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January 27On January 27, Through the Decades goes back in time to remember the tragedy of the Apollo program during a pre-flight test. We also recall the premiere of the longest running musical in Broadway history, The Phantom of the Opera, and the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet soldiers.
Fri 8:00AM ET, Fri 8:00PM ET
January 28On January 28, Through the Decades goes back in time to remember the tragic Challenger space shuttle explosion. We also take a look back on the day the Lego patent was submitted, and on the day of his birth, we profile Emmy Award-winning actor Alan Alda.
Sat 8:00AM ET
Pioneering WomenThrough the Decades remembers pioneering women, including when Rosa Parks took a stand for Civil Rights by refusing the give up her seat on a bus, when Geraldine Ferraro paved the way for women to run as a nominee on a major party’s ticket, and the tennis star who defected from her communist nation to become one of the most dominant players in the sport.
Mon 8:00AM ET, Mon 8:00PM ET
January 31On January 31, Through the Decades remembers when Vietnam veterans organized the “Vietnam Veterans Against the war” and testified to the war crimes they witnessed or were party to while serving. We also look back on the history of the Heimlich maneuver, and on his birthday, we profile the successful career of singer, songwriter, actor and record producer – Justin Timberlake.
Tue 8:00AM ET, Tue 8:00PM ET
February 1On February 1, Through the Decades recalls the history behind the 13th amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States. We also remember the Columbia space shuttle tragedy, and on the day of his birth, we profile Sherman Hemsley – known for his roles in All in the Family and The Jeffersons.
Wed 8:00AM ET, Wed 8:00PM ET
February 2On February 2, Through the Decades explores the tradition of Groundhog Day on the day it was first celebrated in 1887. We also reflect on the powerful history behind the Iditarod – or, “the last great race.” And on the day of her birth, we profile actress and model Farrah Fawcett.
Thu 8:00AM ET, Thu 8:00PM ET
February 3On February 3, Through the Decades goes back in time to remember when a plane went down carrying Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper. We also recall the space shuttle Discovery, which was led by a female pilot, and on the day of his birth, we profile Tony Award winner – Nathan Lane.
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.