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Ian McKellen with Cookie Monster

The Celebrities Who Made Their Way to Sesame Street

Leaders, actors, musicians, and athletes have all made their way to Sesame Street to offer up some teachable moments, as well as some plain fun ones. Big names like James Earl Jones, Johnny Cash, and Michelle Obama have all joined the gang to lend their talent. 
Aidan Turner as Ross and Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza in Poldark. Photo: Mammoth Screen

What to Watch in September

From the final season of Poldark to a timely new Frontline investigation about the Flint water crisis to an in-depth look at man's best friend, find September's must-see shows as chosen by the person who programs them. 
Takalani Sesame's Zuzu, Galli Galli Sim Sim's Chamki, China's Lily, and Rosita on Sesame Street. Photo: Zach Hyman/Sesame Workshop

What 'Sesame Street' Looks Like Around the World

There are more than 30 international co-productions of Sesame Street, all adapted to local cultures and issues, and many featuring their own unique characters. Take a look at some of the streets (or trees, or gardens) around the world where Muppets and humans teach children valuable lessons. 
Angel Idowu, the JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation Arts Correspondent for 'Chicago Tonight'

Meet the Newest 'Chicago Tonight' Correspondent

Angel Idowu is a Chicago native who is excited to return home after farflung journalistic assignments. “When I wasn’t living in Chicago, every time I heard someone say Chicago or saw an Illinois license plate I would get excited," she says.
A young Geoffrey Baer getting ready for a road trip

Geoffrey Baer's Architecture Road Trips

Chicago isn't the only place in the Midwest with exceptional architecture. Geoffrey Baer spotlights road trip-worthy destinations within driving distance of Chicago, from well-known marvels to hidden gems in unexpected places. 
Lisa Tipton, WTTW's new Head of Programming and Pledge, and Ms. O from 'Odd Squad.'

Introducing WTTW's New Head of Programming — And Her August Shows to Watch

Learn a bit about WTTW's new Head of Programming and Pledge, Lisa Tipton, and what she loves most about scheduling WTTW's shows. Plus, get her must-watch recommendations for August. 
Rita Moreno in "Raúl Juliá: The World's a Stage." Photo: NGL Studios

PBS Announces Local Livestreaming and 2020 Shows

PBS has announced a local livestreaming service in partnership with YouTube, as well as some exciting new shows coming in 2020, from WTTW's Prehistoric Road Trip to the five-part Asian Americans and a pair of new documentaries, about Rita Moreno and George W. Bush. 
Jay Pritzker Pavilion and the Chicago skyline in Millennium Park. Photo: Tony Webster/Wikimedia Commons

How Millennium Park Became "America's Most Dazzling Urban Park"

Millennium Park, which opened fifteen years ago today, was supposed to be just another pleasant, dull park that would cover up railroad tracks. But the commissioning of internationally known artists and architects transformed it into an ever-popular, unique cultural destination.
Mr. Patuk, Tooey and Molly at Mr. Patuk's workshop. Image: © 2018 WGBH Educational Foundation

New PBS Kids Show 'Molly of Denali' Is First to Feature a Native American Lead

Molly of Denali, a new PBS Kids series that premieres on July 15, is the first national children's series to feature a Native American lead character, and includes Alaska Natives in all aspects of production, from scriptwriters to actors to music.
Fireworks over the US Capitol. Photo: Leonid Andronov/Alamy Stock Photo

The Performers of 'A Capitol Fourth' in 2019

From Carole King and the cast of a Broadway musical about her life to Sesame Street Muppets to Colbie Caillat, this year's A Capitol Fourth features the old and new across various genres. Meet the performers here.  
Cows Come Home on the Magnificent Mile. Photo: LaCour Images, courtesy of The Magnificent Mile Association

Cows Parade Once Again Through Downtown Chicago

Twenty years ago, "Cows on Parade" generated boundless enthusiasm, extraordinary tourism, millions of dollars, innumerable imitation exhibitions, and endless bovine puns. Now some of the original cows are returning to the public eye to celebrate the twentieth anniversary. 
Stanley Tigerman

Idiosyncratic Chicago Architect Stanley Tigerman Has Died

Stanley Tigerman, a Chicago-based architect known for his idiosyncratic views and buildings, has died at the age of 88. He designed the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie and the Anti-Cruelty Animal Shelter on LaSalle Street, among other vibrant buildings. 
Oscar the Grouch by a recycling bin. Photo: Sesame Workshop

How the Muppets of 'Sesame Street' Address Specific Issues

June 1 is the birthday of not one but two beloved Sesame Street characters: Oscar the Grouch and the more recently introduced Rudy. Celebrate by taking a look at some of the best-known Muppets and the issues each is meant to address for children. 
JAMES BRADSHAW as Dr. Max DeBryn and SHAUN EVANS as Endeavour. Photo: Mammoth for ITV and MASTERPIECE

What to Watch in June

A favorite mystery series returns while several documentaries reveal little-known or understood history, tackling everything from political repression in China to sexual assault. Plus, a performance by Prince!
Rocket Lab's Electron rocket launchs the 'It's Business Time" mission - sending a payload of small-satellites to orbit. Photo: Rocket Lab

What to Stream This Month

Stream a stranger-than-fiction story of a wife who discovers her former intelligence officer husband had hidden lives. Revisit an infamous miscarriage of justice with Ken Burns. Map family histories with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. And enlighten yourself with NOVA
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