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Anchored to the Past

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. examines how journalists Gretchen Carlson and Don Lemon were able to overcome biases in their careers, drawing parallels to relatives who met profound challenges of their own.
Season 7 Episode 8 Length 52:10 Premiere: 4/20/21

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FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR., Season Eight is a production of McGee Media, Inkwell Media, Kunhardt Films and WETA Washington, D.C. Corporate support for FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR., Season Eight is provided by Ancestry and Johnson & Johnson. Support is also provided by Ford Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and by The Inkwell Society and its members Candace King Weir; Lloyd Carney Foundation; Jim and Susan Swartz; Sheryl Sandberg and Tom Bernthal; Anne Wojcicki; Hayward and Kathy Draper; and Nicole Commissiong and Darnell Armstrong. Major support is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Finding Your Roots

About Finding Your Roots

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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Laughing on the Inside

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On Broadway

S7 E9 Length 52:11 Premiere Date 4/27/21

Anchored to the Past

S7 E8 Length 52:10 Premiere Date 4/20/21

The New World

S7 E7 Length 52:11 Premiere Date 4/13/21

Country Roots

S7 E6 Length 52:11 Premiere Date 2/23/21

Write My Name in the Book of Life

S7 E5 Length 52:10 Premiere Date 2/16/21

The Shirts on Their Backs

S7 E4 Length 52:10 Premiere Date 2/9/21

No Irish Need Apply

S7 E3 Length 52:10 Premiere Date 2/2/21

Against All Odds

S7 E2 Length 52:10 Premiere Date 1/26/21

To the Manor Born

S7 E1 Length 52:11 Premiere Date 1/19/21

Anchored to the Past Preview

Preview Length 00:30 Premiere Date 4/20/21

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Clip Length 02:06 Premiere Date 4/20/21

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Clip Length 01:35 Premiere Date 4/20/21

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Clip Length 01:33 Premiere Date 4/20/21

Shame Hurts

Clip Length 01:48 Premiere Date 4/20/21

Tenacity in the Genes

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Season 7 Official Preview

Preview Length 00:30 Premiere Date 1/19/21

Season 7 Inside Look

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