Faces of America premieres in the U.S. Wednesdays, February 10 - March 3, 2010 from 8-9 p.m. ET on PBS.

What made America? What makes us? These two questions are at the heart of the new PBS series Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The series turn to the latest tools of genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 12 renowned Americans.

Eva Longoria, Meryl Streep, Mario Batali, Stephen Colbert, Malcolm Gladwell, Yo-Yo Ma, Mike Nichols, Kristi Yamaguchi, Elizabeth Alexander, Queen Noor, Louise Erdrich and Dr Mehmet Oz have all submitted DNA for the series.