7 pm Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 23, on WILL-TV: Illuminating the family histories of Tina Fey, Derek Jeter, Ben Affleck, Stephen King, Billie Jean King and more.
From AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES (2006) through the first season of FINDING YOUR ROOTS (2012), Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has been helping people identify relatives hidden for generations. Professor Gates employs a team of genealogists and the world’s leading geneticists to uncover the origins of a diverse group of 30 guests. Each of the 10 episodes will feature three guests bound together by an intimate, sometimes hidden, link, as Gates treks through layers of ancestral history, uncovers secrets and surprises, and shares life-altering discoveries.
The premiere of the second season of Finding Your Roots comes on the heels of Professor Gates’ Peabody Award-winning PBS series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, which debuted in the fall of 2013 to critical acclaim. In each hour-long episode of the second season of Finding Your Roots, Gates continues his quest to, as he says, “get into the DNA of American culture.” By weaving a group of celebrity stories together, each episode takes viewers on a journey through layers of ancestral history, uncovering familial secrets and sharing life-altering discoveries that ultimately reveal an intimate bond that links each individual’s story together.
The episode construction of Season Two explores a much wider array of themes than Season One. In each episode, Gates focuses on the specific ethnic roots, cultural traditions and deep interplay of family influence and genetics of three guests, including: celebrity chefs Tom Colicchio, Aaron Sanchez and Ming Tsai, who cook the food of their ancestors and discover family members who have shaped their lives—and America’s cuisine; Derek Jeter, Billie Jean King and Rebecca Lobo, three of America's greatest athletes whose determination and love of sports were deeply shaped by their families, but who were all cut off from their true origins—raising the question of whether champions are made or born; actress Tina Fey, humorist David Sedaris and journalist George Stephanopolous, all of whom look into their Greek American ancestry; and American playwright Tony Kushner, singer-songwriter Carole King and lawyer Alan Dershowitz, who not only share a Jewish heritage, but a history of perseverance in the face of withering opposition.
In other episodes, actors Ben Affleck and Khandi Alexander come to realize their 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. Gates also explores the history of the Vanderbilt family with Anderson Cooper, discovers a web of intimate relationships between Nas’ slave ancestors and their masters, and traces Sting’s roots back centuries in England where we find that being close to the seat of the Empire doesn't mean that life is any better.
New advancements in DNA testing since the first season allow Gates and his team to use genetic genealogy to make unprecedented discoveries about the past in Season Two, including being able to identify tribal Native American ancestry, solve paternity mysteries, and pinpoint the geographic origins of hidden ancestry. These new achievements in DNA testing take center stage with an entire episode devoted to exploring the possibilities, all the while featuring the stories of actress Jessica Alba, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and even Gates, himself.
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7 pm Sunday, Sept. 21, on WILL-FM's Evening Concert
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 4 in D Major for Strings, Op. 83 (Jerusalem Quartet)
Stravinsky: Tango for Four Cellos (Nicolas Altstaedt, Dorothea Figueroa, Eileen Moon, Fred Sherry, cello)
Prokofiev: Quartet No. 2 in F Major for Strings, Op. 92 (Escher String Quartet)
Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, Pastoral
7 pm Thursday, Sept. 25, on WILL-FM: He performs Copland's Clarinet Concerto.
The New York Philharmonic This Week
Bramwell Tovey, conductor; *Mark Nuccio, clarinet
In Residence: BRAVO! VAIL VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL: PROGRAM III
Copland : Fanfare for the Common Man
Gershwin/Arr. Rose: Strike Up the Band from Strike Up the Band
*Copland: Clarinet Concerto
Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite
From Fresh Air: Terry Gross talks to Zak Ebrahim, whose father was convicted as a conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
In this episode, Lisa Bralts revisits her neighborhood alleys and muses on their shortcomings ... and potential. Listen.
9:30 pm Tuesday, Sept. 23, on WILL-TV: Critically acclaimed film is an emotionally surprising and revealing portrait.
American Masters will present Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, a critically acclaimed independent documentary that debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film is a year-long ride with legendary comedian Joan Rivers in her 76th year of life. Peeling away the mask of an iconic comedian and exposing the struggles, sacrifices and joy of living life as a ground breaking female performer. The film is an emotionally surprising and revealing portrait of one the most hilarious and long-standing career women ever in the comedy business.
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From NPR Music: There's one question that can get a whole family on the dance floor: "Do you remember the 21st night of September?"
7 pm Friday, Sept. 26, on WILL-TV: Gwen Ifill hosts a town hall meeting on issues raised by the shooting of Michael Brown in Missouri.
Gwen Ifill, PBS NewsHour co-anchor and managing editor, and moderator and managing editor of Washington Week, will moderate America After Ferguson, a town hall meeting that will explore the many issues that have been brought into public discourse in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo. The program will air at 7 pm Friday, Sept.26, 2014 on WILL-TV. This is a recent program update, and the program will replace Washington Week and Charlie Rose: The Week.
While the facts of the case are still in dispute, for many the story of Ferguson has become a symbol of the larger social divides in America, exposing a persistent disconnect along lines of race, class and identity. Through conversations and special reports, America After Ferguson will explore these complex questions raised by the events in Ferguson.
America After Ferguson will be taped before an audience on Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Intended for audiences in communities across the country, America After Ferguson will include national leaders in the areas of law enforcement, race and civil rights, as well as government officials, faith leaders and youth.
“The upheaval in Ferguson stirred up an all too familiar stew of debate over race, justice and citizenship," Ifill said. "It's a discussion fueled by community outrage and resentment on all sides, but it is one that shouldn't end. Our town hall conversation will shed light rather than heat on the topic, as we seek out the voices interested in digging deeper.”
As a multi-platform initiative, American After Ferguson will also deliver content and conversation online and in social media. To continue the dialogue after the town hall, visit pbs.org/afterferguson and follow #AfterFerguson.
On WILL-AM: Part 2 of Beyond Ferguson
In September, a talk special on WILL-AM covered many of the issued raised by the shooting in Ferguson. Join U of I journalism professor Janice Marie Collins at 10 am Friday, Oct. 3 for part two of the discussion, Beyond Ferguson. She'll talk with guests about the role race continues to play in their lives and what it means to be black men and women in modern America. Call in to the program with your questions and comments.
From NPR's Krulwich Wonders: Watch Gould deep in what psychologists call "a flow state."