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State Representative candidate Julie Cho votes on election day. Photo: Hillary Bachelder

What Women Face When They Run for Local Office

The documentary Represent follows three women candidates in the Midwest as they run for local office, including a Korean American Republican running on Chicago's North Shore. "A woman called me a white nationalist," she says. "And I thought, 'Me?' "
State and Madison after the Great Chicago Fire. Image: Courtesy Chicago History Museum

What to Watch in October

A new look at the Great Chicago Fire from WTTW, two very different but equally worthwhile new dramas as well as a comedy, a documentary on the enormous power of the Latino vote this election, and more.
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

The Chicago Organization Promoting Cross-Cultural Understanding Through Afro-Latino Arts

The Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center in Chicago's Hermosa neighborhood has a unique emphasis on Afro-Latino art, music, and dance in an effort to connect local youth to their heritage.
Christian, a construction worker, activist and DACA recipient in Texas. Photo: Moyo Oyelola

Our Hispanic Heritage Month Programming 2020

Discover WTTW's programming celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15. 
Chicago skyline. Photo: Unsplash/Brad Knight

What the Chicago Humanities Festival Can Offer In This Unprecedented Year

“What we’ve been trying to do since moving to digital space is to immediately connect the theme to the current moment in as many different ways as we could,” says the artistic director of the Chicago Humanities Festival, which just launched its fall programming. 
The Granillo family lost their son, brother and father, Roendy Granillo, to heat illness on the job. Photo: Moyo Oyelola

What to Watch in September

An extension of Chicago Tonight into the weekend, focusing on Chicago's Black and Latino communities; a new mystery set in Amsterdam; a documentary investigating the abuses underlying Texas's construction boom; and more. 
Frontline's The Choice 2020 examines the lives of Donald Trump and Joe Biden as they seek the White House

Frontline's Michael Kirk on 'The Choice 2020'

"There has never been a better time for political biography," says the veteran Frontline producer Michael Kirk. "You want to look closely at the character of the two men who are asking to be President of the United States at this perilous time."
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You Can Now Stream WTTW Live

You can now watch your favorite WTTW and PBS shows from your computer, tablet, or smartphone in real time with our new 24/7 live stream.
Brandis Friedman and Hugo Balta

Elevating the Voices of Chicago's Diverse Communities

The new Chicago Tonight: Voices programs spotlight issues pertinent to Chicago's Black and Latino communities, which each make up a third of the city. "I'm hoping that any community, of any racial ethnicity, can watch the show and have a feel for what the Black experience in Chicago is like," says Black Voices host Brandis Friedman.
Ruth Page, photographed by Charlotte Fairchild, from an advertisement for Cantilever Shoes, 1922. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Chicago-based Dancer Ruth Page's "Bewildering Array of Activities"

Anna Pavlova, Irving Berlin, Serge Diaghilev, George Balanchine, Rudolf Nureyev: the choreographer and dancer Ruth Page worked with them all, plus brought Americana into ballet, built artistic institutions in her home base of Chicago, and choreographed over 100 ballets.
Elinor Wonders Why. Image: Pipeline Studios, © SHOE Ink

What's Coming to PBS This Fall and Winter

2020 may be an unprecedented year, but one constant is PBS programming, featuring such stalwarts as Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Masterpiece dramas, and new kids shows. Here's a preview of some of what's coming in the fall and summer.
Thursday and Morse in 'Endeavour' season 7. Photo: Mammoth Screen

What to Watch in August

August brings a new season of a long-running, cerebral mystery, extensive coverage and analysis of the Democratic and Republican Conventions from WTTW News and PBS NewsHour, and another overlooked story of the pandemic from Frontline.
Hugo Balta and Sara Just

Covering the 2020 Political Conventions

The executive producer of PBS NewsHour and the News Director of WTTW News discuss covering the Democratic and Republican conventions during a pandemic, lessons learned from 2016, and more. 
Camp TV

WTTW Is Bringing Chicago's Summertime Activities To Your Home

Summer in Chicago is typically fully of fun activities from dancing to movies to concerts to summer camps held in the parks of the city. This year, WTTW is partnering with the Chicago Park District and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to bring those activities to you in your home.
Fireworks over the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Stock Photo

The Performers of 'A Capitol Fourth,' 2020

On the 40th anniversary of PBS's A Capitol Fourth, the Fourth of July celebration is a bit different due to COVID-19, but there are still star performers and fireworks that you can enjoy from your home. 
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