Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Season Four (PBS)In season four of Finding Your Roots, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. continues his quest to understand our collective American identity, bringing to life the family histories of African American, Asian, Greek, Indian, Irish, Italian, Jewish, and Latin American guests alike. List of season four guests coming soon!
The MAKERS ConferenceEach year, MAKERS gathers over 500 change-makers from private, public, education, and not-for-profit sectors to set an agenda for helping women advance in the workplace. Sessions explore a wide range of topics from comedy to policy, and sports to workplace harassment, with an emphasis on actively solving problems, rather than simply talking about them. Past participants include actress Jennifer Aniston, activist Gloria Steinem, astronaut Mae Jamison, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, fashion designer Diane von Fustenberg, FDNY Firefighter Regina Wilson, actress Eva Longoria, former White House CTO Megan Smith, and many others.
Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise (PBS)In his new four-hour series, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. Joined by leading scholars, celebrities, and a dynamic cast of people who shaped these years, Gates travels from the victories of the civil rights movement up to today, asking profound questions about the state of black America—and our nation as a whole.
Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman (AOL/Amazon)Out on America’s vast working landscapes – the ranches of the Mountain west, the farmlands of the Great Plains, the waterways of the Mississippi Delta – a huge, largely hidden, and entirely unexpected movement is being born. Tens of thousands of heartland conservationists are leading some of the most consequential work in the nation to restore America’s forests, grasslands, wildlife, soil, rivers and wetlands: the vast, rich bounty that shaped our national character and sustains our way of life. Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman will tell the stories of five Americans representative of this movement, in a book and film to be released together this year.Photo by Lisa Wood
Africa: The History of a Continent with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (PBS)In this epic new series, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presents a new, dynamic and definitive history of Africa: the epic story of the continent told for a new generation. Ranging the entire continent, Gates tells the story of this spectacular landmass and its great civilizations, from the dawn of humanity to the threshold of the modern age. Bold, engaging and celebratory, this is a series full of surprising stories, extraordinary characters, and big ideas.
First In Human: The Trials of Building 10 (Discovery)Though unknown to nearly everyone who does not work there, the anonymous “Building 10” is uniquely situated at the very forefront of cutting edge medical developments. Nicknamed “America’s Hospital,” this particular structure, the largest research-only hospital in the world, houses a medical facility specializing in advanced clinical trials, as well as the Undiagnosed Disease Program. Patients from all over the world apply to be treated at the Undiagnosed Disease Program as a last resort when no other doctor can determine what is wrong. Some of the most innovative and revelatory medicine being practiced today takes place inside Building 10, but the public has had almost no insight into the facility. Until now.
MAKERS: Once And For AllIn September 1995, the UN Fourth World Conference on Women was held in Beijing, China. More than 47,000 outspoken activists and impassioned leaders hailing from almost every country, religion, and culture on earth came together in Beijing—and at the parallel NGO Forum—making it the largest gathering of women's advocates in history. "MAKERS: Once And For All" is a feature film presented by AOL that tells the story of the Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing 1995 as a watershed event in the global struggle for women's rights. With original interviews with subjects, including Hillary Clinton, and archival footage, the film captures the suspenseful months leading up to Beijing and the high-stakes drama of the event itself. Through the eyes of global leaders and grassroots women, it offers a window into Beijing's historic days, its impact, and its unfinished legacy. The feature documentary will memorialize this unprecedented moment in time and reignite momentum for lasting change.