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Stories by Lisa Tipton

Rita Moreno in West Side Story rehearsals. Photo: MGM Media Licensing
September 29, 2021 | Lisa Tipton
Fall is here, which means several new seasons of favorite dramas as well as one new to WTTW, a profile of one of the few EGOT-winning performers, a series on veterans, and a new WTTW documentary about improv.
A robot pushes a cart in a factory. Photo: Courtesy Pond5
August 31, 2021 | Lisa Tipton

There's a huge amount of worthwhile TV out there nowadays, so it can be hard to choose what to watch. But who better to recommend shows than the person who programs them?

Princess Diana visits Leicester. Photo: PA Images / ALAMY Stock Photo
August 2, 2021 | Lisa Tipton
A look at the myth-filled life of Princess Diana in her own words, two documentaries marking the approaching twentieth anniversary of 9/11, a marathon mystery, and a popular musical in concert form.
Professer T. Photo: Sofie Gheysens
June 30, 2021 | Lisa Tipton
A new British version of an intriguing Belgian mystery, a documentary featuring both performance and history focusing on Brazil featuring Gloria Estefan, and a show pitting modern families against life on a rural island in the early twentieth century. 
Monty Python on location in Monastir, Tunisia, where they filmed 'Life of Brian,' 1978. Photo: Courtesy of Python (Monty) Pictures Ltd.
June 2, 2021 | Lisa Tipton
A look back on a comedy troupe whose influence has been likened to that of the Beatles on music, some Pride Month programming, a new Masterpiece drama, and more. 
A young Ida B. Wells
May 4, 2021 | Lisa Tipton
A look at the courageous life of a civil rights activist, suffragist, and investigative journalist sits alongside a longstanding PBS tradition, a glazed documentary, and more exciting programs this May.
Greta Thunberg in Stockholm. Photo: Banfa Jawla/BBC Studios
March 31, 2021 | Lisa Tipton
Spend time with three extraordinary people—Ernest Hemingway, Princess Diana, and Greta Thunberg—plus take a deep dive into the effects of the pandemic across the globe over the past year with Frontline.
Leroy Carter, Isaac Woodard, and Donald Jones, NAACP assistant field secretary. Willie Mabry, Sgt. Woodard’s cousin. in background. Likely taken while Woodard was on his speaking tour with the NAACP. 10/1946. Photo: AFRO American Newspapers Archives
February 26, 2021 | Lisa Tipton
A St. Patrick's Day special to fill the hole of the cancelled parade, an investigation into the bias inherent in complex technological codes, a profile of Dr. Fauci, a look at an overlooked civil rights incident, and more. 
Marian Anderson singing at her concert at the Lincoln Memorial, April 9, 1939. Photo: Everett Collection Historical / Alamy Stock Photo
February 1, 2021 | Lisa Tipton
Celebrate stories of African American resilience, resistance, and culture, with documentaries about Marian Anderson, the Black church, a groundbreaking public television show, and more.
Aliana Alexis of Haiti stands on the concrete slab of what is left of her home after destruction from Hurricane Dorian in an area called "The Mud" at Marsh Harbour in Great Abaco Island, Bahamas on Thursday, September 5, 2019. Photo: Al Diaz/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service
December 29, 2020 | Lisa Tipton
A series exploring the response to natural disasters, a self-portrait of America, a new British mystery as well as a remake of a classic, more Finding Your Roots, and more.