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Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr: Michelle Rodriguez, Adrian Grenier And Linda Chavez

Airs Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Adrian Grenier, film and television actor

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Michelle Rodriguez, film and television actress
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Above: Michelle Rodriguez, film and television actress

Linda Chavez, Fox News analyst and radio talk show host.
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Above: Linda Chavez, Fox News analyst and radio talk show host.

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.

"Michelle Rodriguez, Adrian Grenier And Linda Chavez" - Michelle Rodriguez, Adrian Grenier and Linda Chavez all share Spanish colonial roots, yet each views their own identity very differently. In this episode we ask what it means to be Hispanic-and find that the answer lies in the tangled histories of European, Native American and African peoples.

Crisscrossing Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, and the Southwest, Professor Gates reveals stories of ancestral Conquistadors, Indian rebels, and "Crypto-Jews" (Spanish Jews who converted to Catholicism to survive the Inquisition, yet continued to practice their religion in secret)-showing that the American experience has been shaped by people who were in the New World long before the Mayflower.

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Michelle Rodriguez’s Puerto Rican Roots

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Above: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. finds some surprising connections when he traces actress Michelle Rodriguez's Puerto Rican roots.

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Adrian Grenier’s Conquistador Ancestor

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Above: Actor Adrian Grenier learns about about his Conquistador ancestor who had terribly violent interactions with Pueblo Indians.

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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.