Catch up on ‘Finding Your Roots’ Friday nights this fall

The acclaimed series “Finding Your Roots” returns as an encore presentation Friday nights at 8 p.m. this fall on Arizona PBS, as Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. explores the mysteries, surprises and revelations hidden in the family trees of popular figures.

Watch for a brand new season of “Finding Your Roots” beginning in January 2019 on Arizona PBS.

Oct. 12: “The Stories We Tell

Join host Henry Louis Gates Jr. as he uncovers the history of notable Americans. Discover the unsolved mysteries behind the family stories of political organizer Donna Brazile, actor Ty Burrell and artist Kara Walker as they learn how the legacy of slavery has shaped their identities.

Oct. 19: “The Irish Factor

Explore the shared Irish ancestry of Soledad O’Brien, Bill O’Reilly and Bill Maher and how they have been deeply influenced by their Irish roots.

Oct. 26: “In Search of Freedom

Learn how the ancestors of Maya Rudolph, Shonda Rhimes and Keenen Ivory Wayans struggled for freedom, and how each of these cultural trailblazers gains a new understanding of how they fit into this proud trajectory.

Nov. 2: “Tragedy + Time = Comedy”

Uncover a history of tragedies and triumphs in the families of three of America’s funniest men – Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear and Bill Hader – as they learn how comedy truly has its place in all aspects of life.

Nov. 16: “Visionaries”

Discover how the ancestors of business mogul Richard Branson and architects Maya Lin and Frank Gehry took audacious risks to create opportunities, and how their luck, ingenuity and chutzpah was passed on to these three visionaries.

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