History

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

Coming Up

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 9:00pm
Building the Dream recounts the origins of a bold idea for an MLK Memorial which originated at a small, informal gathering of King’s Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity brothers in 1983.
Monday, January 16, 2017 - 10:00pm
Join a young Arapaho journalist and a teenage powwow princess as they travel with a Shoshone elder to reclaim their tribe’s lost artifacts.
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 4:30pm
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.
Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 8:00pm
Mercy Street, the much-acclaimed Civil War-era drama set in the occupied city of Alexandria, Virginia, returns to WXXI-TV for a second season
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 8:00pm
Meet the scientist whose groundbreaking writings revolutionized our relationship to the natural world.

Ongoing

At 14 Andre was invited into a world of privilege and knowledge - but what was left behind?
On-Demand
Take advantage of LiDAR technology to re-create the landscape of D-Day. Watch On-Demand
Join the first expedition to explore inside the USS Arizona since the date that will live in infamy, as state-of-the-art imaging technology reveals the aftermath and incredible story of the Pearl Harbor attack.
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, January 15, 2017 - 7:00pm
Grab a snack and settle in for a fabulous night with the season 4 finale of Sherlock and the premiere of Masterpiece's new miniseries Victoria.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 9:30pm
Learn the long-hidden story of a deadly 1980 accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas.
Monday, January 9, 2017 - 10:00pm
Explore our attempts to plan for our radioactive future and the startling failure to manage waste in the present.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:00pm
Follow scientists as they uncover “deviant” burials dating back to medieval England, pointing to a belief that the dead could rise from their graves.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 8:00pm
Journey through the life’s work of the socially conscious director of Serpico, 12 Angry Men and Network in a never-before-seen interview.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 8:00pm
Witness the life-and-death relationship of wolves and buffalo in Canada’s Wood Buffalo National Park. 
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 8:00pm
American Masters explores the life and visionary work of Finnish-American modernist architectural giant Eero Saarinen
Monday, December 26, 2016 - 10:30pm
As audiences will discover in Hava Nagila, the song is much more than a tale of Jewish kitsch and bad bar mitzvah fashions. It carries with it an entire constellation of history, values and hopes for the future.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 8:00pm
Pittsford native Richard Brookins plays the lead role in this documentary that tells the amazing true story of war, honor, luck and love. 
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 10:00pm
Trace Jesus’ life, focusing on the events that occurred after his death as his early followers created a major movement that would transform the Roman Empire in just 300 years.
Monday, December 12, 2016 - 2:00pm
JOHN GLENN: A LIFE OF SERVICE chronicles the extraordinary life and career of an American legend. The documentary surveys Glenn's distinguished military, NASA and political careers through archival footage and interviews with lawmakers, journalists, historians and NASA colleagues, including Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Carl Levin (D-MI) and PBS News Hour's Mark Shields.
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 8:00pm
My Music brings back the disco years with live performances from the legends of the lighted dance floor.
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 12:00pm
Narrated by Tom Selleck, Remember Pearl Harbor chronicles the personal stories of veterans and citizens who witnessed the surprise attack by the Japanese on the American Pacific Fleet on December 7, 1941, launching the United States into World War II.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 8:00pm
WXXI presents two back-to-back performances celebrating the legendary Carpenters.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 7:00pm
Explore what happened to the USS Oklahoma, the only battleship to capsize during the Pearl Harbor attack.
Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 12:00am
This concert brings WXXI viewers back to 1973, to a July 24th London gig on the tour that spawned the legendary singer’s classic live album It’s Too Late to Stop Now.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 9:00pm
As the doctor reverses roles and becomes the patient, this poignant story of vulnerability and personal revelation will inspire and educate.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 8:00pm
A group of French people share a passion for everything Native American. But their big dream is to travel to the United States and meet "real Indians."
Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 9:00pm
This film recounts these events of Jim Thorpe's life through in-depth interviews with Thorpe's surviving children, dramatic re-creations, and archival stills and film.
Friday, November 25, 2016 - 9:00pm
This film explores the history and culture of the game of lacrosse interwined with the Iroquois Nationals and their journey to the 2007 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.
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