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PBS Announces New Coronavirus Programming and Online Resources


PBS is committed to providing accurate and timely information to Americans throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The following special primetime programs, streaming content, online resources and educational materials are currently available and regularly updated:


Premieres: Friday, May 8, 2020, 9:00-9:30 p.m. ET

Press Release: PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT Shares How Americans are Adapting During the Coronavirus Pandemic in New Broadcast Special, Produced by RadicalMedia, Airing May 8, 2020

Through personal stories, photographs and videos posted on the PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT website, people across America share firsthand accounts of how the global coronavirus pandemic has affected their lives and our nation, and brought us all together.

NOVA “Decoding COVID-19”

SCHEDULE CHANGE: Premieres: Wednesday, May 13, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET

The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has upended life as we know it in a matter of mere months. But at the same time, an unprecedented global effort to understand and contain the virus—and find a treatment for the disease it causes—is underway. NOVA joins doctors on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 as they strategize to stop the spread, and meets the researchers racing to develop treatments and vaccines. Along the way, discover how this devastating disease emerged, what it does to the human body and why it exploded into a pandemic.


FRONTLINE “Inside Italy’s COVID War” – Premieres: Tuesday, May 19, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET

This special FRONTLINE report takes viewers inside a hospital battling COVID-19 cases in Northern Italy, as doctors are forced to make life and death decisions. Also this hour, a report on how the coronavirus outbreak is impacting US families already facing poverty.


The following coronavirus-related programs are available to stream for free on PBS.org and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV and Chromecast:


PBS NEWSHOUR anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff and correspondents shed light on what health precautions everyone should take, as well as the pandemic’s economic impact. The special features interviews with officials, dispatches on the crisis from around the world, plus a virtual town hall with curated questions from viewers like you across the United States.

Editorial Note: PBS NEWSHOUR’s regular daily programming and clips are also available to stream on the PBS Video App and PBS Passport.


From heart health to reported case numbers to racial discrimination, ALMANAC explores several recurring stories from the pandemic.

FRONTLINE “Coronavirus Pandemic”

How did the U.S. become the country with the worst known coronavirus outbreak in the world? FRONTLINE investigates the American response to COVID-19 — from Washington state to Washington, D.C. — and examines what happens when politics and science collide.


PBS Digital Studios remains a leading destination for educational resources on YouTube with a number of scientific videos on the human body and viruses. Episodes also offer financial insight and emotional support during these uncertain times. Topics currently available include “Coronavirus Vaccine: Where Are We and What’s Next?,” “How to Make an Emergency Budget,” “Economic Lessons from Past Pandemics,” and “Why Soap is Still Our Best Weapon Against Coronavirus?”  See the full playlist of videos here.

PBS NewsHour Novel Coronavirus Web Portal

Contains breaking news coverage and the latest reporting on the novel coronavirus.

What You Should Know About the Novel Coronavirus

Contains evolving coverage and important background information.


PBS KIDS provides free resources to support kids 2-8, parents and caregivers, including a 24/7 channel with anytime access to trusted educational series (check local listings) and tools such as:

PBS KIDS Video App

Available on mobile, tablet and connected TV devices and offers on-demand educational videos, and a livestream of the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel. No subscription required.

PBS KIDS Games App

Offers nearly 200 educational games, which can be downloaded for offline play anytime, anywhere. Learn more about this and more PBS KIDS apps here: pbskids.org/apps

PBS KIDS YouTube Channel

Offers educational videos from your favorite shows, as well as a Healthy Habits playlistPBS KIDS Read-Alongs featuring story-times with Michelle Obama, the Kratt Brothers and PBS KIDS authors, and more.

PBS KIDS Daily Newsletter

Every weekday, the newsletter provides educational videos, games and related hands-on activities that families can do to encourage play and learning at home. Sign up here.

 PBS KIDS for Parents

Offers tips, resources, and an Activity Finder. Resources to encourage healthy habitsmake the most out of screen timesupport parents during coronavirus, and help with “Preschool Learning at Home” are also available.


PBS LearningMedia is a free resource that offers the following resources for PreK-12 educators:

Ken Burns in the Classroom Hub

Ken Burns

Houses a full library of classroom-ready content – aligned to state and national standards – to help students further explore the complex historical events and issues illustrated in Ken Burns’s films. To aid in distance learning, full films are now available for streaming in the hub through June 30.

Ken Burns Live Event

On April 29 at 7:00 p.m. ET, Burns will participate in a live discussion on PBS LearningMedia YouTube, where he’ll answer questions submitted by teachers. Register here.

Tips for Distance Learning with PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia offers educators a variety of features that support distance learning, including easy searching by grade level, curriculum area, and state and national standards; integration with Google Classroom and Remind; as well as a free training webinar.

PreK-12 Resources for Emergency Closings

As teachers, students, and families deal with school closures, PBS LearningMedia producers and educators have come together to curate a special collection of resources organized by grade and subject area. Find videos, lesson plans, and activities that support learning at home. For Spanish-language content, see Recursos de PreK-12 para Cierres de Emergencia.

PBS Teachers Lounge Blog

The blog offers articles addressing coronavirus and supporting distance learning, such as “At-Home Learning Tips from an Educator Mom” and “5 Virtual Ways to Build a Classroom Community.”

PBS LearningMedia Virus Information & Prevention Collection

This collection of resources helps PreK-12 educators teach the nature of viruses (including novel coronavirus), how they are transmitted and the healthy habits we can all engage in to prevent their spread.

For additional coronavirus-related content previously announced by PBS, see the following press release: PBS Responds to Coronavirus Pandemic With Programming and Online Content to Keep Americans Informed and Support Families and Educators

 For more information on PBS, visit www.pbs.org. Viewers are also encouraged to engage in online conversation by tagging @PBS on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


PBS programming is available for streaming concurrent with broadcast on all station-branded PBS platforms, including  PBS.org and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV and Chromecast. PBS station members can view many series, documentaries and specials via PBS Passport. For more information about PBS Passport, visit the PBS Passport FAQ website.


PBS, with more than 330 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches over 120 million people through television and 26 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. Decades of research confirms that PBS’ premier children’s media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality educational content on TV – including a 24/7 channel, online at pbskids.org, via an array of mobile apps and in communities across America. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the internet, or by following PBS on TwitterFacebook or through our apps for mobile and connected devices.