This week, KLRU presents Ken Burns’ newest documentary over the course of 7 nights. Roosevelts: An Intimate History chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. It is the first time in a major documentary television series that their individual stories have been interwoven into a single narrative.
Roosevelts: An Intimate History, Get Action (1858-1901) Sunday at 7 pm and 9 pm explores the champion of a strenuous life, Theodore Roosevelt, as he becomes the youngest president in American history, while Franklin Delano follows his older cousin’s career with worshipful fascination.
Murder brings Theodore Roosevelt to the presidency on Roosevelts: An Intimate History In The Arena (1901-1910) Monday at 7 pm and 9 pm. In the seven years that follow, he transforms the office and makes himself perhaps the best-loved of all the men who ever lived in the White House
Theodore Roosevelt leads a Progressive crusade that splits his own party on Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Fire of Life (1910-1919) Tuesday at 7 pm and 9 pm. Eleanor discovery of Franklin’s romance with another woman transforms their marriage into a largely political partnership.
Franklin Roosevelt runs for vice president while Eleanor builds a personal and political life of her own on Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Storm (1920-1933) Wednesday at 7 pm and 9 pm.
FDR brings the same optimism and energy to the White House that his cousin Theodore displayed on Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Rising Road (1933-1939) Thursday at 7 pm and 9 pm.
FDR shatters the third-term tradition and struggles to prepare a reluctant country to enter World War II on Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Common Cause (1939-1944) Friday at 7 pm and 9 pm. Meanwhile, Eleanor struggles to keep New Deal reforms alive.
Eleanor Roosevelt proves herself a shrewd politician and a skilled negotiator on Roosevelts: An Intimate History A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962) Saturday at 7 pm and 9 pm. Frail and failing but determined to see the war through to victory, FDR wins re-election and begins planning for a peaceful postwar world.