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October 17On October 17, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1987 that the world breathed a sigh of relief after “Baby Jessica” McClure was rescued from a tumble down a well. We also take a look back on when gangster Al Capone’s reign over Chicago came to an end in 1931. And on the day of his birth, we profile actor George Wendt.
Fri 8:00AM ET, Fri 8:00PM ET
October 18On October 18, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1969 that pop band The Jackson 5 made their firecracker debut on national television. We also take a look back on when popular blue-collar family sitcom “Roseanne” premiered in 1988. And on the day of her birth, we profile actress Dawn Wells.
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Baseball’s GreatsThrough the Decades recalls Baseball’s great boys of summer, including a headache that helped Lou Gehrig, the color line being broken by number 42, and a record breaking game for Joe DiMaggio.
Mon 8:00AM ET, Mon 8:00PM ET
October 21On October 21, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1974 that members of the Ohio National Guard went to trial for the fatal shootings during an anti-war protest at Kent State University. We also take a look back on when Carlton Fisk hit a legendary home run in the World Series in 1975. And on the day of her birth, we profile “Star Wars” icon Carrie Fisher.
Tue 8:00AM ET, Tue 8:00PM ET
October 22On October 22, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1964 that a nuclear bomb was tested underground in Mississippi. We also take a look back on when news media offices and government officials received threatening letters laced with spores of anthrax bacteria in 2001—a health crisis that rocked the nation. And on the day of his birth, we profile actor Jeff Goldblum.
Wed 8:00AM ET, Wed 8:00PM ET
October 23On October 23, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1990 that beloved “Humphrey the Wrong-Way Whale” was rescued after being stuck in the mud in San Francisco Bay. We also take a look back on when “The Smurfs” first appeared in a Belgian comic book in 1958. And on the day of his birth, we profile music parody star “Weird Al” Yankovic.
Thu 8:00AM ET, Thu 8:00PM ET
October 24On October 24, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1940 that the traditional nine-to-five grind was institutionalized after a long battle between workers and the government. We also take a look back on when the world watched the Cuban missile crisis unfold in 1962. And on the day of his birth, we profile actor Kevin Kline.
Through the Decades: Through the Decades October 16
On October 16, Bill Kurtis of Through the Decades turns the lens of time back to 1923, when Roy and Walt Disney founded an animation studio that grew into an entertainment empire. Ellee Pai Hong returns to 1975, when the UFO religious cult Heaven's Gate captured the media's attention with their mission to transcend life on Earth. Bill remembers the day in 1995 that scores of African American ... 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.