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WTTW's longtime Building Manager Don Muss

WTTW Remembers Don Muss, Our Longtime Building Manager

We’d like to honor WTTW and WFMT's longtime Building Manager, Don Muss, who passed away on Sunday surrounded by his family. Over the past 35 years, our staff knew and trusted Don, for the big things and the little things.
Carl Rowan (center right) with Vice President Lyndon Johnson, 1963. Photo: The Finnish Heritage Agency

Celebrate Black History Month with WTTW's Programming

Chicago has a rich and ongoing set of Black history and stories, and Black History Month in February is always a good excuse to further explore them and other stories from around the country. Discover our programming celebrating Black History Month.
Marian Anderson singing at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Easter Sunday, 1939. Photo: World History Archive / Alamy Stock Photo

A Q&A with the Director of a New Marian Anderson Documentary

Marian Anderson, who was the first Black soloist at the Metropolitan Opera and gave an unforgettable concert at the Lincoln Memorial after being denied the use of a concert hall, is the subject of a new American Masters profile. We spoke to the director.
Arthur waving. Image: Image: WGBH Educational Foundation

'Arthur' Is Ending After 25 Years With the Characters Grown Up

After 25 years on air, Arthur is coming to close with a finale that reveals the characters grown up and the future that awaits them, the culmination of a marathon of all 250+ episodes that have aired over the years on the longest-running kids' animated TV series. 
Streaming. Photo: Unsplash/Glenn Carstens-Peters

You Can Now Watch WTTW Live on DIRECTV Stream

There's now another way to watch WTTW and PBS programming: you can stream it live via DIRECTV Stream. A dedicated live WTTW channel is already available to all local DIRECTV Stream customers alongside additional on-demand PBS content for you to enjoy. 

Joan Didion on WTTW's 'Callaway Interviews' in 1977

From the Archive: Joan Didion

Revisit an archival interview from 1977 with Joan Didion, the admired writer and dissecter of America who recently died at the age of 87.
Downton Abbey

The Original 'Downton Abbey' Film Is Coming to WTTW for Christmas

Just in time for the holidays, WTTW and PBS stations will be airing the original Downton Abbey film from 2019 on Saturday, December 25. It's the perfect Christmas and New Year's gift!
Mary Berry's Country House at Christmas

What to Watch in December

Mary Berry is back with a holiday special, as are the nurses of Call the Midwife and the children of the Peanuts, plus we have a documentary focusing on Chicago, all in this holiday season as the year ends. 
The American Indian Center hosts a Pow-Wow at the Chicago Avenue Armory. Photo: ST-13002135-0006, Chicago Sun-Times collection, Chicago History Museum

An Exploration of Native American History in Chicago with Geoffrey Baer

Discover places around Chicago that contain vestiges of Native American history in the region before the arrival of Europeans and show how contemporary Native Americans continue to shape the city.
Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate

How the "Chickasaw Classical Composer" Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate Draws on North American Indian Culture

Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate, who scored two recent WTTW documentaries, uses Chickasaw and other North American Indian music and stories as source material for his classical compositions. "I have a mission in my music," he says.
Reggie in the season 11 'Call the Midwife' Christmas special. Photo: BBC/Nealstreet Productions/Sally Mais

Celebrate the Holidays with WTTW

Believe it or not, we're nearing the end of 2021 and the beginning of the holiday season. We've got plenty of programming to get you in the holiday spirit—find it here.
Cookie Monster, Elmo, Ji-Young, Tamir, Abby Cadabby, and Big Bird. Image: Sesame Workshop

'Sesame Street' Is Debuting an Asian American Muppet

The seven-year-old Korean American Muppet Ji-Young, who will officially debut on Thanksgiving, is Sesame Street's first Asian American Muppet. 
Tribals members pay their respects at Little Chief's reburial at Sharp Nose Cemetery, Wind River Reservation, WY (From Left: Fay Ann Soldier Wolf, Mark Soldier Wolf, Hubert Friday, Nelson White, Crawford White, Yufna Soldier Wolf), 2017. Photo: Caldera Productions

Native American Heritage Month 2021 on WTTW

November is Native American Heritage Month. "Heritage" often implies looking towards the past, and while that does figure into the documentaries and series we're airing in honor of the month, present lives and growth are equally important.
Norman Malone at the piano

'For the Left Hand' Tells the Story of an Indomitable, Late-Blooming Pianist

Norman Malone can play piano only with his left hand due to a traumatic childhood injury, but in a new documentary he prepares to make his orchestral debut at the age of 79. “The beating heart of this film is who Norman is," says Howard Reich, the writer and co-producer.
The Last Ride: Angelo Sage, Northern Arapaho, at Sharp Nose Cemetery, Wind River Reservation, WY, 2018. Photo: Sophie Barksdale

What to Watch in November

A documentary for Native American Heritage Month, a sign of the holidays, a series exploring the wonders and mysteries of the universe, and more are on the docket for November.
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