Faces of America

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Faces of America
Genre Documentary
Directed by John Maggio
Presented by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Composer(s) Michael Bacon
Country of origin United States
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 4
Producer(s) Barak Goodman, Sue Williams, John Maggio, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., William R. Grant, Peter Kunhardt, Dyllan Mcgee
Production company(s) Kunhardt McGee Productions
Original channel PBS
Original run February 10, 2010 (2010-02-10)  – March 3, 2010 (2010-03-03)

Faces of America is a four-part Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Public television television series hosted by Professor Henry Louis Gates. The series originally aired February 10 – March 3, 2010 from 8–9 p.m. ET. In Australia, this program aired on SBS One each Sunday at 7:30pm from 9 -30 January 2011.[1] It uses genealogical research and genetics to find the family history of 12 Americans: Elizabeth Alexander, Mario Batali, Stephen Colbert, Louise Erdrich, Malcolm Gladwell, Eva Longoria, Yo-Yo Ma, Mike Nichols, Queen Noor of Jordan, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Meryl Streep, and Kristi Yamaguchi.

In the series finale, Gates explored the emerging use of full genome sequencing to understand personal ancestry and health, by learning what might be inferred from his whole genome sequence, and that of his father, through in-depth analysis by a personal genomics company (Knome) and the Broad Institute.

In 2012, PBS aired another miniseries entitled Finding Your Roots also examining questions of genealogy and genetics, and hosted by Gates.[2]


  1. Our American Stories[3]
  2. Becoming American[3]
  3. Making America[3]
  4. Know Thyself[3]

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  1. ^ "SBS Documentary Synopsis: Faces of America". SBS Television Online. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  2. ^ Finding Your Roots. PBS. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d PBS WNET: About Faces of America. Accessed online 7 March 2010.

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