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

Coming Up

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 9:30pm
Fifty years ago, in 1965, Arlo Guthrie took out the trash following a “Thanksgiving dinner that couldn’t be beat.” The hilarious account of actual events that precluded Arlo from military service in 1966 went on to become Alice’s Restaurant
Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 8:00pm
Richard Carpenter and his friends in the music industry, talk about the success of the Carpenters and their impact on music.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 8:00pm
September 2011 marked the 40th anniversary of the historic prison rebellion at the Attica State Correctional Facility in upstate New York


Recounts the stories of these ordinary men who became extraordinary heroes, as they gather one last time.
At 14 Andre was invited into a world of privilege and knowledge - but what was left behind?
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.”
Join President and Mrs. Obama for an all-star tribute to the men and women who serve the United States.
Hear how a single, controversial issue—who serves in the military—continues to define America. Watch On-Demand


Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 8:00pm
Look back at the life and career of our 41st president
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 9:00pm
When he left the White House in 1988, Ronald Reagan was one of the most popular presidents of the century — and one of the most controversial.
Monday, August 15, 2016 - 9:00pm
Jimmy Carter's story is one of the greatest dramas in American politics.
Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 8:00pm
Examine the complex life and career of Richard Nixon, whose legacy includes both ending America’s involvement in Vietnam and the Watergate scandal.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 8:00pm
Revisit the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson who used his mastery of the legislative process to shepherd a collection of progressive programs only to have his visions of a Great Society swallowed up in the quagmire of Vietnam.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 8:00pm
Examines how Johnson meticulously worked behind the scenes to outwit the Southern segregationists who were determined to maintain the racial divide.
Monday, August 8, 2016 - 9:00pm
American Experience looks at the life and accomplishments of President John F. Kennedy.
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.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 9:00pm
Explore the thrilling story of the American rowing team that triumphed at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany.
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
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.
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.
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