‘Finding Your Roots’ examines lives, families

November 3, 2017 GMT

The fascinating PBS series “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.,” which arguably is largely responsible for the current boom in individuals exploring their own ancestry, continues with another engaging episode airing Tuesday at 8 p.m. on WHYY.

Gates, who is the Alphonse Fletcher Professor and the director of the Hutchins Center for African and American Research at Harvard University, will examine the lives of Bryant Gumbel, Tonya Lewis-Lee and Suzanne Malveaux.

The esteemed Bryant Gumbel was co-host of NBC’s morning news show, “Today,” from 1982 to 1997.

Lewis-Lee is a producer and writer known for “The Watsons Go to Birmingham” (2013), “Mistress of Modernism” and “She’s All That.” She has been married to filmmaker Spike Lee since 1993.

Malveaux co-anchored the CNN international news program “Around the World” and editions of “CNN Newsroom.” She also served as CNN White House correspondent.

With Gates’ expert help, Gumbel, Lewis-Lee and Malveaux “discover a tapestry of the unexpected in their ancestry, revealing slaves and free people of color, Civil War legacies, forgotten European legends,” according to the program’s website.

“There is something essential in human nature that drives us to wonder where we came from,” Gates says on the program’s website. “We can’t truly know ourselves until we know something about our origins. With new DNA technology we can learn more about this past and go further back than ever before, and we hope that the new season will inspire people to find out more about their own personal family stories, and spark an interest among young people in genetics, anthropology, history and the pursuit of science.”