CHICAGO, September 19, 2023 — Chicago’s Very Own WGN-TV will premiere the 13th season of BACKSTORY with Larry Potash with all-new episodes Sundays at 6:30pm CT starting October 8.  The new season runs four weeks, through October 29.  The broadcasts will also be livestreamed on the WGN9+ app on RokuAmazon Fire TV and Apple TV; online at and the WGN News mobile app.

Season 13 topics include:

  • The secret cabal of businessmen who risk their lives to help take down Al Capone; a forgotten Cubs legend transforms the business of baseball; a man dares to swim across Lake Michigan.
  • Inside the peculiar world of miniatures; the Chicago film visionary who dares to do more; an award-winning classical composer advances a little known legacy.
  • The backstory of America’s worst maritime disaster that killed thousands; hidden stories from the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”; a WGN Time Capsule discovery of an innovative 1968 documentary.
  • A little-known religious order and its secretive compound, exploring the role it plays in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis; how it started and solutions for the future.

Check out a video preview here.

Episodes are rebroadcast the same night at 11pm and 2:30am on WGN-TV.

Larry, with the help of photojournalist Mike D’Angelo, explores the backstory behind some of the most intriguing tales in history, culture, religion and science from Chicago and beyond.  BACKSTORY has won a number of awards including a Chicago/Midwest Emmy in 2022.

Viewers who want to catch up on previous seasons of BACKSTORY with Larry Potash can watch featured segments at, as well as podcasts on all major platforms.

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