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

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 8:00pm
Take an intimate look into the lives of three veterans who returned home to the Adirondacks after deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 9:00pm
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of President Lydon B. Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act in August 1965
Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 4:00pm
A previously unknown glimpse into the life of Wallis Simpson.
Monday, August 10, 2015 - 8:00pm
Learn the story behind the award-winning documentary and explore how the groundbreaking film literally changed the way Americans look at their history.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 8:00pm
WXXI-TV is pleased to present MOTOWN 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever


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


Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 9:00pm
Follow the minute-by-minute story of the Fukushima nuclear crisis and its aftermath.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 8:00pm
The Bomb tells the story of the most powerful and destructive device ever invented.
Sunday, July 26, 2015 - 10:00pm
See how faith, hope and love are put to the test as the war machine grinds on.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:00pm
Legends of the Sky: The Jenny takes viewers back to the era of the Wright Brothers and Glenn Curtiss as they competed to build a newer, better, faster aeroplane for America…
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 10:00pm
Follow two filmmakers who set out to interview El Chapo Guzmán, leader of a major drug cartel.
Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 9:00pm
Venture inside the relationship of a solitary confinement prisoner and an artist who befriended him. 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 10:00pm
The names of the Apollo astronauts are well-known, their actions and achievements are well-documented, but what of the women they spent their lives with - the wives forced to stand in the shadow of the moon?
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 9:00pm
As July 13, 1977 dawned hot and humid, New Yorkers prepared themselves for another sweltering day. But high temperatures weren’t the only thing making them sweat:
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 8:00pm
In July of 1964 a three-day race riot erupted in two African-American neighborhoods in Rochester.
Friday, July 10, 2015 - 9:00pm
One of the most influential American novels of the 20th century and biggest bestsellers of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird was believed to be the first and only novel by Nelle Harper Lee (born April 28, 1926), until now.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 9:30pm
Exploring the role of Frederick Law Olmsted in the Buffalo parks system and his work with the Free Niagara Movement.
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 3:00pm
For three decades, the savvy satirist from Buffalo, N.Y. dubbed "the funniest man on television" by "TV Guide" shared his insights on national and world politics and society to public television audiences nationwide.
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 10:00pm
This film celebrates the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key's writing of America's national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 10:00pm
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key's writing of America's national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 9:00pm
Breaking new ground and laying bare old myths, 1913: Seeds of Conflict explores the little-known history of Palestine during the latter part of the Ottoman Empire.
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 7:00pm
Trace the political activism behind an equal-rights statute in Miami.
Friday, June 26, 2015 - 10:00pm
Examine Norma Miller's influence in the globalization of America's jazz culture and her role in breaking down racial barriers across the United States and around the world.
Friday, June 26, 2015 - 9:00pm
Join President and Mrs. Obama for a celebration of gospel music and its profound influence on American music.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 9:00pm
Two hundred thousand years ago our ancestors took their first steps on the African savanna. Today, seven billion of us live across the planet.
Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 9:00pm
The climate is going haywire, and politicians are bickering over what to do about it, or whether to do anything at all. But that’s only part of the story.
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