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Zofia Wichlaz as Kasia Tomaszeski and Jonah Hauer-King as Harry Chase in World on Fire. Photo: Mammoth Screen

What to Watch in April

New seasons of two fan-favorite mysteries, including the introduction of a new main character; two World War II-era stories; and a documentary about English royal intrigue: they're all coming in April. 
Elmo washes his hands

Sesame Street Wants To Help Your Family Get Through the COVID-19 Crisis

As many parents work from home or on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis, and as kids try their hands at digital learning, there is a lot to process. The gang on Sesame Street has the tools to help.
Pinkalicious with her brother Peter and friends Jasmine and Rafael. © 2020 WGBH.  Underlying © Victoria Kann, or Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann. TM: Victoria Kann.  All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  Used with permission.

What It's Like to Be the Executive Producer of PBS KIDS Shows

A second season of Pinkalicious & Peterrific launches March 30, along with new games. Dorothea Gillima, the executive producer of the series as well as of Molly of Denali, discusses what her job entails and how the shows can keep kids occupied and learning while schools are closed.  
Eva Davis leans against a telephone pole, the buildings of of East Lake Meadows appear behind her. Atlanta, GA. September 8, 1986.

Some Streaming Recommendations: Short Documentaries

PBS's POV offers a wide variety of short documentary films to stream for free, telling the stories of everything from the media frenzy surrounding El Chapo's trial to a unique event featuring more than a million balloons in Cleveland, plus a collaboration with StoryCorps.
Georges Seurat. A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, 1884. The Art Institute of Chicago

Ways to Explore and Experience the World Safely from Home During COVID-19

While you practice social distancing, you can still do a lot: help researchers at the Newberry Library understand history, follow penguins as they wander the Shedd Aquarium, listen to Studs Terkel's conversations with fascinating people from history, and more. 
The sunset in Havana over Hotel Nacional. Photo: Simon Phillips for WTTW's 'Weekend in Havana.'

Shows to Stream While You're Staying at Home

Whether you’re working from home and need some entertainment during your lunch break or are a parent with a curious teenager who’s itching for more outside their school day, here are some programs that you can stream any time, any where, for free.
Molly of Denali

10 Games and Activities to Keep the Kids Busy

As schools close in Illinois and around the country and many people are hunkered down or working from home, we are looking for educational and entertaining things to do! PBS KIDS has games that will help keep your little ones occupied.
Call the Midwife season 9. Photo: BBC / Neal Street Productions

Our Women's History Month Programming

March is Women's History Month, and we're celebrating with all sorts of programming: appreciative looks at some of America's funniest women, profiles of literary landmarks, documentaries looking at the dearth of women in various positions, and even a PBS Kids special. 
DJ Ayana Contreras at the AESOP DJ Booth at the 95th St. Red Line Station

Soundtrack Your Commute With These Playlists from the 95th Station DJ Booth

Commuters at the 95th Red Line Station pay their fares to an unusual soundtrack: music from a DJ booth. Called AESOP, the booth is a public art installation by Theaster Gates meant to enliven commutes. Two of the booth's DJs share some of their favorite tracks to spin. 
Geoffrey Baer riding a CTA heritage train in Chicago by 'L.' Photo: Kristan Lieb

What to Watch in March

March brings an all-new Geoffrey Baer special exploring Chicago one stop at a time via the 'L,' as well as a new season of Call the Midwife, a new culinary show from Vivian Howard, a documentary about public housing in Atlanta, and more. 
A detail of the bas relief adorning the facade of the National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial. Photo: Courtesy National Cambodian Heritage Museum

Healing and Connecting Across Generations at the National Cambodian Heritage Museum

At Chicago's National Cambodian Heritage Museum, which is unique in the United States, exhibits and a memorial help honor victims of the Cambodian genocide and educate younger generations, while cultural classes help those generations connect across a traumatic divide.

WTTW Will Soon Offer CREATE and WORLD Channels 24/7

Beginning Sunday, March 1, 2020, WTTW will offer the CREATE—the public media "do-it-yourself" channel—and WORLD—the best public media news, documentaries, and informational programming—channels 24/7.
Miles Davis, Round Midnight Recording Session June 1956. Photo: Don Hunstein/Sony Music Archives

What to Watch in February

A documentary about Miles Davis from the acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson, NOVA for both cat and dog lovers, a Frontline investigation into the frightfully successful Amazon and its founder Jeff Bezos, and more. 
Hugo Balta

Window To The World Communications, Inc. Names Hugo Balta as News Director, WTTW News

Window To The World Communications, Inc. (WWCI), parent of WTTW and WFMT, announced today that Hugo Balta has joined the organization as News Director for WTTW News effective February 3, 2020.
(L): “Barack Obama” by Kehinde Wiley, oil on canvas, 2018. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. (R): “Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama” by Amy Sherald, oil on linen, 2018. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

The Obama Portraits Are Coming to Chicago

The official portraits of former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama will be coming to the Art Institute of Chicago next year on the first stop of a five-city tour.
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