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Ancestral Histories and Mysteries Revealed

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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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FLIGHT - Henry Louis Gates, Jr. meets actors Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o, and chef Lidia Bastianich — three women whose families crisscrossed the globe to escape oppression and find opportunity, leaving them with questions about their relatives who stayed behind.