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  • The King and I

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    Queen Noor tells Henry Louis Gates, Jr. about how she met her then-future husband, King Hussein of Jordan.
  • What "home" means to me

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    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. asks Yo-Yo Ma what he hopes to learn about his ancestry, and what the idea of "home" means to him.
  • Reactions to an interracial marriage

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    Malcolm Gladwell relates the reactions of his English and Jamaican grandparents to his parents' interracial marriage.
  • What it means to be African American

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    Elizabeth Alexander and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discuss what it means to be African American, especially in the context of Alexander'?s mixed heritage.
  • Ethnic diversity

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    Queen Noor describes how she learned about her diverse ethnic background as a child from her parents.
  • The legacy of British colonialism and Irish Americans

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    Stephen Colbert talks about what it means to be Irish in America, the legacy of British colonialism, and a surprising discovery about his wife'?s heritage.
  • Native Americans and the importance of ancestry

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    Louise Erdrich on why ancestral history is central to the existence of Native Americans, and why protecting that history is so important
  • Family, race and color

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    Malcolm Gladwell talks about the variations in race and '?skin politics'? in Jamaica and America among West Indians and African Americans.
  • Clifford Alexander and the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    Elizabeth Alexander talks about her father, Clifford Alexander, Jr. and his role in quelling violence in Washington, D.C. after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mr. Alexander was the first African American Secretary of the Army.moreless
  • Stories of the past

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    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. asks Kristi Yamaguchi about stories she heard about her family as a child, and what she hopes to learn about her ancestors.
  • Ethnic identification and discrimination

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    Louise Erdrich talks about how she self-identifies, and her grandfather'?s influence on whether or not she belonged in the tribal nation.
  • First visit to Japan

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    Kristi Yamaguchi talks about what she felt when she first visited Japan and met relatives in her ancestral homeland.
  • Connecting the African American past to the present

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    Elizabeth Alexander talks about her family'?s accomplishments, and how they may (or may not) relate to what Henry Louis Gates, Jr. revealed about her ancestry.
  • Clifford Alexander, Sr. arrives in America

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    Elizabeth Alexander talks about her grandfather, Clifford Alexander, Sr. and his emigration from Jamaica to start a new life and raise a family in Harlem.
  • What makes us who we are?

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    Malcolm Gladwell and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discuss the factors that inform our identity '? is it our experiences, our family history, society, or a combination of the three?
  • Preview - Faces of America with henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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    What made America? What makes us? These two questions are at the heart of the new PBS series Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  • Learning English the hard way

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    Dr. Oz tells the story of how his father worked as a doctor in Cleveland despite not knowing any English, and the importance of the immigrant work ethic.
  • Know Thyself

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 3/2/10

    "Know Thyself" takes up the search for the guests' ancestries where the historical record leaves off and links their distinctive family histories to the broader history of "the family of man."
  • Making America

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 2/23/10

    Learn about how land came to define the settling and identity of America, and of how the guests' ancestors were part of this history.
  • Becoming American

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 2/16/10

    Explore the many journeys to becoming American that defined the "Century of Immigration" (1820s - 1924) and transformed the United States from a sleepy agrarian country into a booming industrial power.
  • Our American Stories

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    S 1 : Ep 1 - 2/10/10

    Our American Stories explores the dynamic and shifting relationship America had with her new immigrants in the 20th century. World war tore apart families; and sundered the fabric of many lives; but America beckoned and millions came. Yet, America was an ambivalent host.moreless
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