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Finding Your Roots Previous Broadcasts

Our American Storytellers (Episode #203H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Aug 15, 2018 -- 7:00 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 Plus: Thu, Aug 16, 2018 -- 1:00 AM

Relatives We Never Knew We Had (Episode #408H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Aug 14, 2018 -- 10:00 AM

Actresses Tea Leoni and Gaby Hoffmann's lives have been shaped by family mysteries. They are introduced to the identities and life stories of their biological ancestors, thanks to DNA detective work.

Born Champions (Episode #202H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Aug 8, 2018 -- 7:00 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 Plus: Thu, Aug 9, 2018 -- 1:00 AM

Children of the Revolution (Episode #407H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Aug 7, 2018 -- 10:00 AM

Lupita Nyong'o, Carmelo Anthony and Ana Navarro investigate the political choices of their fathers, discovering sometimes unexpected heritage as they trace their ancestry further back.

Black Like Me (Episode #406H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Aug 5, 2018 -- 10:00 AM

Bryant Gumbel, Tonya Lewis-Lee and Suzanne Malveaux discover a tapestry of the unexpected in their ancestry, revealing slaves and free people of color, Civil War legacies and forgotten European origins.

Southern Roots (Episode #409H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Aug 2, 2018 -- 10:00 PM

Three guests of disparate Southern backgrounds, DJ and producer Questlove, talk show host Dr. Phil and journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, find astonishing tales of bondage in their family histories.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 3, 2018 -- 4:00 AM

In Search of Our Fathers (Episode #201H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Aug 1, 2018 -- 7:00 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 Plus: Thu, Aug 2, 2018 -- 1:00 AM
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