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Community Conversations

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Hugo Balta

What: Latino Voices: A WTTW News Community Conversation
When: Monday, November 30, 2020 - 8:00 pm
Where: Virtual Event

On-Demand Conversations (Watch Now)

Hugo Balta

Chicago Tonight Latino Voices: A WTTW News Community Conversation

  • Hugo Balta, News Director for WTTW News, moderated a community conversation focused on business, health, and the arts in the Latino community in Chicago.

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Brandis Friedman

Chicago Tonight Black Voices: A WTTW News Community Conversation

  • Brandis Friedman, Chicago Tonight co-anchor and host of Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, moderated a live conversation about the upcoming 2020 Presidential election and its impact on the Black community.

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Asian Americans: A WTTW Screening and Community Conversation

WTTW collaborated with Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago on this screening and discussion around the documentary series Asian Americans.

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Seats at the Table: A WTTW Screening and Community Conversation

Jamelle Bouie, New York Times columnist, moderated a panel discussion on how the power of innovative education can engage students and create a more equitable world.

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Chicago Tonight Voices: A WTTW News Community Conversation

WTTW News presented a virtual behind-the-scenes look at Chicago Tonight: Black Voices and Latino Voices, two additions to WTTW’s influential and independent news and public affairs programming lineup.

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Harbor from the Holocaust: A WTTW Screening and Community Conversation

WTTW collaborated with the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Asian Americans Advancing Justice to host a panel discussion about the film Harbor from the Holocaust.

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The Vote: A WTTW Screening and Community Conversation

WTTW hosted a discussion and screening around the role Illinois played in the Women’s Suffrage Movement, and how race impacted Women’s Suffrage and voting today.

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PEACE & JUSTICE: A WTTW Community Discussion

WTTW hosted a conversation with Chicago community and thought leaders discussing policing in Chicago, economic inequality, and the role individuals and institutions play in addressing peace and justice.

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Virtual Engagement with author and musician James McBride

In a conversation moderated by Tim Russell, WTTW’s Vice President of Community Engagement, James McBride discusses The Library of Congress 2020 National Book Festival: Celebrating American Ingenuity.

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Trailblazing Women Celebration: Gwendolyn Brooks

In a conversation moderated by Tim Russell, WTTW’s Vice President of Community Engagement, Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks author Suzanne Slade and illustrator Cozbi A. Cabrera explain the process of writing the book.


WTTW & PBS Programming — Coverage and Context

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America After Ferguson

This PBS town hall meeting, moderated by PBS NEWSHOUR co-anchor and managing editor Gwen Ifill, will explore the many issues brought into public discourse in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri. The program was recorded before an audience on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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America in Black and Blue 2020: PBS NewsHour Special

Alison Stewart hosts this PBS NewsHour Weekend hour-long special report on race and policing in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer. His death has sparked demonstrations worldwide and raises the question: will this time be different?

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Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

In his new four-hour series, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. Joined by leading scholars, celebrities, and a dynamic cast of people who shaped these years, Gates travels from the victories of the civil rights movement up to today.

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A Class Divided: FRONTLINE

One day in 1968, Jane Elliott, a teacher in a small, all-white Iowa town, divided her third-grade class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups and gave them a daring lesson in discrimination. This is the story of that lesson, its lasting impact on the children, and its enduring power 30 years later.

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Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America

Discover how the advent of the automobile brought new mobility and freedom for African Americans but also exposed them to discrimination and deadly violence, and how that history resonates today.

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Freedom Riders: American Experience

The story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.

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Latino Americans

The first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape North America over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S.

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The Murder of Emmett Till: American Experience

The murder and the trial horrified the nation and the world. Till's death was a spark that helped mobilize the Civil Rights movement. Three months after his body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River, the Montgomery bus boycott began.

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Policing the Police 2020: FRONTLINE

George Floyd's killing triggered mass demonstrations nationwide calling for racial justice and police accountability in the United States. In the wake of those protests, New Yorker writer and historian Jelani Cobb returns to a troubled police department he first visited four years ago to examine whether reform can work, and how police departments can be held accountable.

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Race Matters: America in Crisis

PBS NewsHour will turn to grassroots voices from around the country and host roundtable conversations of thought leaders, newsmakers and experts.

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The Talk: Race in America

THE TALK is a two-hour documentary about the increasingly necessary conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police.


WTTW & PBS Programming — For Kids & Families

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Arthur

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

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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.

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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.

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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.


WTTW Mission, Purpose, Values

WTTW Mission

WTTW is committed to producing and presenting trusted, best-in-class content fueled by a distinctly Chicago sensibility. We engage our audiences by entertaining, inspiring, educating, and reflecting a diversity of perspectives.

WTTW Purpose

We enrich lives, engage communities, and inspire exploration.

WTTW Values

Curiosity
We are driven by an appetite to learn and know more – inside the organization, the greater Chicago area, and throughout the wider world – and we use what we learn to inspire our audiences to explore.

Commitment
We are committed to building an innovative, creative, and collaborative culture that enriches, engages, and inspires our audiences.

Trust
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Respect
We treat people fairly, value one another, and foster a safe environment that encourages collaboration, communication, and consideration.

Excellence
We strive to be a best-in-class content company by setting the highest standards of quality in all that we do.

Diversity & Equity
We celebrate differences, embrace inclusivity, and strive for equity. The stories we tell, as well as the people in front of and behind the camera and microphone, reflect the myriad faces and voices of our region.

Fun
We believe in an enjoyable, positive, and team-oriented workplace. We’re committed to hard work that produces great content, and we don’t take ourselves too seriously.