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Our American Storytellers
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
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Three iconic American storytellers have spent their lives chronicling the lives of others, while knowing almost nothing about their own family history. Ken Burns confronts the reality of his southern ancestors' role in the Civil War, including Confederate soldiers held…
In Search of Our Fathers
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
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Three guests know almost nothing about their fathers' past. Stephen King's father walked out on the family when Stephen was two years old and never returned; Courtney Vance's father was a foster child and never knew who his biological parents…
Born Champions
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
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Three of America's greatest athletes, whose determination and love of sports were deeply shaped by their families, were all cut off from their true origins. Billie Jean King learns the story of her grandmother, who had always kept her orphan…
John Legend/Wanda Sykes/Margarett Cooper
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
PBS
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reveals the ancestral pasts of John Legend and Wanda Sykes.
Our People, Our Traditions
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
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Three celebrated Americans who share not only a Jewish heritage but also a history of perseverance in the face of withering opposition. Tony Kushner delves into the history of the Holocaust to discover his ancestors' fate; Carole King discovers the…
We Come from People
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
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Trace three guests' roots into the heart of slavery, revealing that there is no singular narrative and challenging preconceptions of an era that profoundly shaped our nation's sense of itself. Hip-hop artist Nas discovers a web of his slave ancestors…
Sanjay Gupta/Margaret Cho/Martha Stewart
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
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The ancestral pasts of Martha Stewart, Margaret Cho, and Sanjay Gupta.
Barbara Walters/Geoffrey Canada
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
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The ancestral pasts of journalist Barbara Walters and educator Geoffrey Canada.
Maggie Gyllenhaal/Robert Downey, Jr.
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
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A look at the ancestral pasts of actors Robert Downey, Jr. and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Cory Booker/John Lewis
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. examines the ancestry pasts of two remarkable politicians, Congressman John Lewis and Newark Mayor, Cory Booker.
Kevin Bacon/Kyra Sedgwick
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
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The ancestral pasts of married Hollywood actors Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick.
Finding Your Roots - Decoding Our Past
PBS
Deval Patrick is the first African American Governor of Massachusetts, and Jessica Alba is an actress who proudly embraces her Mexican American heritage. But cutting edge DNA analysis reveals that their family trees in fact contain a far more diverse…
The British Invasion
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
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Three guests whose ancestry demonstrates the extraordinary influence of the British Empire during the 18th and early 19th century: Sally Field discovers that she descends from William Bradford, who arrived on the Mayflower and helped his fellow English Puritans establish…
Samuel L. Jackson/Condoleezza Rice/Ruth Simmons
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
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The ancestral pasts of Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice, and Ruth Simmons.
Harry Connick, Jr./Branford Marsalis
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
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The family histories of New Orleans musicians Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr.
Finding Your Roots - Ancient Roots
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Trace the histories of these three guests. Tina Fey's fifth great-grandfather survived a terrible massacre and became a hero in the Greek War of Independence. David Sedaris' ancestors were also touched by the Greek War of Independence. George Stephanopoulos' family…
The Melting Pot
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
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Three celebrity chefs who cook the food of their ancestors discover family members who have shaped their lives -- and America's cuisine. Tom Colicchio of "Top Chef" learns the hardships his family endured (famine, bandits) living in a tiny town…
Michelle Rodriguez/Adrian Grenier/Linda Chavez
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
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The ancestral pasts of Adrian Grenier, Michelle Rodriguez, and Linda Chavez.
Angela Buchdahl/Rick Warren/Yasir Qadhi
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
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The family histories of Pastor Rick Warren, Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, and Sheikh Yasir Qadhi.
Finding Your Roots - Season 2
PBS
Since the premiere of his groundbreaking series African American Lives (2006), noted scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., has been helping people discover long-lost relatives hidden for generations within the branches of their family trees. Now, in the second season of…
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