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Stories by Dan Soles

A Resplendent quetzal (Pharmachrus mocinno) male in flight. El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, Chiapas, Mexico. Photo: BBC NHU 2016
July 31, 2018 | Dan Soles
An extraordinary tour of Mexico's fantastical landscapes, an outside look at one of Chicago's jewels, a necessary two-part Frontline documentary that serves as a corrective to headlines, a tribute to a beloved television pioneer, and a look at Northern Ireland's Troubles.
Geoffrey Baer in 10 That Changed America; Rowan Atkinson as Maigret; Marcus Samuelsson in No Passport Required; Ted Williams on the Red Sox. Photos: Christine Carreira; Getty Images.
June 29, 2018 | Dan Soles
Geoffrey Baer introduces you to thirty more locations that changed America and how we traverse it and remember our past; Marcus Samuelsson explores the cuisine of immigrant communities; a surprising actor takes on the role of a classic French detective; and a baseball legend is profiled.
Endeavour; The Great British Baking Show. Photos: Jonathan Ford/Mammoth Screen for ITV and MASTERPIECE; Love Productions
May 30, 2018 | Dan Soles
This month, two British favorites return for new seasons – the final season for one – the life and work of a trailblazing black Chicagoan is celebrated, 50 years of LGBTQ history is explored, and a legendary star is saluted by fellow musicians.
The Chinese Exclusion Act; Little Women; National Memorial Day Concert. Photos: Royal BC Museum; MASTERPIECE on PBS, BBC and Playground; Capital Concerts
May 1, 2018 | Dan Soles
This month, travel through Southeast Asia with a familiar host, celebrate reading with an adaptation of a classic novel and a book-centric special, learn about a shameful chapter of American history, honor Memorial Day, and meet a Chicagoan who has changed his many students' lives.
Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson; Carved Ivory mask-shaped hip pendant, inlaid with bronze Benin, Queen Idia, Artisit Unknown (16th century) – British Museum, London; Dishalicious. Photos: Erika Kapin/Structure Films; Nutopia Ltd; Bill Richert.
March 29, 2018 | Dan Soles
This month, enjoy a mouth-watering new cooking show from WTTW featuring some of Chicago's top chefs; an expansive survey of humanity's astounding artistic achievements; profiles of titans of politics and science; and discover what makes cities tick.
Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones; Mister Rogers with Yo-Yo Ma and his son Nicholas; and Call the Midwife. Photos: Kevin Mazur; Matt Bulvony; Neal Street Productions 2018
February 28, 2018 | Dan Soles
This month, there's a tribute to one of the most beloved figures in children's television of all time, a unique concert by The Rolling Stones, a profile of an influential but underappreciated activist, and a slew of British shows, both long-time favorites and new series.
Clockwise from top left: Pullman Porters, Condoleezza Rice in American Creed, Pinkalicious and Peterrific. Images: APT, Citizen Films, WGBH
January 31, 2018 | Dan Soles
The story and legacy of the Pullman Porters, a documentary about a tradition enjoyed by our neighbors to the north, delightful kids' shows that are great for adults, a timely film for these divided times, and Frontline in the Middle East. February has a lot to offer.
Ann Curry in We'll Meet Again; James Baldwin at the March on Washington; The Way to Andina. Photos: David Turnley; Dan Budnik; The Way to Andina
January 2, 2018 | Dan Soles
Sure, Victoria returns with a second season this month. But there are also some worthwile other shows: a powerful documentary about black history using James Baldwin's words, a heartfelt series from Ann Curry, and a curious local tale about a long-lost opera.
Last Tango in Halifax, Wheaton College Christmas Festival, Secrets of Spanish Flordia. Photos: BBC/Red Productions/Gary Moyes; Funcación Nao Victoria; Wheaton College
November 30, 2017 | Dan Soles
The approach of the holidays means you'll probably be spending time with your family. Need a pleasant soundtrack? A festive portrayal of a loving but difficult family? A little-known story that has nothing to do with the holidays? See our picks. 
Geoffrey Baer on the Chicago River and Joffrey Ballet rehearsing the Nutcracker.
October 27, 2017 | Dan Soles
November is packed with local productions about Chicago. Check out our highlights, from a new Geoffrey Baer tour to a national show looking inside the creative process of making a new Nutcracker, not to mention three other Chicago programs.