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The Chinese Exclusion Act; Little Women; National Memorial Day Concert. Photos: Royal BC Museum; MASTERPIECE on PBS, BBC and Playground; Capital Concerts
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.
Mister Rogers
On May 1, 1969, 49 years ago today, Fred Rogers managed to convince the cynical politicians of Washington to prevent funding cuts to public media through his direct, deeply convincing testimony. Watch it here.
Nicola Walker as DCI Cassie Stuart and Sanjeev Bhaskar as DS Sunny Khan in Unforgotten. Photo: John Rogers/Mainstreet Pictures
When a suitcase containing a body is found in a river, Cassie and Sunny begin to investigate who the corpse belongs to, and who might have murdered them. With the help of a wristwatch and a pager, they discover the identity and begin to find people connected to the victim.
Lucille Anderson and Valerie Dyer in Call the Midwife. Photo: Neal Street Productions
Barbara is put into isolation as the hospital tries to address her dire illness. Lucille wrestles with whether to try to fit in with the English or join a West Indian church that reminds her of home. Dr. Turner helps a young man in prison who reminds him of his own son.
Youn Sun Nah, Esperanza Spalding, and Chucho Valdés, and others at International Jazz Day in Havana, Cuba. Photo: Steve Mundinger
Every April 30 for the past six years, some of the world's finest jazz musicians have gathered from around the globe to make music together in celebration of International Jazz Day. Meet some of the performers from last year's concert in Havana, which will be broadcast April 27.
Peter Greenberg and Rwandan President Paul Kagame  above Nyungwe National Park
In Rwanda: The Royal Tour, the president of the small but biodiverse African country visits some of the land's natural wonders, from one of the last habitats of mountain gorillas to one of Africa's oldest rainforests to a a savannah and wetland chockfull of large animals.
A jumping spider in Nova Wonders. Photo: WGBH Educational Foundation
NOVA usually focuses on questions scientists know the answers to, but the new miniseries NOVA Wonders asks the questions we don’t fully understand: what is dark matter? Is there extraterrestrial life? Can build a truly intelligent artifical intelligence?
The Chicago "L." Photo: Jackson Hirsch on Unsplash
When the rest of the world thinks of Chicago, it's often in terms borrowed from literature: "Hog Butcher for the World," a city of slaughterhouses, a gritty, working-class town. What are some of the most iconic literary depictions of the city?
Nicola Walker as DCI Cassie Stuart and Sanjeev Bhaskar as DS Sunny Khan in Unforgotten. Photo: John Rogers/Mainstreet Pictures
Another cold case sheds light on the murder of Jimmy Sullivan as everyone involved in the last days of his life begins to deal with the ramifications of their secrets and past. Cassie and Sunny struggle to decide who to trust as they finally solve the case.
Sister Winifred in Call the Midwife. Photo: Neal Street Productions
The newly arrived Davidson family quickly goes from a bright future to a difficult one as disasters pile on. Sister Monica Joan makes an unlikely friend while undergoing surgery. And Valerie faces down a mother who decries her sexual health classes as filth. 
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet Alice Walker
The Great American Read's list of America's 100 most-loved books has been revealed, and it includes Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 The Color Purple. Revisit a 2013 interview with Walker on Chicago Tonight. "I go where my heart says I need to be," she says. 
Lidia Bastianich's Broccoli Rabe with Olive Oil and Garlic

Here's hoping you don't have to get close enough to smell anyone's breath today – it might be stinky, because it's National Garlic Day!

Carl Kasell on Chicago Tonight
Carl Kasell, the beloved NPR newscaster and judge and scorekeeper of the news quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! died yesterday at age 84. Remember the radio icon with WTTW archival videos: an extended interview, and a behind the scenes look at Wait Wait.
Walled City of Lahore, Pakistan, rebuilt by Emperor Akbar, 16th Century. Photo: Nutopia Ltd
The new nine-part series Civilizations surveys the global history of art through a multiplicity of voices. “There is this common bond in humanity, which is the urge to create," says the executive producer. "Art, in a way, is what defines us as humans."
Sanjeev Bhaskar as DS Sunny Khan, Nicola Walker as DCI Cassie Stuart and Frances Tomelty as Maureen Sullivan in Unforgotten. Photo: John Rogers/Mainstreet Pictures
As Cassie and Sunny continue interviewing people connected to their 39-year-old cold case, they discover that everyone is rewriting their past to conceal crimes or indiscretions: an affair, an assault, a robbery, bribes, torture. But who killed Jimmy?
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