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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