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Five Ideas That Can Change the Conversation about Poverty

WTTW’s new digital series, FIRSTHAND: Living in Poverty, follows five people experiencing intergenerational poverty. As part of the FIRSTHAND Talks series, five experts offer their take on issues related to poverty. Here are some takeaways.
Protective fencing in front of the US Capitol. Photo: Ian Hutchinson on Unsplash

'Frontline' on America's Crisis of Democracy

Frontline aims to make sense of a calamitous moment in American democracy, focusing on the rise of conspiracy and Donald Trump's takeover of the Republican Party, while also examining Joe Biden's life to better understand how he will respond.
The Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower in Chicago Photo: Sawyer Bengtson on Unsplash

As Blair Kamin Leaves the 'Chicago Tribune,' Revisit His Favorite Place in Chicago

Blair Kamin has announced he is leaving the Chicago Tribune after 33 years, 28 as its architecture critic. A frequent guest on Chicago Tonight, he once shared his favorite place in Chicago and a story about his first review. Revisit it now.
Rappler CEO and journalist Maria Ressa. Image: Frontline

How Democracy Dies by 'A Thousand Cuts'

“I felt like we were just going back to a dark time and regressing, and I just wondered, ‘What is going on in that country?’” says the native Filipino filmmaker of A Thousand Cuts, which follows journalist Maria Ressa as she faces intimidation from the government of the Philippines.
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Our Most Popular Recaps, Recipes, Histories, and More in 2020

Enjoy Playlist's top ten stories published this year, from drama and mystery recaps to features on Polish food and comedy, as well as some bonus popular stories from 2020.
Image: Heard & Moseley, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (reproduction no. LC-DIG-ppmsca-10980)

Why Black Americans Celebrate Watch Night on New Year's Eve

On December 31, 1862, free Blacks and Black slaves gathered to await the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation on New Year's Day. The Black community has continued to celebrate Watch Night or Freedom's Eve ever since.
Aliana Alexis of Haiti stands on the concrete slab of what is left of her home after destruction from Hurricane Dorian in an area called "The Mud" at Marsh Harbour in Great Abaco Island, Bahamas on Thursday, September 5, 2019. Photo: Al Diaz/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service

What to Watch in January

A series exploring the response to natural disasters, a self-portrait of America, a new British mystery as well as a remake of a classic, more Finding Your Roots, and more.
A protest at San Francisco State University in 1968

A 2020 Round-Up with WTTW

To make sense of this remarkable year, WTTW sought to address some of the most important issues of our time with our content, while educating and entertaining children and families. Our Vice President of Community Engagement shares some of his favorites.
I Am Ireland

New ‘Pandemic Version’ of Irish Music Special Offers ‘Message of Hope’

Through storytelling and songs, I Am Ireland examines Ireland’s long struggle for freedom with traditional Irish tenor Paddy Homan performing from the perspective of some of Ireland's prominent leaders.
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A Year in Review with 'Frontline'

Pandemic, protests, polls: as you've heard a million times since March, this has been an unprecedented year. Throughout, Frontline has tried to help you make sense of it all. Revisit their investigative journalism and films from this year of upheaval.
Ernest Hemingway at his home Cuba, late 1940s. Photo: Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Tackle Ernest Hemingway

The three-part, six-hour Hemingway from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick comes to WTTW and PBS in April, featuring the voices of Jeff Daniels and Meryl Streep among others, as well as authors Edna O'Brien, Mario Vargas Llosa, Tobias Wolff, and more.
Ella Wishes You a Swingin' Christmas. Photo: Kevin Parisi/American Pops Orchestra

Celebrate the Holidays with WTTW

Little about 2020 has been normal, but the holidays are still here to be enjoyed and celebrated, albeit in an adapted, safe manner. WTTW has as much holiday cheer as you need this December, in the form of PBS KIDS specials, holiday concerts, festive travel shows, and more. 
Welcoming New Dawn, by Chris Pappan

Artist Chris Pappan Explores the Contemporary Identity of Native Americans

By blending a lowbrow style and the use of ledger art, Kanza artist Chris Pappan uses his art to undo the erasure of Native peoples' histories and identities.
Carmen Ruby Floyd in 'Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas.' Photo: Kevin Parisi/American Pops Orchestra, Inc

What to Watch in December

As the holidays approach, we have warming holiday specials full of music and cheer, plus a look back on a tumultuous year with WTTW News, a documentary on Chicago's candied history, and more. 
Protesters confront a line of police officers at State and 35th streets, about 3 miles south of the Loop, where police set up a blockade. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

How WTTW News Tried to Make Sense of 2020

2020 has been a year unlike any other in memory, with a worldwide pandemic, a recession, racial reckoning, and a presidential election. As COVID-19 turned life upside down, Chicagoans were left with more questions than answers, and WTTW News had to innovate as they tried to provide them.
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