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FINDING YOUR ROOTS
Unfamiliar Kin

FINDING YOUR ROOTS: Unfamiliar Kin

 

The acclaimed series returns, with Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. exploring the mysteries, surprises and revelations hidden in the family trees of popular figures.

 

Unfamiliar Kin
Actors Fred Armisen and Christopher Walken and musician Carly Simon each learn about a grandparent whose identity and background had been a mystery to them, redefining how they see themselves.

 

FINDING YOUR ROOTS
Puritans and Pioneers

FINDING YOUR ROOTS: Puritans and Pioneers

 

Actors Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and William H. Macy trace their nonconformist ancestors through American conflicts – the Civil War and the American Revolution, all the way back to the Puritan establishment.

 

FINDING YOUR ROOTS
The Vanguard

FINDING YOUR ROOTS: The Vanguard

 

This acclaimed series with Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. explores the mysteries, surprises and revelations hidden in the family trees of popular figures.

 

The Vanguard
Author Ta-Nehisi Coates, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, and author and activist Janet Mock see their basic assumptions about their families challenged, placing their ancestors of all colors into the greater context of black history.

 

FINDING YOUR ROOTS
The Impression

 

The acclaimed series returns, with Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. exploring the mysteries, surprises and revelations hidden in the family trees of popular figures.

 

The Impression
Comedian Larry David and politician Bernie Sanders discover they have more in common than they thought, as they trace their roots from 1940s Brooklyn back to Jewish communities in Eastern Europe.

 

LATIN MUSIC USA
Bridges / The Salsa Revolution

 

Bridges
Trace the rise of Latin jazz and the explosion of the mambo and the cha-cha as they swept the U.S. from East to West. Examine how Latin music infiltrated rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll in the 1960s.

 

 

The Salsa Revolution
Explore how Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York reinvented the son cubano and the plena from Puerto Rico by adding elements from soul and jazz to create salsa, which became a defining rhythm for Latinos the world over.

 

MUSIC VOYAGER
The Bahamas: Junkanoo Celebration

 

Their journey to the The Bahamas begins in Nassau, the capital city, during the annual Junkanoo celebrations that take place between Boxing Day (December 26th) and New Year’s Day. During this period the city explodes with vibrant color and celebratory music, as revelers dressed in elaborate costumes parade down the streets dancing to the African-rooted rhythms of Bahamian music. The energy is infectious and the Music Voyager team find themselves wanting to learn more about the roots of Junkanoo and what it tells about the history and people of The Bahamas. They visit the Junkanoo Museum, try on a traditional costume, and even join in a rehearsal, trading licks with the Colours marching band. An exploration of Junkanoo takes them into the mysteries of the past, yet also demonstrates how the people of today’s Bahamas are working to keep their own unique traditions going strong far into the future.

 

FINDING YOUR ROOTS
Family Reunions

FINDING YOUR ROOTS: Family Reunions - L.L. Cool J learns about his ancestry

 

Join Harvard scholar Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., as he delves into the genealogy of 27 guests. Each story illuminates the vast patchwork of ethnicity, race and experience that makes up the fabric of America.

 

Family Reunions
Uncover family mysteries about two legends of hip hop, Sean Combs and LL Cool J, through the use of DNA technology that reveals information that shakes their very foundations.

 

FINDING YOUR ROOTS
Tragedy + Time = Comedy

FINDING YOUR ROOTS: Tragedy+Time=Comedy

 

Join Harvard scholar Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., as he delves into the genealogy of 27 guests. Each story illuminates the vast patchwork of ethnicity, race and experience that makes up the fabric of America.

 

Tragedy + Time = Comedy
Uncover a history of tragedies and triumphs in the families of three of America’s funniest men – Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear and Bill Hader – as they learn how comedy truly has its place in all aspects of life.

 

Workin’ Man Blues

Workin' Man Blues

 

Explore the dust bowl roots of country music in California through interviews with California music icons Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, and Dwight Yoakam. Grammy Award-winning musicians Michael Martin Murphey and Vince Gill also reflect on the importance of the Bakersfield sound on the country music scene.

 

GENEALOGY ROADSHOW
Houston

 

Follow a diverse cast of participants on an emotional journey who use history and science to uncover their fascinating family stories. Each individual’s past is a link to a larger community history, revealing the rich cultural tapestry of America.

 

Houston
Investigate a re-enactor’s Texas roots; learn about Andersonville prison; find out if a black man’s ancestors fought for the Confederacy; and uncover one woman’s link to a prominent Texas figure and another’s connection to the Cherokee Freedman.

 

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