Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.

From Africa American Lives through the first season of Finding Your Roots, Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has been helping people identify relatives hidden for generations. Professor Gates employs a team of genealogists and the world’s leading geneticists to uncover the origins of a diverse group of 30 guests.

Finding Your Roots: "Ancient Roots"

Premieres Tuesday, Nov. 18, 8pm, WGBH 2

“Ancient Roots” traces the family histories of three quintessential voices in American life. All descend from ancestors who were part of the wave of Greek immigrants in the early decades of the 20th century. But along the way, the stories of their Greek ancestors were lost.

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. Their home village was raided by the Ottoman military and David’s great-grand-aunt was taken captive — never to see her family again.

George Stephanopoulos’ family was willing to sacrifice themselves in the struggle against the Nazi occupation of Greece during World War I.

Decoding Our Past Through DNA

Decoding Our Past Through DNA

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Jessica Alba and Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick.

60 min.

Ancient Roots

Ancient Roots

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Trace the histories of three quintessential voices: Tina Fey, David Sedaris and George Stephanopoulos.

60 min.

The British Invasion

The British Invasion

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Explore the British influence in the lives of Deepak Chopra, Sally Field and Sting.

60 min.

Our People, Our Traditions

Our People, Our Traditions

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Examine the Jewish heritage of Alan Dershowitz, Carole King and Tony Kushner.

60 min.

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Meet three chefs, Tom Colicchio, Ming Tsai and Aaron Sanchez, who cook the food of their ancestors.

60 min.

Roots of Freedom

Roots of Freedom

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Learn how the ancestors of Ben Affleck, Khandi Alexander and Ben Jealous fought for freedom.

60 min.

Schedule

Saturday
11/29/14 5:00 AM
WGBH 2
Sunday
11/30/14 9:00 PM
WGBH World
Monday
12/1/14 1:00 AM
WGBH World
Monday
12/1/14 9:00 AM
WGBH World
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