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Duke Kahanamoku in Hollywood. Photo: The Paragon Agency

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with WTTW in 2022

Daniel Hautzinger

From an Olympic medal-winning, innovative swimmer and surfer to a terrifying outbreak of bubonic plague, tales from New Zealand and Samoa to the shameful chapter of Japanese American internment camps, there is a lot to learn, savor, and explore. 
Lucy Worsley on a rooftop at Kings College. Photo: Tom Hayward © BBC Studios 2021

What to Watch in May

Lisa Tipton

A new period drama set in 1960s London, a documentary about the stresses of high school and applying to elite colleges, and a new series on little-understood chapters of British history, plus more. 
Mahalia Jackson. Photo: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

What to Watch in April

Lisa Tipton

Chicago stories covering everything from the birth of gospel to the ad executives behind the Pillsbury Doughboy and other icons to a Mexican American church that lost a disproportionate number of soldiers in the Vietnam War, and much more. 
Before We Die. Photo: Sofie Gheysens

What to Watch in March

Lisa Tipton

An exciting Sunday night line-up featuring returning favorites and a new crime thriller, plus a celebration of twenty years of Midsomer Murders and a new set of profiles of fascinating Chicagoans from WTTW. 
A chinstrap penguin. Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth White/ ©BBC

What to Watch in February

Lisa Tipton

Meet the entire family of penguins with a new Nature, explore American history, culture, and politics through the story of jeans, dive into a cold case of the civil rights era, and celebrate two engaging dramas this February. 
Mary Berry's Country House at Christmas

What to Watch in December

Lisa Tipton

Mary Berry is back with a holiday special, as are the nurses of Call the Midwife and the children of the Peanuts, plus we have a documentary focusing on Chicago, all in this holiday season as the year ends. 
Reggie in the season 11 'Call the Midwife' Christmas special. Photo: BBC/Nealstreet Productions/Sally Mais

Celebrate the Holidays with WTTW

Daniel Hautzinger

Believe it or not, we're nearing the end of 2021 and the beginning of the holiday season. We've got plenty of programming to get you in the holiday spirit—find it here.
Tribals members pay their respects at Little Chief's reburial at Sharp Nose Cemetery, Wind River Reservation, WY (From Left: Fay Ann Soldier Wolf, Mark Soldier Wolf, Hubert Friday, Nelson White, Crawford White, Yufna Soldier Wolf), 2017. Photo: Caldera Productions

Native American Heritage Month 2021 on WTTW

Daniel Hautzinger

November is Native American Heritage Month. "Heritage" often implies looking towards the past, and while that does figure into the documentaries and series we're airing in honor of the month, present lives and growth are equally important.
The Last Ride: Angelo Sage, Northern Arapaho, at Sharp Nose Cemetery, Wind River Reservation, WY, 2018. Photo: Sophie Barksdale

What to Watch in November

Lisa Tipton

A documentary for Native American Heritage Month, a sign of the holidays, a series exploring the wonders and mysteries of the universe, and more are on the docket for November.
Rita Moreno in West Side Story rehearsals. Photo: MGM Media Licensing

What to Watch in October

Lisa Tipton

Fall is here, which means several new seasons of favorite dramas as well as one new to WTTW, a profile of one of the few EGOT-winning performers, a series on veterans, and a new WTTW documentary about improv.
Rita Moreno Putting On Lipstick In Mirror, 1954. Photo: Getty Images

WTTW's 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month Programming

Daniel Hautzinger

Discover WTTW's programming celebrating this Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins September 15. 
A robot pushes a cart in a factory. Photo: Courtesy Pond5

What to Watch in September

Lisa Tipton

There's a huge amount of worthwhile TV out there nowadays, so it can be hard to choose what to watch. But who better to recommend shows than the person who programs them? Lisa Tipton, WTTW’s Head of Programming and Pledge, constructs the WTTW schedule by searching through offerings from many different sources which include the national PBS network, the BBC, and independent filmmakers to put together a varied and engaging broadcast schedule.

Pati Jinich at the U.S.-Mexico border. Photo: Alan Jinich/Mexican Table LLC

Coming Up on WTTW

Daniel Hautzinger

From a special examining the U.S.-Mexico border via the medium of food, to profiles of pioneering women Sandra Day O'Connor and Rita Moreno, to a scientific examination of marijuana as it becomes increasingly accepted, take a look at upcoming PBS shows. 
Princess Diana visits Leicester. Photo: PA Images / ALAMY Stock Photo

What to Watch in August

Lisa Tipton

A look at the myth-filled life of Princess Diana in her own words, two documentaries marking the approaching twentieth anniversary of 9/11, a marathon mystery, and a popular musical in concert form.
Monty Python on location in Monastir, Tunisia, where they filmed 'Life of Brian,' 1978. Photo: Courtesy of Python (Monty) Pictures Ltd.

What to Watch in June

Lisa Tipton

A look back on a comedy troupe whose influence has been likened to that of the Beatles on music, some Pride Month programming, a new Masterpiece drama, and more. 
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