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Martha Stewart, Margaret Cho and Sanjay Gupta

Growing Up in the Castro

Comedian and actress Margaret Cho talks about her experience living as a young adult in San Francisco’s Castro District during the late 1970s.

Martha Stewart, Margaret Cho and Sanjay Gupta

Gupta Family Scrolls

Finding Your Roots uncovers scrolls that have recorded 8 generations of American neurosurgeon and CNN correspondent Sanjay Gupta’s father’s line.

Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice and Ruth Simmons

Full Episode

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reveals the ancestral pasts of actor Samuel L. Jackson, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Brown University President Ruth Simmons.

Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice and Ruth Simmons

Children Keep Going

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice remembers the September 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church which killed four young black girls. Rice was 9 years old at the time of the bombing.

Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice and Ruth Simmons

A Family of Sharecroppers

Brown University President Ruth Simmons grew up in a family of African-American sharecroppers. Sharecropping is a notorious system in which farmers pick cotton and live on someone else’s land for a share of the profits. But they had to pay such high charges for rent, they often fell into a cycle of debt.

Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice and Ruth Simmons

That Was What It Was

Actor Samuel L. Jackson discusses his experience growing up in mid-20th-century segregated America. Jackson lived in Chattanooga, TN—an deeply segregated area of the country during the 1950s and 60s.

Robert Downey, Jr. and Maggie Gyllenhaal

Full Episode

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reveals the ancestral pasts of actors Robert Downey, Jr. and Maggie Gyllenhaal: two individuals whose family histories can be traced far back through the centuries.

From Butterflies to Beetles

From Butterflies to Beetles

Maggie Gyllenhaal learns about the genesis of the Gyllenhaal name and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. corrects a long-standing story in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s family about an ancestor who supposedly collected butterflies.

Robert Downey, Jr. and Maggie Gyllenhaal

A Patriot Ancestor

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. introduces actor Robert Downey, Jr. to his ancestors who were early colonists in Pennsylvania, including a patriot ancestor who participated in the Revolutionary War.

Robert Downey, Jr.’s Family Tree Challenge

When I contacted Robert Downey Jr.’s agent to ask permission to trace his family tree, he responded with an interesting challenge. He asked me to write to Mr. Downey directly, explaining why I wanted him specifically to be part of the new series. So, I did just that. I told him that I was a […]