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A Chartist mass demonstration in 'Victoria'
How accurate are the historical events depicted in Victoria? Learn about the real people who appear in this season, from Lord Palmerston to the father of contemporary epidemiology to the "Swedish Nightingale," and discover what the revolutions in the show were about.
The cast of the fifth season of 'Sesame Street.' Image: Sesame Workshop
It has been sweeping the clouds away for decades, and now Sesame Street is turning 50. To celebrate the anniversary, the beloved children's show has some big plans, from a prime-time special to a ten-city tour that includes a stop in Chicago. 
Victoria and Francatelli. Photo: Justin Slee/ITV Plc for MASTERPIECE
A cholera outbreak strikes a neighborhood of London, and Victoria and Albert champion new scientific research to discover how the disease is spread. They do so separately, however, since they are not even on speaking terms as they continue to feud. 
Sammy Davis, Jr. backstage photo. Photo: Courtesy The Estate of Altovise Davis
During this polar weather, watch a Nature special on an ancient people who thrived in wintry conditions, an Oscar-nominated documentary with a local connection, and profile two incredible African American performers for Black History Month – plus, the beloved Mister Rogers.
Wealthy Victorians hosted elaborate feasts of multiple, extravagant courses, such as these ones prepared by Art and Chelsea Jackson
While wealthy Victorians hosted elaborate, multi-course meals with expensive ingredients, the working class stretched the rare piece of meat as far as they could. Watch the owners of Pleasant House Pub prepare wealthy and working class Victorian meals – and yes, there is a sheep's head.
Jenna Coleman as Victoria. Photo:Justin Slee/ITV Plc for MASTERPIECE
The confines of a small island cause tensions to flare between Victoria and Albert and provide the perfect context for other noble intrigue, while Palmerston's enthusiastic welcoming of a democratic agitator to London in the queen's absence worries her.
Mother polar bear nursing her cubs. Photo: Roie Galitz / © John Downer Productions
January brings not just polar weather (which you can endure via a Nature special), but also Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday (which you can honor with an American Experience) and the returns of two very popular shows: Finding Your Roots and Victoria.
Oscar statues
Two of the five films nominated for Academy Awards this year in the Documentary category will soon air on PBS: Hale County This Morning, This Evening and Minding the Gap. Watch a trailer and interview with a director here. 
A dry parade organized by the Women's Christian Temperance Union in Chicago in 1908. Photo: Charles R. Childs, Chicago Historical Society
The year Chicago was incorporated also saw the founding of the city’s first temperance group and first brewery, and the two factions grew and clashed for the following decades, leaving their mark on the city and suburbs, until temperance briefly won out with the ratification of Prohibition 100 years ago.
Jenna Coleman as Victoria and Tom Hughes as Albert in Victoria. Photo: Aimee Spinks/ITV Plc for MASTERPIECE
As the Chartists prepare a mass demonstration on behalf of the working class, Victoria is forced to decide whether to trust her faith in the people or the concern of her advisors. Will Britain erupt in popular revolt like the other countries of Europe?
Victoria Jaiani and Temur Suluashvili of the Joffrey Ballet in Orphée et Eurydice from Lyric Opera of Chicago. Photo: Todd Rosenberg Photography
Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice revolutionized opera two and a half centuries ago, and now it inaugurates a new collaboration rife with possibilities between two of Chicago's largest arts organizations, the Joffrey Ballet and Lyric Opera. Their production airs Friday, January 18 on Great Performances
Lord Palmerston (Laurence Fox) in Victoria. Photo: Justin Slee/ITV Plc for MASTERPIECE
Victoria is back, but the queen's reign may be in danger. It's 1848, and liberal revolutions are sweeping away despots and the old order across Europe, starting with Victoria's sometime ally Louis Philippe of France. As Victoria faces popular unrest, a new political rival emerges. 
Statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Photo: Getty Images
Bruce Cumings, a historian of modern Korea who often bucks conventional wisdom on North Korea, explains the U.S.'s role in North Korea's nuclearization, digs into how the dictatorship has lasted 70 years, and expresses cautious optimism about the future of U.S.-North Korea relations.
Mark Bazer
Meet the guests appearing on the new season of The Interview Show with Mark Bazer, which premieres Thursday, January 10, from an author behind blockbuster movies to an ESPN commentator, young musicians to multifaceted Chicagoans.
Helen Lambin shows Jay Shefsky her collection of tattoos
"I’m fortunate in that I get to do stories about people that I like," says Jay Shefsky. And even though they're everyday people, they're often extraordinary, with fascinating stories, jobs, or passions. "I want to share their stories and their work."
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