History

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

Featured Programming

Saturday, January 2, 2021 - 4:00pm
American Masters presents an unvarnished look at the unlikely author whose autobiographical fiction helped shape American ideas of the frontier and self-reliance. 
Friday, May 14, 2021 - 8:00pm
Explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact by exploring unknown cognitive worlds through his patients and communicating the conditions as a storyteller to the world.

History

Watch On-Demand: Explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact by exploring unknown cognitive worlds through his patients and communicating the conditions as a storyteller to the world.
Watch On-Demand (Audio Descriptive Version): Explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact by exploring unknown cognitive worlds through his patients and communicating the conditions as a storyteller to the world.
The on-demand archive of the national virtual screening and panel discussion of American Masters – Oliver Sacks: His Own Life   panel discussion is now available. See the full broadcast of the documentary on April 9th
Finding a cache of deteriorating 16mm home movies spanning from 1936 to 1951, Ali Kazimi deftly crafts a story of history and memory. RANDOM ACTS OF LEGACY reveals a rare portrait of a creative and enterprising Chinese American family in middle America during the Depression, and offers a counter-narrative to the stereotypes of Chinese Americans.
WXXI Classical is proud to pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success. 
Observe several real-life individuals — portrayed by Anna Deavere Smith — involved in the Rodney King affair. 
Remember when folks used to talk about being "post-racial"? Well, we're definitely not that. The Code Switch Podcast Team are a multi-racial, multi-generational team of NPR journalists fascinated by the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting. Listen to Episodes On-Demand and Subscribe to the podcast.
A collection of films by and about individuals in the Black community across the country and around the globe. Watch on-air, stream online and share the voices, the stories on WORLD and from our partners in public media. Watch On-Demand.
Asian Pacific Americans are the fastest-growing racial/ethnic group in the United States. WXXI in partnership with the Asian Pacific Islander American Association of Greater Rochester is featuring stories from local members of the community that provide examples of culture, heritage, history and contributions to our region and nation.
"Tom's War," the newest animated short from StoryCorps, brings a new dimension to our current remembrance of Vietnam. See this animated short on-demand
The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 excluded Chinese immigrants to the U.S. for 60 years. Chinese immigrants already here could not become citizens. Watch On-Demand & Access the Teacher Guide to the documentary. 
Examine the way in which the American government and society as a whole have regarded disabled veterans throughout history. Watch On-Demand
Learn how families of color counsel their kids to stay safe if they’re stopped by police.
PBS continues to provide programming on-air and on-demand regarding race, racism as resources for everyone to educate themselves and continue the conversation on all the ways that inequality in America shows up in everyday life.
PBS LearningMedia has a wide range of learning resources for students in grades 7-12th grade, focused on public housing and civil rights. East Lake Meadows, the public housing project opened by the Atlanta Housing Authority in 1970 and demolished a generation later, and provides resources to understand housing policy and racism.  
WXXI Education staff collected resources from PBS LearningMedia to support educators and families while discussing the following topics: race, racism, protesting, civil rights, Black history and historical individuals, bias, past and current events, and more. 
WXXI Education staff collected the following resources to support families and educators of young children as they talk, watch, read, and learn about race and racism.
Watch Part 1 and Part 2 On-Demand: This film, tells the dramatic story of the epic — and surprisingly unfamiliar — crusade waged by American women for the right to vote.
 Resources from the PBS Latino-Americans, a three-part documentary series chronicling the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos over the past 500 years. Watch Online in English or Spanish
 PBS LearningMedia Collection for PBS Latino-Americans series includes lesson plans for exploring the series, chronicling the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos over the past 500 years. 
Host Mark Siegrist travels with nineteen World War II veterans from around Wisconsin as they return to Pearl Harbor in June of 2012. He captures their memories, stories, thoughts and feelings about the event that catapulted the United States into World War II. For many of the veterans, this is the first time talking about those experiences.
Recounts the stories of these ordinary men who became extraordinary heroes, as they gather one last time.
On-Demand
Hear how a single, controversial issue—who serves in the military—continues to define America. Watch On-Demand
A collection of West Pointers poignantly share, sometimes with great emotion, their first-hand stories about the carnage of war, the war's impact on their lives and beliefs, and their enduring bonds of brotherhood.

Recently Aired

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 9:00pm
Before the occupation of the refuge in Oregon, before the siege at Waco, before Oklahoma City, there was Ruby Ridge.
Friday, April 9, 2021 - 9:00pm
Explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact by exploring unknown cognitive worlds through his patients and communicating the conditions as a storyteller to the world.
Monday, March 29, 2021 - 6:00am
Celebrating Ernest Hemingway's work and life, PBS Books hosts a virtual exhibition on PBSBooks.org
Friday, March 12, 2021 - 8:30pm
Take a musical journey through the evolution of modern American folk music, from its roots in bluegrass to San Francisco coffee houses to clubs in Greenwich Village.
Sunday, March 7, 2021 - 6:30pm
Enjoy this extraordinary concert at the O2 Arena in London.
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