2.5 Million Tuned in Each Week for 'Finding Your Roots'

In today's link roundup: PBS' genealogy and family-history series captured the country's attention. Plus: FBI raids home of Trenton, N.J., mayor. 

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Two-and-a-half million tune in weekly to Finding Your Roots: There's no question about whether Americans are interested in where we come from: Variety reports that nearly 2.5 million viewers tuned in each week on average to watch PBS' Finding Your Roots with The Root's editor-in-chief, Henry Louis Gates Jr. That's 29 percent higher than the PBS prime-time average of 2.1 million. The 10-part series explored race, culture and identity through the genealogies and family histories of notable figures. It came out on DVD this week.

FBI raids home of Trenton mayor: The mayor of New Jersey's capital city has denied any wrongdoing after the FBI raided his home early Wednesday, carrying bags and boxes from the building. When Tony Mack, 46, emerged from his home Wednesday, he told reporters, "We have not violated the public trust in any way."

Jimmy "J.J." Walker on gay marriage: If the Good Times actor wanted to make the conservative take on this issue sound ridiculous, he succeeded.

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