Fri 8:00AM ET, Fri 8:00PM ET
February 28On February 28, Through the Decades remembers the face-off between federal agents and a religious cult in Waco, Texas. We also take a look back on the day some the world’s famous Major League Baseball players were involved in a cocaine scandal including the Pittsburg Drug Trials, and on the day of her birth, we profile actress Bernadette Peters.
Sat 8:00AM ET
The MafiaThrough the Decades explores the world of organized crime including the stories of notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, New York mob boss Paul Castellano, and Chicago's Al Capone. We also celebrate some of the greatest mob movies on the screen including “The Godfather”, “Goodfellas”, and “The Sopranos.”
Mon 8:00AM ET, Mon 8:00PM ET
March 2On March 2, “Through the Decades” goes back in time to relive the moment “King Kong” premiered at New York’s Radio City Music Hall in 1933. We also take a look on the day the music industry took a step into the modern world with its newest invention, the CD. And on the day of his birth, we profile “I Love Lucy” star and actor Desi Arnaz.
Tue 8:00AM ET, Tue 8:00PM ET
March 3On March 3, “Through the Decades” goes back in time to remember the day Rodney King was violently beaten by LAPD officers, subsequently becoming a symbol for racial tensions in America. We also take a look back on the day the “Star Spangled Banner” was declared our country’s national anthem, and on the day of her birth, we profile actress Jean Harlow.
Wed 8:00AM ET, Wed 8:00PM ET
March 4On March 4, “Through the Decades” remembers the day three South Carolina buses were ambushed after the U.S. Supreme Court desegregated schools. We also take a look at the career of actor John Candy, who starred in “Uncle Buck” and “Cool Runnings,” and on the day of her birth, we profile actress Patricia Heaton.
Thu 8:00AM ET, Thu 8:00PM ET
March 5On March 5, “Through the Decades” remembers the day the world’s hottest new toy was patented – the Hula Hoop. We also take a look back on the day Martha Stewart was convicted of lying to the federal government, and on the day of her birth, we profile model and movie star Eva Mendes.
Fri 8:00AM ET, Fri 8:00PM ET
March 6On March 6, “Through the Decades” remembers when the U.S. government investigated suspicions of election fraud in Tony Boyle’s campaign for President of the United Mine Workers of America. We also take a look back on the day The Temptations’ hit song “My Girl” climbed to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and on the day of his birth, we profile actor, writer and director Rob Reiner.
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.