The Presidency Episodes

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The Presidency episodes

The Presidency: FDR, Truman, and Eisenhower on Civil Rights

A forum on presidential actions on race during the 1940s and '50s. Topics include the World War II internment of Japanese-Americans, the desegregation of the military and the appointments of Supreme Court justices opposed to segregation. Taped at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. read more

Former First Ladies Barbara Bush and Laura Bush

Former first ladies Barbara Bush and Laura Bush recall their years in the White House in a conversation with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Barbara Bush also discusses the 2012 presidential campaign. read more

Photographers' Views of First Ladies

White House photographers recall working with former first ladies Betty Ford, Barbara Bush and Laura Bush. read more

First Ladies' Social Secretaries

White House social secretaries in the administrations of Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan and both Bushes recall their duties and life inside the White House in a conversation taped March 5, 2012, at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. read more

George Washington

An American Enterprise Institute forum on the presidency and legacy of George Washington. On the panel: Richard Brookhiser (National Review), Diana Schaub (Loyola University Maryland), and AEI scholars in residence Steven Hayward and Leon Kass. read more

Proposed Eisenhower Memorial

Susan Eisenhower testifies on the proposed memorial to her grandfather, 34th U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower, at a House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. Taped March 20, 2012. read more

Benjamin Henry Latrobe

Leslie Jones of the White House Historical Association lectures on architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764-1820), who worked to restore the White House following its burning during the War of 1812. A Maryland Historical Society event, taped Feb. 2, 2012, in Baltimore. read more

Richard Nixon & Vietnam

A forum on President Richard Nixon's Vietnam policies, taped July 22, 2011, at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, Cal. read more

Nixon's Domestic Policy

A forum on President Richard Nixon's economic and environmental policies. Taped March 4, 2012, at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, Cal. read more

Theodore Roosevelt & Barack Obama

A discussion of the political philosophies of presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Barack Obama. A Hudson Institute forum, taped Dec. 22, 2011, in Washington, D.C. read more

Understanding Nixon's Politics

A Richard Nixon Presidential Library forum on the 37th president's politics. Topics include the 1960 election, and Nixon's relationships with Vice President Spiro Agnew and the press. read more

Understanding Nixon

A Richard Nixon Presidential Library forum offering a detailed review of the 37th president's life and career. read more

Eisenhower's Civil Rights Legacy

A forum on the Eisenhower administration's civil-rights legacy, taped Sept. 24, 2011, at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kan. On the panel: lawyer Thurgood Marshall Jr. and Kansas State University history professor Charles W. Sanders Jr. Kansas Wesleyan University history professor Anita Specht is the moderator. read more

FDR's Foreign Affairs

A discussion of the impact of FDR's "inner circle" of advisers on the president's foreign policy. Taped Oct. 23, 2011, at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, N.Y. Panelists include Allida Black (fdr4freedoms Digital Initiative); Hyde Park resident historian David Woolner; and authors Lynne Olson ("Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour") and Thomas Parrish ("Roosevelt and Marshall: Partners in Politics and War"). read more

Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Inner Circle on Domestic Policy

A discussion of FDR's domestic policy and the people who drove it, taped Sept. 25, 2011, at the Roosevelt Presidential Library in New Hyde Park, N.Y. Panelists include Roosevelt biographer Joseph Persico; Roosevelt Institute senior fellow Ellen Chesler; Linda Lotridge Levin, author of "The Making of FDR: The Story of Stephen T. Early, America's First Modern Press Secretary"; Allida Black (fdr4freedoms Digital Initiative); and Adam Cohen (Yale Law School). Moderator: Alan Chartock (SUNY Albany). read more

Advisors to the First Ladies

Former senior advisers to first ladies of the U.S. discuss their roles at a Nov. 15, 2011, forum at the George (H.W.) Bush Presidential Library on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station. Panelists include former aides to Barbara and Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama. Allida Black, editor of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, is the moderator. read more

Reflections of First Ladies

Former first ladies Barbara and Laura Bush reflect on their White House experiences in a conversation with historian Richard Norton Smith. Taped Nov. 15, 2011, at the George Bush Presidential Library Center at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. read more

White House Chefs

A National Archives forum featuring former White House chefs Roland Mesnier (1979-2004), Pierre Chambrin (1992-94), Henry Haller (1966-87) and Frank Ruta (1979-87). Taped Oct. 19, 2011, in Washington, D.C. Susan Stamberg is the moderator. read more

The Legacy and Influence of First Ladies

Exploring the evolving influence and political power of U.S. first ladies. read more

Ronald Reagan's Legacy

Tom Brokaw; former California governor and U.S. senator Pete Wilson (R); Ronald Reagan biographers Richard Reeves and Lou Cannon; and presidential historian Douglas Brinkley debate the Reagan legacy. Taped Feb. 2, 2011, at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Cal. read more

Theodore Roosevelt and Conservation

Topic: President Theodore Roosevelt's conservation policies. read more

Eisenhower National Memorial

Architect Frank Gehry discusses his design for the planned Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial near the National Mall in Washington, D.C. read more

Lincoln's First Inaugural Address

Northwestern University communication-studies professor David Zarefsky on the origin, structure and language of Lincoln's first inaugural address. Taped May 4, 2011, at a Union League Club of Chicago symposium marking the sesquicentennial of Lincoln's first inauguration. Zarefsky is the author of "Lincoln, Douglas and Slavery: In the Crucible of Public Debate." read more

Origins of the Bush Doctrine

Boston University international-relations professor Andrew Bacevich discusses President George W. Bush's post-9/11 doctrine of preventive war. Taped in June 2011 at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations annual meeting in Alexandria, Va. read more

Truman's Grandview Farm

University of Central Missouri historian Jon Taylor discusses the 12 years Harry Truman spent at his family's Grandview, Mo., farm before enlisting in the military in 1917. Taylor was the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site historian from 1993 to '98. He is the author of "Truman's Grandview Farm." Taped June 29, 2011, at the National Archives in Kansas City, Mo. read more

Organized Crime in the Nixon Era

The fight against organized crime during the Nixon administration (1969-74) is assessed in a forum sponsored by the National Archives and the Nixon Foundation, and taped in June 2011 at the University Club in Washington, D.C. David Ferriero, the archivist of the U.S., offers introductory remarks. read more

Ulysses S. Grant

The pre-Civil War days of President Ulysses S. Grant are discussed at the National Archives in Kansas City, Mo. read more

Nixon & Khruschev in 1959

The impromptu 1959 "kitchen debate" at a Moscow exhibition, between U.S. vice president Richard Nixon and Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev is recalled. read more

President Truman's Impact

A panel discussion of the presidency of Harry Truman, the Alger Hiss case, and Truman's relations with Japanese-Americans. read more

Conversation With Ken Hechler on President Truman

President Harry S. Truman is remembered by Ken Hechler ("Working With Truman"), who was one of his speechwriters. read more

Truman on Liberty & Security

The Truman administration's policies on liberty and security are the focus of a panel discussion at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Mo. read more

Truman's Civil Liberties Legacy

President Harry Truman's post-World War II approach to handling the Communist threat is discussed. read more

Great Speeches From JFK & Lincoln

President Lincoln's Gettysburg address and President Kennedy's inaugural address are discussed by Carlyle Group managing director David Rubenstein. read more

Mamie Eisenhower's Portrait

A portrait of Mamie Eisenhower, painted by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952, is discussed by their granddaughter, Susan Eisenhower, at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. read more

Presidential Pollsters

Polling during presidential elections is discussed. read more

Jefferson & Labor Systems

Thomas Jefferson's efforts to identify alternatives to slavery are discussed. read more

John F. Kennedy's White House and the Press

Former White House press secretary Mike McCurry moderates a panel discussion of John F. Kennedy's relationship with the press. read more

Remembering Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon's son-in-law Edward Cox discusses life in the 37th president's White House. From the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich. read more

Ulysses S. Grant & Public Memory

Ulysses S. Grant and national memory are discussed by historian Bryan Le Beau. read more

Reagan, Gorbachev & the Cold War

The legacies of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev are discussed. read more

The Bay of Pigs

A John F. Kennedy Presidential Library panel discussion about the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba by CIA-trained Cuban exiles. read more

Remembering Watergate

The Washington Post's Watergate coverage is discussed by reporter Bob Woodward and editor Ben Bradlee at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, Cal. read more

Women and the White House

Influential women in politics and presidential administrations are discussed at a New York Historical Society event. read more

Coolidge the Master Politician

Former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis discusses Calvin Coolidge at a Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation event. read more

Ronald Reagan's California

Ronald Reagan and California are discussed. read more

The Disputed Election of 1876

Historian Michael Holt discusses the 1876 presidential election, in which Rutherford B. Hayes defeated Samuel Tilden by one electoral vote. read more

Nixon White House Speech Writers

A panel discussion with former Nixon White House speechwriters at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. read more

Presidential Libraries Symposium

A Congressional symposium about public and private presidential libraries, including challenges they face; and how they can better engage students and children in presidential history. read more

JFK's New Frontier Rhetoric

The language employed by John F. Kennedy in his 1961 inauguration speech is discussed. read more

First Lady Betty Ford

Former first lady Betty Ford is discussed by historian Carl Sferrazza Anthony. read more

James Madison the Politician

A lecture on James Madison by historian Richard Brookhiser. read more

Making of the President in 1960

The week leading up to President Kennedy's 1961 inauguration is discussed by historian Richard Duffy. read more

Eisenhower's Continental Defense

Homeland defense during the Eisenhower presidency is discussed by historian Christopher Bright ("Continental Defense in the Eisenhower Era"). read more

President Ford in China

President Ford's 1975 trip to China is recalled by Ron Nessen, his press secretary. read more

Calvin Coolidge's Legacy

The legacy of Calvin Coolidge, America's 30th president, is discussed by historian David Pietrusza ("Silent Cal's Almanack"). read more

White House Photographers

Former White House photographers David Hume Kennerly, Robert McNeely, Eric Draper and David Valdez discuss their work. read more

The Presidency Episode: "Former First Ladies Barbara Bush and Laura Bush"

Episode Synopsis: Former first ladies Barbara Bush and Laura Bush recall their years in the White House in a conversation with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Barbara Bush also discusses the 2012 presidential campaign.
Original Air Date: Apr 29, 2012
Guest Cast Barbara Bush Laura Bush

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