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December 5On December 5, Through the Decades turns back the lens of time on the day Utah became the first state to ratify the 21st amendment. We are also taking a look back at the moment leading civil rights figure Julian Bond claimed his seat on the Georgia House of Representatives and on the day of his death, we profile Nelson Mandela and his historical footprint.
Tue 8:00AM ET, Tue 8:00PM ET
December 6On December 6, Through the Decades celebrates the birth of Judd Apatow with a look back on his life and career as one of Hollywood’s most successful filmmakers. We’re also remembering the history behind the towering structure that was built as a grand tribute to our nation’s first president and we turn back the lens of time on rock’s most notorious festival known as the Altamont Speedway Free Festival.
Wed 8:00AM ET, Wed 8:00PM ET
December 7On December 7, Through the Decades remembers the infamous date when the Imperial Japanese Navy struck the U.S. Naval Base of Pearl Harbor. We are also taking a look back at the day Soviet Leader Gorbachev traveled to Washington to take part in the third Peace Summit and on the day of his birth, we profile the basketball career of the legendary player Larry Bird.
Thu 8:00AM ET, Thu 8:00PM ET
December 8On December 8, Through the Decades turns back the lens of time on the day in history when John Lennon was assassinated, The Grateful Dead announced they were breaking up and President Franklin D. Roosevelt stood before Congress and demanded a declaration of war against Japan.
Fri 8:00AM ET, Fri 8:00PM ET
December 9On December 9, Through the Decades relives the shock felt around the work when Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation. We look back on the history of when the first man eating Tsavo lion was taken down and when President Gerald Ford stepped in to the save New York City from going bankrupt.
Sat 8:00AM ET
Celebrities & The LawThrough the Decades looks back on stories of celebrities and the law, including Willie Nelson's collaboration with the IRS, Penthouse mogul Larry Flynt's first amendment battle, and Hugh Grant's arrest on the streets of Los Angeles.
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.