History

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

Coming Up

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 3:00pm
Working at a time when women were expected to stay at home and raise children, Mary Lou Williams forged her own path and created some of the most sophisticated big band hits.
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 12:00pm
An hour-long, song-filled journey on Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train.  Never before had a president’s death been memorialized by rail.
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
“Jackie Robinson is the most important figure in our nation’s most important game.” - Ken Burns.
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 9:00pm
Five documentary shorts from the Veterans Coming Home project look at women in the military.
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 9:00pm
The Talk – Race in America, a multiplatform media initiative, presents six personal stories to illustrate the issue from multiple points of view: parent, child, the police and the community.

Ongoing

On-Demand
Take advantage of LiDAR technology to re-create the landscape of D-Day. Watch On-Demand
Get a first look at THE VIETNAM WAR, a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that will air on PBS & WXXI-TV in September 2017.
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.
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.
On-Demand
Hear how a single, controversial issue—who serves in the military—continues to define America. Watch On-Demand

Recently

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 10:00pm
From bedchambers to flower beds, two new one-hour specials on PBS reveal the secluded spaces of British royal families.
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 3:00pm
Working at a time when women were expected to stay at home and raise children, Mary Lou Williams forged her own path and created some of the most sophisticated big band hits.
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 2:00pm
WXXI and the City of Rochester present a half-hour special that highlights the history of the spoken word in African-American culture and how it influenced jazz.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 6:00pm
B.B. King, born Riley B. King, was one of the most influential and celebrated blues musicians of all time.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 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 14, 2017 - 9:00pm
Before the occupation of the refuge in Oregon, before the siege at Waco, before Oklahoma City, there was Ruby Ridge.
Monday, February 13, 2017 - 10:00pm
Meet African-American musician Daryl Davis, who has a peculiar passion — meeting and befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan in an attempt to change their minds and forge racial conciliation, one racist at a time.
Monday, February 13, 2017 - 7:00pm
Discover the life, music and influence of African-American gospel singer and guitar virtuoso Rosetta Tharpe. 
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 9:00pm
Objects hold history. They’re evocative of stories stamped in time.
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 1:00pm
Despite poverty, racism and limited opportunity, Summer Hill – and its segregated school – flourished for four generations.
Friday, February 10, 2017 - 10:30pm
The first documentary biography of Lewis, whose unwavering fight for justice spans the past 50 years from his youth in the segregated South, through his leadership within the Civil Rights movement, to his current role as a powerful voice in Congress.
Friday, February 10, 2017 - 11:00am
Three documentary shorts from the Veterans Coming Home project look at the military-civilian divide in America.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 9:00pm
American Experience looks at the nation’s deadliest domestic terrorist attack and the events that inspired it
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 10:00pm
Over 100 years after the release of D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation, which depicted the KKK as heroes and African Americans in the most racist caricatures imaginable, the battle to assert African Americans’ rightful place in both civil society and popular culture continues.
Friday, February 3, 2017 - 10:00pm
The life, career, and legacy of this award-winning musician. The Malcolm Frager Collection, an extensive documentation of his career, resides at Sibley Music Library at the Eastman School of Music.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 9:00pm
In the late 19th century, as America’s teeming cities grew increasingly congested, the time had come to replace the nostalgic horse-drawn trolleys with a faster, cleaner, safer, and more efficient form of transportation.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 8:00pm
In the provocative three-part series professor Amanda Vickery examines the lengthy struggle for women's rights in Britain.
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 9:00pm
Four documentary shorts from the Veterans Coming Home project look at the military-civilian divide in America.
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 10:00pm
Inducted into more music Halls of Fame than any female recording artist to date, Loretta Lynn (b. April 14, 1932) has earned four Grammy Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and sold more than 45 million records worldwide.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 8:00pm
Meet the scientist whose groundbreaking writings revolutionized our relationship to the natural world.
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