finding your roots

Rick Warren, Angela Buchdahl, and Yasir Qadhi

Finding Your Roots reveals the ancestral pasts and family histories of religious leaders Pastor Rick Warren, Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, and Sheikh Yasir Qadhi. Watch full episode. Episode credits.



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  • Islande Dupoux

    April 18, 2012 at 12:03 am

    This is an amazing show that helps us understand how we’re all connected globally. I firmly believe that we’re all related and we belong to one family; the human race.
    Thank you to PBS and Mr. Gates in particular for sharing such knowledge with us. It’s an eye opener for your guests and the viewers to know about their personal life story and history. It’s great to know who we are, where we come from, identify with others, and ultimately understand where we’re going and our purpose in life.
    As a Haitian-American, I look forward to learn more about myself and my family.

    Kindest regards,

    Islande Dupoux

  • Mary Stone

    April 18, 2012 at 1:57 am

    It continues to amaze me how connected we all are.

  • April 19, 2012 at 9:21 am

    The Bible clearly states as facts that the flesh and genealogies are not only worthless but actually promote foolish controversies:

    1Ti 1:4 nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. These promote controversies rather than God’s work–which is by faith.

    Tts 3:9 But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless.

    And Jesus made it clear:

    Jhn 6:63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.

    Wonder if anyone understands the importance in the differences between flesh and spirit?

    In His Grip!
    Brian D. Kercheval

  • Megan

    May 26, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Love this series. It truly sheds light on who we really are as people and how connected we are no matter what religion says, the bible, the koran, etc. Amazing and beautiful. Religionist just can’t fight with the truth, they just keep quoting but at the end of the day…let the universal truth set you free.

  • June 19, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Martin Luther

    The world bears the Gospel a grudge because the Gospel condemns the religious wisdom of the world. Jealous for its own religious views, the world in turn charges the Gospel with being a subversive and licentious doctrine, offensive to God and man, a doctrine to be persecuted as the worst plague on earth. As a result we have this paradoxical situation: The Gospel supplies the world with the salvation of Jesus Christ, peace of conscience, and every blessing. Just for that the world abhors the Gospel…

  • happywoes

    December 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I’m very late here, but it is less interesting to show a person like Yasir Qazi having Middle Eastern ancestry than what is obvious: he has majority indigenous South Asian ancestry and probably has much more in common genetically with Dr. Sanjay Gupta than anyone else. Muslims of South Asia like to down play their indigenous ancestry, and the show coming from a Western view thought to ride the Muslim-Jewish thing when it would be more telling to explore genetic sameness between the Indian subcontinent’s Hindus and Muslims. Anyhow, Qazi is a divisive and hate filled man within the Muslim community and you cannot only dig up anti-Jewish statements from him, but also anti-Hindu, anti-Shia and a lot of misogynistic petrodollar-style Islam and Salafist influenced nonsense. (Would be so great to show a man who Arabized his name to Qadhi just how much indigenous Indian ancestry-Hindu origin ancestry-he has! American Muslims of South Asian heritage have a lot more moderate and less controversial figures in our communities whose heritage it could have been better to explore than Qazi’s.

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About the Series

The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the new 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Filmed on location across the United States, the series premieres nationally Sundays, March 25 – May 20 at 8 pm ET on PBS (check local listings).

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