Join Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to uncover the surprising ancestral stories of 28 cultural trailblazers with fascinating histories. The series ends with an exploration of how science and history can inspire the next generation.

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Dna Mysteries

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uses DNA detective work to solve mysteries in the family trees of actor Tea Leoni and radio host Joe Madison, introducing each of them to parents and grandparents whose names they've never heard before.

  • 2020-10-26T05:00:00-07:00

Italian Roots

  • 2020-11-02T04:00:00-08:00

Criminal Kind

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the roots of actor Laura Linney and journalists Lisa Ling and Soledad O'Brien, telling them stories of tricksters, scoundrels and outright criminals, who nevertheless laid the groundwork for their success.

  • 2020-11-09T04:00:00-08:00

War Stories

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the roots of actor Julianne Moore, comedian Bill Hader and painter Kehinde Wiley, revealing how their ancestors' military service left an indelible mark on their families -- and on their country.

  • 2020-11-16T04:00:00-08:00