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Suffragists picket in front of the White House. Washington, D.C., February 1917. Photo: Courtesy of Library of Congress

What to Watch in July

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.

Rev. William Barber II calls for justice for Lennon Lacy at a December 2014 rally. Photo: Peter Eversoll

WTTW Programming Addressing Race and Racism

Daniel Hautzinger

WTTW will broadcast and make available to stream a series of films and new specials focused on race in America following the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, and the ensuing protests that erupted across the country.
Emily Graslie in a sauropod quarry near Bozeman, MT, in 'Prehistoric Road Trip.' Photo: Julie Florio and WTTW

What to Watch in June

Lisa Tipton

An exciting new series from WTTW exploring billions of years of the prehistoric record with the Field Museum's Emily Graslie, a new season of a beloved mystery, a look at an infamous celebrity, and more. 
The Anh siblings. Photo: Asian Americans film

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Daniel Hautzinger

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, WTTW has a slate of programming centered around the new, three-part Asian Americans, from concerts to documentaries to food shows. 
A Sikh patriot. Photo: Corky Lee

What to Watch in May

Lisa Tipton

A series showcasing the vibrant variety of stories of Asian Americans via personal narratives, an examination of the 43rd President, a unique performance from Chicagoland, and a moving series about gun violence.
Zofia Wichlaz as Kasia Tomaszeski and Jonah Hauer-King as Harry Chase in World on Fire. Photo: Mammoth Screen

What to Watch in April

Lisa Tipton

New seasons of two fan-favorite mysteries, including the introduction of a new main character; two World War II-era stories; and a documentary about English royal intrigue: they're all coming in April. 
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.
Call the Midwife season 9. Photo: BBC / Neal Street Productions

Our Women's History Month Programming

Daniel Hautzinger

March is Women's History Month, and we're celebrating with all sorts of programming: appreciative looks at some of America's funniest women, profiles of literary landmarks, documentaries looking at the dearth of women in various positions, and even a PBS Kids special. 
Geoffrey Baer riding a CTA heritage train in Chicago by 'L.' Photo: Kristan Lieb

What to Watch in March

Lisa Tipton

March brings an all-new Geoffrey Baer special exploring Chicago one stop at a time via the 'L,' as well as a new season of Call the Midwife, a new culinary show from Vivian Howard, a documentary about public housing in Atlanta, and more. 
Miles Davis, Round Midnight Recording Session June 1956. Photo: Don Hunstein/Sony Music Archives

What to Watch in February

Lisa Tipton

A documentary about Miles Davis from the acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson, NOVA for both cat and dog lovers, a Frontline investigation into the frightfully successful Amazon and its founder Jeff Bezos, and more. 
Dave Chappelle is awarded the Mark Twain Prize. Photo: Jati Lindsay

What to Watch in January

Lisa Tipton

As a new year and decade begins and the cold of January sets in, here are some highlights to keep you busy, from a comedy-filled ceremony honoring Dave Chappelle to a look at Jane Austen's private life, and more. 
Kristin Chenoweth with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Your Guide to WTTW's Holiday Specials

Daniel Hautzinger

As the end of the year and the holidays approach, here’s a run-down of holiday specials that WTTW is airing, to help you get your holiday cheer on!
Lucy Worsley in Henry VIII costume with boar's head for Lucy Worsley's 12 Days of Tudor Christmas. Photo: Burning Bright Productions

What to Watch in December

Lisa Tipton

There's a wide variety of holiday specials as the end of the year approaches, covering everything from the history of Hanukkah to Christmas songs to Tudor feasting to the importance of nature. Find our December highlights here.
Haley Lu Richardson and Elizabeth McGovern in The Chaperone. Photo: Masterpiece

What to Watch in November

Lisa Tipton

From a reunion of some Downton Abbey team members to a shocking case of long-term fraud that robbed a tiny Illinois town of necessary expenses and an exciting special celebrating the anniversary of a stalwart show, find our highlights for November.
Raise the Roof film

Our Programming Highlights for Polish Heritage Month

Daniel Hautzinger

October is Polish Heritage Month, the perfect time to celebrate the influential and vibrant community of Poles in Chicago, which is often touted as the city with the largest Polish population outside Poland. Here are some of our highlights in honor of Polish Heritage Month.
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