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Finding Your Roots

Finding Your Roots

Join Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to uncover the surprising ancestral stories of 28 cultural trailblazers with fascinating histories. The series ends with an exploration of how science and history can inspire the next generation.

Latest Episodes

WGBY 57/HD
Tue Feb 18th, 8:00pm
Thu Feb 20th, 5:00am
Fri Feb 21st, 1:00am
Sun Feb 23rd, 1:00pm
Sun Feb 23rd, 11:00pm
Mon Feb 24th, 5:00am
WGBY World
Sun Feb 23rd, 9:00pm
Mon Feb 24th, 1:00am
Mon Feb 24th, 9:00am
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/vf2_ehm6w1O3SoPT5I1zSg==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the roots of talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and actors Marisa Tomei and John Turturro, introducing them to ancestors who made immense sacrifices to bring their families from Italy to America. /episodes/get/100621 /episode/100621 Italian Roots /episode-player/100621

Jimmy Kimmel, Marisa Tomei, and John Turturro meet ancestors who made immense sacrifices.

Air date:
Tue, 02/18/2020 - 02:15
WGBY 57/HD
Tue Feb 11th, 8:00pm
Thu Feb 13th, 5:00am
Fri Feb 14th, 1:00am
Sun Feb 16th, 1:00pm
Sun Feb 16th, 11:00pm
WGBY World
Sun Feb 16th, 9:00pm
Mon Feb 17th, 1:00am
Mon Feb 17th, 9:00am
Mon Feb 17th, 3:00pm
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/agHzrAqhDVXfup5KqPmAIg==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Henry Louis Gates, Jr. journeys with film director Ava DuVernay, actor S. Epatha Merkerson, and musician Questlove to the unexpected places where their ancestors were scattered by slavery, upending their notions of African American history—and their own family trees. /episodes/get/100346 /episode/100346 Slave Trade /episode-player/100346

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. journeys with film director Ava DuVernay, actor S. Epatha Merkerson and musician Questlove to the unexpected places where their ancestors were scattered by slavery, upending their notions of African American history.

Air date:
Tue, 02/11/2020 - 02:15
WGBY 57/HD
Mon Feb 3rd, 5:00am
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/fHcUmn9WCjmJfmDa1bSlVg==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actors Sigourney Weaver, Justina Machado, and Amy Ryan unearth surprising revelations about their family histories, forever altering how they see themselves. /episodes/get/99975 /episode/99975 Secrets & Lies /episode-player/99975

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actors Sigourney Weaver, Justina Machado and Amy Ryan unearth surprising revelations about their family histories, forever altering how they see themselves.

Air date:
Tue, 01/28/2020 - 02:15
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/_RkNK-uZ8vXRuXwSoFOzpA==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the Jewish heritages of actor Jeff Goldblum, radio host Terry Gross, and comedian Marc Maron, uncovering previously unknown stories that show each share much more with their ancestors than a religious tradition. /episodes/get/99736 /episode/99736 Beyond the Pale /episode-player/99736

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the Jewish heritages of actor Jeff Goldblum, radio host Terry Gross and comedian Marc Maron, uncovering previously unknown stories that show each shares much more with their ancestors than a religious tradition.

Air date:
Tue, 01/21/2020 - 03:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/4AP0189n-_tLDJLk77DLTA==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reveals the unexpected family trees of entertainer Queen Latifah and actor Jeffrey Wright, redefining their sense of the black experience — and challenging preconceptions about America’s past. /episodes/get/99412 /episode/99412 This Land Is My Land /episode-player/99412

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reveals the unexpected family trees of entertainer Queen Latifah and actor Jeffrey Wright, redefining their sense of the black experience -- and challenging preconceptions about America's past.

Air date:
Tue, 01/14/2020 - 03:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/9klRlBwEnjRmWWax6T3jmA==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actor Sterling K. Brown, comedian Sasheer Zamata and musician Jon Batiste discover the unexpected places their ancestors once called home, providing new insight into the people and places that made them who they are today. /episodes/get/99297 /episode/99297 Homecomings /episode-player/99297

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actor Sterling K. Brown, comedian Sasheer Zamata and musician Jon Batiste discover the unexpected places their ancestors called home, providing new insight into the people and places that made them who they are today.

Air date:
Tue, 01/07/2020 - 02:30
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