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FINDING YOUR ROOTS: The Shirts On Their Backs

Actor Tony Shalhoub (right) and host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. while taping FINDING YOUR ROOTS.
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Actor Tony Shalhoub (right) and host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. while taping FINDING YOUR ROOTS.

Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV / Stream now with KPBS Passport!

On this episode, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reveals the immigrant roots of actors Tony Shalhoub and Christopher Meloni, introducing ancestors who came to America to build a better life.

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About Season 7:

Today’s most compelling personalities discover the surprising stories buried within their own families in Season 7 of the critically acclaimed PBS series FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR, offering viewers ten new episodes. Among them are actors Glenn Close, John Lithgow, Jane Lynch, Audra MacDonald, Tony Shalhoub and Christopher Meloni; acclaimed musicians Clint Black, Rosanne Cash and Pharrell Williams; groundbreaking directors Kasi Lemmons and John Waters; renowned journalists Gretchen Carlson and Nina Totenberg; hilarious comedians Lewis Black and Jim Gaffigan; popular late night personality Andy Cohen; and more to be announced.

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A production of McGee Media, Inkwell Media, Kunhardt Films and WETA Washington, D.C. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the writer, host, and executive producer. Dyllan McGee and Peter Kunhardt are executive producers. John F. Wilson is the executive producer in charge for WETA. Bill Gardner is the executive in charge for PBS. Sabin Streeter is the senior producer. Natalia Warchol is the series producer. Hanna Olson is the consulting producer. Sabin Streeter and Krista Whetstone are directors.