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When Emily Taft Douglas won a statewide election to become Illinois's fourth woman in Congress, her husband Paul had already lost a run for Senate and wouldn't win until four years later. Emily also marched with Dr. King, appeared on Broadway, and wrote books.
A new puppet series inspired by Mister Rogers is coming soon to WTTW and PBS KIDS, featuring both new and reimagined characters and songs from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
This March, celebrate Women's History Month with a variety of programming from WTTW featuring profiles of artistic women, looks into the past at trailblazers and rulers, stories of contemporary women working to reshape society, and more.
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.
Join a conversation between filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick along with Hemingway scholar Verna Kale and acclaimed author Tim O'Brien as they discuss Hemingway's childhood in Oak Park.
Willard Motley wrote stories for children in the Chicago Defender as the first "Bud Billiken" while he was a teen, then went on to write hardboiled novels about Chicago's down-and-out. But he was criticized for writing about white instead of Black characters.
Hemingway was born in Oak Park but left as soon as he could and began framing himself in opposition to what he considered the middle-class values of the suburb. A sojourn in Chicago helped introduce him to a literary world and sent him on his way to Paris.
It's Christmas Eve, and Siegfried is hosting a big party complete. Mrs. Hall nervously awaits her son while Siegfried and Tristan try their luck at relationships. James ends up out on an emergency call with Helen the night before her wedding.
Eliza investigates her father's final case, which led to his death, trying to discover with William's help the identity of the men behind a forgery gang.
"Being from a rural area, it was so important to have PBS and a public media presence,” says Sylvia Bugg, PBS's new head of programming. She discusses her vision and plans for PBS as she takes the helm in its 50th anniversary year.
Black churches in Chicago have played host to speakers from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Frederick Douglass to Barack Obama while supporting civil rights and social justice, as well as their own spiritual communities.
Robert's behavior becomes erratic and dangerous as he tries to assert his will over his workers to harvest Amity's sugarcane. Another act of resistance again upturns July's life, in the final part of The Long Song.
James's birthday is here! As Mrs. Hall and Tristan organize a surprise party, Siegfried refuses to admit he has the flu. James feels guilty for recommending a cow that now has a potentially deadly ailment.
When Scarlet goes missing, William searches for her and eventually finds her in an abandoned prison. Both of their lives are endangered there as they begin to uncover a scheme that Eliza's father was investigating before he died.
"We need to realize how intertwined the Black church is with the birth of other institutions," says a Chicago theologian. "It’s like a human being: it has incredible beauty, brokenness, blessedness, all of that mixed together."