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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 more than 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 IdeaThe Dust BowlThe Roosevelts: An Intimate HistoryThe Vietnam War and Country Music. 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 RiseAfrica’s Great CivilizationsReconstruction: America After the Civil War 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 the WETA production pipeline. Look for them to be broadcast on public media stations nationwide in the months and years ahead!


Currently in production 

Ken Burns Presents The Gene: An Intimate History (Spring 2020)
The series uses science, social history and personal stories to weave together a historical biography of the human genome while also exploring the stunning breakthroughs in understanding the impact genes play on heredity, disease and behavior. Based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee.

Asian Americans (2020)
This five-part series examines what the 2010 U.S. Census identifies as the fastest-growing racial/ethnic group in the United States. Told through individual lives and personal histories, Asian Americans explores the impact of this group on the country’s past, present and future.

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Season Six (Fall 2019-Fall 2020)
Host and executive producer Henry Louis Gates, Jr. exploring the mysteries, surprises and revelations hidden in the family trees of popular figures.

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