‘Finding Your Roots’ begins January 8

“Finding Your Roots,” hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., returns to the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) for Season 5, starting on Tuesday, January 8, for 10 weeks. Air time for the episodes is 8 p.m.

Jan. 8 –  Grandparents and Other Strangers – Actor Andy Samberg and author George R. R. Martin answer some family mysteries when DNA detective work uncovers new branches of their family trees.

Jan. 15 – Mystery Men – Felicity Huffman and Michael K. Williams grew up knowing little about their biological fathers, and seeing their lost ancestry restored proves deeply empowering.

Jan. 22 – Reporting on the Reporters – Journalists Christiane Amanpour, Ann Curry and Lisa Ling find the stories within their own family trees as compelling as the news stories they have covered.

Jan. 29 – Dreaming of a New Land – Marisa Tomei, Sheryl Sandberg and Kal Penn find out the challenges faced by their immigrant forebears from Italy, Russia and India.

Feb. 5 – Freedom Tales – S. Epatha Merkerson and Michael Strahan both discover unexpected stories that challenge assumptions about black history.

Feb. 12 – Roots in Politics – Politicians Paul Ryan, Tulsi Gabbard and Marco Rubio each see a shared vision of the American melting pot reflected in their ancestors’ stories.

Feb. 19 – No Laughing Matter – Comedians Seth Meyers, Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman find their family trees are filled with people whose struggles laid the groundwork for their success.

Feb. 26 – Hard Times – Filmmaker Michael Moore and actors Laura Linney and Chloë Sevigny find distant ancestors overcame great hardships in ways that resonate with their lives today.

April 2- The Eye of the Beholder – Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, performance artist Marina Abramović and painter Kehinde Wiley find their identities challenged—and affirmed.

April 9 – All in the Family – This show features actor Ty Burrell, and radio host Joe Madison. Also a look at how a summer camp for children is using genetic genealogy to help young people better understand their identities.

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