06 January 2010

Genealogy, genetics TV series starts Feb.10

Genealogy and genetics figure in the new PBS show, "Faces of America," which will explore the family history of 11 Americans.

The series, according to UPI, will air Wednesdays, February 10-March 3, hosted by Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University.

"Looking to the wider immigrant experience, Professor Gates unravels the American tapestry, following the threads of his guests' lives back to their origins around the globe. Along the way, the many stories he uncovers -- of displacement and homecoming, of material success and dispossession, of assimilation and discrimination -- illuminate the American experience," PBS said in a release this week."

The guest list includes poet Elizabeth Alexander, chef Mario Batali, comedian Stephen Colbert, novelist Louise Erdrich, writer Malcolm Gladwell, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, film director Mike Nichols, Her Royal Highness Queen Noor, actress Eva Longoria, actress Meryl Streep and figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi.

Looks like a good mix of interesting backgrounds. Stay tuned!


  1. Alan Schwartz7:43 AM

    I thought that NBC was to have agenealogy program similar to the one in England that, after many delays, was to begin in Jan., 2010. I wonder what is the latest on that program?
    Alan Schwartz

  2. Hi, Alan,

    The NBC show's start date is still up in the air. As soon as we know anything concrete, we'll let everyone know.

    Thanks for writing!