History

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

Coming Up

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 8:00pm
Before World War II, war reporting was considered No Job For a Woman.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 8:00pm
Follow the Mexican-American girls who help preserve the Martha Washington debutante ball in Laredo. 
Friday, March 13, 2015 - 9:00pm
This WXXI presentation showcases the completed Eastman Theatre and the Wolk Atrium.
Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 12:00pm
Reveals the unique and distinctive qualities of one immigrant group’s experience, and how these qualities, over time, have shaped and challenged America.
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 12:00am
A tribute to the remarkable life and legacy of Margaret "Maggie" Ringenberg (1921-2008), a U.S. Army Air Force WASP (Women's Air Service Pilot) and renowned long-distance aviation racer.

Recently

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 9:00pm
Trace a teenaged rape victim’s five-year odyssey through Pakistan’s flawed justice system. 
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 11:30pm
Examine the dramatic life of writer/activist Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 7:00pm
Learn about a spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi in the 50s-60s to preserve segregation.
Monday, February 23, 2015 - 10:00pm
In 1938, the Carnegie Corporation commissioned Swedish sociologist Gunnar Myrdal to begin his landmark study of race and inequality in the United States.
Monday, February 23, 2015 - 7:00pm
Discover the life, music and influence of African-American gospel singer and guitar virtuoso Rosetta Tharpe. 
Friday, February 20, 2015 - 10:30pm
Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Vincent Van Gogh to perfection in this powerful and critically acclaimed docudrama.
Friday, February 20, 2015 - 9:00pm
Explore the life and legacy of playwright August Wilson — the man some call America’s Shakespeare — from his roots as an activist and poet to his indelible mark on Broadway.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 9:00pm
Beginning at the height of the Civil Rights Era and leading up to the present, this film provides a truthful, unflinching look at often-ignored artists and their progeny.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 6:30pm
Witness Muhammad Ali’s toughest bout, his battle to overturn his prison sentence for refusing U.S. military service. 
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 6:00pm
Despite poverty, racism and limited opportunity, Summer Hill – and its segregated school – flourished for four generations. 
Monday, February 16, 2015 - 10:00pm
Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People probes the recesses of American history through images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost.
Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 2:00pm
Though he is considered one of the most important figures in early Christianity and the "rock" of the Roman Catholic Church, Saint Peter is also one of the most puzzling characters in history.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 9:00pm
Watch a team re-create a lifting machine and trap-door system to release a wolf into the Colosseum.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 9:00pm
By the dawn of the nineteenth century, the most deadly killer in human history, tuberculosis, had killed one in seven of all the people who had ever lived.
Monday, February 9, 2015 - 7:00pm
Should there be an end to Black History Month? That’s the question explored by African-American filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman as he embarks on a cross-country campaign to do just that.
Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 2:00pm
The Mozart Festival is one of the world’s most spectacular music events, where artists and thousands of visitors come to Salzburg, city of Mozart’s birth, to celebrate Mozart.
Friday, February 6, 2015 - 8:30pm
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.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 9:00pm
Inspired by Timothy Egan’s best-selling book, The Big Burn is the dramatic story of the massive wildfire that swept across the Northern Rockies in the summer of 1910.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 8:00pm
According to the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, the desegregation of U.S. public schools peaked in the ’80s, but since then, schools have become even more segregated.
Monday, February 2, 2015 - 7:00pm
Follow Whitney Young’s journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League.