In Search of Our Fathers
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots

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Our People, Our Traditions
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
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 origins of her family name and confronts the reality of…
We Come from People
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
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 and their intimate relationship with their slave master; award-winning actress…
Our American Storytellers
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
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 captive and a slave-owning Virginian. Anderson Cooper, scion of one…
Secrets of the Vatican
Part of the Series: Frontline
Pope Benedict's final days and Francis' battle to set the church on a new path. Pope Benedict made history when he announced his resignation, becoming the first Pope to step down voluntarily in six hundred years. In his wake he left a bitterly divided Vatican mired in scandals. But is…
Chasing Shackleton
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This new three-part series follows a modern expedition that re-creates Sir Ernest Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic Expedition, which launched in 1914. The series joins a crew of five intrepid explorers, led by renowned adventurer, scientist and author Tim Jarvis, as they duplicate Shackleton's epic sea-and-land voyage in a replica of the original…
Chasing Shackleton - Episode 1
Part of the Series: Chasing Shackleton
An expedition led by environmental scientist Tim Jarvis attempts to re-create Ernest Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic Expedition, which launched in 1914 and met with disaster when his ship was crushed by ice and sank.
Chasing Shackleton - Episode 2
Part of the Series: Chasing Shackleton
Jarvis and crew try to cross the Southern Ocean, the roughest ocean on Earth, in a 22-foot replica wooden lifeboat with 100-year-old equipment.
Chasing Shackleton - Episode 3
Part of the Series: Chasing Shackleton
Jarvis faces injury, illness and bad weather while attempting to traverse the mountains of South Georgia.
Finding Your Roots - Season 2
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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 Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Professor Gates…
The British Invasion
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
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 their new lives in colonial America and later discovers that…
The Melting Pot
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
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 in Northern Italy and celebrates the courage of his original…
Over the Rainbow
Part of the Series: The Story of the Jews
Simon Schama plunges viewers into the lost world of the shtetl, the Jewish towns and villages sewn across the hinterlands of Eastern Europe, which became the seedbed of a uniquely Jewish culture. Shtetl culture would make its mark on the modern world, from the revolutionary politics of the Soviet Union…