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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.
Camp TV

WTTW Is Bringing Chicago's Summertime Activities To Your Home

Daniel Hautzinger

Summer in Chicago is typically fully of fun activities from dancing to movies to concerts to summer camps held in the parks of the city. This year, WTTW is partnering with the Chicago Park District and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to bring those activities to you in your home.
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. 
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