Built To Last

BUILT TO LAST is an informative series of half-hour specials exploring the skill, training and artistry of trade union members and contractors. The series of specials highlights the projects they've worked on and the people whose lives they have touched. BUILT TO LAST Season 6 features 12 episodes hosted by Monica Pedersen, Mark Nilsson and Rob North. Built to Last is an Emmy-nominated series.

BUILT TO LAST Season 6 episodes will play on the following Sunday dates in Chicago on ABC 7 at 12 p.m.:

o Episode 1 | January 12th, 2020
o Episode 2 | January 19th, 2020
o Episode 3 | February 2nd, 2020
o Episode 4 | February 16th, 2020
o Episode 5 | February 23rd, 2020
o Episode 6 | March 1st, 2020
o Episode 7 | March 8th, 2020
o Episode 8 | March 15th, 2020
o Episode 9 | March 22nd, 2020
o Episode 10 | March 29th, 2020
o Episode 11 | April 5th, 2020
o Episode 12 | April 12th, 2020

If you're in an ABC affiliated market outside of Chicago, you can watch on the following stations on the same dates above at 12 p.m.:

o Quad Cities (Davenport / Rock Island / Moline) | WQAD ABC 8
o Peoria | WHOI ABC 19
o Quincy | KHQA ABC 7
o Rockford | WTVO ABC 17
o Springfield | WICS ABC 20
o Champaign | WICS ABC 20
o Decatur | WICS ABC 20

Highly trained members of the skilled labor force have always played an important role in economic development throughout the United States and have made significant contributions to communities across Chicago and the suburbs. Season 6 examines how the use of skilled union labor ensures quality and safety while interweaving profiles of some of the talented people who comprise the members of America's Labor Unions with real life stories of the people they've helped.

Watch previous seasons of BUILT TO LAST anytime on-demand below.

Season 6 Episodes:

Episode 1: What's Old is New
Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson as they visit a vintage steam engine show, explore new wood technologies, help a friend in need, and keep the lights on.
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Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson as they visit a vintage steam engine show, explore new wood technologies, help a friend in need, and keep the lights on.



Episode 2: Going For The Crown
Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson as they kick off a real-world challenge, upgrade the fitness of a high school, and crown a new queen.
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Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson as they kick off a real-world challenge, upgrade the fitness of a high school, and crown a new queen.



Episode 3: Virtual Realty
Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson as they tour river-front property, augment their reality, support our women in trades and bond with a local family.
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Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson as they tour river-front property, augment their reality, support our women in trades and bond with a local family.



Episode 4: Floats, Boats and Hospital Coats
Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson as they explore a grand piece of architecture, fight an invasive species and, celebrate contributions of immigrants to American culture.
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Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson as they explore a grand piece of architecture, fight an invasive species and, celebrate contributions of immigrants to American culture.



Episode 5: Protecting our Water, Streets and Neighbors
Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson as they check out a trade giving back, go high-tech with streetlights and see how plumbers protect the health of the nation.


Episode 6: Rebuilding Together
Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson as they follow carpenters, electricians, plumbers and painters who work together on this annual day of rebuilding homes for those in need.


Episode 7: Foundation of the Nation
Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson as they explore our aging infrastructure, see how it's crumbling right beneath our feet, and unearth possible solutions to repair it.


Episode 8: Crossing Thresholds
Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson as they discover a unique job program, see how one union helps members earn degrees, and a disabled veteran gets a new home.


Episode 9: Graduation, Conservation, and Innovation
Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson as they visit a nationwide safety program, meet a Marine turned mason, dive into water conservation, and look up at new building solutions.


Episode 10: Moving Through Traffic, a Career, and Into the Future
Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson as they learn how traffic flows, see the future of SRO's, learn why labor isn't just muscle, and tour a factory changing construction.


Episode 11: Visions of the Future
Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson as they visit a place for those without sight, follow a high schooler into the trades, see construction efficiencies, and reward a laborer.


Episode 12: Feelin' the Flow
Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson as they follow the flow of natural gas, pension fund investments, career paths and the source of life.


Season 5 Episodes:

Episode 1: Building Champions!
Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson as we cheer for champions, build good buildings to make good neighbors, and put on a parade for those that built a nation.


Episode 2: Empowered, Electrified, and Amped Up!
Hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson introduce us to a mother who's building a community, a young man who's sparking a career, and a band holding a note for charity.


Episode 3: Kids Build a Better Planet!
Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson as they experience the joy of children, the empowerment of mentorship, and importance of protecting our planet.


Episode 4: Raising Walls and Babies!
Join hosts Monica Pedersen, Mark Nilsson, and Rob North as they salute every great generation and meet some brave families ready to take on every challenge.


Episode 5: Atomic Warriors!
Join hosts Monica Pedersen, Mark Nilsson, and Rob North as we explore the atomic frontiers, experience the resilience of warriors, and hit some home runs!


Episode 6: It Belongs in a Museum!
Join hosts Mark Nilsson and Monica Pedersen as we visit a museum that celebrates African American history, scale new wooden horizons, and feel the turf below our feet.


Episode 7: These Old Prison Walls!
Join us as Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson get dapper with Ad men and women, find some soul in old prison walls, and see how the trades keep you healthy.


Episode 8: El of a Ride!
Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson as we take a journey through Chicago's transit system, raises some bridges, and lift up communities.


Episode 9: Food for the Soul!
Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson as we build a world-class concert hall, share some father-son bonding time and cheer on the Special Olympics.


Episode 10: Prairie House!
Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson as we dive into the life and times of Frank Lloyd Wright, and we begin building a home for a wounded warrior.


Episode 11: Power of Generations!
Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson as we get theatrical, meet a prolific construction company, steep in luxury living and train with the IBEW.


Episode 12: Kiss a Fish!
Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson as we lay some lumber with the CTA, go behind the scenes at Wrigley, and build an expansion for Easterseals.


Watch for new episodes of Built to Last Sunday mornings at 11:30 on ABC7.

Season 4 Episodes:
Highly trained members of the skilled labor force have always played an important role in economic development throughout the United States and have made significant contributions to communities across Chicago and the suburbs. Season Four examines how the use of skilled union labor ensures quality and safety while interweaving profiles of some of the talented people who comprise the members of America's Labor Unions with real life stories of the people they've helped.

Episode 1: America is Back!
The Season Four BUILT TO LAST debut episode profiles Jason Watkins, a veteran, husband and devoted father, who was struggling to make ends meet. His life was transformed when he joined the Carpenters Union, learned the trade and secured a job with one of Chicago's top contractors. He talks about how his days are filled with excitement as he develops more skills that will continue to help him provide for his family.

Episode 2: Hearts and Hammers
The second edition of BUILT TO LAST records the emotional story of the Rivera family who shortly after adopting a son, received the devastating news that he had an aggressive form of muscular dystrophy. Every day brought a fresh set of challenges until a band of heroes wielding hammers and saws transformed the Rivera house into a place much more suited to Lee Rivera's special needs.

Episode 3: Grand Canyon of the Midwest!
Kyle Moser's dream of being a part of the armed forces met with tragedy when he was seriously injured after deployment in Afghanistan, returning home a double-amputee. BUILT TO LAST episode three reveals how through the love of his wife, the support of Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors and the Carpenters Union, Kyle is better prepared to meet the challenges ahead.

Episode 4: Bronzeville Rising!
As the epicenter of the Great Migration in the 20th century, the Bronzeville neighborhood became a beacon for middle-class African Americans. The crown jewel of this neighborhood was Rosenwald Courts, an apartment complex that was once home to such luminaries as Jesse Owens, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and Joe Louis. In this fourth episode, BUILT TO LAST spotlights how this neighborhood and apartment complex, after years of neglect and disrepair, experienced renewal with the help of union carpenters.

Episode 5: Hear Me Roar
Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson for a look at why women are joining skilled unions at the highest rate since the Great War. And then host Rob North will introduce us to some heroes in hard hats.

Episode 6: Building, Bravery, and Breweries
Hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson explore one of the largest residential construction projects in the country. And then, host Rob North checks in with wounded warrior, Kyle Moser, as he receives some important news.

Episode 7: If You Build It
Join hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson for a tour of some of Chicago's legendary private homes. And then watch a jail be transformed for children!

Episode 8: Go West
Hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson visit Chicago's West Loop. We'll meet the tradesmen, the public officials, and business owners, who transformed what was once Skid Row into one of the hottest neighborhoods in the country.

Episode 9: Hammers, Hearts, and MAGIC!
Hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson discover how one magical place is improving the lives of those in need, meet some Sisters in the Brotherhood, and a very special type of carpenter.

Episode 10: The Pebble and The River!
Hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson take a trip down the river that built America's Second City, get airborne, and discover how to build a community around a pebble.

Episode 11: Buildin' It Like They Use To!
Surrounded by danger, hosts Monica Pedersen and Mark Nilsson explore how the trades, training, and new technology are protecting everything from patients to fish.

Episode 12: If You Build It...
As the Cubs finally win the trades rebuild the home of champions; host Monica Pedersen, Mark Nilsson, and Rob North check in with a hero and an athlete who are built to last.

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