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National Productions

For more than five decades, WETA has been a major producing station for PBS, creating exceptional television programs for audiences nationwide.

WETA is especially noted for its nearly 30-year partnership with Ken Burns that has resulted in landmark television series such The Civil War, Jazz, Baseball, THE WAR, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, The Dust BowlThe Roosevelts: An Intimate History and The Vietnam War. More recently, WETA has enjoyed a production partnership with the acclaimed Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. that has brought to the American public the history documentaries Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, Africa's Great Civilizations, and the beloved genealogy series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Additionally, our acclaimed news and public affairs series such as PBS NewsHour and Washington Week are staples of the national public television schedule. More information about these and other WETA productions and co-productions are on the Ongoing and Past Productions pages. 

Below are just a few examples of national television productions currently in WETA's pipeline. Look for them to be broadcast on public television stations nationwide in the months and years ahead!


Currently in production 

Reconstruction, Redemption and the Rise of Jim Crow (w.t.) (2019)
Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presents the definitive history of one of the most consequential and least understood chapters in American history.

The Asian-Americans (w.t.) (2019)
The unique and evolving identity, contributions, and challenges experienced by Asian Americans in the United States over the past 150 years. 

Country Music (w.t.) (Fall 2019)
From Ken Burns, the history of a uniquely American art form — from southern Appalachia's songs of struggle and heartbreak to the rollicking western swing of Texas, from rural honky-tonks to Nashville's Grand Ole Opry.

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