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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
Sesame Street 50 Years and Counting

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of 'Sesame Street' With Us!

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Sesame Street is coming to Chicago for a free family festival that includes live performances, fun kid-friendly activities, and much more! 
Cassie and Sunny in Unforgotten. Photo: Mainstreet Pictures for ITV and MASTERPIECE

'Unforgotten' Recap: Season 3 Episode 6

Cassie and Sunny try to find evidence to conclusively prove their suspect is Hayley Reid's murderer, and discover a dark, large history that is more than they reckoned with, causing Cassie to question her career.
Happy Mother's Day from Big Bird

Wish Your Mom Happy Mother's Day with 'Sesame Street'

Mother's Day is May 12, and if you're realizing that you forgot all about it or just want a quirky way to celebrate your mother, Sesame Street is here to help, with five fun cards for the holiday.
Valerie Dyer (JENNIFER KIRBY), Elsie Dyer (ANN MITCHELL) in Call the Midwife. Photo: BBC/Neal Street Productions

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 8 Episode 6

Mother Mildred becomes interested in working conditions when she comes to Poplar and tends to a family with three generations of dockworkers. Lucille's romance hits a rough patch, while she tries to help a young single mother intent on keeping her daughter despite her parents' wishes.
The National Memorial Day concert. Photo: Capital Concerts

What to Watch in May

A musical spectacle in celebration of an annual prize, a fascinating journey along the volatile India-Pakistan border, a documentary about a pioneering Asian American politician as well as a local documentary, and a beloved annual PBS tradition.
Monique Rodriguez, founder and CEO of Mielle Organics

Meet Three Black Entrepreneurs in Chicago

Chicago has long been a center of African American business, from Johnson Publishing Co. to the hair-care company Johnson Products. Meet three black entrepreneurs of a younger generation, who have utilized digital savvy to grow their businesses.
Ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) seems to stop in mid-air as it approaches a flower. Corpus Christi, TX. Photo: Ann Johnson Prum/ © THIRTEEN Productions LLC

What to Watch in April

Spring brings not just nice weather but new shows, returning favorites, and more! From a magisterial new Henry Louis Gates, Jr. survey to a three-night live Nature event to a stunning epic historical drama, there's a lot to catch in April!
Martina Laird (Cassius) and Harriet Walter (Brutus) in Julius Caesar. Photo: Helen Maybanks

An All-Female 'Julius Caesar' Set in a Women's Prison

Phyllida Lloyd's production of Julius Caesar, which you can watch through Great Performances, takes place in a women's prison, with women playing all the roles. We discussed the production, the effectiveness of the setting, and the gender casting with a Shakespeare scholar. 
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. 
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