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, July 25, 2016 - 8:00pm
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.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 8:00pm
See how the Nazis and the IOC turned, to their mutual advantage, a relatively small, elitist sports event into an epic global and mass media spectacle
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 9:00pm
Explore the thrilling story of the American rowing team that triumphed at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany.
Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 7:00pm
WXXI is pleased to present The Story of Women and Art, a three-part program that reveals the critical role the female perspective has played in shaping the visual culture of the modern world.
Monday, August 8, 2016 - 9:00pm
Watch as American Experience commemorates the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s death with a look at his life and accomplishments.

Ongoing

Recounts the stories of these ordinary men who became extraordinary heroes, as they gather one last time.
On-Demand
Take advantage of LiDAR technology to re-create the landscape of D-Day. Watch On-Demand
Examine the Vietnam War and its impact through interviews conducted on “The Dick Cavett Show.”
On-Demand
Join President and Mrs. Obama for an all-star tribute to the men and women who serve the United States.
On-Demand
Hear how a single, controversial issue—who serves in the military—continues to define America. Watch On-Demand

Recently

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 8:00pm
Learn about the African Kushites who overthrew the ancient Egyptians and ruled for nearly 100 years.
Monday, July 18, 2016 - 8:00pm
The State of Arizona, an Independent Lens presentation, captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona’s headline-grabbing struggle with illegal immigration.
Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 9:00pm
This film gives viewers an inside look into every room in the house and the amazing transformation that occurs during the restoration process.
Saturday, July 2, 2016 - 4:00pm
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key's writing of America's national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Friday, July 1, 2016 - 9:00pm
WXXI captures the fascinating story of the local garment industry and the people who contributed to it in Tailor Made: The Story of Rochester’s Garment Industry
Monday, June 27, 2016 - 10:00pm
Watch as an optometrist confronts the men who killed his brother in the 1965 Indonesian genocide.
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 3:30pm
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.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 9:00pm
Explore Greek history with archaeologists and historians, actors and athletes, scientists and artists who are launching groundbreaking new explorations of the Greeks’ journey across time.
Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 1:00pm
Despite poverty, racism and limited opportunity, Summer Hill – and its segregated school – flourished for four generations.
Friday, June 17, 2016 - 7:00pm
See how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 9:00pm
Hear how a single, controversial issue—who serves in the military—continues to define America.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 8:00pm
With humor and candor, Before You Know It celebrates the bold and brave lives of active gay senior citizens who have witnessed unbelievable change in their lifetimes
Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 8:00pm
During the reign of virtually any monarch throughout history, it was crucial for an ambitious courtier to obtain the good favor of their sovereign.
Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 8:00pm
Celebrate legendary artists of the 1960s and 70s brought together in a once-in-a-lifetime concert
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 8:00pm
Examine the proliferation of protected lands and the protection of predatory animals.
Monday, June 6, 2016 - 8:00pm
WXXI captures the fascinating story of the local garment industry and the people who contributed to it in Tailor Made: The Story of Rochester’s Garment Industry
Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 6:00pm
“Jackie Robinson is the most important figure in our nation’s most important game.” - Ken Burns.
Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 9:30pm
Take a musical journey through the evolution of modern American folk music, from its roots in bluegrass to San Francisco coffee houses to clubs in Greenwich Village.
Friday, June 3, 2016 - 9:00pm
Join beloved funny lady Carol Burnett as she presents her own personally selected favorite moments from her long-running variety series The Carol Burnett Show.
Friday, June 3, 2016 - 7:00pm
Trace the political activism behind an equal-rights statute in Miami.
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