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Science Pioneers

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. traces the family trees of Francis Collins, Shirley Ann Jackson, and Harold E. Varmus — three pioneering scientists who’ve made dramatic contributions to our understanding of the world, all the while knowing little about their own ancestry.
S6 E7 Length 52:41 Premiere: 2.4.20

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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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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores with Marisa Tomei, Sheryl Sandberg, and Kal Penn the tremendous challenges faced by their immigrant forebears. From Italy, Russia, and India to America, their histories show success could take generations to achieve.

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. reveals the unexpected family trees of Queen Latifah and actor Jeffrey Wright, redefining their sense of the black experience and challenging preconceptions about America's past.

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Actor S. Epatha Merkerson and athlete and television personality Michael Strahan discover stories that challenge assumptions about black history.

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Beyond the Pale - S6 E5

Jeff Goldblum, radio host Terry Gross, and comedian Marc Maron learn about their Jewish heritage, uncovering previously unknown stories that show how each shares more with their ancestors than a religious tradition.

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Roots in Politics - S5 E6

Politicians Paul Ryan, Tulsi Gabbard, and Marco Rubio explore their diverse family histories. They each see a shared vision of the great American melting pot reflected in their ancestors' stories.

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Secrets & Lies - S6 E6

Sigourney Weaver, Justina Machado, and Amy Ryan discover revelations about their family histories, forever altering how they see themselves.

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Hollywood Royalty - S6 E1

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actors Isabella Rossellini, Anjelica Huston, and Mia Farrow unearth surprising new revelations about their family histories, taking them generations beyond their famous cinematic forebears.

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No Laughing Matter - S5 E7

Comedians Seth Meyers, Tig Notaro, and Sarah Silverman learn about the people whose struggles laid the groundwork for their success. Professor Gates reveals to each guest an unexpected DNA cousin.

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Science Pioneers - S6 E7

Pioneering scientists Francis Collins, Shirley Ann Jackson, and Harold Varmus learn about their families.

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Off the Farm - S6 E2

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the humble roots of comedic actors Melissa McCarthy and Eric Stonestreet, retracing the ancestral journeys that laid the groundwork for their success.

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Hard Times - S5 E8

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the family stories of filmmaker Michael Moore and actors Laura Linney and Chloe Sevigny - three people whose distant ancestors overcame great hardships in ways that resonate with their lives today.

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Film director Ava DuVernay, actor S. Epatha Merkerson, and musician Questlove learn about the unexpected places where their ancestors were scattered by slavery, upending their notions of African American history.

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Homecomings - S6 E3

Sterling K. Brown, Sasheer Zamata, and Jon Batiste discover the places their ancestors called home, providing new insight into the people and places that made them who they are today.

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Off the Farm

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Hollywood Royalty

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