WTTW National Productions

National Productions

WTTW National Productions is a premiere producer and presenter of original, high- quality media – reflecting the world’s rich and diverse arts and entertainment scene as well as education, politics, public affairs, business, and religion – to a national audience. Our programs and series are distributed by PBS, American Public Television (APT), the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) and others. Our programming extends beyond the TV screen and can be seen internationally as well as online.

New and Current Productions and Presentations

Poland: The Royal Tour

Poland: The Royal Tour

In Poland:The Royal Tour, journalist Peter Greenberg is taken on a Royal Tour by the Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki. For an entire week, Mr. Morawiecki becomes the ultimate guide, showcasing the visual gems of this diverse country, including the modern cities of Warsaw and Krakow – and even taking a boat ride to Hel! They also pay an emotional visit to Auschwitz, and reflect on its tragic history. This new 1-hour documentary is the latest edition of the Royal Tour series, in which Peter and some of the most powerful heads of state offer audiences exclusive access to extraordinary locations, historic landmarks, and cultural experiences.

International Jazz Day from St. Petersburg

International Jazz Day from St. Petersburg

More than two dozen world-renowned artists come together for an extraordinary International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert from Saint Petersburg’s spectacular Mariinsky Theatre.

Mexico - One Plate at a Time Season 12

Mexico - One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless Season 12

Rick asked. His fans answered. For the 12th season of Mexico - One Plate at a Time - Bayless’ Best Ever Rick Bayless returns to bustling Mexico City for an exploration of the country's most vibrant classics. These are the dishes Rick's social media followers asked to know. Always the teacher, Rick takes us into the market stalls, street vendors and restaurants — both rustic and refined — for lessons in the essential ingredients before returning to his Mexico City apartment to prepare his “best ever” versions. Back home in Chicago, Rick puts a contemporary, and sometimes unexpected, spin on the Mexican favorites. Trailer (password: mopat)

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The Travel Detective with Peter Greenberg Season 5

In the fifth season of the public television series The Travel Detective with Peter Greenberg, CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg shares cutting-edge travel news, must-have information, and insider secrets on navigating the travel process. Each episode has need-to-know tips to improve the travel experience: how — and when — to book a hotel room, avoiding nickel-and-diming fees, and how to speed through airport security. The series also features signature “Hidden Gems” destination segments, where Greenberg highlights his personal picks and favorite experiences off the tourist map. Featured destinations in this season include Mexico, Palm Beach, St Lucia, and Egypt, just to name a few! Website

Islands Without Cars

Islands Without Cars

A unique 6-part independent travel series, hosted by Kira Cook, takes a rare and whimsical look at life on islands without cars exploring islands in the western hemisphere’s developed world that have managed to keep a well-worn foot in the past by restricting or forbidding the use of motorized vehicles.

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Portraits in Architecture

Meet prize-winning architects who design classical and traditional buildings and cities. They’re the winners of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame, an award given annually since 2003 to living architects whose work “embodies the highest ideals of traditional and classical architecture. Each 30-minute program follows host Geoffrey Baer as he visits the architects across America and in Europe, traces their life stories, hears about their philosophies, and gets a tour of some of their most notable works. Episode #101

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10 That Changed America

Hosted by Geoffrey Baer, this series recounts the stories of 40 of America’s manmade wonders, introduces us to the men and women who built them, and explore the impact that these places have had on us as individuals and communities. These buildings, homes, parks, and towns are all around us, and yet Americans typically have little understanding of how they came to be, who built them, and how they affect us all. Website

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American Creed

In a fractured nation, what ideals do we share in common? To find out, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy teams up with his Stanford University colleague Condoleezza Rice to investigate the idea of a unifying American creed. Their thorny, cross-partisan inquiry frames the stories of activists, each of whom is striving to realize his or her own vision of America’s promise across a deep divide.

Nature Cat

Nature Cat

Nature Cat is a new animated PBS KIDS® series designed to encourage kids to explore and develop connections with the natural world. With broad comedic appeal and a focus on natural sciences, the show follows Fred, a house cat who dreams of exploring the great outdoors. Once his family leaves for the day, Fred transforms into Nature Cat, “backyard explorer extraordinaire!” Website

 

Other Recent Productions and Presentations

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International Jazz Day from Cuba

More than four dozen world-renowned artists come together for an International Jazz Day celebration in Havana, Cuba, culminating in an All-Star Global Concert at the Gran Teatro de La Habana. International Jazz Day is the one day each year that jazz is celebrated worldwide, bringing together people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities. Featuring host Will Smith with remarks by Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock and featuring performances by Hancock, Esperanza Spalding, Marcus Miller, Richard Bona, Roberto Fonseca, Chucho Valdes, and many more, this concert crowns a week of education and community outreach throughout the island nation of Cuba. The program includes scenic footage from throughout the city, exclusive interviews with the artists and performances of jazz standards, original compositions and modern classics.

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The Interview Show with Mark Bazer

Taped at The Hideout, an intimate dive bar in Chicago, this series was created to bridge the gap between the silliness of late-night talk shows and serious-minded interview programs. Each episode features host Mark Bazer facilitating two or three conversations with a diverse collection of guests that are as substantive as they are entertaining. Pairing well-known guests with talented up-and-comers while also including some short comedic sketches, every second of The Interview Show with Mark Bazer is sure to engage, inform, and enlighten a wide and diverse audience! Website

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Soundstage 2000

Soundstage returns in April with an eclectic season of musical performances that are fun, fierce, and will have you rocking all night long! The pioneering music television series kicks off this spring with more intimate performances by a cross-genre roster of artists, including iconic band Chicago celebrating the 50th anniversary of their album Chicago II, American Idol Runner-Up Katharine McPhee, two Grammy Award winning A Capella groups performing together — The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6, music legend and Doobie Brother Michael McDonald, and new duo RSO (Richie Sambora and Orianthi)! Website

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RWANDA: THE ROYAL TOUR

This new 1-hour documentary is the latest edition of the groundbreaking Royal Tour series, in which Peter journeys to a select country to offer audiences access to extraordinary locations, historic landmarks, and cultural experiences, guided by some of the most dynamic and powerful heads of state around the world. Rwanda: The Royal Tour follows journalist Peter Greenberg as he ventures deep inside the country known as the “land of a thousand hills” with the ultimate tour guide — the President of Rwanda himself, Paul Kagame.

WTTW National Productions is pleased to have produced, co-produced, or presented the following quality programs for public media over the past 60 years: