History

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

Coming Up

Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 2:00pm
Penny: Champion of the Marginalized airing Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 2 p.m. on WXXI-TV is a multi-dimensional portrait of Penny Cooper, a celebrated criminal defense attorney, art collector, supporter of female artists, and protector of the underdog.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 6:30pm
Searching for Home: Coming Back from War explores, in their own words, the Truth, the Healing and the Hope of veterans from all generations returning home from war, and their search for the “home” they left behind – physically, mentally and spiritually.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 8:00pm
The Story of China is an unprecedented, six-part series exploring the 4,000-year history of China, home to more than a billion people and an emerging global superpower. The Story of China continues on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV.
Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 1:00pm
Africa's Great Civilizations, the latest three-part, six-hour documentary series hosted, executive produced and written by Emmy Award-winning Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., premieres Sundays, July 2 and 9 from 1-4 p.m. on WXXI-TV.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 8:00pm
Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos (“Fuller House,” “Scream Queens”) is set to host the 37th annual edition of PBS’ A Capitol Fourth, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Ongoing

See a PBS Preview of THE VIETNAM WAR on-demand. This is a 30 minute preview 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.
Get a first look at THE VIETNAM WAR, a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that will air on PBS & WXXI-TV in September 2017.
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.
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.
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

Recently

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 8:00pm
The Story of China, premiering Tuesdays, June 20 to July 25, 2017 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV, is an unprecedented, six-part series exploring the 4,000-year history of China, home to more than a billion people and an emerging global superpower.
Monday, June 12, 2017 - 9:00pm
Seventy years after her death in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Anne Frank remains an inspiration to millions of people, and her diary is considered one of the most influential books of the twentieth century.
Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 7:00pm
In The Ascent of Woman: A 10,000 Year Story,  airing Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 7 p.m. on WXXI-TV, Dr. Amanda Foreman journeys around the world to study the experiences and expectations of women living in various societies throughout history.
Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 3:00pm
The 16th century legend of King Henry VIII is turned on its crowned head as the dramatic stories of his six tumultuous marriages are told from the wives’ perspectives in Secrets of the Six Wives, a three-part dramatic and historical series airing Saturday, June 10, 2017 beginning at 3 p.m. on WXXI-TV.
Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 5:00pm
In the forests of Oregon's Cascade Mountains, bustling camps of migrant workers hunt the elusive matsutake mushroom. Here, Kouy Loch, a 46-year-old former platoon leader of Cambodia’s Khmer Freedom Fighters crosses paths with Roger Higgins, a 75-year-old veteran sniper with the U.S. Special Forces in Vietnam.  
Friday, June 2, 2017 - 10:30pm
A PBS Preview of THE VIETNAM WAR will air after the National Memorial Day Concert. Get a 30 minute preview 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, May 31, 2017 - 8:00pm
To cultivate his healing from post-traumatic stress disorder, an Army combat veteran starts a farm and explores its potential in Farmer/Veteran from Independent Lens.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 4:00pm
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. Airs Tuesday May 30, 2017 at 4-4:30pm on WXXI-World
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 3:00pm
Twenty-two World War II veterans are invited on a trip to attend the 70th anniversary celebration of the invasion of D-Day in Normandy, France. 
Monday, May 29, 2017 - 10:00pm
To cultivate his healing from post-traumatic stress disorder, an Army combat veteran starts a farm and explores its potential in Farmer/Veteran from Independent Lens.
Monday, May 29, 2017 - 9:00pm
Take an intimate look into the lives of three veterans who returned home to the Adirondacks after deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 7:00pm
Canine Soldiers explores the intimate bond between Military Working Dogs and their handlers-combat soldiers who make life-and-death decisions based on the instincts and behavior of the dogs who lead their patrols.
Friday, May 26, 2017 - 6:00pm
The program profiles Tlingit veterans from Hoonah, Alaska who saw combat during the Vietnam War.  Airs Friday May 26, 2017 at 6-7pm & 9-10pm on WXXI-World
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 7:00pm
April, 1975. During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, North Vietnamese forces closed in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, an unlikely group of heroes took matters into their own hands. Airs Friday May 5, 2017 at 7pm on WXXI-World
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 7:00pm
Discover how WWI transformed America through the stories of African-American soldiers, feminist activists, Native-American “code talkers” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 9:00pm
Discover how WWI transformed America through the stories of African-American soldiers, feminist activists, Native-American “code talkers” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 10:00pm
Uncover new evidence tracing many of Leonardo da Vinci’s ideas and inventions to other scientists.
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 9:00pm
The moving drama hailed as “irresistible" by The Wall Street Journal returns for a final season.
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 9:00pm
The Response: America's Story asks listeners to respond to this: “Tell us why you, your parents, or your grandparents came to live in America.”
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 8:00pm
Discover Eisenhower as a great warrior of World War II , that knew that human society could no longer allow another global war – and its modern weapons of destruction – to break out again.
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