Sat 8:00AM ET
Funny PeopleThrough the Decades recalls some of the best funny men and women including The Three Stooges, Lucille Ball, Chris Rock, Dick Van Dyke, and Carol Burnett.
Mon 8:00AM ET, Mon 8:00PM ET
June 21On June 21, “Through the Decades” remembers the day President Reagan was struck by a bullet – and survived – in 1982. We also take a look back on the day Menachem Begin began his tenure as the Prime Minister of Israel in 1977. And on the day of her birth, we profile actress and producer Meredith Baxter.
Tue 8:00AM ET, Tue 8:00PM ET
June 22On June 22, “Through the Decades” remembers the day Joe Louis reclaimed his title as the heavyweight champion in 1938. We also take a look back on the last day the polluted Cuyahoga River caught on fire in 1969, and on the day of her birth, we profile actress Meryl Streep.
Wed 8:00AM ET, Wed 8:00PM ET
June 23On June 23, “Through the Decades” remembers the day President Kennedy set off on a state visit to Europe in 1963, where he would make one of his most memorable speeches. We also take a look back on the day Title IX was passed in 1972, paving the way for gender equality. And on the day of her birth, we profile world-record-holding Olympic champion Wilma Rudolph.
Thu 8:00AM ET, Thu 8:00PM ET
June 24On June 24, “Through the Decades” remembers the day Mary Pickford signed a contract in 1916 that would make her Hollywood’s first million dollar actress. We also take a look back on the day “Hopalong Cassidy” debuted in 1949, and on the day of his birth, we profile Beach Boys singer and songwriter Brian Wilson.
Fri 8:00AM ET, Fri 8:00PM ET
June 25On June 25, “Through the Decades” remembers the day President Reagan’s Secretary of State, Alexander Haig, stepped down in 1982. We also take a look back on the day “Sleepless in Seattle” starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks premiered in 1993, and on the day of her birth, we profile singer and songwriter Carly Simon.
Sat 8:00AM ET
MusicalsThrough the Decades dives into some of the best performances of musicals through the decades. Disco into Saturday Night Fever with John Travolta, twirl into The Sound of Music with Julie Andrews and rip your sweatshirts in advance of Flashdance.
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.