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Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr: Harry Connick Jr. And Branford Marsalis (Series Premiere)

Airs Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Singer/actor Harry Connick Jr.

Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., executive producer, writer, presenter
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Above: Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., executive producer, writer, presenter

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The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the new 10-part PBS series FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.

Filmed on location across the United States, the series premieres nationally Sundays, March 25 through May 20, 2012 at 8 p.m.

The series features Kevin Bacon, Cory Booker, Angela Buchdal, Geoffrey Canada, Margaret Cho, Harry Connick Jr., Robert Downey Jr., Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Samuel L. Jackson, John Legend, John Lewis, Branford Marsalis, Yasir Qadhi, Condoleezza Rice, Michelle Rodriguez, Kyra Sedgwick, Wanda Sykes, Ruth Simmons, Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters and Rick Warren.

"Harry Connick Jr. And Branford Marsalis" - Their European immigrant ancestors blazed unconventional trails in America, from capturing British ships for the American Revolution to crossing racial barriers in slave-era Louisiana. Generations later, as children growing up in New Orleans, Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis found a deep and abiding friendship through their common love of jazz and of the city itself.

In this hour, trace the turbulent and contradictory history of the city of New Orleans through the family stories of these two fascinating men.

The second episode featuring Cory Booker And John Lewis will air at 9 p.m. on March 25, following the premiere episode. The third episode airs on Sunday, April 1 at 8 p.m., featuring Barbara Walters and Geoffrey Canada.

FINDING YOUR ROOTS is on Facebook.

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Extended Preview: Finding Your Roots

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Above: The basic drive to discover who we are is at the core of the new PBS series FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR.

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Finding Your Roots: Branford Marsalis - Musical Royalty

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Above: In this episode from the series FINDING YOUR ROOTS, Branford Marsalis discusses his relative, a pioneering jazz bassist who played with jazz greats like Duke Ellington.

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Finding Your Roots: Harry Connick, Jr. - The Rattlesnake

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Above: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. tells Harry Connick, Jr. about his fifth great grandfather, an infamous privateer.