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Finding Your Roots Previous Broadcasts

Ancient Roots (Episode #209)

KQED 9: Tue, Nov 18, 2014 -- 8:00 PM

This episode 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Nov 23, 2014 -- 1:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Nov 20, 2014 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Nov 19, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Nov 19, 2014 -- 2:00 AM

Our People, Our Traditions (Episode #207H)

KQED World: Mon, Nov 17, 2014 -- 6:00 AM

In this episode we learn about the ancestors of three celebrated Americans who not only share a Jewish heritage, but 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 learns the origins of her family name and confronts the reality of the discrimination her ancestors faced in America; and Alan Dershowitz finds out that the first Hassidic synagogue in Brooklyn, started by his great-grandfather, played a secret role in WWII.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Nov 17, 2014 -- 12:00 PM

The British Invasion (Episode #208)

KQED 9: Tue, Nov 11, 2014 -- 8:00 PM

Sally Field learns that she descends from William Bradford, who arrived on the Mayflower and helped his fellow Puritans establish their new lives in colonial America. Her ancestors sided with the British crown during the war for independence and paid the ultimate price. Deepak Chopra's family made a similar gamble while living under harsh British rule in India - his grandparents pledged their loyalty to the British in hopes of achieving a higher place in society, and his father chose to fight alongside British soldiers during WWII. Sting's ancestors, who fueled Great Britain's world dominance during the Pax Britannica by building its merchant ships and working in its coal mines, toiled under unbearable working conditions and Dickensian poverty.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Nov 16, 2014 -- 1:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Nov 13, 2014 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Nov 12, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Nov 12, 2014 -- 2:00 AM

We Come from People (Episode #206)

KQED World: Sun, Nov 9, 2014 -- 10:00 PM

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 Angela Bassett meets ancestors whose slave family tragedy is rivaled only by a triumphant emancipation story; and presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett goes back in time more than 200 years to meet a formidable line-up of free people of color - all of them of trailblazers.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Nov 10, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Mon, Nov 10, 2014 -- 6:00 AM

Our People, Our Traditions (Episode #207H)

KQED 9: Tue, Nov 4, 2014 -- 10:00 PM

In this episode we learn about the ancestors of three celebrated Americans who not only share a Jewish heritage, but 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 learns the origins of her family name and confronts the reality of the discrimination her ancestors faced in America; and Alan Dershowitz finds out that the first Hassidic synagogue in Brooklyn, started by his great-grandfather, played a secret role in WWII.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Nov 17, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Nov 9, 2014 -- 1:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Nov 6, 2014 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Nov 5, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Nov 5, 2014 -- 4:00 AM

The Melting Pot (Episode #205)

KQED World: Sun, Nov 2, 2014 -- 10:00 PM

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 immigrant ancestor, a man who crossed the Atlantic many times to bring the Colicchios to the United States; Ming Tsai, the child of immigrants who fled Mao's Cultural Revolution, was raised to believe that his that his family's Chinese past was obliterated by the Communists - instead, he finds that his roots can be traced back more than 2000 years, yielding a large family tree; and Aaron Sanchez discovers that his family's treasured Mexican roots include people who were Spaniards, Africans and Native Americans.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Nov 3, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Mon, Nov 3, 2014 -- 6:00 AM

We Come from People (Episode #206)

KQED World: Sun, Nov 2, 2014 -- 1:00 PM

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 Angela Bassett meets ancestors whose slave family tragedy is rivaled only by a triumphant emancipation story; and presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett goes back in time more than 200 years to meet a formidable line-up of free people of color - all of them of trailblazers.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Nov 10, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Mon, Nov 10, 2014 -- 6:00 AM
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