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Finding Your Roots Previous Broadcasts

The Stories We Tell (Episode #301H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Oct 19, 2017 -- 10:00 PM

Discover the unsolved mysteries behind the family stories of political organizer Donna Brazile, actor Ty Burrell and artist Kara Walker as they learn how the legacy of slavery has shaped their identities.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Oct 20, 2017 -- 4:00 AM

War Stories (Episode #306H)

KQED Life: Wed, Oct 18, 2017 -- 7:00 PM

Uncover a long history of military service in the families of Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore and John McCain, and how this has instilled in each of them an enduring spirit of strength and integrity.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Thu, Oct 19, 2017 -- 1:00 AM

Puritans and Pioneers (Episode #403)

KQED 9: Tue, Oct 17, 2017 -- 8:00 PM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, Oct 18, 2017 -- 2:00 AM

Family Reunions (Episode #307H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Oct 17, 2017 -- 10:00 AM

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.

Unfamiliar Kin (Episode #402)

KQED World: Sun, Oct 15, 2017 -- 6:00 PM

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

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 16, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 16, 2017 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 15, 2017 -- 10:00 PM

Decoding Our Past (Episode #210H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Oct 12, 2017 -- 10:00 PM

Deval Patrick is the first African-American governor of Massachusetts and Jessica Alba is an actress who proudly embraces her Mexican-American heritage. But cutting-edge DNA analysis reveals that the family trees contain a far more diverse range of cultures and races. Alba descends from Jewish and Mayan ancestors and the official cartographer of France's King Louis XIV. Deval Patrick's roots lead to a black homesteader in Colorado and a white master who gave his former slave land after the Civil War. DNA is used to delve deeper into the families of other guests in the series, including Valerie Jarrett and Anderson Cooper, and to overcome dead ends on host Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s own tree. The secrets encoded in their genomes challenge these guests' ideas about their families' histories and their identities today.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Oct 13, 2017 -- 4:00 AM

Visionaries (Episode #305H)

KQED Life: Wed, Oct 11, 2017 -- 7:00 PM

Discover how the ancestors of business mogul Richard Branson and architects Maya Lin and Frank Gehry took audacious risks to create opportunities, and how their luck, ingenuity and chutzpah was passed on to these three visionaries.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Thu, Oct 12, 2017 -- 1:00 AM

Unfamiliar Kin (Episode #402)

KQED 9: Tue, Oct 10, 2017 -- 8:00 PM

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

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 16, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 16, 2017 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 15, 2017 -- 10:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Oct 11, 2017 -- 2:00 AM

War Stories (Episode #306H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Oct 10, 2017 -- 10:00 AM

Uncover a long history of military service in the families of Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore and John McCain, and how this has instilled in each of them an enduring spirit of strength and integrity.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Thu, Oct 19, 2017 -- 1:00 AM

The Impression (Episode #401)

KQED World: Sun, Oct 8, 2017 -- 6:00 PM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 9, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 9, 2017 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 8, 2017 -- 10:00 PM

Ancient Roots (Episode #209H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Oct 5, 2017 -- 10:01 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 Plus: Fri, Oct 6, 2017 -- 4:00 AM

Tragedy + Time = Comedy (Episode #304H)

KQED Life: Wed, Oct 4, 2017 -- 7:00 PM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Thu, Oct 5, 2017 -- 1:00 AM

The Impression (Episode #401)

KQED 9: Tue, Oct 3, 2017 -- 8:00 PM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 9, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 9, 2017 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 8, 2017 -- 10:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Oct 4, 2017 -- 2:00 AM

Visionaries (Episode #305H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Oct 3, 2017 -- 10:00 AM

Discover how the ancestors of business mogul Richard Branson and architects Maya Lin and Frank Gehry took audacious risks to create opportunities, and how their luck, ingenuity and chutzpah was passed on to these three visionaries.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Thu, Oct 12, 2017 -- 1:00 AM

Tragedy + Time = Comedy (Episode #304H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Oct 1, 2017 -- 10:00 AM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Thu, Oct 5, 2017 -- 1:00 AM
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