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For more than a decade, renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has helped to expand America’s sense of itself, stimulating a national conversation about identity with humor, wisdom, and compassion. Professor Gates has explored the ancestry of dozens of influential people from diverse backgrounds, taking millions of viewers deep into the past to reveal the connections that bind us all.

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Finding Your Roots

Laughing on the Inside

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. investigates the family history of Roy Wood, Jr. and Lewis Black.
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On Broadway

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. examines the family histories of Audra McDonald and Mandy Patinkin.
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Anchored to the Past

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discovers the lineages of Gretchen Carlson and Don Lemon.
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The New World

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. traces ancestors of John Lithgow and Maria Hinojosa.
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Country Roots

Henry Louis Gates Jr. uncovers the diverse backgrounds of Clint Black and Rosanne Cash.
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Write My Name in the Book of Life

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps musician Pharrell Williams and filmmaker Kasi Lemmons.
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The Shirts on Their Backs

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reveals the immigrant roots of actors Tony Shalhoub and Christopher
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No Irish Need Apply

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the roots of actor Jane Lynch and comedian Jim Gaffigan.
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Finding Your Roots: Against All Odds

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discovers the lineages that claim Andy Cohen and Nina Totenberg.
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Finding Your Roots

To the Manor Born

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discovers the lineages that claim Glenn Close and John Waters.
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