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Episode Detail: An Independent Cast of Mind - The American President

Independence is “essential to my existence,” says John Adams, who's profiled in Part 3 (of 10), along with Zachary Taylor, Rutherford B. Hayes and Jimmy Carter, four Presidents who “put the national interest above the concerns of their parties,” says host Hugh Sidey. All four suffered as a result, and none served two terms. Sidey interviews Carter. Voices: Morley Safer (Adams); Tom Wicker (Taylor); John Glenn (Hayes).

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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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