Three celebrity chefs who cook the food of their ancestors discover family members who have shaped their lives–and America’s cuisine. Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio learns the hardships his family endured living in a tiny town in Northern Italy and celebrates the courage of his original immigrant ancestor, a man who crossed the Atlantic multiple times to bring the Colicchios to the United States; Ming Tsai, the child of immigrants who fled Mao’s Cultural Revolution, was raised to believe that his family’s Chinese past was obliterated by the Communists but finds instead that his roots can be traced back over 2000 years, yielding the largest family tree we’ve ever seen; and Aarón Sánchez discovers that his family’s treasured Mexican roots include people who were Spaniards, Africans, and Native Americans. Taken together, the stories of these guests show how the U.S.’s great diversity has given rise to three of our greatest cuisines and indeed infuses every aspect of American life.
Enjoy a preview of this exciting episode, premiering October 21st at 8PM EST (check local listings).
Join popular American science author and media theorist Steven Johnson to hear the stories behind remarkable ideas that made modern life possible, the unsung heroes who brought them about and the unexpected and bizarre consequences each of these innovations triggered.
Airs as part of PBS' THINK WEDNESDAYS October 15, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET and October 22-November 12, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET.
Eleven years after the start of the Iraq war, President Obama was forced to re-engage American forces to fight off an insurgency threatening the stability of Iraq. PBS NEWS chronicles this re-engagement, the ISIS threat, and looks back at how the U.S. became involved more than a decade ago.
The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a public health emergency. Public health organizations worldwide are trying to contain this epidemic. Here is some perspective from the programs of PBS NEWS.
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