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

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 9:00pm
Follow Queen Elizabeth II’s remarkable life
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 10:00pm
Over 80 years after her death, Marie Curie remains by far the best known female scientist.
Friday, September 4, 2015 - 9:00pm
Uncover the story of Althea Gibson (1927-2003), who emerged as the unlikely queen of the segregated tennis world of the 1950s.
Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 10:00pm
Set during an era of U.S. post-industrialization in which numerous factories have been exported, Downeast focuses on Antonio Bussone's efforts to open a processing factory in rural Maine.
Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 9:00pm
As the school season begins, WXXI-AM 1370 brings listeners radio documentaries that address important issues in education.


Listen to On-Demand to Connections: Operation Babylift from Friday April 24th.
Examine the Vietnam War and its impact through interviews conducted on “The Dick Cavett Show.”
Recounts the stories of these ordinary men who became extraordinary heroes, as they gather one last time.
NOVA offers a number of episodes related to military history, soldiers and veterans: Watch On-Demand
Join President and Mrs. Obama for an all-star tribute to the men and women who serve the United States.
Take advantage of LiDAR technology to re-create the landscape of D-Day. Watch On-Demand
Hear how a single, controversial issue—who serves in the military—continues to define America. Watch On-Demand


Sunday, August 23, 2015 - 2:00pm
This film chronicles and celebrates Little League’s 75-year contribution to American culture and to the quality of life for millions around the world.
Friday, August 21, 2015 - 9:00pm
Journey to the heart of a London institution, a museum housing masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.
Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 10:30pm
Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Vincent Van Gogh to perfection in this powerful and critically acclaimed docudrama.
Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 3:30pm
This film explores the increasing racial diversity and shift in attitudes toward musicians of color in the classical music world through Ann Hobson Pilot's professional journey.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 9:30pm
Follow the evolution of Monty Python from its beginnings as a wacky British sketch comedy troupe to its current standing as a certified global phenomenon
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 8:00pm
WXXI-TV is pleased to present MOTOWN 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever
Monday, August 10, 2015 - 8:00pm
Learn the story behind the award-winning documentary and explore how the groundbreaking film literally changed the way Americans look at their history.
Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 4:00pm
A previously unknown glimpse into the life of Wallis Simpson.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 9:00pm
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of President Lydon B. Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act in August 1965
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 8:00pm
Take an intimate look into the lives of three veterans who returned home to the Adirondacks after deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 9:00pm
Follow the minute-by-minute story of the Fukushima nuclear crisis and its aftermath.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 8:00pm
The Bomb tells the story of the most powerful and destructive device ever invented.
Sunday, July 26, 2015 - 10:00pm
See how faith, hope and love are put to the test as the war machine grinds on.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:00pm
Legends of the Sky: The Jenny takes viewers back to the era of the Wright Brothers and Glenn Curtiss as they competed to build a newer, better, faster aeroplane for America…
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 10:00pm
Follow two filmmakers who set out to interview El Chapo Guzmán, leader of a major drug cartel.
Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 9:00pm
Venture inside the relationship of a solitary confinement prisoner and an artist who befriended him. 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 10:00pm
The names of the Apollo astronauts are well-known, their actions and achievements are well-documented, but what of the women they spent their lives with - the wives forced to stand in the shadow of the moon?
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 9:00pm
As July 13, 1977 dawned hot and humid, New Yorkers prepared themselves for another sweltering day. But high temperatures weren’t the only thing making them sweat:
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 8:00pm
In July of 1964 a three-day race riot erupted in two African-American neighborhoods in Rochester.
Friday, July 10, 2015 - 9:00pm
One of the most influential American novels of the 20th century and biggest bestsellers of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird was believed to be the first and only novel by Nelle Harper Lee (born April 28, 1926), until now.