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Documentary Thursdays


January Documentaries

Puritans and Pioneers
January 17, 10:30am

Hollywood mainstays Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, and William H. Macy discover family legacies that predate the United States itself. Taken together, these stories from the past show our guests how personal choices can change history.

The Vanguard
January 24, 10:30am

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ava DuVernay, and Janet Mock find their identities challenged. By placing their ancestors’ lives in the context of history, they gain an appreciation for their family narratives and see how those narratives illustrate the diversity of the black experience.

Immigrant Nation
January 31, 10:30am

Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, and John Turturro explore the challenges faced by their immigrant forebears. In the end, each guest gains a greater understanding of how their immigrant ancestors laid the groundwork for their success.

February Documentaries

Brooklyn Bridge
February 7, 10:30am

Ken Burns creates a moving portrait of the Brooklyn Bridge as it captures the imagination of Americans, and has become a symbol of strength, vitality, ingenuity and promise.

Statue of Liberty
February 14, 10:30am

For over 100 years, the Statue of Liberty has been a symbol of hope and refuge for countless immigrants. In this compelling and provocative story, Ken Burns explores the history of America’s statue and the meaning of liberty.

The Shakers
February 21, 10:30am

They called themselves the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, but because of their ecstatic dancing, the world called them Shakers.

The Congress
February 28, 10:30am

The U.S. Congress is one of the country’s most important and misunderstood institutions. Ken Burns tells the story behind this branch of government.