"The Faces of America" Are Related!

by HANNAH LAWRENCE · February 2, 2010

    Mario BataliHarry Evans and Tina BrownDan AbramsRon Claiborne and Vicki Mabrey

    What does Mario Batali have in common with Tina Brown? (Hint: It's not orange Crocks.) They're actually related! It's true! At yesterday's premiere screening at Lincoln Center of the new PBS series, "The Faces of America," people who hold degrees higher than yours revealed Batali and Brown are "autosomal cousins."

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    And yes, you've seen advertisements for this series plastered all over the subway, but in case you haven't been paying attention (we know you don't read, stop lying), the four-part documentary will uncover unknown genealogical connections between America's most prominent figures and celebrities. Some other "autosomal cousin" connections announced last night were Roger Friedman and Cindy Adams, Juju Chang and YoYo Ma, David Remnick and Katie Couric, and Martha Stewart was a cousin to both Mike Nichols and Oprah's Gayle King. (Doesn't that make Mike Nichols and Gayle King cousins? At least a little bit?)

    Ron Claiborne and Vicki MabreyMaurice DuBoisMalcolm GladwellLinda Beth AndrewsGeoffrey FletcherRosanna ScottoDebra RobertsRon Claiborne
    Henry Louis Gates, Jr.Dr. James Watson

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Dr. James Watson

    Veronica WebbS. Epatha Merkerson

    Veronica Webb                                 S. Epatha Merkerson

    Stone Phillips, Debra PhillipsSoledad O'Brien
    Stone and Debra Phillips                        Soledad O'Brien
    [Images by JIMI CELESTE for PMc]