History

History programs on WXXI TV and Radio as well as online discussion and special events hosted by WXXI are featured below.

Coming Up

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
THE VIETNAM WAR, the new 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will re-air  on WXXI-World as to the schedule below. (check local listings).  Go to WXXI Vietnam War Initiative for related programs and the on-demand episode access schedule. Check out  local Rochester stories & resources.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 9:00pm
THE VIETNAM WAR, the new 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will re-air weekly on Tuesdays, beginning October 3rd through November 28, at 9:00 p.m. ET on WXXI-TV (check local listings).  Go to WXXI Vietnam War Initiative for related programs, on-demand episode access and schedule,  local Rochester stories & resources.
Friday, October 27, 2017 - 8:30pm
A collection of West Pointers poignantly share, sometimes with great emotion, their first-hand stories about the carnage of war, the war's impact on their lives and beliefs, and their enduring bonds of brotherhood.
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 9:00pm
This program draws on the rich palette of Poe’s evocative imagery and sharply drawn plots to tell the real story of the notorious author.
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 10:30pm
Follow scientists as they uncover “deviant” burials dating back to medieval England, pointing to a belief that the dead could rise from their graves.

Ongoing

Episode 3: The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965) on-demand to 10/15 and again 10/10-10/24. With South Vietnam near collapse, LBJ bombs the North and sends US troops to the South.
Episode 4: Resolve (January 1966-June 1967) on-demand to 10/15 and again 10/17-10/31. US soldiers discover Vietnam is unlike their fathers’ war, as the antiwar movement grows.
Episode 5: This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967) on-demand to 10/15 and again 10/24-11/7. President Johnson escalates the war while promising the public that victory is in sight.
Episode 6: Things Fall Apart (January 1968-July 1968) on-demand to 10/15 and again 10/31-11/14. Shaken by the Tet Offensive, assassinations and unrest, America seems to be coming apart.
Episode 7: The Veneer of Civilization (June 1968-May 1969) on-demand to 10/15 and again 11/7-11/21. After chaos roils the Democratic Convention, Nixon, promising peace, wins the presidency.
Episode 8: The History of the World (April 1969-May 1970) on-demand to 10/15 and again 11/14-11/28. Nixon withdraws troops but upon sending forces to Cambodia the antiwar movement reignites.
Episode 9: A Disrespectful Loyalty (May 1970-March 1973) on-demand to 10/15 and again 11/21-12/5. South Vietnam fights alone as Nixon and Kissinger find a way out for America. Some POWs return.
Episode 10: The Weight of Memory (March 1973-Onward) on-demand to 10/15 and again 11/28-12/12. Saigon falls and the war ends. Americans & Vietnamese from all sides seek reconciliation.
In this special edition of "Rochester History" in 1986, Assistant City Historian, Ruth Rosenber-Naparsteck, recounts the events of the Vietnam War era that took place in the City of Rochester.
Take a tour of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Highland Park in Rochester, NY
The 1968 My Lai massacre, its cover-up, and the soldiers who broke rank to halt the atrocities. Watch On-Demand
In October 1967, in a jungle in Vietnam, a Viet Cong ambush nearly wiped out an American battalion, prompting some in power to question whether the war might be unwinnable. On a campus in Wisconsin, a student protest against the war spiraled out of control, marking the first time that a campus anti-war demonstration had turned violent. Watch On-Demand
Listen to WXXI's Connections podcast interview with Lynn Novick, previewing the PBS Vietnam War Series to air in September. The ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick  is coming to PBS & WXXI-TV in September 2017.
Four documentary shorts from the Veterans Coming Home project look at the military-civilian divide in America.
Three documentary shorts from the Veterans Coming Home project look at the military-civilian divide in America.
The 442nd Regimental Combat Team was an infantry regiment in the United States Army comprised of Americans of Japanese ancestry. They fought in Italy and France during World War II against the German Army of Hitler's Third Reich, and a reputation for being a crack infantry unit.
"Tom's War," the newest animated short from StoryCorps, brings a new dimension to our current remembrance of Vietnam. See this animated short on-demand
Examine the Vietnam War and its impact through interviews conducted on “The Dick Cavett Show.”
Join President and Mrs. Obama for an all-star tribute to the men and women who serve the United States.
On-Demand: The Battle of Chosin recounts this epic conflict through the heroic stories of the men who fought it.

Recently

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 6:00pm
Take Me Home Huey tells the journey of a Medevac helicopter, nearly destroyed during the Vietnam War, as it is resurrected and transformed into colorful sculpture and shows how the arts can help people heal.The show will air  on WXXI-World as in the schedule below. (check local listings).
Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 11:30pm
My Music brings back the disco years with live performances from the legends of the lighted dance floor.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 6:00pm
Sixty years after production began on George Stevens’ classic Giant, this documentary returns to Marfa, Texas
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 8:00pm
Today’s leading artists, politicians, activists, performers and journalists discover surprising ancestral stories while learning their family history in the fourth season of the critically acclaimed series
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 6:00pm
Meet renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who ignited an international movement for peace after the brutal murder of his 24-year old son
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 1:00pm
The collected stories of Sholem Aleichem (1859-1916) became the basis for Fiddler on the Roof, but there is much more to the author’s life than a Broadway melody.
Friday, September 22, 2017 - 10:30pm
The Last Ring Home is the story of Lt Minter Dial and his 1932 Annapolis Naval Academy ring that miraculously made its way home 17 years after he was killed as a POW of the Japanese in WWII.
Friday, September 22, 2017 - 8:30pm
This week on Arts InFocus, go behind the scenes as the Rochester Museum and Science Center restores a historic diorama.
Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 7:00pm
Learn about the African Kushites who overthrew the ancient Egyptians and ruled for nearly 100 years.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 9:30pm
For over a decade filmmaker John J. Valadez searched for the remains of Joaquin Murrieta, a legendary Mexican outlaw who blazed a trail of revenge across California until he was caught and decapitated in the summer of 1853.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 8:00pm
Playing like a street mural come to life, My Neighborhood: Pilsen is a look at the cumulative power of decades of work by the predominantly Mexican-American working class Chicago community of Pilsen.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 6:00pm
Time to Lay It Down: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War explores the music created during the Vietnam War, which expressed the deep divisions in the U.S., and provided a life line for GIs in Vietnam, as well as a source of healing when they came home.
Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 7:00pm
Hear how a single, controversial issue—who serves in the military—continues to define America.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 9:00pm
A glimpse into the life of the most successful landscape architect to have ever lived.
Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 9:00pm
A growing number of colleges and universities in the eastern United States are confronting their historic ties to the slave trade. 
Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 7:00pm
The Erie Canal was an engineering marvel in its time and remains so today. The waterway brought wealth and a host of new influences to Rochester and the other towns it touched.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 10:00pm
Learn about a man who may have known more about Osama bin Laden than any other person in America.
Friday, September 1, 2017 - 10:30pm
A PBS Preview of THE VIETNAM WAR gives a 30 minute inside look at the making of the ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that is coming to PBS & WXXI-TV in September 2017.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 8:00pm
Iconic 19th-century painter and naturalist John James Audubon, who explored the American frontier in search of "the feathered tribes" he loved and studied, is spotlighted
Monday, August 28, 2017 - 9:00pm
Armed with his Appleton's Guide, Michael Portillo reaches a milestone on his American journey: the boundary between the northern and southern states, known as the Mason-Dixon line.
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