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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Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:00pm
Meet the scientist whose groundbreaking writings revolutionized our relationship to the natural world.
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 10:00pm
Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored — cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights.
Monday, February 19, 2018 - 9:00pm
The rich history of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for more than 150 years — yet remains largely unknown. 
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 7:00pm
Explore the little-known story of the labor practices and laws that effectively created a new form of slavery in the South that persisted into the 20th century.
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00pm
Agents of Change looks at a pivotal moment when our nation was caught at the intersection of the Civil Rights, Black Power, and Anti-Vietnam War Movements.


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.
Hear how a single, controversial issue—who serves in the military—continues to define America. Watch On-Demand
A collection of West Pointers poignantly share, sometimes with great emotion, their first-hand stories about the carnage of war, the war's impact on their lives and beliefs, and their enduring bonds of brotherhood.


Friday, February 16, 2018 - 9:00pm
Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014) led a prolific life.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 6:00pm
Explore the life and legacy of playwright August Wilson — the man some call America’s Shakespeare — from his roots as an activist and poet to his indelible mark on Broadway.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 9:00pm
Explore the story behind the mostly-forgotten 1920 bombing in the nation’s financial center
Monday, February 12, 2018 - 9:00pm
The first documentary biography of John Lewis, whose unwavering fight for justice spans the past 50 years, is part of Black History Month programming on WXXI-TV.
Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 7:00pm
Over the centuries, dukedoms were created by monarchs for various reasons – ranging from rewarding a major war hero to acknowledging a king’s illegitimate son. 
Friday, February 9, 2018 - 9:00pm
B.B. King, born Riley B. King, was one of the most influential and celebrated blues musicians of all time.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 9:00pm
Take a risky dive into an underwater cave in Mexico to discover the 13,000 year-old skeleton of a prehistoric teenager.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 7:00pm
Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People probes the recesses of American history through images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 9:00pm
Thirty years after the Civil War, America had transformed itself into an economic powerhouse and was fast becoming the world’s leading producer of food, coal, oil and steel.
Monday, February 5, 2018 - 10:00pm
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is one of the most misunderstood and intriguing of contemporary female political figures.
Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 6:00pm
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, January 30, 2018 - 9:00pm
More than 100 years ago, 146 workers died in the fire that sparked sweeping labor reform in New York City.
Monday, January 22, 2018 - 9:00pm
At a powder keg moment in American policing, The Force presents a mesmerizing cinema vérité look deep inside the long-troubled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to confront federal demands for reform
Friday, January 19, 2018 - 9:00pm
Award-winning filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain examines Lorraine Hansberry’s life and work using a remarkable collection of archival footage, home movies, rare photos and unpublished documents.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 9:00pm
Meet the unknown tycoon whose secret lab developed the technology that altered the course of WWII.
Monday, January 15, 2018 - 10:30pm
Rediscovering Frederick Douglass tells the story of how a photograph of famed abolitionist and eminent human rights leader Frederick Douglass—not seen for more than a century—was rediscovered in the Rochester Public Library.
Monday, January 15, 2018 - 9:00pm
One of the most acclaimed films of the year, a box office hit and a nominee for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro premieres on Independent Lens
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 8:30pm
This week on Arts InFocus, a winner of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert plays here in Rochester.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 9:00pm
Follow President Theodore Roosevelt's perilous journey into the dark and deadly heart of the Amazon rainforest.
Friday, January 5, 2018 - 9:00pm
American Masters' 200th episode features interviews with 150 subjects, including J.D. Salinger’s friends, colleagues and members of his inner circle who have never spoken on the record before
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