Finding Your Roots

  • 2012
  • TV Show
  • TV-PG

The family histories of well-known Americans are unearthed with genealogical and genetic tools.

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04:57 — An in-depth look at the 10-part series, Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Education | The Story of Peyton Polly
03:55 — A look at how John Legend s ancestor, Peyton Polly, attained his freedom.
Martha Stewart's Artisan Ancestors
01:11 — Martha Stewart comes from a long line of domestic workers and craftsmanship.
That Was What It Was
01:06 — Actor Samuel L. Jackson discusses his experience growing up in segregated Chattanooga in the mid-20th century.
From Butterflies to Beetles
01:22 — Maggie Gyllenhaal learns about the genesis of the Gyllenhaal name and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. corrects a long-standing story in Maggie Gyllenhaal's fam (more…)
A Fireman on the Southern Railroad
01:48 — Cory Booker learns about his early 20th-century ancestors and the origin of the Booker family name.
Rick Warren, Angela Buchdahl, and Yasir Qadhi
51:00 — This episode of Finding Your Roots traces the family histories of Pastor Rick Warren, Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, and Sheikh Yasir Qadhi: three people of d (more…)
Education | A Willing Association
06:17 — An introduction to the rich musical culture of New Orleans and the impact it had on Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr., growing up there as youn (more…)
Michelle Rodriguez's Puerto Rican Roots
01:00 — Henry Louis Gates, Jr. finds some surprising connections when he traces actress Michelle Rodriguez's Puerto Rican roots.
Education | Fighting for Freedom
01:00 — An overview of how the Revolutionary War helped slaves attain their freedom.
Gupta Family Scrolls
01:14 — Finding Your Roots uncovers scrolls that have recorded 8 generations of Sanjay Gupta's father's line.
Faith and Rebellion
04:43 — The story of Maggie Gyllenhaal s third great grandfather s central role in creating a religious community, and her father s ultimate rejection of it.
The Growth of Islam in America
00:43 — Forty-four years after his father arrived in Houston as one of a handful of Muslims, Yasir Quadhi returned to the city lead a congregation of 30,000 i (more…)
Fighting for Change in America
02:17 — John Lewis recounts his first meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his early days in the monumental Civil Rights Movement, and how that political (more…)
Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon
51:10 — The ancestral pasts of married Hollywood actors Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick.
Adrian Grenier, Michelle Rodriguez, and Linda Chavez
51:10 — Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reveals the ancestral pasts of actor Adrian Grenier, actress Michelle Rodriguez, and commentator Linda Chavez.
Education | Seeking Religious Freedom: From Romania to NY
04:48 — A look at Rabbi Angela Buchdahl s Jewish ancestors migration form Romania to the United States.
Education | After Slavery
02:55 — A look at President Lincoln's appeal to the nation to rebuild after the Civil War and the response to his request by Kevin Bacon's ancestor Lydia Atki (more…)
Adrian Grenier's Conquistador Ancestor
01:35 — Actor Adrian Grenier learns about about his Conquistador ancestor who had terribly violent interactions with Pueblo Indians.
Early Stand-Up Experience
01:00 — Comedian Wanda Sykes recalls a poorly-received stand-up comedy routine early on in her career.
Spending Time in the Castro
01:58 — Comedian and actress Margaret Cho talks about her experience living as a young adult in San Francisco's Castro District during the late 1970s.
Education | Starting Points
03:57 — Actors Robert Downey, Jr. and Maggie Gyllenhaal discuss what they know of their respective family origins.
Calvinist Props
01:21 — Pastor Rick Warren learns that his ancestor served as a deacon in an American church established in the 17th century.
The Rattlesnake
01:36 — Henry Louis Gates, Jr. tells Harry Connick, Jr. about his previously unknown fifth great grandfather, an infamous 18th-century American privateer who (more…)
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  • Premiered: March 25, 2012
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: The family histories of well-known Americans are unearthed with genealogical and genetic tools. (more)

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