Henry Louis Gates

Deep in the family roots, there's joy and agony

("Finding Your Roots" tends to be a fascinating journey through the lives of people's ancestors. This season's opener -- 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, on PBS -- is particularly good, finding joy and tragedy in the family trees of Larry David and Bernie Sanders. Other good ones are coming up; here's the story I sent to papers.)

By Mike Hughes

Ruby Bridges: The little girl who helped change the world

This is an eventĀ I found especially fascinating, with Ruby Bridges recalling her defining moment, 53 years ago. Here's the story I sent to papers: