PBS’ New Tesla Profile Is An “Electrifying” New Episode Of ‘American Experience”

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Nikola Tesla is one of the greatest minds of the 20th century.  It was thanks to his genius that the world enjoys the benefits of alternating current every single day.  That was his greatest accomplishment and certainly not his only accomplishment.  He was a brilliant person.  There is no doubt about that. But for all of his brilliance, he was also a troubled man, as is revealed in a recently released episode of PBS’ hit biography-based program American Experience.  PBS Distribution released American Experience: Tesla on DVD late last month.  The program follows the rise and eventual fall of one of the modern world’s greatest minds.  That story is the most important of the program’s elements.  It will be discussed shortly.  The information presented throughout the program is just as important to note as the program itself.  The interviews used alongside the story’s information round out the most important of the program’s elements.  That is because they further illustrate Tesla’s story even more richly.  Each element is important in its own way to the program’s overall presentation.  All things considered, American Experience: Tesla proves to be one more of this year’s top new documentaries.

American Experience: Tesla is one more of this year’s top new documentaries.  That should come as no surprise being that it is a product of PBS.  Quality programming is exactly what PBS is known for producing, and this program is no exception to that rule.  That is proven in part through its story.  The story takes audiences deeper into Tesla’s life and career than most have likely ever been.  It presents Tesla as the great mind that everyone has come to know him as being through their history classes at every level.  It also presents another side of Tesla that likely few have ever known or been taught about.  That side of Tesla is a man who was extremely naïve.  If he hadn’t torn up his royalty contract with George Westinghouse, he might have been remembered in a much different light today than he is remembered.  At the same time, though that might not be the case.  That is because, as is revealed in this new biography, he apparently suffered from at least one major mental disability—obsessive compulsive disorder—if not others that went undiagnosed.  It’s anyone’s guess if his many obsessive tendencies ultimately played into his downfall.  But considering how many tendencies he had, one can’t help but wonder if there might have been a connection between those tendencies and his ultimate failure.  Those tendencies will be discussed later in the discussion on the program’s information.  Connection or not, the story presented in this episode of AE is one that likely few have ever learned about one of America’s (and the world’s) most important figures.

The story that is presented at the center of American Experience: Tesla is a fully engaging presentation for audiences of all types.  It will interest anyone studying the history of electricity and electrical appliances.  It will also interest students and teachers from middle school on through college level classes as well as history buffs in general.  That is because it shows a side of Tesla that is rarely taught at any level.  While the story itself is so important to the overall presentation of this episode of AE, it is not the program’s only important element.  The information that is presented throughout the hour-long program is just as important to note as the story itself.  That’s because the information presented in the story is what keeps the story interesting.  One of the most interesting pieces of information presented in this story is the revelation of how Tesla first became interested in electricity. The program reveals that Tesla first became interested in electricity as a child one day as he was petting his cat.  That story in itself is certain to surprise audiences.  Just as surprising is the revelation of Tesla’s naivety.  Viewers will learn here that Tesla died penniless of his own doing.  This is despite his genius.  Tesla allegedly, in his short sight, tore up a contract for royalties for his AC patent that could have made him rich beyond belief.  But because of that immaturity and naivety, he would eventually enter a downward spiral from which he would never escape.  Also of interest is the revelation that Tesla suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder.  He didn’t suffer from just one obsessive tendency, either.  Those tendencies included things like staying only in rooms divisible by three when he stayed at hotels (no, that’s not a joke), avoiding human touch and having issues with germs among other issues.  There is no way to definitively connect that issue to his eventual downfall.  Though, making claims late in his life that he had received communication from Mars likely didn’t help any.  It also might have pointed to other potential mental issues along with things like sending packages to Mark Twain after Twain’s death and something having to do with feeding pigeons (yes, feeding pigeons).  Taking all of this into consideration, one still might not be able to definitively connect his obvious mental issues with his downfall.  But it definitely gives ground to a theory that there could have been a connection between his mental issues and his downfall.  One has to wonder at the same time, if OCD had been officially diagnosed during Tesla’s life, and that aside, what could have potentially led to those problems.  Those are definitely matters for another episode of AE that could focus on Tesla.  Hopefully the people at PBS will take that less than subtle hint and look into doing just that.  That aside, it should be clear by now just how important the information presented in American Experience: Tesla is to its story.  It paints a picture in this story, of a man that few people know about or about which few have ever known.  Even with that in mind, it should be clear why this program’s story and its information are both so important to its presentation.  They are just two of its key elements to note, too.  The interviews included in the story add even more insight to the program, and in turn depth and enjoyment.

The story at the center of American Experience: Tesla and the information presented therein are both important in their own right to the program’s overall presentation.  That is because both by themselves and collectively, they present a picture of Tesla that is and has been rarely presented at any level.  They combine to present Tesla both as a brilliant figure, but also as a man with a troubled mind.  It is very possible that troubled mind could have played a part in Tesla’s downfall.  While it can’t be definitely proven, the number of tendencies that he presented in his adult life form a solid base for a theoretical connection between those tendencies and his downfall.  Keeping all of this in mind, the story presented in American Experience: Tesla and its information are both clearly important to its presentation.  However, they are not its only important elements.  The interviews included in the program are just as important as the program’s story and its information.  That is due to the extra depth that they add to the story.  Viewers get to hear from academics and scientists who have deep knowledge of Tesla and his life throughout the program.  Their personal insight into Tesla and his legacy is so important because they explain much of what is in the program in layman’s terms.  This makes the noted information more accessible, and in turn enjoyable, to everyday audiences.  That accessibility is the finishing touch to a program that is already interesting just because it presents one of the world’s greatest minds in a rarely presented portrait.  When this added, easily accessible insight is joined alongside the program’s story and its information, the end result is a program that for many will prove both engaging and shocking (bad pun fully intended).  They also collectively support the statement that this episode of AE is one of this year’s top new documentaries.

American Experience: Tesla is one of 2016’s top new documentaries.  It is also more proof of why PBS remains the last bastion of truly worthwhile programming on television.  That is evidenced primarily through the program’s story.  It is not the standard Tesla story with which most audiences might be familiar.  It presents Tesla both as a man with a brilliant mind and a troubled mind.  Considering all of the information about that troubled mind—which is another one of the program’s key elements—it can at least be theorized that his troubled mind could have played a part in his downfall.  While the story presented in this episode of AE and its information are both key to the program’s presentation, they are not its only important elements.  The interviews included in the program are just as important to note.  That is because they make the program more accessible for everyday audiences through their layman’s explanations of the story’s information.  Each element is clearly important in its own right to the program’s presentation.  All things considered, American Experience: Tesla proves to be one of 2016’s top new documentaries and a truly “shocking” presentation.  It is available now and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of American Experience is available online now at:

 

 

 

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PBS Uncovers A Little Known Piece Of American History In A New Episode Of AmEx

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On January 10, 2017, PBS Distribution will take viewers 36 years into the past to a date that while insignificant to most, is much more important to a select few in a new episode of American Experience.

PBS Distribution will release American Experience: Command and Control on Tuesday, January 10. The film follows the events of September 18, 1980, when America almost suffered one of the worst nuclear catastrophes in its history.

It was on that date that a Titan II ballistic missile housed at a complex in Damascus, Arkansas almost caused what would have been one of the nation’s worst nuclear disasters.  The events began when maintenance on the rocket by two men when horribly wrong after a socket from one of the men’s wrenches fell 70 feet down the silo and punctured the missile.

When the rocket was punctured, highly flammable rocket fuel leaked from the missile.  The fuel filled the silo, and over the next eight hours, officials worked to keep the missile, which had a warhead 600 times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, from exploding inside the silo and causing potentially unheard of damage.

The missile was powerful enough to destroy much of Arkansas and spread radioactive fallout across the East Coast.  Being that nothing of that caliber had ever happened before then, the Air Force had no procedures in place to handle the situation.

The two-hour program mixes into its central story the secondary story of America’s nuclear weapons program from WWII through the Cold War.  It is based largely on recently declassified documents.  In turns it asks some very powerful and important questions, making audiences really think about the nation’s nuclear arsenal.

American Experience: Command and Control will be released Tuesday, January 10.  It runs two hours and will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  It is also available there in a combo pack that includes author Eric Schlosser’s book on which the program is based.

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‘Building Star Trek’ Is An Enjoyable Celebration Of Series’ 50th Anniversary

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Star Trek celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, and in celebration of the occasion, The Smithsonian Channel (which is part of the Discovery Communications networks), aired a special centered on the series and its impact on the world with its scientific revolutions called Building Star Trek.  Now thanks to a partnership between The Smithsonian Channel and PBS Distribution, audiences can own it for themselves on DVD.  There is plenty for audiences to appreciate about this special beginning with its central topic.  That will be discussed shortly.  The information that is shared throughout the 92-minute program is just as important to note as its central topic.  That will be discussed later.  The program’s transitions round out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own way to the program’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Building Star Trek a special that the series’ fans will appreciate just as much as scientists and students.

Smithsonian Channel’s new Star Trek special Building Star Trek is a program that the series’ fans will appreciate just as much as scientists and students.  That is due in part to the program’s central topic.  For all intents and purposes, the program’s central topic focuses on the series’ cultural and scientific impacts.  It does this as it follows the efforts to both restore the original U.S.S. Enterprise model for the Smithsonian Museum (go figure) and the effort to bring to life a full Star Trek exhibit for the EMP Museum in Seattle, WA.  The exhibit in question chronicles Star Trek in each of its incarnations.  Though for the sake of this special the focus is on the location and restoration of pieces from the original series for the exhibit.  The items featured in that hunt and work include Captain Kirk’s chair from the bridge of the show’s set, an original phaser and tricorder from the original series, and even Checkov’s control panel from the bridge set.  So while the program really just focuses on Star Trek: TOS at its center, audiences will still enjoy watching the efforts of all involved to locate and restore what are such important artifacts from one of television’s most landmark series.  To that end, the program’s central story plays its own important part in this special’s overall presentation, though it is not the only key element to note.  The information that is shared throughout the course of the program is just as important to note in examining this program as its central topic.

The topic at Building Star Trek’s center is key in its own right to the program’s presentation.  It focuses mainly on the efforts by two groups to locate and restore items from the series’ original set as part of a national celebration of the series’ 50th anniversary.  It’s little different, to that end, from the likes of OUTATIME: Saving The DeLorean Time Machine.  Regardless, it is interesting in its own right.  However, the information that is shared about that hunt and about the series adds even more interest to the program.  One of the most interesting pieces of information that is shared throughout the program is the relatively unceremonious way in which the show’s main set was disposed of.  Audiences learn that the set was basically dumped on a backlot and then cannibalized by students at a university (that is the actual wording used by one interviewee) for their own projects.  One can’t help but wonder if those who made the decision to do away with the set in such fashion have any regret for what they did, now fifty years later.  Just as interesting to learn in watching the program is that not only are scientists working to duplicate tractor beams, cloaking devices and even warp drive, but they are also working to create efficient medical devices to mimic the tricorder.  If such a device could be created and patented, it would potentially revolutionize the medical community as we know it.  There is also a discussion on the importance of recently discovered gravity waves and their importance in the efforts to make warp travel possible.  These are just some of the intriguing discussions that are raised over the course of the program’s 92-minute run time.  There is much more that audiences will find interesting.  Some of the material is old hat, obviously (communicators being the influence for today’s smart phones, automatic doors influencing today’s motion activated doors everywhere, etc.)  but there is still other material—such as that about tricorder tech development—that audiences will find just as interesting if not more so.  Keeping that in mind, the information that fills out the program’s body proves to be just as important to the program’s presentation as its central topic, if not more so.  It still isn’t the last element to note.  The program’s transitions are just as important as its central topic and information to its presentation.

Building Star Trek’s central topic and key information are both pivotal to the program’s presentation.  Its central story celebrates the series’ 50th anniversary while also setting the stage for the information that is used to illustrate the series’ ongoing importance.  While both elements are important to the program in their own right, they are not its only important elements.  The program’s transitions are just as important to note as its previously discussed elements.  The transitions are important to note because they are what keep the program moving, and doing so smoothly for that matter.  The program focuses on the restoration efforts both on the East Coast and West Coast.  So obviously it goes back and forth as it follows the efforts of all involved.  As much as it has to go back and forth, the program keeps its transitions wholly smooth each time. It doesn’t just jump from one point to another.  That is thanks in part to the program’s writing and also to its editing.  Thanks to the work of the program’s editors and writers, the program makes its transitions at all of the right moments.  This in turn serves to maintain audience engagement and entertainment.  As audiences remain engaged and entertained, they will then catch all of the information noted here and more, and will gain their own appreciation for the program’s central topic.  All things considered, it should be clear why Building Star Trek is a program that scientists will enjoy just as much as the series’ fans.

Smithsonian Channel’s new documentary Building Star Trek is a program that Star Trek fans will appreciate just as much as scientists and students.  Its central topic will reach all three audiences (and possibly others) as it makes clear its attempt to be far-reaching.  The information that is shared over the course of the program’s 92-minute run time works in partner with the central topic to add even more interest to the program.  The transitions are wholly smooth from one to the next.  That is thanks to the work of the program’s writers and editors.  It is thanks to their work that audiences will remain engaged and entertained throughout the program, enjoying its depth of information and its central topic along the way.  All things considered, Building Star Trek proves in the end to be, again, a program that Star Trek fans will appreciate just as much as scientists and students.  It is available now and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other programs from Smithsonian Channel is available online now at:

 

 

 

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‘Stick Man’ Stands Out In This Year’s Field Of New Family Flicks

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Courtesy: Magic Light Pictures/PBS/PBS DIstribution

Earlier this month, PBS Distribution partnered with Magic Light pictures to release a small screen adaptation of yet another of author Julia Donaldson’s books in the form of Stick Man.  The latest of Magic Light’s adaptations of Donaldson’s books, this feature stands out quite a bit from its predecessors.  That is due in part to the story at the center of the feature.  That will be discussed shortly.  The feature’s companion bonus material is important to the feature just as much as its story.  That will be discussed later.  The animation that is used for the feature rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right, obviously.  All things considered, Stick Man proves in the end to be one of this year’s most intriguing family flicks.

Magic Light Pictures’ small screen adaptation of author Julia Donaldson’s book Stick Man is one of this year’s most intriguing family flicks.  That is due in part to the story at the feature’s center.  The story, believe it or not, is technically not one for the whole family.  As one individual notes in the feature’s bonus material, it can be easily compared to the story in the timeless Greek myth, The Odyssey.  It is a very heavy story that finds its title character trying so hard to get back to his family.  It’s not an easy journey either.  Stick Man has to face children who use him as a bat, a boomerang and even a bag holder, as well as a swan who uses him for her nest, and even gets swept out to sea along the way.  The whole time, the story transitions back to Stick man’s wife and young sons who keep vigil for him.  Their deep emotion is painful to see and might be a bit too intense for some younger audiences.  The same applies with seeing Stick Man’s reactions to his situations.  It stands out clearly from Donaldson’s previously adapted books because the only points at which it really has any light heartedness is at the story’s opening and in its closing.  Throughout the rest of the story, it tends to be emotionally heavy.  So again, it is not necessarily a work that is recommended for the whole family.  That doesn’t disqualify it from being worth the watch, though.  The fact that Donaldson could craft such a grown up story and that Magic Light Pictures would once again stay true to the source material makes it well worth the watch.  Keeping all of this in mind, it is clear why the story at the center of Stick Man is so important to its overall presentation.

The story at the center of Stick Man is a hugely important part of the recently released small screen adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s book.  That is because her approach to this story is such a stark departure from her previous stories.  It is much more emotionally heavy than those stories, making it a work that some younger viewers might have trouble handling.  While the feature’s story is an important part of its presentation, it is not the feature’s only important element.  The bonus material that is included with the feature is just as important to its presentation as its story.  The bonus material is just as in-depth as that presented in Magic Light Pictures’ previous Donaldson adaptations.  Those behind the feature’s creation discuss (along with Donaldson) the importance of the story staying true to its source material included in the bonus material.  There is also a discussion on making sure the feature, despite being crafted primarily via CG, still maintained a look just like that of its previous Donaldson adaptations and as far away from so many other CG flicks as possible. If that isn’t enough, there are also discussions comparing the feature’s story, as previously noted, to the likes of The Odyssey along with so much more.  It is all so enlightening, and adds so much more depth to the feature in whole.  When it is partnered with the feature’s central story, the two elements make even clearer why this feature stands out.  They show why it stands out both among Magic Pictures’ Donaldson adaptations and among this year’s crop of holiday movies.  In reality, one could argue (on a side note) that it is less a holiday story than a story about family.

The story at the center of Stick Man and its companion bonus material are both central to the feature’s overall presentation.  The story is a stark departure from those presented in Donaldson’s other works in so many ways.  The bonus material that is included with the story adds even more depth to the feature’s overall presentation.  While both elements do so much to flesh out the feature’s presentation, they are not its only important elements.  The feature’s animation approach is just as important to note in examining the feature’s presentation as the feature’s story and its bonus material.  Audiences familiar with Magic Light Pictures’ adaptation of Donaldson’s books will be pleased to see that (as discussed previously) this feature looks just like the company’s previous adaptations of her books.  It is clear that it was made on computer.  The thing is that while it maintains the company’s trademark look of its Donaldson adaptations, that look also maintains a distinct identity totally separate from that of every other animation studios’ offerings.  Using such approach presents a certain comfort for audiences.  For audiences not so familiar to Magic Light Pictures’ offerings, it will be an especially welcome introduction and change of pace from all of those cookie cutter stylistic approaches.  In other words, it makes the feature all the more engaging and entertaining for audiences.  Considering this and the other discussed elements, it becomes wholly clear why Stick Man—while perhaps not for the whole family—is still an intriguing family flick from Magic Light Pictures.  It is in fact one of this year’s most intriguing family flicks.

Stick Man is one of this year’s most intriguing new family flicks.  It is a work that is a stark departure from author Julia Donaldson’s previous books.  That Magic Light Pictures once again stayed true to Donaldson’s source material in its source material makes the story all the more engaging.  Again, not every younger viewer will be able to handle the story because it is so emotionally heavy.  But that also makes it so interesting to watch, considering how much it stands out from Donaldson’s other previously adapted stories.  The bonus material that is included in the feature adds to the depth of its overall presentation.  The animation approach that is used in the feature’s presentation rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the feature’s overall presentation. All things considered, Stick Man proves in the end to be one of this year’s most intriguing family flicks, regardless of whether audiences consider it a holiday flick or a family flick in general.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.

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PBS To Unveil More Of History’s “Secrets” As 2016 Ends And 2017 Begins

 

PBS Distribution will open close 2016 and open 2017 by releasing two more episodes of Secrets of the Dead on DVD.

PBS Distribution officials announced this week the upcoming release of Secrets of the Dead: After Stonehenge and Secrets of the Dead: Graveyard of the Giant Beasts.  The first of the pair will be released December 27th and the second January 3rd.

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

Secrets of the Dead: After Stonehenge focuses on the discovery of a charred 3000-year-old English settlement in an area of Britain known as the Fens.  Research on the Bronze Age settlement, called the “British Pompeii,” revealed it had been built 1,000 years after Stonehenge.

The program follows the work by the site’s research team as it fights the clock to map the site and uncover its secrets before the land where the site was discovered is turned back over to the land’s owner.

The program will be available on DVD for MSRP of $24.99 but can be pre-ordered at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store now.  It will also be made available via digital download.

Audiences can view a trailer for this episode of Secrets of the Dead now here.

 

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

 

PBS Distribution will follow up the release of Secrets of the Dead: After Stonehenge with another episode of PBS’ hit series, Secrets of the Dead: Graveyard of the Giant Beasts on Tuesday, January 3rd.

This episode of SOTD takes audiences millions of years into Earth’s past as University of Florida paleontologist Jonathan Bloch and his team of researchers study a Colombian mine where evidence of Earth’s history had been surprisingly revealed.

When Bloch and company arrived and researched the site, they found fossilized leaves that provided hints about life during the era in which they existed.  They also found fossil remains of animals that stunned everyone.

The fossilized remains were of animals that, while familiar to most people, were much larger than anyone ever expected.  One of the surprising finds was the remains of a massive 43-foot-long snake dubbed “Titanoboa.”

The snake skeleton weighed one and a quarter ton and was five times bigger than the largest of today’s snakes.

Dr. Jason Head, Museum of Zoology, University of Cambridge is the world’s foremost expert in calculating body size in the largest fossil snakes.  He explained the significance of the discovery.

“This animal is going to reset everything we know about what it truly means to be a giant snake,” he said.

Secrets of the Dead: Graveyard of the Giant Beasts will be released Tuesday, January 3rd.  It runs 60 minutes and will retail for MSRP of $24.99.  It can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  Audiences can view a trailer for this episode of Secrets of the Dead online now here.

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PBS Announces Release Date For ‘Cook’s Country: Season 9’

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It’s time to warm up those ovens again, folks.  Next Tuesday, PBS Distribution will release another season of PBS’ hit series Cook’s Country.

Cook’s Country: Season 9 will be released November 15th.  It features 31 more mouth-watering dishes for audiences of every taste including shrimp and grits, chicken chilaquiles, Tennesee pulled pork sandwiches and much more.  There are also plenty of product tests included once again including tests of pizza cutters, cake stands and even drying racks among so much other kitchen equipment.

If the tasty dishes and equipment tests aren’t enough for audiences, Season 9 also offers all 31 of those dishes as bonus printable material.  That means that once again audiences can try the dishes that are made in the hit cooking series themselves in their own kitchens.

Cook’s Country: Season 9 runs 390 minutes and is spread across 2 discs.  It will retail for MSRP of $29.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $24.99 via PBS’ online store.  Audiences can take a sneak peek at Season 9 online now here.

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Audiences Of Every Political Persuasion Should See ‘The White House: Inside Story’

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Tuesday, November 8th is one of the America’s most important days this year.  That is because on that day, citizens across the country will head to the polls to help determine who will be the next person to lead the nation.  To mark the occasion, PBS Distribution has released a new documentary that focuses not on the candidates but on the house that every one of America’s presidents has called home.  The White House: Inside Story was released July 12th.  The two-hour program takes audiences on a visual tour of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and takes them through the building’s rich history.  The history lesson that is presented at the heart of the program is its most important element.  That will be discussed shortly.  The history is told through interviews with first ladies, white house staff past and present, and others, making the program even more interesting.  That will be discussed later.  Last but hardly least of note in this program is the video tour of the White House presented throughout the program.  Audiences will find in watching this program that all three elements are important in their own right to the whole of The White House: Inside Story.  All things considered, they make this documentary a presentation that viewers of every political affiliation will appreciate.

The White House: Inside Story is a piece that every civics teacher should have in his or her own classroom.  That is because as divisive as politics is, this program will unite viewers of every political persuasion thanks to the fact that it doesn’t touch on politics.  The program presents a rich, two hour history of America’s most famous house.  The information shared through that extensive history lesson is material that is not generally included in most political science and civics classes at any level.  It includes the revelation that the oval office was built for President Taft and that the West Wing was built during Theodore Roosevelt’s  presidency because he had so many children.  It is revealed that he needed personal space to work, so greenhouses that once sat on the White House grounds were replaced with the West Wing so that Roosevelt could have a private place to work.  Also revealed in the lesson is that there was once an indoor pool on the white house grounds for Roosevelt.  It has since been replaced by the media control room for the press briefing room, which was established during the Nixon years.  If that isn’t interesting enough, audiences also learn that the desk in the oval office was presented by Queen Victoria to President Taft.  The program reveals that the desk was stored away at one point and found by Jackie Kennedy during JFK’s presidency, and has been there ever since.  This is just some of the interesting information that is revealed over the course of the program’s two-hour history lesson.  There are also discussions on the different political and cultural purposes that the White House has served as well as discussions on the lives of the presidents’ families and more.  Between the material directly noted here and that material not discussed, the overall history lesson presented in this program writes a story that anyone with any interest in political science should see regardless of his or her political affiliation.

The story that is presented at the heart of The White House: Inside Story is a rich tale that anyone with any interest in political science will appreciate, regardless of his or her political affiliation.  That is because of the depth of the information presented throughout that story.  The manner in which the program’s story is told is just as important to note as the story itself.  The program’s story is told through interviews with first ladies, white house staff past and present, news personalities and even presidents past and present.  The first ladies interviewed for the program include Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Barbara Bush and Rosalynn Carter.  They give their own unique perspectives on life in and out of the White House and the role of the First Lady as it has evolved throughout the position’s history.  The White House staffers offer an interesting glimpse into the time and effort that goes into keeping the White House operating on a daily basis.  That time and effort includes all of the chores that come with caring any normal home—lawn care, cooking, etc. just on a much bigger scale.  Well-known news personalities such as Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw and others share their own take on life around the White House, too.  They reveal the tight leash on which the White House Press Corps is kept to this very day and how it reaches back to the days of the Nixon administration.  It is just one more way in which the interviews used to tell The White House’s story prove to be so important to the program’s overall presentation.  Those first hand accounts and stories do plenty to keep viewers engaged all while educating them.  Keeping this in mind, the interviews that are incorporated into this program show clearly why they are just as important to the program’s presentation as the story at the center of the program. The interviews are not the last important piece of the program to note, though.  The video tour that is presented throughout the program is important in its own way to the program’s presentation as the interviews and the story at the heart of the program.

The story at the center of The White House: Inside Story and the interviews that are used to tell that story are both key elements to note in examining this documentary.  That is because they work hand in hand with one another.  While both elements are clearly important in their own right to the program, they are not its only important elements.  The video tour that is included in the program is important to the program’s overall presentation, too.  That is because it allows audiences to take a trip through The White House without having to spend the money and time on a trip to see the White House in person.  It doesn’t cover all of the White House’s rooms, but does take audiences into places that are otherwise off limits to the building’s regular public tours including the media control room for the pres briefing room and certain other rooms.  Those rooms include bedrooms, dining rooms, and other spots throughout the President’s residence.  And audiences get to see it all without having to deal with the waiting lines, tour guides or the pain of the know-it-all who is present in every tour group.  It is a great addition to this program even if those behind the program didn’t aim to make it such an important part of the program.  Considering that along with the program’s story and the interviews used to tell the program’s story, all three elements come together to make The White House: The Inside Story a great piece, again, for anyone with any interest in political science regardless of that person’s political affiliation.

The White House: Inside Story is a presentation that audiences of every political affiliation should see at least once.  In a time when politics has become so divisive, this historical documentary will bring together democrats, republicans, and members of every other party if only for a couple of hours with its interesting story.  The interviews that serve to tell that story will keep audiences just as engaged as the story itself.  That is because the interviews come from those who have lived and worked in The White House.  The video tour of America’s most famous home rounds out the program’s most important elements.  It takes viewers into places that The White House’s normal public tours rarely go, and does so without all the negatives of those tours, too.  Each element is important in its own way to the program’s whole presentation.  Collectively, they make The White House: Inside Story a work that, once more, audiences of every political persuasion should see at least once if not more.  It is available now and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other titles from PBS is available online now at:

 

 

 

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