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Finding Your Roots - Season 2

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The 10-part series explores the heritages and ancestries of 29 of today’s leading entertainers, athletes, chefs, and media personalities, including: Ben Affleck, Jessica Alba, Khandi Alexander, Tom Colicchio, Tina Fey, Sally Field, Derek Jeter, Stephen King, Nas, Anna Deavere Smith, Sting, and Courtney B. Vance.

Finding Your Roots

With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Tuesdays at 7pm on PBS North
September 23-November 25, 2014


09/23/14 - In Search of Our Fathers
Join Gates to uncover the paternal ancestry of Stephen King, Gloria Reuben and Courtney B. Vance.

09/30/14 - Born Champions
Examine the ancestral origins of athletes Derek Jeter, Billie Jean King and Rebecca Lobo.

10/07/14 - Our American Storytellers
Learn how the lives of forebears of Ken Burns, Anderson Cooper and Anna Deavere Smith intersected.

10/14/14 - Roots of Freedom
Learn how the ancestors of Ben Affleck, Khandi Alexander and Ben Jealous fought for freedom.

10/21/14 - The Melting Pot
Meet three chefs, Tom Colicchio, Ming Tsai and Aaron Sanchez, who cook the food of their ancestors.

10/28/14 - We Come From People
Trace the roots of Nas, Angela Bassett and Valerie Jarrett into the heart of slavery.

11/04/14 - Our People, Our Traditions
Examine the Jewish heritage of Alan Dershowitz, Carole King and Tony Kushner.

11/11/14 - The British Are Coming
Explore the British influence in the lives of Deepak Chopra, Sally Field and Sting.

11/18/14 - Ancient Roots
Trace the histories of three quintessential voices: Tina Fey, Arianna Huffington and David Sedaris.

11/25/14 - Decoding Our Past Through DNA
See how DNA analysis challenges guests’ ideas about their family’s history and their own identities.