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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Faces of America
hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Faces of America
Beginning Wednesday, February 10, PBS will broadcast Faces of America

This PBS program starts on Wednesday February 10, 2010. To find out more about it just read the trailer  at  Check your local PBS station for the time.
If you watched the show leave comments here. 

Genealogy for a Nation of Immigrants

By Alessandra Stanley, The New York Times, Feb. 9, 2010  [to read the entire article.] 

A four-part PBS series, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 10th, about family roots by the Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.   Celebrities such as Meryl Streep, Mike Nichols and Queen Noor of Jordan are among the 12 whose genealogy is
explored almost back to Paleolithic times. 

The writers Malcolm Gladwell, Elizabeth Alexander and Louise Erdrich are interviewed. So are the chef Mario Batali, television’s Dr. Mehmet Oz and the figure skater Kristi  Yamaguchi. Ms. Streep’s background is less exotic ­but more exalted ­ than most. On one side of her family her roots go back to founding fathers and a Quaker who left his church
rather than cease agitating for independence from the British.

There are all kinds of genetic surprises, though none are truly shocking: Mr. Nichols is related, not so distantly, to Albert Einstein, just as his mother used to claim.  He says that he is astounded that “the thing you’ve been bragging on, thinking you’re a liar, is true.”

On PBS stations on Wednesday nights (check local listings:

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