Sat 8:00AM ET
Martin Luther King Jr. SpecialThrough the Decades turns back the lens of time on the day in history Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated with a special episode dedicated to the sacrifices, the achievements and the legacy of the man who would be forever known as a champion for Civil Rights.
Mon 8:00AM ET, Mon 8:00PM ET
January 18On January 18, Through the Decades goes back in time to remember the release of one of the most beloved 70’s songs – “Mandy,” by Barry Manilow. We also take a look back at the moment the fight for renowned Olympian Jim Thorpe’s medals came to an end, and on the day of his birth, we profile the life of Hollywood’s everyman, Kevin Costner.
Tue 8:00AM ET, Tue 8:00PM ET
January 19On January 19, Through the Decades delves into the transcontinental airspeed record on a daring solo flight, performed by Howard Hughes. We also take a look back at the patenting of the neon light discovery and the day the I Love Lucy couple had a baby.
Wed 8:00PM ET
January 20On January 20, Through the Decades goes back in time to remember the day Muhammad Ali and Rocky Marciano got into the ring together for a duel of champions. We also remember when Yasser Arafat was elected president of the Palestinian Authority and, on the day of his birth, we profile beloved actor and comedian George Burns.
Thu 8:00AM ET, Thu 8:00PM ET
January 21On January 21, Through the Decades goes back in time to remember the day “trekkies” came together for the first Star Trek convention. We also take a look back on President Jimmy Carter’s pardon to Vietnam draft dodgers, and on the day of her birth, we profile Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis’ life and career in media.
Fri 8:00AM ET, Fri 8:00PM ET
January 22On January 22, Through the Decades relives the day the infamous Unabomber pled guilty to his crimes. We also remember the Boeing 747’s first commercial transatlantic flight, and, on the day of her birth, we profile the life and career of actress, Diane Lane.
Sat 8:00AM ET
Signature SongsThrough the Decades remembers some of our favorite artists and their signature songs, including the Beach Boys quintessential California song Good Vibrations, Loverboy’s working class anthem Everybody’s Working for the Weekend, and The Stylistics’ timeless tune You Make Me Feel Brand New.
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.