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Stories by Meredith Francis

Gloria Steinem
June 26, 2020 | Meredith Francis
We visit the WTTW archives with two interviews with feminist leader, journalist, and political activist Gloria Steinem.
The Legacy Walk
June 23, 2020 | Meredith Francis
A series of bronze plaques on the famous rainbow pylons in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood make up the Legacy Walk – an outdoor museum highlighting the historical and cultural contributions of LGBTQ people.
Sam Ozaki
May 29, 2020 | Meredith Francis
In 1981, nearly 100 Japanese Americans testified at Northeastern Illinois University as part of an official government investigation into the constitutionality of the World War II internment camps that incarcerated 120,000 residents and citizens of Japanese ancestry. Their stories have recently been rediscovered in a tape collection found in the University's archives.
Ping Tom Park
May 7, 2020 | Meredith Francis
For decades, Chicago's Chinatown neighborhood didn't have a park or any significant green space. Roughly 20 years ago, that changed. Get to know the story of Ping Tom Park, one of the city's hidden gems.
Gustave Caillebotte. Paris Street; Rainy Day, 1877. The Art Institute of Chicago
April 28, 2020 | Meredith Francis
The Art Institute may be closed right now, but you can take a virtual tour of its vast collection, featuring insight from some of its curators, plus get to see what it was like twenty years ago, in an archival program from WTTW hosted by the late Brian Dennehy.
The Gene: An Intimate History
April 14, 2020 | Meredith Francis
Executive produced by Ken Burns, The Gene: An Intimate History is a new two-part documentary that traces the history of the study of genetics and examines the ethical implications of new technologies. Plus, learn more about genes in a creative animated digital series.
Elmo washes his hands
March 31, 2020 | Meredith Francis
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.
Fox Tales from Nature
March 25, 2020 | Meredith Francis
Tap into your scientific side with shows from Nature and Nova with ten shows you can stream for free.
Frances Willard, Grace Wilbur Trout, Jane Addams, Ida B. Wells
March 20, 2020 | Meredith Francis
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which guarantees women the right to vote. Chicago was home to some of the leading suffragists in the nation, and they brought Illinois women a limited right to vote years before 1920.
Molly of Denali
March 16, 2020 | Meredith Francis
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.