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    Re: Finding Your Roots (PBS) and other genealogy shows

    It's all so silly. I hope Affleck is ashamed about this and how many problems his moment of arrogance (in coercing them into changing the show) has caused the Skip Gates and production company. And I thought I couldn't have less respect for him than I already do.

    It would be a real shame if this lead to the show being canceled. All over one self-important celebrity.
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    Re: Finding Your Roots (PBS) and other genealogy shows

    Every person in the world who has done "bad" things has relatives who have not done "bad" thinks and vice a versa. Learn from it, don't pretend it never existed.
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    THis really sucks because I liked passing by and catching this show when it was on. I know they didn't get deep into all the stories of the family members because how could you. I'm sure lots of stuff was edited out but I'm super disappointed that Ben's actions have affected the show like this. It's not like he's the only one who has family members who did that. I mean seriously by the time you work through generations with so many kids in each one it's not that much of a surprise. Ben needs to get over himself.
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    I don't like that Ben asked, but I dislike it more that Dr. Gates agreed.
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    Re: Finding Your Roots (PBS) and other genealogy shows

    Have any of you caught the PBS series, "First Peoples" on Wednesday nights? I'm still digesting them via DVR. I thought I'd bring it up in here because the show deals so heavily with new DNA discoveries in terms of our origins and how much of ancient ancestors we still carry in our current DNA strands.
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    Thanks KT! I didn't know about First People! But I am watching it OnDemand right now!
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    Pbs - the first peoples

    I don't know if anyone is watching this series, but it is fascinating. If you are interested in Anthropology, how humans evolved, what they now know about the first humans who left Africa, where they went, and who they met up with, watch this series.
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    I'm watching OnDemand right now! I'm on episode 3. Loving it!
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    Re: Finding Your Roots (PBS) and other genealogy shows

    I had my DNA done by National Geographic. It is called "The Genographic Project" and when you get the kit, you get a cheek swab and can turn it in to get your results. It takes about 12 weeks. Unfortunately, women only get their maternal side. It takes your DNA back via mitochondrial DNA to your earliest ancestors. Parts of this show are, I believe, based on the results of this project. It tracks your ancient ancestry and how your DNA relates to others in your Geno group. I found out that I am 2.2% Neanderthal and 2.9% Denisovan from my mom. Her ancestors traveled across the Bering Straits and down into the Americas and others ended up in Europe. I took several Anthropology classes in college and graduated in 1995. At that time, they knew nothing about the Denisovans, suspected but didn't know for sure that the Neanderthal interbred with modern humans, and did not know how the Australian aboriginals got to Australia or what their origins actually were.
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    Re: Finding Your Roots (PBS) and other genealogy shows

    I loved tonight's episode very fascinating.

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