New Edition of the PBS Digital Series The Origin of Everything: Why Do We Say African American?

ORIGIN OF EVERYTHING is an irreverent and informative series dedicated to exploring the idea that the past is always present. Every aspect of modern life—whether the words we use, the foods we love, the objects that get us through the day, the geographical borders that surround us or even the identities we give ourselves—emerges from the past. As researcher, writer and host, Danielle Bainbridge, Ph.D., applies a historical lens to unpack how all of these things came about and provokes audiences to think a little differently about their world.

NEW EPISODE: Language is constantly changing and ethnonyms are no exception. From “Negro” to “Colored” and “African American” to “Black,” the people and cultures of African origin living in the United States have had many names. In the latest episode, “Why Do We Say African American?,” Dr. Bainbridge looks at the etymology and reclamation surrounding Black history and identity.

A sampling of ORIGIN OF EVERYTHING episodes addressing race & culture in America includes:

The Racist Origins of U.S. Law

Description: Laws are intended to maintain order and promote justice, but what happens when those laws promote and spread discrimination and bigotry? In the this episode, Danielle analyzes the discriminatory history of U.S. law, tracing its origins in colonialism and chattel slavery up through the Jim Crow era and today’s mass incarceration.

What is Ethnicity?

Description: What is the difference between race and ethnicity? Can a person have more than one ethnic identity? ORIGIN OF EVERYTHING explores the history and evolution of different ethnicities that make up America.

Additional ORIGIN OF EVERYTHING episodes related to today’s cultural events are outlined in the following play lists: Black History andClass and American Culture.


Listen to “My guest is Danielle Bainbridge, Ph.D the force behind the popular PBS Digital series the ORIGIN OF EVERYTHING” on Spreaker.

Dr. Bainbridge, who holds a Ph.D. in African American Studies and American Studies from Yale University and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English & Theatre Arts, is available to discuss almost everything –  topics spanning race, gender, sexual orientation, culture, history and more.  From current cultural events, social and political movements to notable milestones and untold stories, Dr. Bainbridge is a subject-matter expert who delivers history with a splash of humor.

New episodes of ORIGIN OF EVERYTHING are available on and the PBS Digital Studios’ YouTube Channel. Viewers are also encouraged to engage in online conversation by visiting Twitter at @PBSDS and@PBSOriginFacebook at @PBSDigitalStudios and  @OriginofEverythingPBS; and Instagramat @pbsds and @pbsoriginofeverything.

Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.