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The United States Postal Service's new Sesame Street stamps

'Sesame Street' Stamps Are Coming

In honor of Sesame Street's 50th anniversary, the United States Postal Service is issuing sixteen stamps with some of the most beloved characters from the show, including Big Bird, Julia, Bert and Ernie, Abby Cadabby, and more!
Geoffrey Baer at the beach

What to Watch in March

March brings three separate birthday celebrations of some talented musicians, including one who grew up in Chicago. Plus we have a new Geoffrey Baer special where he leaves the city for some R&R, and two documentaries on Chicago politics and history.
United Farm Workers leader Dolores Huerta organizing marchers on the 2nd day of March Coachella in Coachella, CA 1969. Photo: George Ballis / Take Stock / The Image Works

What to Stream This Month

March is Women's History Month, so we’re spotlighting some incredible women, ranging from the everyday to the famous, the unfairly unknown to the household name, the fictional to the real, in documentaries and series. 
Sammy Davis, Jr. on Our People with Jim Tilmon in 1968

From the Archive: Sammy Davis, Jr. on the Civil Rights Movement

Watch Sammy Davis, Jr. on the pioneering show "Our People," the first televised weekly forum for black issues, discuss the ongoing empowerment of African Americans in 1968. "Don't let 'em pigeonhole me, man, cuz I will not allow myself as a black individual to be pigeonholed," he says.
Johnny Cash at his home in California, 1960. Photo: Courtesy Sony Music Archives

'Country Music' By Ken Burns Is Coming

He has already explored the history of jazz, and now Ken Burns turns his lens towards America's other great homegrown music in an eight-part, sixteen-hour documentary series coming this fall that explores country's history and people in Burns's trademark exhaustive manner.
The cast of the fifth season of 'Sesame Street.' Image: Sesame Workshop

'Sesame Street' Celebrates 50 Years

It has been sweeping the clouds away for decades, and now Sesame Street is turning 50. To celebrate the anniversary, the beloved children's show has some big plans, from a prime-time special to a ten-city tour that includes a stop in Chicago. 
Sammy Davis, Jr. backstage photo. Photo: Courtesy The Estate of Altovise Davis

What to Watch in February

During this polar weather, watch a Nature special on an ancient people who thrived in wintry conditions, an Oscar-nominated documentary with a local connection, and profile two incredible African American performers for Black History Month – plus, the beloved Mister Rogers.
Mother polar bear nursing her cubs. Photo: Roie Galitz / © John Downer Productions

What to Stream This Month

January brings not just polar weather (which you can endure via a Nature special), but also Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday (which you can honor with an American Experience) and the returns of two very popular shows: Finding Your Roots and Victoria.
Oscar statues

PBS Programs Nominated for a 2019 Academy Award

Two of the five films nominated for Academy Awards this year in the Documentary category will soon air on PBS: Hale County This Morning, This Evening and Minding the Gap. Watch a trailer and interview with a director here. 
Victoria Jaiani and Temur Suluashvili of the Joffrey Ballet in Orphée et Eurydice from Lyric Opera of Chicago. Photo: Todd Rosenberg Photography

An Exciting Collaboration Between Two Giants of Chicago's Arts Scene

Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice revolutionized opera two and a half centuries ago, and now it inaugurates a new collaboration rife with possibilities between two of Chicago's largest arts organizations, the Joffrey Ballet and Lyric Opera. Their production airs Friday, January 18 on Great Performances
Mark Bazer

The Unique Chicagoans On This Season of 'The Interview Show'

Meet the guests appearing on the new season of The Interview Show with Mark Bazer, which premieres Thursday, January 10, from an author behind blockbuster movies to an ESPN commentator, young musicians to multifaceted Chicagoans.
Helen Lambin shows Jay Shefsky her collection of tattoos

The Amazing People Jay Shefsky Meets

"I’m fortunate in that I get to do stories about people that I like," says Jay Shefsky. And even though they're everyday people, they're often extraordinary, with fascinating stories, jobs, or passions. "I want to share their stories and their work."
Ed White, the first American to walk in space, on Gemini 4 mission. Photo: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, June 1965

Shows We're Excited for in 2019

The beginning of a new year always brings the excitement of eagerly anticipated shows, and 2019 is no exception. From Oscar-buzzy documentaries to sweeping histories from Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to new dramas and adaptations, it's going to be a good year. 
A white Andalusian horse. Photo: Aaron Munson/Handful of Films

What to Watch in January

The first month of 2018 has compassionate looks at some of Chicago's most fascinating people, a new comedic mystery, another season of genealogical sleuthing with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and a two-part Nature series. Oh yeah – and a little show called Victoria.
Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood in the Great British Baking Show Masterclass Christmas Special. Photo: Love Productions

What to Stream this Month

December obviously brings the holidays, making it the perfect time to curl up in your warm home and watch some TV while snow falls outside. Here are holiday specials, a Christmas concert, festive baking episodes, and more to tide you through those dark, cold nights.
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