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National Productions

For more than four 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 Idea, The Dust Bowl and The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. In addition, our acclaimed news and public affairs series such as PBS NewsHour and Washington Week with Gwen Ifill 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 

Ken Burns Presents Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies A Film by Barak Goodman (March 30, March 31 & April 1, 2015)
A three-part, six-hour documentary series that tells the comprehensive story of cancer, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D. The film interweaves a sweeping historical narrative of cancer with intimate stories about contemporary patients, and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us, at long last, within sight of lasting cures.

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Vietnam: The War and The War Against the War (Fall 2017)
The producers of The War examine the history and meaning of the Vietnam War by exploring the military, political, cultural, social and human dimensions of "the war of lost illusions."

The Asian-Americans (w.t.) (Fall 2018)
The unique and evolving identity, contributions, and challenges experienced by Asian Americans in the United States over the past 150 years.