Finding Your Roots

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The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of Season 2 of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Continuing on the quest begun in his previous projects, African American Lives, African American Lives 2, Faces of America, and the first season of Finding Your Roots.
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Aaron SanchezAlan DershowitzAnderson Cooper
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English [CC]
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  1. 1. In Search of Our Fathers
    September 23, 2014
    53min
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    From PBS - Join Gates to uncover the paternal ancestry of Stephen King, Gloria Reuben and Courtney Vance.
  2. 2. Born Champions
    September 30, 2014
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    From PBS - Examine the ancestral origins of athletes Derek Jeter, Billie Jean King and Rebecca Lobo.
  3. 3. Our American Storytellers
    October 7, 2014
    53min
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    From PBS - Learn how the lives of forebears of Ken Burns, Anderson Cooper and Anna Deavere Smith intersected.
  4. 4. The Melting Pot
    October 21, 2014
    53min
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    From PBS - Meet three chefs, Tom Colicchio, Ming Tsai and Aaron Sanchez, who cook the food of their ancestors.
  5. 5. We Come From People
    October 28, 2014
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    From PBS - Trace the roots of Nas, Angela Bassett and Valerie Jarrett into the heart of slavery.
  6. 6. Our People, Our Traditions
    November 4, 2014
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    From PBS - Three celebrated Americans who share not only a Jewish heritage but also a history of perseverance in the face of withering opposition.
  7. 7. The British Invasion
    November 11, 2014
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    From PBS - Three guests whose ancestry demonstrates the extraordinary influence of the British Empire during the 18th and early 19th century.
  8. 8. Ancient Roots
    November 18, 2014
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    From PBS - Ancient Roots traces the family history of three quintessential voices in American life.
  9. 9. Decoding Out Past
    November 25, 2014
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    From PBS - Deval Patrick is the first African American Governor of Massachusetts, and Jessica Alba is an actress who proudly embraces her Mexican American heritage. But cutting edge DNA analysis reveals that their family trees in fact contain a far more diverse range of cultures and races.
  10. 10. Roots of Freedom
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    October 14, 2014
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    Three guests whose families have been engaged in the battle for freedom and civil rights but who had no idea those principles were passed down through generations of ancestors. Featuring Ben Affleck, Benjamin Jealous, and Khandi Alexander.

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Janeen MurrayReviewed in the United States on August 25, 2018
1.0 out of 5 starsThere is something wrong with this episode
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I bought Finding Your Roots Season 2 Episode 6 and when I try to watch it, my kindle fire plays Episode 5 again...both
episodes are episode 5....even though episode 6 says it is about Alan Dershowitz et al, it shows episode 5 again.....can it be fixed please so I can watch what I paid for?
21 people found this helpful
W. HandyReviewed in the United States on March 26, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsPeople are fascinating - especially Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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I want to have dinner with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. I'd read some of his valuable writings, so even though I wasn't much interested in genealogy, his name drew me to watch a couple episodes of this series. Quickly, I was hooked. Even if I don't much care about the particular guests, their histories tend to be fascinating - as are their responses to what they learn. You have to be prepared to hear "Wow!" a lot, but you'll survive. Warning: After watching for a while, I spent money on a membership to Ancestry.com.
4 people found this helpful
Barbara F. MarkhamReviewed in the United States on May 1, 2015
5.0 out of 5 starsMy father and my son
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I love this program! I have been on my own journey to discover my family. At 55, this past year, I discovered my paternity was not what had been told. I launched an exhaustive search and was fortunate to find some surviving family members, as my biological father passed in 1997. Without the DNA testing available through Ancestry.com, I would have never known. This program bring life to this subject, and Henry Louis Gates does an extraordinary job at bringing perspective to what struggles and triumphs ancestors experienced. I feel very personally connected to these stories. Please keep the stories coming!
15 people found this helpful
JennyReviewed in the United States on January 8, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsJessica Alba episode
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The whole season is great. All of the seasons are. You will always learn something new and be entertained. The Jessica Alba episode was my favorite. I enjoyed learning about the genetic diversity of peoples with deep roots in Mexico. I had no idea that many Mexicans/Mexican Americans carry Jewish and African ancestry. This prompted me to watch Dr Gate’s other program Black in Latin America.
4 people found this helpful
Susan C. ParksReviewed in the United States on February 14, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsWorth every minute of your time.
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The entire season is worth watching. For those who think it is just about "genealogy", that is just the vehicle for learning about history, American history and its roots elsewhere, in an interesting and engaging manner. It really hooks you and pretty soon you need to see Season 1 and then you need to watch the current season and then you watch it again.
5 people found this helpful
K. WadeReviewed in the United States on January 31, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsGets you excited about Genealogy!
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I am always a huge fan of genealogy research so it is no surprise I give it five stars. But what I like in particular about this show is how they showcase 3 guests that all have a connection, either they are professional comics, or they all have Irish ancestry, or they are African American with slaves in the family tree. They try to bring the ancestors alive with stories about the time period (famine, fire, Holocaust etc) as they share the information. Very informative. I love how they use DNA to confirm or debunk assumed family stories.
3 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on January 30, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsAddicted
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I truly love this show and I feel that every American should watch it. Each of us go through life not realizing how big our small contributions... good or bad, are to the society around us. What amazing history has been discovered, just by researching one persons ancestral story.... Each episode that I have watched so far has made me laugh, has made me cry and has further allowed me to appreciate those who have left their indelible mark on all of us today.
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katReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2015
5.0 out of 5 starsI enjoyed all the episodes
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It was an interesting season. I enjoyed all the episodes. Not all the people were thrilled with their ancestors, but we are not responsible for the things our ancestors did. I enjoy the history of it and that the program does not solely rely on online materials. The people participating may be famous but most of their families are not and, it seems, everyone had an interesting story to tell. It was worth buying.
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