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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. 
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo performing "Swan Lake." Photo: Laura Nespola, courtesy Merrywidow Films

Celebrate Pride Month with WTTW in 2021

Daniel Hautzinger

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, in honor of the June, 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York that was a turning point in the movement for LGBTQ rights and recognition. Celebrate with our programming. 
A young Ida B. Wells

What to Watch in May

Lisa Tipton

A look at the courageous life of a civil rights activist, suffragist, and investigative journalist sits alongside a longstanding PBS tradition, a glazed documentary, and more exciting programs this May.
Ted Ngoy at a donut shop

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with WTTW in 2021

Daniel Hautzinger

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the fastest growing group in the United States. Find WTTW's coverage and content for Asian Pacific Heritage Month here.
Greta Thunberg in Stockholm. Photo: Banfa Jawla/BBC Studios

What to Watch in April

Lisa Tipton

Spend time with three extraordinary people—Ernest Hemingway, Princess Diana, and Greta Thunberg—plus take a deep dive into the effects of the pandemic across the globe over the past year with Frontline.
Amy Tan. Image: Courtesy of KPJR Films

Coming to WTTW in Spring, in Arts, History, and Drama

Daniel Hautzinger

Spotlights on great books, theater, art, music, and dance are all coming this spring, whether as filmed performances or tours or profiles of creators. Look back on World War II and dark periods of American history, plus test your knowledge of Chicago with Geoffrey Baer.
Young cub Makumbi looks longingly at his mother in Zambia, Africa. Photo: Courtesy of Will Steenkamp/Into Nature Productions

Coming to WTTW in Spring, in Science and Public Affairs

Daniel Hautzinger

Spring is a good time to cover science and nature, with Earth Day a chance to follow Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough, plus Nature and NOVA on bias in science, leopards, and more. Plus, an in-depth series on a reforming District Attorney and an investigation into the rise of extremism in America.
Leroy Carter, Isaac Woodard, and Donald Jones, NAACP assistant field secretary. Willie Mabry, Sgt. Woodard’s cousin. in background. Likely taken while Woodard was on his speaking tour with the NAACP. 10/1946. Photo: AFRO American Newspapers Archives

What to Watch in March

Lisa Tipton

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. 
Marian Anderson singing at her concert at the Lincoln Memorial, April 9, 1939. Photo: Everett Collection Historical / Alamy Stock Photo

What to Watch in February

Lisa Tipton

Celebrate stories of African American resilience, resistance, and culture, with documentaries about Marian Anderson, the Black church, a groundbreaking public television show, and more.
Host, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Photo: McGee Media

Celebrate Black History Month with WTTW in 2021

Daniel Hautzinger

This February, celebrate Black History Month with a variety of WTTW programming over air and online that explores African American history, stories in the larger African diaspora, and Black culture in America. 
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