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, December 15, 2017 - 8:30pm
This week on Arts InFocus, we sit down with a local painter in her Anderson Alley studio.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - 9:00pm
Join a team of archaeologists, scientists and historians as they reveal the little-known history of America’s Spanish colonists who settled in Florida in 1565, long before Jamestown or Plymouth
Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 10:00pm
This film tells the story of "Storm of the Century: The Blizzard of '49" - the worst series of storms in Wyoming's history.
Friday, December 29, 2017 - 9:00pm
During his eight-decade career, Bob Hope (1903-2003) was the only performer to achieve top-rated success in every form of mass entertainment
Monday, January 1, 2018 - 10:30pm
Meet the frank and funny creator of the groundbreaking “Tales of the City,” and follow his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South to a gay rights pioneer whose work has inspired millions.

Ongoing

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.
Vietnam veterans from the New York tri-state area discuss their service and the war.
Veterans from the New York tri-state area share stories of coming home after service.
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.
World War II is a watershed event for Latino Americans with hundreds of thousands of men and women serving in the armed forces — but still face discrimination and a fight for civil rights back in the United States. Watch On-Demand (In English & Spanish)
Host Mark Siegrist travels with nineteen World War II veterans from around Wisconsin as they return to Pearl Harbor in June of 2012. He captures their memories, stories, thoughts and feelings about the event that catapulted the United States into World War II. For many of the veterans, this is the first time talking about those experiences.
Recounts the stories of these ordinary men who became extraordinary heroes, as they gather one last time.
On-Demand
Hear how a single, controversial issue—who serves in the military—continues to define America. Watch On-Demand
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.

Recently

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 10:00pm
In Calculating Ada:The Countess of Computing, Dr. Hannah Fry (The Mathematics of Love) explores the short yet remarkable life of Ada Lovelace, a Victorian-era British socialite and one of the world’s earliest computer pioneers.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 9:00pm
2017 marks 100 years of service for The New York State Troopers.
Monday, December 11, 2017 - 9:00pm
Follow two Iraq veterans on a 2,700-mile trek on foot across America
Monday, December 11, 2017 - 6:30pm
Join WXXI and its partner, Friends of Ganondagan, for a free screening of this film that follows a team of archaeologists, scientists and historians to reveal colonial America’s Spanish roots.
Friday, December 8, 2017 - 8:30pm
Reflections on The Vietnam War focuses on Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s latest collaboration -- the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film.
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 9:00pm
Experience the memorable 50th anniversary performance of the band's seminal album
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 1:00pm
Africa's Great Civilizations, the six-hour documentary series hosted, executive produced and written by Emmy Award-winning Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., airs in its entirety Sunday, December 3 from 1 p.m.  to 7:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV.
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 8:00pm
Young Hyacinth is a comedy prequel to the popular BBC series Keeping Up Appearances, set in the 1950s and charting the early life of the remarkable Hyacinth, who is frantically trying to force her family to climb the social ladder.
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 12:00pm
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week- The Touring Year explores how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to become this extraordinary phenomenon, “The Beatles.”
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 8:00pm
Join a young Arapaho journalist and a teenage powwow princess as they travel with a Shoshone elder to reclaim their tribe’s lost artifacts.
Tuesday, November 28, 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.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 8:00pm
Join host Tom Hanks for a celebration of filmmaker Ken Burns, whose nearly four-decade career has resulted in some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made.
Monday, November 27, 2017 - 7:00pm
For Navajo and Hopi Tribes, running is more than a sport. 
Monday, November 27, 2017 - 7:00pm
Explore James Baldwin’s unfinished book about race in America in this Oscar-nominated documentary.
Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 11:00pm
What led approximately 600-plus volunteer soldiers to attack a peaceful settlement of Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians in the Southeastern Colorado Territory?
Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 10:00pm
Two-hundred and fifty years ago, three powers clashed in an epic struggle for North America. 
Friday, November 24, 2017 - 11:00pm
Pittsford native Richard Brookins plays the lead role in this documentary that tells the amazing true story of war, honor, luck and love. 
Friday, November 24, 2017 - 9:00pm
Enjoy the hit Broadway adaptation of the classic 1942 movie musical, showcasing an Irving Berlin score
Friday, November 24, 2017 - 8:30pm
This week on Arts InFocus, we sit down with a local painter in her Anderson Alley studio.
Friday, November 24, 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.
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