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Vivian Howard makes applejacks in 'Somewhere South.' Photo: Markay Media

Some Food Shows to Stream at Home (And Recipes to Try)

Daniel Hautzinger

Cooking and baking more while self-isolating at home? We have plenty of food shows for you to stream, from new programs premiering now to old favorites, featuring everyone from Chicagoans to celebrity chefs both teaching recipes and sharing their passion.
Eva Davis leans against a telephone pole, the buildings of of East Lake Meadows appear behind her. Atlanta, GA. September 8, 1986.

Some Streaming Recommendations: Short Documentaries

Daniel Hautzinger

PBS's POV offers a wide variety of short documentary films to stream for free, telling the stories of everything from the media frenzy surrounding El Chapo's trial to a unique event featuring more than a million balloons in Cleveland, plus a collaboration with StoryCorps.
Georges Seurat. A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, 1884. The Art Institute of Chicago

Ways to Explore and Experience the World Safely from Home During COVID-19

Daniel Hautzinger

While you practice social distancing, you can still do a lot: help researchers at the Newberry Library understand history, follow penguins as they wander the Shedd Aquarium, listen to Studs Terkel's conversations with fascinating people from history, and more. 
The sunset in Havana over Hotel Nacional. Photo: Simon Phillips for WTTW's 'Weekend in Havana.'

Shows to Stream While You're Staying at Home

Daniel Hautzinger

Whether you’re working from home and need some entertainment during your lunch break or are a parent with a curious teenager who’s itching for more outside their school day, here are some programs that you can stream any time, any where, for free.
Rocket Lab's Electron rocket launchs the 'It's Business Time" mission - sending a payload of small-satellites to orbit. Photo: Rocket Lab

What to Stream This Month

Daniel Hautzinger

Stream a stranger-than-fiction story of a wife who discovers her former intelligence officer husband had hidden lives. Revisit an infamous miscarriage of justice with Ken Burns. Map family histories with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. And enlighten yourself with NOVA
United Farm Workers leader Dolores Huerta organizing marchers on the 2nd day of March Coachella in Coachella, CA 1969. Photo: George Ballis / Take Stock / The Image Works

What to Stream This Month

Daniel Hautzinger

March is Women's History Month, so we’re spotlighting some incredible women, ranging from the everyday to the famous, the unfairly unknown to the household name, the fictional to the real, in documentaries and series. 
Mother polar bear nursing her cubs. Photo: Roie Galitz / © John Downer Productions

What to Stream This Month

Daniel Hautzinger

January brings not just polar weather (which you can endure via a Nature special), but also Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday (which you can honor with an American Experience) and the returns of two very popular shows: Finding Your Roots and Victoria.
Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood in the Great British Baking Show Masterclass Christmas Special. Photo: Love Productions

What to Stream this Month

Daniel Hautzinger

December obviously brings the holidays, making it the perfect time to curl up in your warm home and watch some TV while snow falls outside. Here are holiday specials, a Christmas concert, festive baking episodes, and more to tide you through those dark, cold nights.
Comanche tribal members Jhane Myers and Philip Bread prepare for their annual fair outside of Lawton, Oklahoma. Photo: Providence Pictures

What to Stream This Month

Daniel Hautzinger

November is Native American Heritage Month, plus it includes the 100th anniversary of the World War I Armistice and, of course, Thanksgiving. Explore the rich legacy of America's first peoples, learn the stories of forgotten participants of WWI, and get some Thanksgiving cooking advice.
Mask of Tutankhamun. Photo: Isabelle Sutton/BBC

What to Stream This Month

Daniel Hautzinger

As Halloween approaches, indulge your taste for the spooky and mysterious by exploring ancient ruins, discovering the secrets of the dead, watching a biopic about the master of the macabre, and sitting on the edge of your seat as Jane Austen characters try to solve a murder.
Flamenco dancer Irene Rodríguez performs during a dance class at La Escuela Nacional de Ballet de Cuba in Havana. Photo: Brian Canelles

What to Stream This Month

Daniel Hautzinger

September is Hispanic Heritage Month, so we're spotlighting the stories of a memorable Chicano activist and a Mexican photographer who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as tours of Havana, Mexico, and somewhere closer to home.
A camel herder leads his camel train over the sand dunes in Nubra Valley, India. Photo: BBC/Alex Lanchester

What to Stream This Month

Daniel Hautzinger

This August, catch up on two popular series before they return with new seasons. Plus travel to majestic corners of the globe as the summer winds to a close, and take an in-depth look at education in Chicagoland as children begin to return to school.
Grand Teton National Park. Photo: bondjb/shutterstock.com

What to Stream This Month

Daniel Hautzinger

This month, embark on adventures to foreign countries and explore their culture and history; trawl the weird and wonderful depths of the ocean; and traverse majestic landscapes and thousands of miles with animals, all from the comfort of your couch.
Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi in Vicious

What to Stream This Month

Daniel Hautzinger

We have four shows with plenty of episodes to stream this month: something for dads on Father's Day, an uproarious sitcom for LGBTQ Pride Month, and extra seasons of beloved British favorites that return with new episodes at the end of the month. 
Kathryn Newton as Amy, Maya Hawke as Jo, Willa Fitzgerald as Meg, and Annes Elwy as Beth, and Emily Watson as Marmee in Little Women

What to Stream This Month

Daniel Hautzinger

May brings a lot to celebrate: mothers, spring, a royal wedding. Watch two classic American portrayals of mother-daughter relationships, enjoy some spring-themed cooking, and indulge your craving for all things royal with documentaries that go behind the scenes of kings and queens.
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