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.
More than two dozen world-renowned artists assemble for an extraordinary International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert in Melbourne, Australia. Herbie Hancock, Ledisi, Kurt Elling and many more join forces to celebrate jazz for peace. Featuring performances by jazz masters from six continents.
Stories of Survival bring to life the compelling story of four survivors in war-torn Europe, who witnessed first-hand the horrors of the Holocaust. Through gripping storytelling, archival footage, and personal photos, these two films skillfully reveal what happened in the homes, ghettos, camps, and slave labor factories across seven countries, and the remarkable acts of resistance, courage, and hope that forever changed four lives.
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.”
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.
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 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.”
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
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
WTTW National Syndication is pleased to have produced, co-produced, or presented the following quality programs for public media over the past 60 years: