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Hard Times

Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the family stories of filmmaker Michael Moore and actors Laura Linney and Chloë Sevigny—three people whose distant ancestors overcame great hardships in ways that resonate with their lives today.
Season 5 Episode 8 Length 52:41 Premiere: 02/26/19

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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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Season 5 Episodes

All in the Family

S5 E10 Length 52:11 Premiere Date 04/09/19

The Eye of the Beholder

S5 E9 Length 52:41 Premiere Date 04/02/19

Hard Times

S5 E8 Length 52:41 Premiere Date 02/26/19

No Laughing Matter

S5 E7 Length 52:41 Premiere Date 02/19/19

Roots in Politics

S5 E6 Length 52:41 Premiere Date 02/12/19

Freedom Tales

S5 E5 Length 52:41 Premiere Date 02/05/19

Dreaming of a New Land

S5 E4 Length 52:41 Premiere Date 01/29/19

Reporting on the Reporters

S5 E3 Length 52:41 Premiere Date 01/22/19

Mystery Men

S5 E2 Length 52:41 Premiere Date 01/15/19

Grandparents and Other Strangers

S5 E1 Length 52:41 Premiere Date 01/08/19

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