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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.

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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/wNkCMIz0NITqZ1irIGGZHQ==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Two comic actors who grew up on farms in America’s heartland--the descendants of generations of people who worked the land--retrace the journeys of their ancestors to see what they share with the men and women who literally laid the groundwork for their success. /episodes/get/96794 /episode/96794 Off the Farm /episode-player/96794

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the humble roots of comedic actors Melissa McCarthy and Eric Stonestreet, retracing the ancestral journeys that laid the groundwork for their success.

Air date:
Tue, 10/15/2019 - 03:30
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/W_wCFHFEUFnjP1AnpvhZUA==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Three actors born into Hollywood royalty discover branches of their family trees that have been hidden from the public eye--and meet a cast of characters every bit as dramatic as the people they themselves have played on camera. /episodes/get/96621 /episode/96621 Hollywood Royalty /episode-player/96621

Anjelica Huston, Mia Farrow, and Isabella Rosselini learn their family histories.

Air date:
Tue, 10/08/2019 - 03:30
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Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the stories of Ty Burrell and Joe Madison.

Air date:
Tue, 04/09/2019 - 03:15
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Marina Abramović, Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Kehinde Wiley learn their family histories.

Air date:
Tue, 04/02/2019 - 03:15
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Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the family stories of filmmaker Michael Moore and actors Laura Linney and Chloe Sevigny -- three people whose distant ancestors overcame great hardships in ways that resonate with their lives today.

Air date:
Tue, 02/26/2019 - 02:15
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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. shows comedians Seth Meyers, Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman that their family tress are filled with people whose struggles laid the groundwork for their success. Gates also reveals to each one news of an unexpected DNA cousin.

Air date:
Tue, 02/19/2019 - 02:15
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