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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. 
Aliana Alexis of Haiti stands on the concrete slab of what is left of her home after destruction from Hurricane Dorian in an area called "The Mud" at Marsh Harbour in Great Abaco Island, Bahamas on Thursday, September 5, 2019. Photo: Al Diaz/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service

What to Watch in January

Lisa Tipton

A series exploring the response to natural disasters, a self-portrait of America, a new British mystery as well as a remake of a classic, more Finding Your Roots, and more.
Ella Wishes You a Swingin' Christmas. Photo: Kevin Parisi/American Pops Orchestra

Celebrate the Holidays with WTTW

Daniel Hautzinger

Little about 2020 has been normal, but the holidays are still here to be enjoyed and celebrated, albeit in an adapted, safe manner. WTTW has as much holiday cheer as you need this December, in the form of PBS KIDS specials, holiday concerts, festive travel shows, and more. 
Carmen Ruby Floyd in 'Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas.' Photo: Kevin Parisi/American Pops Orchestra, Inc

What to Watch in December

Lisa Tipton

As the holidays approach, we have warming holiday specials full of music and cheer, plus a look back on a tumultuous year with WTTW News, a documentary on Chicago's candied history, and more. 
Geoffrey Baer in 'Chicago from the Air.' Photo: WTTW/Ken Carl

What to Watch in November

Lisa Tipton

A new special from Geoffrey Baer offering a unique vantage point on Chicago and an examination of gun violence in the city, plus new dramas from Masterpiece, which turns 50 this year.
State and Madison after the Great Chicago Fire. Image: Courtesy Chicago History Museum

What to Watch in October

Lisa Tipton

A new look at the Great Chicago Fire from WTTW, two very different but equally worthwhile new dramas as well as a comedy, a documentary on the enormous power of the Latino vote this election, and more.
Christian, a construction worker, activist and DACA recipient in Texas. Photo: Moyo Oyelola

Our Hispanic Heritage Month Programming 2020

Daniel Hautzinger

Discover WTTW's programming celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15. 
Power Trip: The Story of Energy. Photo: Alpheus Media

More Educational Programming to Supplement At-Home Learning

Daniel Hautzinger

As the school year begins and many students take classes remotely, WTTW is offering an educational block of shows to supplement at-home learning every weekday afternoon from 2:00 to 5:00 pm on WTTW Prime. 
The Granillo family lost their son, brother and father, Roendy Granillo, to heat illness on the job. Photo: Moyo Oyelola

What to Watch in September

Lisa Tipton

An extension of Chicago Tonight into the weekend, focusing on Chicago's Black and Latino communities; a new mystery set in Amsterdam; a documentary investigating the abuses underlying Texas's construction boom; and more. 
Thursday and Morse in 'Endeavour' season 7. Photo: Mammoth Screen

What to Watch in August

Lisa Tipton

August brings a new season of a long-running, cerebral mystery, extensive coverage and analysis of the Democratic and Republican Conventions from WTTW News and PBS NewsHour, and another overlooked story of the pandemic from Frontline.
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