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, November 21, 2017 - 9:00pm
THE VIETNAM WAR, the new 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will re-air weekly on Tuesdays, beginning October 3rd through November 28, at 9:00 p.m. ET on WXXI-TV (check local listings).  Go to WXXI Vietnam War Initiative for related programs, on-demand episode access and schedule,  local Rochester stories & resources.
Friday, November 24, 2017 - 7:00pm
THE VIETNAM WAR, the new 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will re-air  on WXXI-World as to the schedule below. (check local listings).  Go to WXXI Vietnam War Initiative for related programs and the on-demand episode access schedule. Check out  local Rochester stories & resources.
Friday, November 24, 2017 - 8:30pm
This week on Arts InFocus, we sit down with a local painter in her Anderson Alley studio.
Friday, November 24, 2017 - 9:00pm
Enjoy the hit Broadway adaptation of the classic 1942 movie musical, showcasing an Irving Berlin score
Friday, November 24, 2017 - 11:00pm
Pittsford native Richard Brookins plays the lead role in this documentary that tells the amazing true story of war, honor, luck and love. 

Ongoing

Episode 8: The History of the World (April 1969-May 1970) on-demand to 10/15 and again 11/14-11/28. Nixon withdraws troops but upon sending forces to Cambodia the antiwar movement reignites.
Episode 9: A Disrespectful Loyalty (May 1970-March 1973) on-demand to 10/15 and again 11/21-12/5. South Vietnam fights alone as Nixon and Kissinger find a way out for America. Some POWs return.
Episode 10: The Weight of Memory (March 1973-Onward) on-demand to 10/15 and again 11/28-12/12. Saigon falls and the war ends. Americans & Vietnamese from all sides seek reconciliation.
In this special edition of "Rochester History" in 1986, Assistant City Historian, Ruth Rosenber-Naparsteck, recounts the events of the Vietnam War era that took place in the City of Rochester.
Take a tour of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Highland Park in Rochester, NY
The 1968 My Lai massacre, its cover-up, and the soldiers who broke rank to halt the atrocities. Watch On-Demand
In October 1967, in a jungle in Vietnam, a Viet Cong ambush nearly wiped out an American battalion, prompting some in power to question whether the war might be unwinnable. On a campus in Wisconsin, a student protest against the war spiraled out of control, marking the first time that a campus anti-war demonstration had turned violent. Watch On-Demand
Listen to WXXI's Connections podcast interview with Lynn Novick, previewing the PBS Vietnam War Series to air in September. The ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick  is coming to PBS & WXXI-TV in September 2017.
Vietnam veterans from the New York tri-state area discuss their service and the war.
Veterans from the New York tri-state area share stories of coming home after service.
Four documentary shorts from the Veterans Coming Home project look at the military-civilian divide in America.
Three documentary shorts from the Veterans Coming Home project look at the military-civilian divide in America.
The 442nd Regimental Combat Team was an infantry regiment in the United States Army comprised of Americans of Japanese ancestry. They fought in Italy and France during World War II against the German Army of Hitler's Third Reich, and a reputation for being a crack infantry unit.
"Tom's War," the newest animated short from StoryCorps, brings a new dimension to our current remembrance of Vietnam. See this animated short on-demand
Examine the Vietnam War and its impact through interviews conducted on “The Dick Cavett Show.”
Join President and Mrs. Obama for an all-star tribute to the men and women who serve the United States.
On-Demand: The Battle of Chosin recounts this epic conflict through the heroic stories of the men who fought it.
World War II is a watershed event for Latino Americans with hundreds of thousands of men and women serving in the armed forces — but still face discrimination and a fight for civil rights back in the United States. Watch On-Demand (In English & Spanish)
Host Mark Siegrist travels with nineteen World War II veterans from around Wisconsin as they return to Pearl Harbor in June of 2012. He captures their memories, stories, thoughts and feelings about the event that catapulted the United States into World War II. For many of the veterans, this is the first time talking about those experiences.
Recounts the stories of these ordinary men who became extraordinary heroes, as they gather one last time.

Recently

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 9:00pm
Medicine Woman, interweaves the lives of Native American women healers of today with the story of America’s first Native doctor, Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865-1915).
Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 8:00pm
In Cortez, Colorado, the Team explores the Dillard site, a village that some 1500 years ago was home to people of the Basketmaker III era, a culture that advanced itself with technologies like farming, pottery, and the bow and arrow.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 11:00pm
Take Me Home Huey tells the journey of a Medevac helicopter, nearly destroyed during the Vietnam War, as it is resurrected and transformed into colorful sculpture and shows how the arts can help people heal.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 9:00pm
This compelling documentary invites viewers into the lives of contemporary Native American role models living in the midwest.
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 9:30pm
Discover the shocking reality of the global arms trade through the stories of those who perpetrate and investigate this shadow economy
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 10:00pm
A documentary film about Comanche activist LaDonna Harris
Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 4:00pm
The Pilgrims uncovers the riveting story of the men and women of the Mayflower.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 6:00pm
As the doctor reverses roles and becomes the patient, this poignant story of vulnerability and personal revelation will inspire and educate.
Monday, November 13, 2017 - 8:00pm
Legendary as one of America's greatest horse tribes, the 21st century Nez Perce decided to bring horses back to their land and live with the unlikely help of a charismatic Navajo horseman, Rudy Shebala.
Monday, November 13, 2017 - 7:00pm
A young Tlingit makes a pilgrimage to his ancestral home and is forced to confront the dichotomy between his history and the world he lives in.
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 9:00pm
Through secretly taped phone calls and archival interviews, most unheard until now, LBJ's War, tells the story of LBJ's fall from grace
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 11:00am
THE VIETNAM WAR, a new 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will air as a marathon offering November 11, 2017 from 11am-9pm & November 12th 12pm-8pm on WXXI-TV.
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:30pm
This week on Arts InFocus, we rediscover the art of macramé with local artist Laura Seymour.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 10:00pm
Disasters are big business. Follow an investigation with NPR into who profits when disaster strikes.
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 10:00pm
Called by some the "original Code Talkers", this is the story of the important role Choctaw soldiers played in WWI.
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 5:00pm
Hosted by British actress Patricia Routledge, the charming documentary Beatrix Potter with Patricia Routledge recounts the life story of internationally beloved children’s author Beatrix Potter.
Friday, November 3, 2017 - 8:30pm
This week on Arts InFocus, local musician, Aweful Kanawful, takes matters into his own hands.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 10:30pm
War, deception and art come together in Rick Beyer’s new documentary The Ghost Army
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 10:30pm
Follow scientists as they uncover “deviant” burials dating back to medieval England, pointing to a belief that the dead could rise from their graves.
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 9:00pm
This program draws on the rich palette of Poe’s evocative imagery and sharply drawn plots to tell the real story of the notorious author.
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