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Behind the Scenes: Feedback



PBS has received thousands of e-mails since the premiere of "Wonders of the African World with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." on October 25, and we still continue to receive them. Read what others are saying.

Here are answers to some of the most popular questions.



When will PBS broadcast "Wonders of the African World with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." again?
PBS broadcast "Wonders of the African World with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." on January 27-March 2, 2000. Check your local listings or contact your local station directly to see if your station is rebroadcasting the program.

How do I order the video, companion book or music CD?
The complete "Wonders of the African World with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." video series, companion book by Dr. Gates and music CD are available for purchase in the PBS Africa Shop. You can also order "Wonders of Africa" products by calling PBS Home Video at 1-800-645-4727. Educators and librarians can order the video series in the PBS Africa Shop or by calling PBS Video at 1-800-344-3337.

Will anyone fund the translation and preservation of the ancient manuscripts that Dr. Gates discovers in "The Road to Timbuktu"?
After filming the Wonders of the African World documentary, Henry Louis Gates persuaded the Andrew Mellon Foundation to provide a $42,000 grant to build and equip a basic library for the Haidara family collection of manuscripts. The library should open in the year 2000 and it will reportedly host a Web site. We plan to link to the virtual library when it goes live.

How long will this web site be available?
PBS is committed to educating the public and as such we will be making the "Wonders of the African World with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." web site available for at least through the year 2009.

What does Dr. Gates do? And where can I learn more about him?
Dr. Gates is chair of the Afro-American Studies Department and Director of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University. You can find his complete bio, an extensive bibliography of his writings, and exclusive video clips from his interview with PBS on this Web site in Behind the Scenes. If you are interested in other work Dr. Gates has done for PBS, check out the FRONTLINE Web site for The Two Nations of Black America. Dr. Gates explored whether there is a class divide in black America in the 90s.