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Episode Detail: Family Ties - The American President

Profiling four men whose family ties helped landed them in the Oval Office: John Quincy Adams, Benjamin Harrison, John F. Kennedy and Franklin Roosevelt, who “saw the Presidency as almost family property,” says historian Richard Neustadt. Time magazine White House correspondent Hugh Sidey hosts. Voice of Adams: George Will. Voice of Harrison: former Secretary of State Alexander Haig.

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Premiered: April 01, 2000, on PBS
Rating: TV-G
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Premise: American presidents are profiled in this 10-hour 2000 series from the producers of the Emmy-winning 1988 documentary `JFK: In His Own Words.' The series gives each chief executive about 15 minutes and studies them thematically rather than chronologically. Political figures and journalists (Colin Powell, Tim Russert, Bob Dole and John Glenn among them) supply the voices for presidents who served before the advent of sound recording.

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