Wed 8:00AM ET, Wed 8:00PM ET
September 18On September 18, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1975 that the F.B.I. arrested teenage heiress Patty Hearst, whose kidnapping and alleged brainwashing by terrorists captivated the American public. We also take a look back on when spy spoof series “Get Smart” premiered in 1965, and on the day of her birth, we profile actress Jada Pinkett Smith.
Thu 8:00AM ET, Thu 8:00PM ET
September 19On September 19, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1970 that “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” premiered – featuring an unmarried career woman in the starring role. We also take a look back on when the “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski’s manifesto was published by major news outlets in 1995. And on the day of his birth, we profile actor Adam West.
Fri 8:00AM ET, Fri 8:00PM ET
September 20On September 20, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1973 that Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in the “battle of the sexes” tennis match. We also take a look back on when James Meredith walked onto the University of Mississippi campus to fight for desegregation in higher education in 1962. And on the day of her birth, we profile actress Sophia Loren.
Sat 9:00AM ET
Famous FeudsThrough the Decades fires up famous feuds from fights as fatal as the duel between founding fathers Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, to ones that enthralled audiences for years, like the rivalry between comedians Jack Benny and Fred Allen or boxers Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
Mon 8:00AM ET, Mon 8:00PM ET
September 23On September 23, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1957 that nine African American students marched into an all-white high school in Little Rock – making strides toward desegregation in education. We also take a look back on when futuristic sitcom “The Jetsons” premiered in 1962, and on the day of his birth, we profile singer and songwriter Ray Charles.
Tue 8:00AM ET, Tue 8:00PM ET
September 24On September 24, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1975 that the C.I.A. came under fire for illegally opening Americans’ mail in search of Communist threats. We also take a look back on when investigative news program “60 Minutes” premiered in 1968. And on the day of his birth, we profile the “Muppets” creator and puppeteer Jim Henson.
Wed 8:00AM ET, Wed 8:00PM ET
September 25On September 25, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1992 that 12-year-old Gregory Kingsley severed legal ties with his biological mother – a landmark case for parental rights. We also take a look back on when musical sitcom “The Partridge Family” premiered in 1970. And on the day of his birth, we profile actor Will Smith.
Through the Decades: Through the Decades September 17
On September 17, Bill Kurtis of Through the Decades turns the lens of time back to 1972, when television series M*A*S*H chronicled the adventures of a team of army surgeons in the Korean War. Kerry Sayers remembers the day in 1983 that Vanessa Williams became the first African American to be crowned Miss America, only to be dethroned by a nude photo scandal days later. Ellee Pai Hong revisits ... moreWatch now
Bill Kurtis is an author, producer, and award-winning journalist. Bill got his start in television working for WIBW in Topeka, KS. His work with CBS News ranged from covering the fall of Saigon to anchoring "The CBS Morning News." His documentary work includes the Peabody Award-winning PBS series The New Explorers, as well Investigative Reports and Cold Case Files for A&E Network and American Greed on CNBC.
Using his journalistic skills and his background as a law school graduate, Bill authored The Death Penalty on Trial: Crisis in American Justice, which explores issues surrounding capital punishment in America. He also provided the satirical narration for the feature film comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. He also is the judge and scorekeeper for NPR’s weekly game show Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me.
Kerry Sayers has spent more than twenty years in the media industry, working in radio and television. For much of that time, Sayers has been at the epicenter of Chicago sports. She has hosted shows for Comcast and covered football for Fox. Sayers began her career at WILX in Lansing, MI and has since worked across the country from Buffalo to the Pacific Northwest.
Kerry graduated from the University of Michigan and lives in Chicago with her husband, their daughter and just welcomed their second child, a son, in September.
Ellee Pai Hong
Ellee Pai Hong is a veteran journalist, having spent a career covering news and teaching journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Ellee started her career in broadcast news as a general assignment reporter at the CBS affiliate in Rockford, IL. She made the jump to Decatur, IL then Hartford, CT before landing as anchor for NBC in Chicago.
Ellee moved to the United States from Korea as a child and holds a bachelor’s degree from Ewha Womans University in Seoul and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She lives in Chicago with her husband John and their two children.