DNA Mysteries

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uses DNA detective work to solve mysteries in the family trees of actor Téa Leoni, and radio host Joe Madison, introducing each of them to parents and grandparents whose names they’ve never heard before.

Since the premiere of his groundbreaking series, African American Lives, in 2006 through the first two seasons of Finding Your Roots, noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has unearthed the family histories of influential people helping shape our national identity.

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Fashion's Roots

Diane Von Furstenberg, Narciso Rodriguez, and RuPaul Charles discover surprising roots.

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Criminal Kind

Laura Linney, Lisa Ling, and Soledad O’Brien discover surprising roots.

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Italian Roots

Jimmy Kimmel, Marisa Tomei, and John Turturro meet ancestors who made immense sacrifices.

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Slave Trade

Ava DuVernay, S. Epatha Merkerson, and Questlove discover unexpected family histories.