Fareed Zakaria was just six-months-old when his father was elected to be a government minister in India, but his background remains a mystery. His father was orphaned as a child, and Fareed does not know much about his background. Fareed and his mother took DNA tests that turned up some surprising results on their roots journey.
Fareed sat down with Anderson and discussed why he was initially so reluctant about researching his roots.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta went on a journey with his family to find their roots in India. He accompanied both of his parents back to their hometowns and found a family history that dates back 40 generations. While in India, Dr. Gupta's daughters joined him in laying new roots for future generations to uncover.
You are used to seeing Anderson Cooper telling other people's stories on AC360, now he is telling his own. Anderson has been tracing his family's roots and uncovered remarkable secrets that he never imagined.
For the first time, Anderson learns that his ancestors who fought on opposite sides of the Civil War nearly met on the same battlefield. He also learned about a distant relative who was killed by a slave that he owned.
That's not all Anderson found when he traveled to trace his roots in Mississippi and Louisiana.
You can learn more about Anderson's journey along with those of other CNN anchors at CNN.com/Roots
Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. shared new information for Anderson about the slaves owned by his distance ancestor. Professor Gates traced Anderson's family tree for a recent episode of "Finding Your Roots" on PBS.
Anthony Bourdain travels to Paraguay for the latest episode of “Parts Unknown.” He discovers not only some amazing food but also a family secret. He sat down to discuss it with Anderson.
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