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Exploring The Ancestral Histories of Influential People

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Finding Your Roots, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. continues his quest to "get into the DNA of American culture.

8pm Thursday - FINDING YOUR ROOTS - History

Today’s most compelling personalities discover the surprising stories buried within their own families. Meet 27 fascinating new guests who are game-changers in their fields, with family histories that illustrate the power and diversity of the human experience.

For more than a decade, renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has helped to expand America’s sense of itself, stimulating a national conversation about identity with humor, wisdom, and compassion. Professor Gates has explored the ancestry of dozens of influential people from diverse backgrounds, taking millions of viewers deep into the past to reveal the connections that bind us all.

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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 both on their families and on their country.