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Finding Your Roots Previous Broadcasts

The Melting Pot (Episode #205H)

KQED 9: Tue, Oct 21, 2014 -- 8:00 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: Sun, Oct 26, 2014 -- 1:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Oct 23, 2014 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Oct 22, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Oct 22, 2014 -- 2:00 AM

Our American Storytellers (Episode #203)

KQED World: Sun, Oct 19, 2014 -- 10:00 PM

Three iconic American storytellers have spent their lives chronicling the lives of others, while knowing almost nothing about their own family history. Ken Burns confronts the reality of his southern ancestors' role in the Civil War, including Confederate soldiers held captive and a slave-owning Virginian. Anderson Cooper, scion of one of America's most storied families, the Vanderbilts, longs to know more about his father's southern roots - including the story of an ancestor murdered by one his slaves. Anna Deavere Smith learns the story of her great-grandfather Basil Biggs, a free black man and former conductor on the Underground Railroad. All three guests' ancestors intersect at pivotal moments of American history.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 20, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 20, 2014 -- 6:00 AM

Roots of Freedom (Episode #204)

KQED 9: Tue, Oct 14, 2014 -- 8:00 PM

These three guests' families have long been engaged in the battle for freedom and civil rights, but they had no idea that those principles were passed down through generations of ancestors. Ben Affleck's mother was a Freedom Rider in 1964 and her roots include the 19th-century spiritualist Almon French, who attempted to heal the bereaved masses in the aftermath of the Civil War; NAACP president Ben Jealous learns the heroic story of his great-grandfather Peter G. Morgan, a free black man who was forced to purchase his own wife and family in order to keep them safe; and actress Khandi Alexander, who never knew who her grandfather was, learns that he may have been murdered in the Jim Crow-era South.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 19, 2014 -- 1:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Oct 16, 2014 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Oct 15, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Oct 15, 2014 -- 2:00 AM

Born Champions (Episode #202)

KQED World: Sun, Oct 12, 2014 -- 10:00 PM

Three of America's greatest athletes, whose determination and love of sports were deeply shaped by their families, were all cut off from their true origins. Billie Jean King learns the story of her grandmother, who had always kept her orphan status a secret. Derek Jeter confronts his ancestors' lives as slaves and learns that they were owned by a white man named James Jeter - the source of the Jeter name and Derek's third great-grandfather. Rebecca Lobo finds out that her Spanish ancestor fought side by side with a famous revolutionary and was forced to flee Spain because of his democratic ideals.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 13, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 13, 2014 -- 6:00 AM

Our American Storytellers (Episode #203)

KQED 9: Tue, Oct 7, 2014 -- 8:00 PM

Three iconic American storytellers have spent their lives chronicling the lives of others, while knowing almost nothing about their own family history. Ken Burns confronts the reality of his southern ancestors' role in the Civil War, including Confederate soldiers held captive and a slave-owning Virginian. Anderson Cooper, scion of one of America's most storied families, the Vanderbilts, longs to know more about his father's southern roots - including the story of an ancestor murdered by one his slaves. Anna Deavere Smith learns the story of her great-grandfather Basil Biggs, a free black man and former conductor on the Underground Railroad. All three guests' ancestors intersect at pivotal moments of American history.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 20, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 20, 2014 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 12, 2014 -- 1:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Oct 9, 2014 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Oct 8, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Oct 8, 2014 -- 2:00 AM

In Search of Our Fathers (Episode #201)

KQED World: Sun, Oct 5, 2014 -- 10:00 PM

Three guests know almost nothing about their fathers' past. Stephen King's father walked out on the family when Stephen was two years old and never returned; Courtney Vance's father was a foster child and never knew who his biological parents were - after his suicide, Courtney wants to learn more about his roots; and Gloria Reuben's father was 78 years old when she was born - he died when she was young, taking the secret of his ancestry with him. Henry Louis Gates solves the mystery of their paternal ancestry and introduces them to relatives they never knew they had.

Repeat Broadcasts:

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

Born Champions (Episode #202)

KQED 9: Wed, Oct 1, 2014 -- 2:00 AM

Three of America's greatest athletes, whose determination and love of sports were deeply shaped by their families, were all cut off from their true origins. Billie Jean King learns the story of her grandmother, who had always kept her orphan status a secret. Derek Jeter confronts his ancestors' lives as slaves and learns that they were owned by a white man named James Jeter - the source of the Jeter name and Derek's third great-grandfather. Rebecca Lobo finds out that her Spanish ancestor fought side by side with a famous revolutionary and was forced to flee Spain because of his democratic ideals.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 13, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 13, 2014 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 5, 2014 -- 1:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Oct 2, 2014 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Oct 1, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
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