The first episode explores the dynamic and shifting relationship America had with her new immigrants in the 20th century. World war tore apart families and sundered the fabric of many lives... See full summary »

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John Maggio

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Episode credited cast:
Elizabeth Alexander Elizabeth Alexander ... Herself
Mario Batali ... Himself
Stephen Colbert ... Himself
Louise Erdrich Louise Erdrich ... Herself
Henry Louis Gates ... Himself - Host
Malcolm Gladwell ... Himself
Eva Longoria ... Herself (as Eva Longoria Parker)
Yo-Yo Ma ... Himself
Mike Nichols ... Himself
Mehmet Oz ... Himself
Meryl Streep ... Herself
Kristi Yamaguchi ... Herself
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The first episode explores the dynamic and shifting relationship America had with her new immigrants in the 20th century. World war tore apart families and sundered the fabric of many lives, but America beckoned and millions came. Yet, America was an ambivalent host. For film director Mike Nichols, whose entire family escaped Nazi Germany, it was a place of refuge and salvation. At its worst, it was a country that would imprison two generations of Japanese Americans, like the ancestors of Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi. And a single encounter changed musician Yo-Yo Ma's life forever, paving the road to success. Written by PBS Publicity

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10 February 2010 (USA) See more »

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Ark Media See more »
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