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PBS Previews: The Roosevelts

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Watch on WMHT TV: Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 10:30pm | Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 10pm | Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 11am

Additional airdates on WORLD: Friday, August 15, 2014 at 9pm | Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 9pm

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Hosted by Emmy-winning actress Patricia Clarkson, PBS PREVIEWS: THE ROOSEVELTS will provide a sneak peek lead-in to the broadcast premiere of Ken Burns' seven-part, 14-hour documentary that will air for seven consecutive nights beginning on Sunday, September 14, 2014. The preview program will take viewers inside the making of the epic film that weaves the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics.

In PBS PREVIEWS, viewers will be given first-hand access into the grand estates and intimate cottages of the Roosevelts and visit the studio where Burns recorded the voices of the stars who read the diaries, letters and contemporary accounts of this noteworthy family.

THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY marks the first time the Roosevelts’ individual stories have been woven into a single narrative, following the family’s story for more than a century, from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962. Over the course of those years, Theodore would become the 26th president of the United States and his beloved niece, Eleanor, would marry his fifth cousin, Franklin, who became the 32nd president. Together, they redefined the relationship Americans had with their government and with each other, and redefined, as well, the role of the United States within the wider world.