Pritzker Military Library and WTTW-Chicago Announce Citizen Soldier to debut in regular slot Sunday, February 3 at 12 p.m.

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The Pritzker Military Library and WTTW-Chicago collaborative program, Citizen Soldier, will debut at its regular time this Sunday at 12 p.m.

CHICAGO, January 30, 2013 - The Pritzker Military Library and WTTW-Chicago collaborative program, Citizen Soldier, will debut at its regular time this Sunday at 12 p.m.

Citizen Soldier will explore topics on American military history and policy through interviews and panel discussions with scholars, military personnel, and authors. From exploring the military necessity of the Emancipation Proclamation with James McPherson to an alternative history of the Battle of Midway during World War II, this series seeks to educate the public about important aspects of history and policy. Each episode is produced by the Library and underwritten by additional sponsors. The episodes for the month of February are:

  • February 3 at 12 p.m. – Citizen Soldier: The Embedded Journalist and Military History, which features Sir Max Hastings and Rick Atkinson discussing their experiences as embedded journalists.
  • February 10 at 12 p.m. – Citizen Soldier: Refighting the Pacific War – An Alternative History of World War II, featuring Jim Breshahan, Elliot Carlson, John Lundstrom and Jon Parshall discussing “what if” questions about the Pacific war.
  • February 17 at 12 p.m. – Citizen Soldier: 150 Years after the Emancipation Proclamation, in which historian James McPherson joins James Cornelius, Curator of the Lincoln Collection in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for a discussion about the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
  • February 24 at 12 p.m. – Citizen Soldier: Recovering Lake Michigan’s Lost World War II Aircraft, features panelists Rob Rasmussen, Taras Lyssenko, Ed Ellis and Bill Marquart discussing the history of carrier qualifications during World War II and ongoing efforts to recover and preserve the lost aircraft.

“WTTW is proud to partner with the Pritzker Military Library and broadcast a number of its Citizen Soldier programs in the coming months, says Daniel Soles, WTTW’s Senior VP and Chief Television Content Officer. “We think these specials provide important and insightful perspectives from a group of diverse veterans that our audience will appreciate and welcome.”

About the Pritzker Military Library
The Pritzker Military Library, located at 104 S. Michigan Avenue in the Loop, directly across from Millennium Park and the Art Institute, collects and preserves materials related to the history of the American military and to the concept of the Citizen Soldier. 100% privately funded, it is the only organization of its kind in the United States.

About WTTW
For more than 50 years, audiences have turned to WTTW for distinctive programming that informs, inspires, educates, and entertains. WTTW reaches 1.5 million weekly households over a four-state area, making it the most-watched public television affiliate in America. Recognized for its award-winning local and national productions, WTTW is committed to presenting the very best in cultural, nature, science, public affairs, and children's programming across its four distinct television channels: WTTW11, WTTW Prime, its Spanish-language channel WTTW V-me, and WTTW Create, its “how-to” channel. For more information, please visit

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