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Daniel Tiger washing his hands

PBS KIDS Helps Encourage Healthy Habits in Kids

Daniel Hautzinger

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting shutdown can be difficult for parents and scary for children. PBS KIDS has a series of fun videos to teach kids healthy habits, featuring Daniel Tiger, Sid the Science Kid, and more!
Elmo washes his hands

Sesame Street Wants To Help Your Family Get Through the COVID-19 Crisis

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.
Children being treated in iron lungs. Photo: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

"One of the Greatest Events in the History of Medicine": The Defeat of Polio

Daniel Hautzinger

DuPage county, outside Chicago, took part in Jonas Salk's polio vaccine trials in 1954, a successful nationwide experiment that led to the virtual end of a terrifying disease and was called "one of the greatest events in the history of medicine." 
Vivian Howard makes applejacks in 'Somewhere South.' Photo: Markay Media

Some Food Shows to Stream at Home (And Recipes to Try)

Daniel Hautzinger

Cooking and baking more while self-isolating at home? We have plenty of food shows for you to stream, from new programs premiering now to old favorites, featuring everyone from Chicagoans to celebrity chefs both teaching recipes and sharing their passion.
Fox Tales from Nature

10 Science Shows to Stream from NOVA and Nature

Meredith Francis

Tap into your scientific side with shows from Nature and Nova with ten shows you can stream for free.
Advocate Tiera Fletcher by a rocket engine at NASA. Photo: Bigger Bang Communications

A New Educational Line-up on WTTW Prime to Supplement At-Home Learning

Lisa Tipton

Beginning Monday, March 30, WTTW Prime will host an afternoon block with shows that will provide educational content focusing on science, social studies, literature, and history for junior high and high school students.
America's Test Kitchen's Kitchen Classroom

Help Your Kids Learn to Cook with the New Kitchen Classroom from 'America's Test Kitchen'

Daniel Hautzinger

America's Test Kitchen has launched a new, free "Kitchen Classroom," with daily recipes and food-related activities and quizzes to keep you and your children occupied and learning while schools are closed.
Eva Davis leans against a telephone pole, the buildings of of East Lake Meadows appear behind her. Atlanta, GA. September 8, 1986.

Some Streaming Recommendations: Short Documentaries

Daniel Hautzinger

PBS's POV offers a wide variety of short documentary films to stream for free, telling the stories of everything from the media frenzy surrounding El Chapo's trial to a unique event featuring more than a million balloons in Cleveland, plus a collaboration with StoryCorps.
Georges Seurat. A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, 1884. The Art Institute of Chicago

Ways to Explore and Experience the World Safely from Home During COVID-19

Daniel Hautzinger

While you practice social distancing, you can still do a lot: help researchers at the Newberry Library understand history, follow penguins as they wander the Shedd Aquarium, listen to Studs Terkel's conversations with fascinating people from history, and more. 
The sunset in Havana over Hotel Nacional. Photo: Simon Phillips for WTTW's 'Weekend in Havana.'

Shows to Stream While You're Staying at Home

Daniel Hautzinger

Whether you’re working from home and need some entertainment during your lunch break or are a parent with a curious teenager who’s itching for more outside their school day, here are some programs that you can stream any time, any where, for free.
Molly of Denali

10 Games and Activities to Keep the Kids Busy

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.
Workers on the Sanitary and Ship Canal excavate and load rock onto hoppers on September 20, 1894. Photographer unknown. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District for 10 That Changed America

Chicago's Historical Ingenuity in the Face of Disease

Daniel Hautzinger

Waterborne diseases like cholera periodically devastated Chicago in the nineteenth century. The attempt to beat them inspired three of the most ambitious engineering feats the country has seen.
Coronavirus, or COVID-19

Information about Coronavirus

Daniel Hautzinger

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. Find resources here.
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