PBS American Portrait

PBS American Portrait, a national storytelling project aligned with PBS's 50th anniversary celebration, invites America to participate in a national conversation about what it really means to be an American today.

A digital first initiative produced by RadicalMedia, American Portrait begins as a platform for people to share photos, videos, and text submissions and capture the state and spirit of our nation.

As PBS's most ambitious initiative to date, the project is envisioned to encompass publishing, short form content, classroom engagement, a web miniseries, public art installations, live events, and in January 2021, a nationally televised documentary series on PBS stations.

The Story of Us: A Michigan American Portrait Special
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Thu. May 13 at 9:30pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | It’s a story told by everyday people - in their own words - on their struggles, triumphs, and joys.

The Story of Us: Michigan | Screening with Q&A

Mar 19, 2021
The Story of Us: A Michigan American Portrait Special
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Thu. Mar. 25, 2021 at 7pm on WKAR OVEE | Come together for a special WKAR and online screening of The Story of Us: A Michigan American Portrait Special. RSVP HERE  

I Rise | PBS American Portrait Series

Jan 19, 2021
Collage of various Americans behind text that reads, "PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT: A SERIES MADE BY YOU"
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Tue. Jan. 26 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | First-person stories from across the country take you inside the movement for an antiracist future.

I Keep | PBS American Portrait Series

Jan 12, 2021
Collage of various Americans behind text that reads, "PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT: A SERIES MADE BY YOU"
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Tue. Jan. 19 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | Across America, people film themselves as they try to preserve or change long-standing traditions.

I Dream | PBS American Portrait

Dec 28, 2020
Man sitting in pilot's seat of airplane
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Tue. Jan. 5 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | Self-shot stories reveal the meaning of the American dream and what it means to pursue it today.

a nurse treating a patient
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Mon. Oct. 26, at 9 p.m.  on WKAR HD-23.1 and streaming | A Michigan nurse faces two crises at once: COVID-19 and racial tensions in the U.S. WATCH NOW

Generation Nation | PBS American Portrait

Oct 22, 2020
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WATCH NOW | Explore how people in different age groups see themselves and their place in America. 

Family of Us | A PBS American Portrait Story

Jul 31, 2020

WATCH NOW | See a moving and meaningful picture of families in America today and the way they shape our lives.

In This Together | A PBS American Portrait Story

Jul 30, 2020
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WATCH NOW | Hear firsthand accounts of how the coronavirus pandemic has affected everyday Americans.