History

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

Coming Up

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 9:00pm
Re-examine the shocking story of Leopold and Loeb, two wealthy college students who murdered a 14-year-old boy in 1924 to prove they were smart enough to get away with it.
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 9:00pm
B.B. King, born Riley B. King, was one of the most influential and celebrated blues musicians of all time.
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 10:00pm
On the heels of Billie Jean King's visit to Rochester - as guest speaker for Susan B. Anthony's Birthday Luncheon, WXXI-TV is proud to present an encore broadcast of American Masters: Billie Jean King
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 9:30pm
Writer, folklorist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, a celebrated (and sometimes controversial) figure of the Harlem Renaissance
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 9:00pm
Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored — cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights.

Ongoing

On-Demand
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.
On-Demand
Join President and Mrs. Obama for an all-star tribute to the men and women who serve the United States.
On-Demand
Take advantage of LiDAR technology to re-create the landscape of D-Day. Watch On-Demand
On-Demand
Hear how a single, controversial issue—who serves in the military—continues to define America. Watch On-Demand

Recently

Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 9:30pm
Despite poverty, racism and limited opportunity, Summer Hill – and its segregated school – flourished for four generations.
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 8:00pm
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.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 9:00pm
Explore James Garfield’s unprecedented rise to power, his shooting by a madman and its bizarre and tragic aftermath.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 6:00pm
In 1938, the Carnegie Corporation commissioned Swedish sociologist Gunnar Myrdal to begin his landmark study of race and inequality in the United States.
Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 2:00pm
Chart the political and social changes wrought by the pervasiveness and fear of death during the Civil War. 
Friday, January 29, 2016 - 9:00pm
Winner of an Oscar, a Grammy, four Emmys, nine Tonys, three BAFTAs and many other awards, director, actor, writer, producer and comedian Mike Nichols (November 6, 1931 – November 19, 2014) was an artistic trailblazer.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 9:00pm
At the dawn of the 20th century, coal was the fuel that powered the nation. Yet few Americans thought much about the men who blasted the black rock from underground and hauled it to the surface.
Monday, January 25, 2016 - 10:00pm
Follow Whitney Young’s journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League. 
Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 9:00pm
In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27th), AM 1370 presents Confronting Hatred: 70 Years After the Holocaust on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 9 p.m.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 9:00pm
Discover the true story of the most famous outlaw couple in US history
Sunday, January 17, 2016 - 10:00pm
Based on real events, Mercy Street, a Civil War era drama produced in and around Richmond, Virginia, takes viewers beyond the battlefield and into the lives of Americans on the Civil War home front
Sunday, January 17, 2016 - 9:00pm
Hear captivating stories told by close friends and associates of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 8:00pm
Leading artists, authors, politicians, activists, business moguls, architects and journalists discover their fascinating family stories going back many generations in the new third season of the critically acclaimed series
Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 9:00pm
Day in and day out, year after year, a long line can be found in front of a house on the Prinsengracht, a canal in Amsterdam.
Thursday, December 24, 2015 - 8:00pm
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, December 23, 2015 - 10:00pm
Explore Jerusalem’s building legacy, from the walls of Temple Mount to the man-made mountain of Herodium.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 8:00pm
Alastair Sooke takes an in-depth look at the art of the Roman Empire in this three-part series airing in its entirety tonight on WXXI.
Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 9:00pm
Pittsford native Richard Brookins plays the lead role in this documentary that tells the amazing true story of war, honor, luck and love. 
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 9:00pm
Gain insights into the daily life and health of Roman citizens during the Roman Empire’s heyday.
Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 8:00pm
Richard Carpenter and his friends in the music industry, talk about the success of the Carpenters and their impact on music.