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Stories by Dan Soles

JAMES BRADSHAW as Dr. Max DeBryn and SHAUN EVANS as Endeavour. Photo: Mammoth for ITV and MASTERPIECE
May 29, 2019 | Dan Soles
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!
The National Memorial Day concert. Photo: Capital Concerts
May 1, 2019 | Dan Soles
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.
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
March 29, 2019 | Dan Soles
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!
Geoffrey Baer at the beach
February 27, 2019 | Dan Soles
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.
Sammy Davis, Jr. backstage photo. Photo: Courtesy The Estate of Altovise Davis
February 1, 2019 | Dan Soles
During this polar weather, watch a Nature special on an ancient people who thrived in wintry conditions, an Oscar-nominated documentary with a local connection, and profile two incredible African American performers for Black History Month – plus, the beloved Mister Rogers.
A white Andalusian horse. Photo: Aaron Munson/Handful of Films
December 31, 2018 | Dan Soles
The first month of 2018 has compassionate looks at some of Chicago's most fascinating people, a new comedic mystery, another season of genealogical sleuthing with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and a two-part Nature series. Oh yeah – and a little show called Victoria.
Fred and Violet Buckle and Reggie in the Call the Midwife holiday special. Photo: Neal Street Production/BBC
December 3, 2018 | Dan Soles
Celebrate two major anniversaries: Apollo 8, the first spacecraft to orbit the moon, and the centennial of a major American musical figure. Plus, enjoy a holiday special from a favorite show and a documentary about the Jewish songwriters responsible for much of our Christmas music.
Polar bear cubs playing together. Svalbard Islands. Photo: Roie Galitz / © John Downer Productions
October 30, 2018 | Dan Soles
This month, there's a Nature documentary chronicling the journey of a polar bear family, a hilarious special honoring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, a look at the artistic and intellectual scenes in three remarkable cities, and a look at the making of a Broadway show.
Autumnwatch New England. Photo: Denis Tangney Jr./Getty Images
September 27, 2018 | Dan Soles
As the election approaches, watch documentaries highlighting pressing issues vital to democracy in America. Dive into the unique legacies of art and design in Chicago. Experience the splendor of autumn. Discover the incredible achievements and history of Native Americans, and more.
The Durrells in Corfu. Photo: Joss Barratt for Sid Gentle Films & MASTERPIECE
August 30, 2018 | Dan Soles
This September is packed with exciting shows, from a local documentary examining deindustrialization to the returns of several favorites, plus the surprising nature hiding in plain sight in cities and a documentary spotlighting healthcare that's executive produced by Ken Burns.