics.





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