Arlington, VA – December 18, 2021 – This January, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s acclaimed series, “Finding Your Roots,” returns to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel with a new season. Exploring the mysteries and surprising revelations hidden within the family trees of popular figures, Season 8 includes examinations and ancestral discussions with Terry Crews, Tony Danza, Kathryn Hahn, Nathan Lane, John Leguizamo, Leslie Odom Jr., Pamela Adlon, Regina King, André Leon Talley, Erin Burnett, Mario Lopez, and Anita Hill, among many others.

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Information about these programs is listed below.

“Finding Your Roots,” Season 8

Premiere Date: January 5, 2022
Episodes: 10
Genre: Biography, Culture, History

Twenty-one of America’s most fascinating people discover the rich history and tremendous diversity hidden within their families in the eighth season of the critically acclaimed series, “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.”Each of these ancestral stories touch on the human experience and bring insight into how each guest became the trailblazer they are today.

In the episode “Activist Roots,” Henry Louis Gates explores the family trees of Brittany Packnett Cunningham and Anita Hill, introducing two women who’ve made profound sacrifices for social justice to the ancestors who made sacrifices for them.

Then, in “Children of Exile,” Henry Louis Gates explores the poignant roots of chef David Chang and actor Raúl Esparza—two men whose families fled their homelands to live in exile, never to return. From war-torn cities in North Korea to shark-infested waters off the shores of Cuba, Gates sets off to recover the stories of individuals who came to America against all odds and built a better life for themselves.

In sharing their stories, “Finding Your Roots” reveals long-buried secrets and hidden identities using every tool available. Spanning the globe, season eight maps family trees and uncovers lost ancestors from the United States and Africa; Latin America and the Caribbean; as well as Poland, Ireland, Russia, and Korea.

Other titles coming to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in January:

180 Days: Hartsville, Season 1

Alaskan Dinosaurs (NOVA)

America After Charleston

America Revealed, Season 1

American Comandante (American Experience)

Ancient Maya Metropolis (NOVA)

Animals With Cameras, Season 2 (Nature)

Blackout (FRONTLINE)

The Bombing of Wall Street (American Experience)

Butterfly Blueprints (NOVA)

Can I Eat That? (NOVA)

Children of Giant

Grand Central (American Experience)

High-Risk High-Rise (NOVA)

Ice Warriors: USA Sled Hockey

Inside Obama’s Presidency

James McNeill Whistler and The Case for Beauty

The Lost Gardens of Babylon (Secrets of the Dead)

My Bionic Pet (Nature)

Operation Wild, Season 1


The Race Underground (American Experience)

Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power

Russia’s Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin

Separate and Unequal & Middle School Moment (FRONTLINE)

Smartest Machine on Earth (NOVA)

Two American Families (FRONTLINE)

What Are Animals Thinking? (NOVA)

What Makes Us Human? (NOVA)

What Will the Future be Like? (NOVA)

Wyatt Earp (American Experience)

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