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Latino Voices: A WTTW News Community Conversation
On March 29, 2021, guest host Araceli Gómez-Aldana (reporter and host at WBEZ in Chicago) moderated a panel conversation that shed a light on Latinas for Women’s History Month: their history in Chicago and the U.S., adversity they face, and the role Latinas hold in their communities.Watch Now
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 significance of Watch Night and New Year’s Day Celebrations for the Black community.Watch Now
Sylvia Ewing, host for PBS fundraising specials, moderated a live, online conversation featuring Llewellyn Smith (writer, director, and producer of "Forgotten Genius"), Dr. Katherine Julian (physician and professor of medicine at USCF; Julian's granddaughter), and Akilah Siti Easter (biology/physiology professor at City Colleges of Chicago). The panel discussed the life and legacy of Percy Julian, and how the legacies of Black scientists have shaped and inspired new generations, and the challenges that remain today.
On February 10, WTTW hosted a virtual conversation about the Black church moderated by Sylvia Ewing, featuring some illustrious experts: Rev. Dr. Waltrina Middleton, the executive director of the Community Renewal Society; Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, the senior pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Washington Heights; Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray, Jr., the president of Hyde Park's Chicago Theological Seminary; and Taurean Webb, the director of the Center for the Church and the Black Experience at Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston. Rev. Dr. Moss and Rev. Dr. Ray are both featured in The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song.
Sylvia Ewing moderated a conversation on 9to5: The Story of a Movement, an Indie Lens Pop-Up film. Sylvia was joined by Tina Tchen (Time’s Up Now and Time’s Up Foundation), Felicia Davis (Chicago Foundation for Women), Ai-jen Poo (National Domestic Workers Alliance), Linda Tortolero (Mujeres Latinas en Accion), and Emily Green (Ellevest). The panel discussed the intersection of race and class with gender; and how women’s participation in social justice movements has empowered women workers, especially women of color and immigrant women.
Executive producer Dan Protess of Firsthand: Living in Poverty moderated a panel discussion featuring Carmelo Barbaro (Executive Director, UChicago Poverty Lab), Ebony Scott (Partnership Director, Family Independence Initiative), Audra Wilson (President & CEO, Shriver Center on Poverty Law), and documentary subject Melissa Fonseca. Special introduction by Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
Inspired by the Lyric Opera of Chicago premiere of the opera Blue and WTTW’s FIRSTHAND: Gun Violence digital series, this virtual conversation focused on the evolving relationship between the Chicago Police Department and Chicago’s Black community.
Following the screening of Jonathan Scott's Power Trip documentary, Sylvia Ewing moderated a panel of community leaders in which they discussed renewable energies, equity and environmental justice in our communities.
WTTW collaborated with Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago on this screening and discussion around the documentary series Asian Americans.
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.
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.
WTTW collaborated with the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Asian Americans Advancing Justice to host a panel discussion about the film Harbor from the Holocaust.
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.
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.
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.
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
Racist incidents happen at schools around the U.S., but how can students challenge this?
Meet people struggling with infertility and the challenges of assisted reproduction.
A dying shopping mall embodies Americana values and culture in a changing South.
This xenophobic sentiment has resulted in a cycle of violence dating back to the 1800s.
THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM unravels the inspirational story of Indigenous AFL legend Adam Goodes
Marissa Parra guest hosts the 29th episode of “Latino Voices.”
Take a fascinating tour of Chicago neighborhoods along the elevated train system, the 'L'.
Parents of a boy on the autism spectrum form a competitive swim team
Researchers expose longstanding discrimination against women in science.
WTTW & PBS Programming — For Kids & Families
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 And Mrs. McGrady share their thoughts on 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.
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.
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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