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Finding Your Roots

For more than a decade, renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has helped to expand America’s sense of itself, stimulating a national conversation about identity with humor, wisdom, and compassion.

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Tonight | 7:00PM

Rick Steves' Europe

Croatia: Adriatic Delights: A fascinating land with a hard-fought history, Croatia is emerging as one of Europe's top destinations. Sampling the best of Croatia, explore the Dalmatian Coast, Plitvice Lakes National Park, the thriving capital city Zagreb and much more.

Tonight | 7:30PM

Epic Trails

This award-winning series follows avid backpacker, knowledgeable wilderness explorer and passionate adventurer, Eric Hanson, as he discovers the people, places and adventures that surround the world’s top backpacking trails. Tonight: Juneau, Alaska

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Tonight | 8:00PM

Wild Rivers with Tillie

Tillies takes viewers down some of the finest remaining rivers of the American West, from world-renowned icons to hidden gems. Join Tillie on unscripted adventures connecting with the people and wildlife to these waterways.

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The Foolers

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The Foolers brings an evening of jaw-dropping illusions curated by Penn & Teller. Coming to the Adler Theatre on September 29. When you purchase tickets from WQPT PBS, you'll also be supporting regional public broadcasting.
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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Explore our curated selection of documentaries and programs to help celebrate the diversity of Hispanic and Latina/e/o/x cultures.
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Imagination Station

Imagination Station Volunteers Needed

You're invited to join us by volunteering at our largest event. It's a lot of fun! Volunteer for a few hours and see how we bring meaningful Outreach to the region.
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WQPT PBS Nominations

WQPT PBS Productions Nominated

Two of our locally written and produced programs have been nominated for a Mid-American Regional Emmy Award—one of the most prestigious awards in television.
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Melissa Gravert

Melissa Gravert Wins Award

WQPT PBS Director of Outreach and Education Melissa Gravert has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for July 2023 at Western Illinois University.
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Travel with WQPT PBS

New WQPT PBS Produced Series

Chords & Coffee features local singer-songwriters who share their original compositions and talk about their creative process, inspiration, and love of music—all over a cup of coffee.
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Aspen Ideas


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Austin City Limits


Antiques Roadtrip



When millionaire George Vanderbilt decided to build his dream house in Asheville, he hired landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted to design the grounds and gardens of the sprawling estate. The story of how the American conservation movement was launched.

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Indie Films

In a mountainous but extremely green landscape, goats jump over the rocks and laughing children run after them. In this paradise on earth, nomadic families have found their temporary home.

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The story of how two young sisters, Juanita and Betty Wagner of Danville, Iowa became pen pals with Anne Frank and her sister Margo, just as Amsterdam was occupied by Nazi Germany on May 10, 1940.

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Science & Nature

As extreme weather in the U.S. impacts more people – with longer heat waves, more intense rainstorms, megafires, and droughts – discover how Americans are fighting back by marshaling ancient wisdom and innovating new solutions.

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