History

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

Coming Up

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 7:00pm
Grover and his friends are celebrating Passover in Israel!
Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 5:00pm
Historian, author and television presenter Helen Castor explores how the people of the Middle Ages handled the most fundamental moments of transition in life.
Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 2:00pm
Join us for two programs examining the legacy of the Titanic disaster.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 9:00pm
Venture behind the glamorous facade of Henry’s court to understand why courtiers lost their heads.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 9:00pm
Investigate how and why life-sized terracotta statues were made for Emperor Qin Shi Huang of China.

Recently

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 9:00pm
Go well beyond a biographical recounting of a star’s rise and fall by interweaving Garland’s personal story with discerning parallels from her films.
Friday, March 20, 2015 - 6:00pm
Pancho Barnes is a fascinating yet enigmatic icon whose swagger is often celebrated, but whose story has been largely unknown. Until now.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 8:00pm
Sir David Attenborough reflects on the dramatic impact that human beings have had on the natural world during his lifetime.
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.
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.
Friday, March 13, 2015 - 9:00pm
This WXXI presentation showcases the completed Eastman Theatre and the Wolk Atrium.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 8:00pm
Follow the Mexican-American girls who help preserve the Martha Washington debutante ball in Laredo. 
Monday, March 9, 2015 - 8:00pm
Before World War II, war reporting was considered No Job For a Woman.
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.