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

Coming Up

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 6:00pm
 The moving and haunting story of four former internees of the Poston Relocation Center. 
Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 8:30pm
The life story of Judge Telesca, beginning with the early days of his youth, growing up in Rochester during the Great Depression, right through to his judicial career.
Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 9:00pm
Illustrated by a newly unearthed collection of personal film reels, the revealing documentary provides an uncensored look at the private life of Hermann Göring
Monday, May 16, 2016 - 7:00pm
Born on sugar plantations and spoken by more than half of Hawai‘i’s population, Pidgin captures multi-ethnic Hawai‘i’s heart and soul.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 8:00pm
Follow a diverse cast of participants on an emotional journey that uses history and science to uncover their fascinating family stories


Listen to On-Demand to Connections: Operation Babylift from Friday April 24th.
Examine the Vietnam War and its impact through interviews conducted on “The Dick Cavett Show.”
Recounts the stories of these ordinary men who became extraordinary heroes, as they gather one last time.
Join President and Mrs. Obama for an all-star tribute to the men and women who serve the United States.
Take advantage of LiDAR technology to re-create the landscape of D-Day. Watch On-Demand
Hear how a single, controversial issue—who serves in the military—continues to define America. Watch On-Demand


Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 8:30pm
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.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 10:00pm
Although intellect and talent were vital to the preeminent scientists of the 20th century, it was ultimately their individual personalities and quirks that drove each to great discoveries.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 9:00pm
Join engineers as they race to rescue a historic Martha’s Vineyard lighthouse from certain doom.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 8:00pm
One of the most revered and influential rock ’n’ roll singers of all time, Janis Joplin (January 19, 1943 - October 4, 1970) thrilled audiences and blazed new creative trails before her death at age 27.
Monday, May 2, 2016 - 10:00pm
Meet the sons of two Nazi war criminals who jointly were responsible for thousands of deaths.
Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 9:00pm
Tibet has long been known as a place of mystique and intrigue for its ancient customs and beliefs. 
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 9:00pm
This documentary charts sculptor and Irondequoit native, Todd McGrain's efforts to memorialize five birds — the Great Auk, Carolina Parakeet, Labrador Duck, Passenger Pigeon and Heath Hen
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 8:00pm
Inspired by Timothy Egan’s best-selling book, The Big Burn is the dramatic story of the massive wildfire that swept across the Northern Rockies in the summer of 1910.
Monday, April 25, 2016 - 9:00pm
This six-part documentary series, directed by Ken Burns and co-produced with Dayton Duncan, is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 10:00pm
Follow four children surviving in war-torn Aleppo and their escape to a new life in Germany.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 9:00pm
Join the first-ever scientific investigation of Shakespeare’s grave, which reveals fascinating new evidence about what lies beneath the infamous “curse stone” 
Monday, April 18, 2016 - 10:00pm
Watch history being made as Zimbabwe attempts to draft its first-ever democratic constitution.
Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 10:00pm
In May 2009, Rodrigo Rosenberg, a wealthy, charismatic lawyer went cycling near his home in Guatemala City and was murdered.
Friday, April 15, 2016 - 10:30pm
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, April 12, 2016 - 8:00pm
Explore the serene spaces that offer city dwellers a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 9:00pm
“Jackie Robinson is the most important figure in our nation’s most important game.” - Ken Burns.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 9:00pm
Search for the truth behind the legends of the Vikings and their epic journey to the Americas.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 8:00pm
10 Homes That Changed America offers a primer in residential architecture and a fascinating lesson in the history of American domestic life, as the evolving design of these homes over time reveals our changing relationship with nature, technology, and each other.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 8:00pm
Can the latest scientific techniques and clues unearthed in archives finally solve the mystery of the two Mona Lisas?
Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 4:00pm
Beginning behind palace doors and ending in the carnage of World War I, Queen Victoria and the Crippled Kaiser is the fascinating story of a royal family marred by shame, cruelty, and incestuous desires.