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, May 28, 2017 - 9:30pm
A PBS Preview of THE VIETNAM WAR will air after the National Memorial Day Concert. Get a 30 minute preview of the ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that is coming to PBS & WXXI-TV in September 2017.
Monday, May 29, 2017 - 10:00pm
To cultivate his healing from post-traumatic stress disorder, an Army combat veteran starts a farm and explores its potential in Farmer/Veteran from Independent Lens.
Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 9:00pm
THE VIETNAM WAR, a new 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will premiere September 17, 2017, on WXXI-TV & PBS stations nationwide.

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.
Discover how WWI transformed America through the stories of African-American soldiers, feminist activists, Native-American “code talkers” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten.
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

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 7:00pm
Discover how WWI transformed America through the stories of African-American soldiers, feminist activists, Native-American “code talkers” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 9:00pm
Discover how WWI transformed America through the stories of African-American soldiers, feminist activists, Native-American “code talkers” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 10:00pm
Uncover new evidence tracing many of Leonardo da Vinci’s ideas and inventions to other scientists.
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 9:00pm
The moving drama hailed as “irresistible" by The Wall Street Journal returns for a final season.
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 9:00pm
The Response: America's Story asks listeners to respond to this: “Tell us why you, your parents, or your grandparents came to live in America.”
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 8:00pm
Discover Eisenhower as a great warrior of World War II , that knew that human society could no longer allow another global war – and its modern weapons of destruction – to break out again.
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 10:00pm
The first documentary about the 94-year-old television legend
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 7:00pm
Apocalypse Now Redux introduced by Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, Friday, March 24 at the Dryden Theatre
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 6:00pm
A tribute to the remarkable life and legacy of Margaret "Maggie" Ringenberg (1921-2008), a U.S. Army Air Force WASP (Women's Air Service Pilot) and renowned long-distance aviation racer.
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 9:00pm
Medicine Woman, interweaves the lives of Native American women healers of today with the story of America’s first Native doctor, Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865-1915).
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 10:00pm
In Calculating Ada:The Countess of Computing, Dr. Hannah Fry (The Mathematics of Love) explores the short yet remarkable life of Ada Lovelace, a Victorian-era British socialite and one of the world’s earliest computer pioneers.
Monday, March 20, 2017 - 8:00pm
Join host Tom Hanks for a celebration of filmmaker Ken Burns, whose nearly four-decade career has resulted in some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made.
Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 8:00pm
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, March 17, 2017 - 9:00pm
WXXI-TV is pleased to present MOTOWN 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 8:00pm
Julia Robinson, a pioneer among American women in mathematics, rose to prominence in a field where often she was the only woman.
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 8:00pm
Harvest traces the history and evolution of the farming and agricultural community in upstate New York over six generations through the lives and stories of farming families and the communities they help build.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 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.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 7:00pm
The Powder & the Glory tells the story of two of the first highly successful women entrepreneurs in America, Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 8:00pm
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.
Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 12:00pm
Noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking six-part series.
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