Thu 8:00AM ET, Thu 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.
Fri 8:00AM ET, Fri 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.
Sat 8:00AM ET
Big Screen AdventuresThrough the Decades recalls big screen adventures including Back to the Future, James Bond, Rocky, and Goodfellas. We’re also taking a look at the actors who made these films a staple in movie history – the likes of Tom Cruise, Pierce Brosnan, and Silvester Stallone.
Mon 8:00AM ET, Mon 8:00PM ET
September 27On September 27, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1964 that the Warren Commission released their investigative report on President Kennedy’s assassination – a still-unsolved mystery. We also take a look back on when the influential “Tonight” show premiered in 1954. And on the day the world lost him, we profile aviator and army general James Doolittle.
Tue 8:00AM ET, Tue 8:00PM ET
September 28On September 28, Through the Decades sits down with Don McLean for the story behind his renowned hit American Pie. We’re also reliving the rise of the trailblazing Garth Brooks and his imprint on country music and we’re remembering the man who launched the careers of countless performers – Ed Sullivan.
Wed 8:00AM ET, Wed 8:00PM ET
September 29On September 29, Through the Decades sits down with former New York Times reporter Judith Miller to discuss when she was thrown in jail for refusing to reveal her source in the leak of a CIA agent’s identity. We’re also turning back the lens of time on the premiere of the family favorite sitcom My Three Sons and on the day of his birth we profile the life and legacy of the singing cowboy, Gene Autry.
Thu 8:00AM ET, Thu 8:00PM ET
September 30On September 30, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1986 that the Cold War conflict known as the Daniloff Affair came to a controversial close. We also take a look back on when Hollywood icon James Dean was killed in a car crash in 1955. And on the day of his birth, we profile “The Brady Bunch” actor Barry Williams.
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.