Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Faces of America PBS tonight
Tonight on PBS Henry Louis Gates Jr. premiers his new series Faces of America.
Here's their synopsis:
About the Program
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. The Harvard scholar turns to the latest tools of genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 12 renowned Americans — professor and poet Elizabeth Alexander, chef Mario Batali, comedian Stephen Colbert, novelist Louise Erdrich, journalist Malcolm Gladwell, actress Eva Longoria, musician Yo-Yo Ma, director Mike Nichols, Her Majesty Queen Noor, television host/heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, actress Meryl Streep, and figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi.
I was lucky enough to be invited to the PBS press tour this year and meet the amazing Gates. I really love his programs. African American Lives and Looking for Lincoln were such great shows. PBS gave me one of the episodes of Faces of America that will run every Wednesday from Feb 10 through March 3, and it is as fascinating as African American lives was.
Definitely check this out tonight!
Here's another clip of Gates talking about the series. As a note I was in the room while this was being taped. Which was crazy exciting for me.