The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

October 29, 2017

When to Tune In: Wednesday, April 11 at 11 p.m.

Get Action (1858-1901) pt. 1
Wednesday, April 11 at 11 p.m.
FDR brings the same optimism and energy to the White House that his cousin Theodore displayed. Aimed at ending the Depression, his sweeping New Deal restores the people’s self-confidence and transforms the relationship between them and their government. Rejecting the traditional role of First Lady, Eleanor becomes her husband’s liberal conscience and a sometimes controversial political force in her own right.

In the Arena (1901-1910) pt. 2
Wednesday, April 18 at 11 p.m.
After William McKinley’s assassination, Theodore Roosevelt arrives in Washington in 1901 as the youngest President of the United States. He is unwilling to let Congress dictate federal policies and he knows how to use his immense popularity with the press to disseminate his message to the public. 

The Fire of Life (1910-1919) pt. 3
Wednesday, April 25 at 11 p.m.
With his election to the New York State Senate in 1910, Franklin D. Roosevelt sets out to make a name for himself in Albany, much as Theodore Roosevelt had done twenty-nine years earlier. He joins forces with reform-minded Democrats to fight against the powerful bosses of their own party, and battles for state government and labor reforms.

The Storm (1920-1933) pt. 4
Wednesday, May 2 at 11 p.m.
In the 1920s, memories of Theodore Roosevelt begin to fade. The Great War is over, Woodrow Wilson is ill, and the American public is weary of domestic reform and events overseas. 

The Rising Road (1933-1939) pt. 5
Wednesday, May 9 at 11 p.m.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1933 presidential inauguration comes during the nation’s worst economic crisis – the Great Depression. Banks have failed and savings accounts have been wiped out, so to explain the banking system and how it works, Franklin Roosevelt gives his first “fireside chat” to the American people.

Then Common Cause (139-1944) pt. 6
Wednesday, May 16 at 11 p.m.
By the late summer of 1939, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is halfway through his second term in office. Both he and Eleanor are tired and looking forward to retirement, but when Germany invades Poland on September 2, 1939, everything changes. 

A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962) pt. 7
Wednesday, May 23 at 11 p.m.
By April of 1944, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have occupied the White House for more than eleven years. The President is secretly convalescing in South Carolina from a recently diagnosed bout of congestive heart failure while the war rages overseas and his family is under press scrutiny at home. 

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