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November 20On November 20, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1966 that the musical “Cabaret” premiered, challenging Broadway conventions and tackling taboo topics. We also take a look back on when radio astronomers founded the SETI Institute to search for extra-terrestrial intelligence in 1984. And on the day of her birth, we profile actress Bo Derek.
Thu 8:00AM ET, Thu 8:00PM ET
November 21On November 21, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1877 that Thomas Edison introduced the world to the phonograph, paving the way for modern recorded music. We also take a look back on when hit boxing movie “Rocky” premiered in 1976, launching Sylvester Stallone into the Hollywood stratosphere. And on the day of her birth, we profile Oscar-winning actress Goldie Hawn.
Fri 8:00AM ET, Fri 8:00PM ET
November 22On November 22, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1963 that President Kennedy’s assassination left the nation stunned and heartbroken. We also take a look back on when the creepy and kooky “Addams Family” made their big-screen debut in 1991, and we close with a profile of “The Brady Bunch” actress Florence Henderson.
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John F. KennedyThrough the Decades delves into the tragic assassination of young President John F Kennedy. We’ll remember the inauguration speech that cemented him into an exalted place in history and recall his legacy that continues after his death.
Mon 8:00AM ET, Mon 8:00PM ET
November 25On November 25, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1920 that Gimbels department store sponsored the first Thanksgiving Day parade, a lively tradition carried on by Macy’s. We also take a look back on when popular musicians released their collaborative hit song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” to fundraise for Ethiopian famine relief. And on the day of his birth, we profile actor Ricardo Montalban.
Tue 8:00AM ET, Tue 8:00PM ET
November 26On November 26, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 2002 that President George W. Bush pardoned the first female turkey in White House history, and we reflect on the timeless Thanksgiving tradition. We also take a look back on when classic war movie “Casablanca” was released in 1942 amidst the real-life drama of World War II. And on the day of her birth, we profile legendary singer Tina Turner.
Wed 8:00AM ET, Wed 8:00PM ET
November 27On November 27, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1978 that San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and city official Harvey Milk were murdered as political tensions escalated in the progressive city. We also take a look back on when surgeons performed the nation’s first successful liver transplant from a living donor in 1989, a game-changing medical maneuver. And on the day of his birth, we profile Bill Nye the Science Guy, an icon of educational television.
Through the Decades: Through the Decades November 19
On November 19, Bill Kurtis of Through the Decades turns the lens of time back to 1969 when Apollo 12 successfully landed on the surface of the moon, making history for the country and the space program. Kerry Sayers recalls the day in 1985 when President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev came together for their first summit meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Peter Yarrow of Peter, ... moreWatch now
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.