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What to Watch in November

Lisa Tipton
The Last Ride: Angelo Sage, Northern Arapaho, at Sharp Nose Cemetery, Wind River Reservation, WY, 2018. Photo: Sophie Barksdale
The Last Ride: Angelo Sage, Northern Arapaho, at Sharp Nose Cemetery, Wind River Reservation, WY, 2018 in 'Home from School.' Photo: Sophie Barksdale

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.

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NOVA Universe Revealed

Wednesdays at 9:00 pm

The Milky Way, alien worlds, black holes: NOVA explores them and other wonders in this five-part series that began in late October. Discover a thrilling history and an even more enthralling possible future in our universe.

For the Left Hand

Friday, November 5 at 9:00 pm

Norman Malone has loved music his whole life, but he only makes his orchestral debut performing a devilishly hard piano concerto at the age of 79. As if that weren't difficult enough, Norman also can only play with his left hand, having suffered an injury at the hands of his father as a child. This documentary from local studio Kartemquin is a portrait of a remarkable man and a demonstration of the power of music. 

Don't miss our interview with Howard Reich, who helped bring Norman's story to the screen.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 21 at 6:30 pm

A Charlie Brown ThanksgivingA Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Is it really the holidays without some Peanuts specials? Once again, PBS and WTTW are airing the beloved Charlie Brown holiday programs, including A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas. (We hope you didn't miss It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown last weekend!) Settle in for a pre-Thanksgiving treat!

Call the Midwife: Special Delivery

Sunday, November 21 at 7:00 pm

Call the Midwife is incredibly now in its tenth season and still going strong. It's the perfect time to revisit the heartwarming stories of struggle, love, and triumph in mid-century London by going behind the scenes with cast and crew in this anniversary special that is already available to stream by WTTW Passport members. It caps off the tenth season, which you can recap and stream while it continues to air!

Independent Lens — Home from School: The Children of Carlisle

Tuesday, November 23 at 10:00 pm

November is Native American Heritage Month, which means both celebrating the living experiences of contemporary Native Americans and recognizing the brutal history of dispossession against this country's first residents. This documentary does both, as it tells the story of Northern Arapaho tribal members traveling from Wyoming to Pennsylvania to recover the remains of three boys who died at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, which sought to "kill the Indian" in its students.

Later in the month we will speak with the people behind the documentary, so make sure to check back.