Minnesota may be the land of 10,000 lakes – but at Twin Cities PBS (TPT), we’re on a mission to tell our great state’s 10,000 different stories. Our history may have deep roots in television, but we strive to explore a more multi-media landscape that allows us to reach our state’s diverse communities in new ways with the stories that matter most to them. TPT has served as Minnesota’s storyteller for decades – and today we’re reaching, informing, connecting and engaging with more people than ever before.
BRINGING PBS TO YOU
Costume dramas that transport you to bygone eras that somehow still feel current. Travel documentaries that give you an excuse for a little armchair adventure. Science shows that explore the peak of the tallest mountains and the smallest speck of an atom. Performances that give you a front-row seat from the comfort of your home.
TPT brings you the best of PBS so you can indulge your curiosity every day of the week.TV SCHEDULES
ADVANCING STEM LEARNING FOR ALL
As the creative force behind national PBS series such as Newton’s Apple and Dragonfly TV, TPT relentlessly promotes the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming.
Our commitment to STEM paved the way for SciGirls – a national franchise that uses English and Spanish-language broadcast, digital media and national outreach programming to inspire girls around science studies and career paths.LEARN MORE ABOUT SCIGIRLS
INSPIRING KIDS’ IMAGINATIONS
On September 16, 1957, TPT – then known as KTCA – began broadcasting from the University of Minnesota campus. Those early broadcasts revolved around educational programming for kids.
Our devotion to children’s programming continues to this day with the 24/7 PBS Kids channel and streaming platform that families can access anytime, anywhere. Plus, we host a variety of family friendly events, including our free monthly affair, Second Saturdays, which allows kids to meet-and greet their favorite PBS Kids characters and to participate in a slew of hands-on activities.STREAM PBS KIDS 24/7
BRINGING THE PAST INTO THE PRESENT
Stories of the past offer a time machine of perspective that often reveal just as much about the modern moment. In our Lost Twin Cities series, you get a prime opportunity to wander Minneapolis’ and Saint Paul’s grand buildings of yore. In North Star: Minnesota’s Black Pioneers, you step into 12 distinct stories that chronicle the state’s African-American history. And in Out North: MNLGBTQ History, you’ll explore the strides the state has made since the gay liberation movement.
On a more national scale, shows such as American Experience transport you to both well- and little-known historical chapters in our country’s topsy-turvy history book.WATCH LOST TWIN CITIES
BUILDING CONNECTIONS TO THE ARTS
With a blend of broadcast shows, digital-exclusive stories, live concerts and pop-up performances, TPT serves as both stage and studio for the arts. Whether profiling Minnesota’s creative set on MN Original or showcasing the country’s wild array of musical stylings on shows such as Austin City Limits and Great Performances, TPT connects artists to our communities – and our communities to the arts.
We also throw open the doors of our studios to host a spectrum of arts events that shine a spotlight on Minnesota’s creative culture.DISCOVER MINNESOTA ARTISTS
ENGAGING CITIZENS IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS
TPT leverages the power of media to engage Minnesotans around issues of local interest and national resonance. For more than 30 years, our statewide public affairs “variety show,” Almanac has informed residents, voters and policy-makers about issues facing our cities and state – ranging from politics to the environment, from healthcare reform to education, and with a dash of cultural pepper on the side.
In addition, TPT features award-winning PBS programs such as PBS NewsHour and Frontline, which offer focused, balanced portraits of national affairs.WATCH ALMANAC
TELLING STORIES THAT MATTER
Walk the streets of any Minneapolis or Saint Paul neighborhood, and you’ll encounter a rich diversity of people who have built lives in our great state. No two communities are carbon-copies of each other – and the issues that most impact their lives are as varied as Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes.
That’s why we partner with other nonprofit, educational, government and public-service organizations that share a similar mission: to uncover the stories that help Minnesotans of all backgrounds to engage around the important issues that matter to them.VISIT TPTPARTNERSHIPS.ORG
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