Snowed In? Watch This Tonight

Snowed In? Watch This Tonight

by Kerry Scott on 10 February 2010

Want to know what genealogists from coast to snowed-in coast are talking about?  Of course you do.

Tonight is the premiere of Faces of America on PBS.  I’m pretty sure it’s going to be excellent.  Henry Louis Gates, Jr. hosts it, and they use DNA (plus good old-fashioned research) to learn about the family histories of 12 famous Americans:

  • Professor and poet Elizabeth Alexander
  • Chef Mario Batali
  • Comedian Stephen Colbert
  • Novelist Louise Erdrich
  • Journalist Malcolm Gladwell
  • Actress Eva Longoria
  • Musician Yo-Yo Ma
  • Director Mike Nichols
  • Her Majesty Queen Noor
  • Television host/heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz
  • Actress Meryl Streep
  • Figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi

If you saw African American Lives, this is along those same lines (and if you didn’t, you should rent it or something, because it’s excellent).  You definitely don’t have to be a genealogist to enjoy this stuff.  It’s on tonight at 8pm Eastern/7pm Central (although you should check your local listings, because sometimes they move stuff around).

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Sabrina February 10, 2010 at 4:48 pm

I saw a commercial recently for a similar show but I don’t know if it was on PBS but I *do* know Sarah Jessica Parker was one of the celebrities featured. Is this the same show?


Kerry February 10, 2010 at 4:51 pm

No…that’s an even cooler show that is coming in March, on NBC, called “Who Do You Think You Are?” I’m probably going to post about that one too, closer to the time.


Donna February 11, 2011 at 9:48 am

Thank you for posting this! I know I missed the first episode, but PBS always does such an excellent job on programing, it is something I’m definitely interested in.

The series Who Do You Think You Are began airing its second season on Feb 4th with Vanessa Williams. Tim McGraw is on Feb 11th.

Good stuff!


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