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Faces of America

What made America? What makes us? These two questions are at the heart of this series. Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. turns to the latest tools of genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 11 renowned Americans. Looking beyond the black experience to the wider immigrant experience, Professor Gates unravels the American tapestry, following the threads of his guests' lives back to their earliest origins around the globe. Along the way, the many stories he uncovers -- of displacement and homecoming, of material success and dispossession, of assimilation and discrimination -- illuminate the American experience. Professor Gates' . . .

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Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 - 2:00 AM
"Becoming American"
This episode explores the "Century of Immigration" (1820s-1924) as the United States transforms from an agrarian country to industrial power. Stephen Colbert's Irish great-great-grandfather escapes from poverty and religious oppression. Mario Batali's great grandfather leaves his family's home of centuries to struggle in the quartz mines of Montana. Queen Noor's Syrian great-grandfather find his footing in New York's first Arab-American community, while Kristi Yamaguchi's grandfather faces exclusionary laws and racially defined barriers. Part 3 of 4. G
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Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 - 2:00 AM "Becoming American" (WORLD)
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Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 - 7:00 AM "Making America" (WORLD)
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Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 - 1:00 PM "Making America" (WORLD)
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Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 - 11:00 PM "Making America" (WORLD)
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Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 - 2:00 AM "Making America" (WORLD)
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Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 - 7:00 AM "Know Thyself" (WORLD)
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Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 - 1:00 PM "Know Thyself" (WORLD)
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Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 - 11:00 PM "Know Thyself" (WORLD)
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Saturday, Mar 3, 2012 - 2:00 AM "Know Thyself" (WORLD)
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Monday, Aug 19, 2013 - 6:00 PM "Our American Stories" (WORLD)
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