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We Come From People (Episode #203)

KQED Plus: Mon, Oct 31, 2011 -- 10:00 PM

This episode reveals stories of participants' ancestors during the early years of the United States. It examines the extraordinary life of Morgan Freeman's great-grandmother, unearthed within the records of the Depression-era Works Progress Administration; and Peter Gomes's ancestors, who were freed and supported by Quaker families in Virginia in the late 1700s.

A Way Out of No Way (Episode #202)

KQED Plus: Mon, Oct 24, 2011 -- 11:00 PM

This episode traces the guests' lineages back through the late 1800's to the Civil War.

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  • KQED Plus: Tue, Oct 25, 2011 -- 5:00 AM

The Road Home/A Way Out of No Way (Episode #201)

KQED Plus: Mon, Oct 24, 2011 -- 10:00 PM

Maya Angelou, Morgan Freeman, Peter Gomes, Linda Johnson Rice, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Tom Joyner and Tina Turner take part in the acclaimed 4-hour documentary that hopes to inspire millions to consider the importance of their own heritage. Using a combination of storytelling and science, the series uses genealogy and DNA to trace their roots down through American history and back to Africa. And in a unique twist, one ordinary individual, selected from more than 2000 applicants, joins Professor Gates and this distinguished group on the life-changing quest for their roots.
The first hour explores the stories of participants' ancestors in the early 20th century. The program examines the lives of Tom Joyner's great-uncles, who were executed in 1915 for a crime that evidence suggests they did not commit.

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  • KQED Plus: Tue, Oct 25, 2011 -- 4:00 AM

The Past Is Another Country (Episode #204)

KQED Plus: Mon, Oct 31, 2011 -- 11:00 PM

The final hour examines a groundbreaking study linking Professor Gates to a powerful medieval Irish warlord and evidence that Peter Gomes's direct paternal line traces back to a Portuguese Jew who fled the country in the early 1500s to escape the Inquisition.

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