What to Watch in March

Lisa Tipton
Leroy Carter, Isaac Woodard, and Donald Jones, NAACP assistant field secretary. Willie Mabry, Sgt. Woodard’s cousin. in background. Likely taken while Woodard was on his speaking tour with the NAACP. 10/1946. Photo: AFRO American Newspapers Archives
Isaac Woodard in 1946. Photo: AFRO American Newspapers Archives

There’s a huge amount of worthwhile TV out there nowadays, so it can be hard to choose what to watch. But who better to recommend shows than the person who programs them? Lisa Tipton, WTTW’s Head of Programming and Pledge, constructs the WTTW schedule by searching through offerings from many different sources which include the national PBS network, the BBC, and independent filmmakers to put together a varied and engaging broadcast schedule. Each month, she’ll recommend a few shows that she thinks you should watch.

You can also watch all of WTTW's programming via live stream 24/7 at wttw.com/live.

Labor of Love: A St. Patrick's Day Special 

Wednesday, March 17 at 8:00 pm

Labor of Love: A St. Patrick's Day Special

There may not be a St. Patrick's Day Parade this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but you can still enjoy the story of how the dyeing of the Chicago River became a global event, how the queen is crowned and the bands selected, and the Grand Marshall chosen.

WTTW News has more ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day safely

COVID-19 in Chicago: A WTTW News Special

Thursday, March 18 at 7:00 pm and available at video.wttw.com or via the PBS Video App

It has been a year of upheaval for everyone. One year after the country, state, and city began shutting down to stop the spread of COVID-19, WTTW News takes a look back on the pandemic has affected Chicago, its neighborhoods, and its residents.

Fauci: Virus Hunter

Monday, March 22 at 9:00 pm

Dr. Anthony FauciPhoto: NIAID/Wikimedia Commons

He has become one of the most visible and watched figures in the United States over the past year, and he continues to offer guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic as President Biden's chief medical advisor. Discover the life, crises, and discoveries that made Dr. Fauci.

Independent Lens: Coded Bias

Monday, March 22 at 10:00 pm and available at video.wttw.com or via the PBS Video App


As digital technology permeates our society ever more, this documentary examines the threat to civil liberties posed by automated technologies and facial recognition programs, which are less accurate for dark-skinned people and women.

American Experience: The Blinding of Isaac Woodard

Tuesday, March 30 at 9:00 pm and available at video.wttw.com or via the PBS Video App


After a Black veteran of World War II on his way home to South Carolina was refused access to a restroom by a bus driver in 1946, a local police chief beat him, leaving him blind. The incident made national headlines, eventually leading President Harry Truman to desegregate the military and federal offices and laying the groundwork for the Supreme Court's landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision.