PBS Explorer Collection: Exploring Our Roots
Henry Louis Gates Jr., a celebrated cultural critic and documentarian, explores America’s vast family tree in thIs three-part series. He speaks with African-American luminaries in different fields to supplement their personal histories with genetic research, unearthing surprising finds along the way.
African American Lives and African American Lives 2
Prominent African-Americans join Gates to trace their lineages. Relying on a combination of genealogical research, oral history, and DNA analysis, their stories are given context in American history and linked back to Africa.
- Four episodes per season
- Follows the journey of self-discovery for several accomplished African-Americans
- Features Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Quincy Jones, Dr. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and more
Faces of America
Gates returns to uncover the family histories of more prominent Americans, asking “What made America?” and “What makes us?” Genealogy and DNA analysis are again used to produce a comprehensive picture of the many points of origin for America and its people.
- Four episodes
- Explores the family histories of 11 famous Americans
- Features Malcolm Gladwell, Meryl Streep, Stephen Colbert, Elizabeth Alexander, and more
- Number of discs: 3
- Rated: TV-PG
- Run time: 720 minutes
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