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Ken Burns profiles the Roosevelts

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Sep 8, 2014 10:08 PM

All this week on beginning September 14: Ken Burns’s seven-part documentary weaves the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics. The 14-hour series marks the first time their individual stories have been woven into a single narrative. This special presentation airs consecutively beginning Sunday at 8:00pm in two-hour episodes through Saturday.  A repeat occurs each night at 10:00pm on WITF TV.

  • Sunday - Examine the early lives of Theodore Roosevelt and his younger cousin, Franklin.
  • Monday - Follow Ken Burns’s account of Theodore’s presidency and FDR and Eleanor’s courtship and marriage.
  • Tuesday - Join Ken Burns as he traces the effects of WWI on the lives of the Roosevelts.
  • Wednesday - Witness Ken Burns’s coverage of FDR’s battle with polio and his response to the Great Depression.
  • Thursday - Examine FDR’s New Deal and Eleanor’s growing political activism.
  • Friday - Survey FDR’s leadership during WWII, while Eleanor tends to wounded servicemen.
  • Saturday - Examine Eleanor’s role as civil rights and U.N champion after FDR’s death.

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