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Henry Blake Fuller and a cover of his book, "Bertram Cope's Year"
Henry Blake Fuller isn't necessarily a well-known name in literature. But his novel, Bertram Cope's Year, is considered by many to be one of the first American novels to feature gay characters. Fuller also played a big role in making social realism the literary style of Chicago.
A cultural performance sponsored by the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Armenia in Chicago. Photo: Courtesy Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Armenia in Chicago
Armenians have been present in Chicago for much of its history and found success in trades such as oriental rugs. Over the generations, they have also maintained a connection to their homeland, despite distance and the trauma of the Armenian genocide.
Muhammad Ali talks with the press after winning back the Heavyweight Championship for an unprecedented third time by beating Leon Spinks at the Super Dome in New Orleans, LA. September 15, 1978. Photo: Courtesy of Michael Gaffney
Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon take on "the greatest of all time" in their upcoming four-part documentary, examining the three-time heavyweight champion who was also a lightning rod for controversy around activism, pacifism, religion, and race.
Monty Python on location in Monastir, Tunisia, where they filmed 'Life of Brian,' 1978. Photo: Courtesy of Python (Monty) Pictures Ltd.
A look back on a comedy troupe whose influence has been likened to that of the Beatles on music, some Pride Month programming, a new Masterpiece drama, and more. 
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo performing "Swan Lake." Photo: Laura Nespola, courtesy Merrywidow Films
June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, in honor of the June, 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York that was a turning point in the movement for LGBTQ rights and recognition. Celebrate with our programming. 
An audience member stands for the national anthem at a previous broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert. Photo: Capitol Concerts
Meet the performers of the 32nd annual National Memorial Day Concert, pre-taped this year instead of broadcast live from the U.S. Capitol, as it honors America's servicemen and -women.
Miyoko Ito. Chinoiserie, 1970. Courtesy The Elmhurst University Art Collection
Miyoko Ito’s life was full of tumult, roiled by an earthquake, internment, health issues, and a bizarre coda, but you might not guess it from her quiet artwork. At a time when Chicago art was focused on figuration, she embraced cool, controlled abstraction.
Crown Princess Märtha and FDR in 'Atlantic Crossing.' Photo: Masterpiece/Julie Vrabelová
FDR's health rapidly declines as victory approaches in Europe. Olav begins to reassess Märtha and attempt to resolve his differences with her, while she worries for the children after years living abroad, in the finale of Atlantic Crossing.
Crown Prince Olav in 'Atlantic Crossing.' Photo: Masterpiece
Olav struggles with his marriage while being stuck away from his family alone in London, and begins lashing out at Märtha. A plot against their family is barely foiled, while good news finally comes in the war. 
The Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, in downtown Chicago
You can find stately Christian Science churches tucked away in neighborhoods as well as downtown, although most now serve other purposes, whether re-developed as residential spaces or concert halls or as a worship space for another denomination.
FDR and Märtha in Atlantic Crossing. Photo: Masterpiece
Märtha's relationship with FDR comes under increasing suspicion both in the public and amongst their families, while a possible conspiracy threatens the safety of her and her children. 
Charlotte and Sidney on the beach in 'Sanditon.' Photo: Red Planet Pictures/ITV 2019
Masterpiece has renewed Sanditon for seasons 2 and 3! The first season of the adaptation of Jane Austen's unfinished novel aired in 2019 and ended in suspense, as Charlotte Heywood left Sanditon after a doomed romance.
The interior of the Sikh Gurdwara in Palatine, Illinois, outside Chicago
Sikhism is the world's fifth-largest religion, yet many Americans know little about it, and Sikhs have frequently found themselves the target of hate crimes. Learn more about Sikhs' beliefs, practices, and history in Chicagoland. 
With Warm Welcome's Bakers Box in New York City. Photo: Ben Hon
Pastries from Michelin-starred chefs sit jewel-like next to buns from decades-old stalwarts of the community and treats from Instagram bakers in With Warm Welcome's Bakers Box, which aims to spotlight Asian American pastry chefs and their personal stories. 
A young Ida B. Wells
A look at the courageous life of a civil rights activist, suffragist, and investigative journalist sits alongside a longstanding PBS tradition, a glazed documentary, and more exciting programs this May.