The family histories of well-known Americans are unearthed with genealogical and genetic tools.
When a man finds he has no way to pay for a life-saving operation for his son, he takes desperate measures.
Jimmy Fallon's monologue from Tuesday, October 7. Part 1 of 2.
Jimmy and Kristen Stewart lighten the mood after talking about her dramatic role in Camp X-Ray by playing Ring Around the Nosey.
In light of the launch of new social network Ello, Jimmy weighs the good and bad of joining the anonymous Facebook.
Jimmy chats with Artie Lange about his Comedy Central special, Artie Lange: The Stench of Failure, and the bet Artie won at a Rolling Stones concert.
Jimmy talks to Kristen Stewart about her movie Camp X-Ray, and how she found her latest furry friend.
Music guest Jason Aldean performs "Just Gettin' Started" for The Tonight Show audience.
Jimmy Fallon's monologue from Tuesday, October 7. Part 2 of 2.
Jimmy shares some games you should avoid playing at all costs, including Ring Around the Nosey.
From PBS - The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of Season 2 of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Continuing on the quest begun in his previous projects, African American Lives, African American Lives 2, Faces of America, and the first season of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Gates finds new ways to, as he says, "get into the DNA of American culture."
The rise and fall of former Heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson.
The most ferocious boxer to ever step inside the ring, MIKE TYSON was at age 20 the youngest heavyweight champion in history. But within a few short years, the baddest man on the planet was himself on the ropes, the victim of his own rage and fear. Told exclusively through the compelling words and commentary of Iron Mike himself, Tyson is a powerfully frank and provocative look at one of the mo...
The most ferocious boxer to ever step inside the ring, Mike Tyson, was at age 20 the youngest heavyweight champion in history. But within a few short years, the baddest man on the planet was himself on the ropes, the victim of his own rage and fear. Told exclusively through the compelling words and commentary of Iron Mike himself, TYSON is a powerfully frank and provocative look at one of the most controversial and misunderstood sports figures of all time.
Ends 12/31/15. His talent took him from a poverty-stricken childhood on the mean streets of Brooklyn to fame--and unimaginable fortune--as the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history. Mike Tyson was on top of the world until bad advice--and his own personal demons--turned his American dream into an American nightmare. Newcomer Michael Jai White plays Mike Tyson in this riveting film.
Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Denzel Washington ("Training Day," "American Gangster") stars as John Q. Archibald, an ordinary man who works at a factory and takes care of his family. But when John Q.'s young son needs an emergency heart transplant -- an operation that he can't afford and his health insurance won't cover -- John Q. will do anything to keep his son alive. As time and options run out, a desperate gamble becomes the only hope for John Q, as he takes an unwitting group of people hostage in the hospital emergency room. Now as many in the ER need medical care themselves and John Q. faces off with veteran police hostage negotiator and quick-tempered police chief, can a nonviolent end be found to a desperate situation?
Denzel Washington stars as John Q, a man whose young son needs an emergency heart transplant. When he discovers his insurance won't cover it, he will do anything to keep his son alive.
Trace three guests’ roots into the heart of slavery, revealing that there is no singular narrative and challenging preconceptions of an era that profoundly shaped our nation’s sense of itself. Hip-hop artist Nas discovers a web of his slave ancestors and their intimate relationship with their slave master; award-winning actress Angela Bassett meets ancestors whose slave family tragedy is rivaled only by a triumphant emancipation story; and presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett goes back in time more than 200 years to meet a formidable line-up of free people of color — all of them of trailblazers.
From PBS - Trace the roots of Nas, Angela Bassett and Valerie Jarrett into the heart of slavery.
Three celebrity chefs who cook the food of their ancestors discover family members who have shaped their lives — and America’s cuisine. Tom Colicchio of “Top Chef” learns the hardships his family endured (famine, bandits) living in a tiny town in Northern Italy and celebrates the courage of his original immigrant ancestor, a man who crossed the Atlantic many times to bring the Colicchios to the United States; Ming Tsai, the child of immigrants who fled Mao’s Cultural Revolution, was raised to believe that his that his family’s Chinese past was obliterated by the Communists — instead, he finds that his roots can be traced back more than 2,000 years, yielding a large family tree; and Aaron Sanchez discovers that his family’s treasured Mexican roots include people who were Spaniards, Africans and Native Americans.
From PBS - Meet three chefs, Tom Colicchio, Ming Tsai and Aaron Sanchez, who cook the food of their ancestors.
These three guests’ families have long been engaged in the battle for freedom and civil rights, but they had no idea that those principles were passed down through generations of ancestors. Ben Affleck’s mother was a Freedom Rider in 1964 and her roots include the 19th-century spiritualist Almon French, who attempted to heal the bereaved masses in the aftermath of the Civil War; NAACP president Ben Jealous learns the heroic story of his great-grandfather Peter G. Morgan, a free black man who was forced to purchase his own wife and family in order to keep them safe; and actress Khandi Alexander, who never knew who her grandfather was, learns that he may have been murdered in the Jim Crow-era South.
From PBS - Learn how the ancestors of Ben Affleck, Khandi Alexander and Ben Jealous fought for freedom.
The Tonight Show plays host to Kristen Stewart, Artie Lang and Jason Aldean.
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.
From PBS - Learn how the lives of forebears of Ken Burns, Anderson Cooper and Anna Deavere Smith intersected.
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.
From PBS - Examine the ancestral origins of athletes Derek Jeter, Billie Jean King and Rebecca Lobo.
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.
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