WTTW National Productions

National Syndication

WTTW National Syndication 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 Programming

Flavor of Poland with Aleksandra August

Flavor of Poland with Aleksandra August

In this charming new cooking and travel series, host Aleksandra August takes viewers on a culinary journey through Poland, visiting various regions of the country, including Krakow, Rzeszow, Lublin, Bialystok, Gdansk, Warszawa, among many others. Along the way, Aleksandra introduces us to local restaurant owners and chefs, where she samples their signature dishes, we learn a little bit about Polish history (like the origin of the bagel, originally in the form of a pretzel!) and Aleksandra walks us through the preparation of delicous local recipes. The series consists of 13 ½-hour episodes. A special Christmas episode will focus on Poland’s southern mountain region (referred to as Podhale in Polish), featuring the beautiful city of Zakopane, known as “the winter capital of Poland.”

Step It Up with Steph

Step It Up with Steph

Two-time Emmy nominated Step It Up with Steph is a weekly dose of health, fitness, food and lifestyle entertainment providing holistic solutions to everyday problems to help viewers regain control of their health and wellness. In each episode, Steph meets a guest who is struggling with a health or lifestyle issue, and along with a panel of experts, provides the guest with guidance and advice for making changes in her life, with a reveal of the guest’s transformation, 4 weeks later. Additionally, the series includes fun “take it to the streets” segments where Steph asks random everyday people how they deal with a specific health/fitness issue. Also included are weekly workout sessions centered around each episode’s main topic, as well as informative kitchen segments providing nutritional guidance from certified dietitians.

Art and Design in Chicago

Art & Design in Chicago

The stories of art and design in Chicago often take second place to the city’s history as a commercial center and its lauded tradition of architecture. But Chicago has long nurtured a unique creative community through its admired art schools and fearless community centers and via its networks of commerce and independent-minded alternative scenes. Painters, sculptors, photographers, and ceramicists have forged their own paths here; muralists, curators, and students have fostered communities through their art; graphic designers, commercial directors, and typeface designers have innovated within their fields, all while working to meet the demands of a client. Website

Wheaton College Christmas Festival: Messiah, Prince of Peace

Wheaton College Christmas Festival: Messiah, Prince of Peace

Wheaton College Christmas Festival: Messiah, Prince of Peace draws viewers into a celebration of the mystery and majesty of the birth of Christ. This program of sacred Christmas music from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in Wheaton, Illinois recounts the journey from the ancient prophecies that foretold Christ’s coming to the joyous celebration of his birth.

Join the Wheaton College Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Men’s Glee Club, and Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra, along with bass-baritone Stephen Morscheck and soprano Carolyn Hart, for a selection of pieces including “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” “Sweet Little Jesus Boy,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” and “In Terra Pax.”

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.

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 Programming

Geoffrey Baer

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.

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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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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.

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