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What to Watch on Tuesday: David Sedaris explores family tree on ‘Finding Your Roots’

David Sedaris learns about his Greek family roots on “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” on PBS.
David Sedaris learns about his Greek family roots on “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” on PBS. PBS/WNET

Finding Your Roots (8 p.m., UNC-TV) – Readers of this blog know that this is one of my favorite shows. It consistently has great guests with fascinating genealogy stories. This week’s episode – it’s Greek Week! – may just do me in. Henry Louis Gates Jr. explores the family trees of Tina Fey, George Stephanopoulos and Raleigh’s own David Sedaris. If there are two things I love, it’s a genealogy show and a Sedaris! Among the big revelations are that Sedaris’ great-grand-aunt was taken captive by the Ottoman military and that one of Fey’s ancestors was a hero in the Greek War of Independence.

NCIS (8 p.m ., UNC-TV) – A petty officer is killed in a hit-and-run accident, and Gibbs tries to clear a Navy hospital corpsman when she is indicted for illegally providing medical care to victims of the crash.

Cold War Roadshow (9 p.m., UNC-TV) – A documentary that recounts the 12-day visit to the U.S. by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in 1959 – a trip during which he attended an L.A. luncheon with Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor; saw a planned Disneyland excursion canceled; and met with Eleanor Roosevelt.

About a Boy (9:30 p.m., NBC) – Right after “Marry Me,” which you should also watch, Will is sued by an angry ex-girlfriend.

The Mindy Project (9:30 p.m., Fox) – Danny finds Mindy’s diary and can’t stop himself from reading it.

Frontline: Firestone and the Warlord (10 p.m., UNC-TV) – A report on the relationship between the Firestone company and former Liberian warlord and president Charles Taylor, based on accounts from Americans who ran the company’s Lieberian rubber plantation. Other sources include diplomatic cables and court documents.

Saving Africa’s Giants with Yao Ming (10 p.m., Animal Planet) - Former basketball star Yao Ming travels to Kenya to examine the poaching of African elephants for the illegal trade of their tusks, and then to South Africa to observe orphaned rhinos whose parents were killed for their horns.

Benched (10:30 p.m., USA) - Nina finds she needs a refresher on winning over jurors after arguing her first trial.

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