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Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr: Sanjay Gupta, Margaret Cho And Martha Stewart

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Comedian and actress Margaret Cho

Airs Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

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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.

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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.

"Sanjay Gupta, Margaret Cho And Martha Stewart" - The three guests in this episode are all children of first or second-generation immigrants and share the peculiar burdens of that heritage.

In an episode that crisscrosses the planet, from India to Korea to Poland, catch a glimpse of three distinct yet oddly overlapping experiences of families leaving their homes and becoming American.

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Watch Gupta Family Scrolls on PBS. See more from Finding Your Roots.

FINDING YOUR ROOTS uncovers scrolls that have recorded eight generations of Sanjay Gupta's father's line.
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Watch Spending Time in the Castro on PBS. See more from Finding Your Roots.

Comedian and actress Margaret Cho talks about her experience living as a young adult in San Francisco's Castro District during the late 1970s.
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Watch Martha Stewart's Artisan Ancestors on PBS. See more from Finding Your Roots.

Martha Stewart comes from a long line of domestic workers and craftsmanship.
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Watch Extended Preview on PBS. See more from Finding Your Roots.

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.