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Old 09-19-2014, 11:31 AM   #1
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The Roosevelts: An Intimate History on PBS

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History on PBS

Is anyone watching this? I didn't catch the first few, but what I've watched so far has been absolutely fascinating. The historical footage they've dug up is amazing.

It is in 7 parts, of which most have already aired but they are re-airing them again starting tomorrow (9/20) and then some more on Sunday.

I've set my TiVo to catch them all this weekend. It is really very well done and very interesting. If you are a history buff, this is probably a must see.
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Old 09-19-2014, 12:01 PM   #2
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The Roosevelts: An Intimate History on PBS

Is anyone watching this? I didn't catch the first few, but what I've watched so far has been absolutely fascinating. The historical footage they've dug up is amazing.

It is in 7 parts, of which most have already aired but they are re-airing them again starting tomorrow (9/20) and then some more on Sunday.

I've set my TiVo to catch them all this weekend. It is really very well done and very interesting. If you are a history buff, this is probably a must see.
I've only watched the first episode, but I agree it is fascinating. One of Ken Burns' best, and that is saying a lot.

The entire miniseries is also available on the PBS Roku channel.
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Old 09-19-2014, 12:05 PM   #3
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My father raved about it, so I scheduled the mini-marathons that start tomorrow.
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We watched about half of the first. It's interesting and plan to watch the rest.

One of Ken Burns' best? Really? I have not watched any before, but I'm not too impressed so far. Yes, they've dug up interesting photos.
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Old 09-19-2014, 12:36 PM   #5
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The entire miniseries is also available on the PBS Roku channel.
Thanks!! Did not know this. Instead of waiting until tomorrow's marathon, I can start watching tonight. Thanks!
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Old 09-19-2014, 04:10 PM   #6
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No marathon on my PBS channel. I missed the first 2 eps, too. Guess I'll find the PBS app on the Roku.
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Old 09-19-2014, 05:57 PM   #7
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I hadn't heard about it until I saw the Ken Burns interview on The Daily Show earlier this week. I set up a season pass to get all the episodes right afterwards. I missed the first two, but they're being aired on Saturday so I'll be able to catch up on the entire series.
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Old 09-19-2014, 06:28 PM   #8
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I'd love to know the history of the photo of Teddy in the window of his house watching Lincoln's funeral procession.
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Old 09-19-2014, 06:32 PM   #9
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Burns' fame let him pull an all-star cast of actors (Meryl Streep, Edward Herman) for reciting the writings of the documentary's principals, and of course Peter Coyote is the main narrator.

I never realized that Eleanor Roosevelt was her maiden name.
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Old 09-19-2014, 06:51 PM   #10
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I'd love to know the history of the photo of Teddy in the window of his house watching Lincoln's funeral procession.
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7 parts? I guess 7 hours, since I know it was run in 2 hour chunks (except the last I guess).. and I manually scheduled a recording for this weekend.
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14 hours. Seven two-hour episodes.
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Old 09-19-2014, 10:01 PM   #13
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I'm on episode 3 and finding it very interesting! Plus, I could listen to Peter Coyote's voice all day, every day.
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Old 09-20-2014, 12:24 PM   #14
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I think the series is great! Eleanor was truly an amazing women. The way she stood up for equal rights for everyone, is heart warming. She is an American hero.

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Old 09-20-2014, 01:39 PM   #15
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Old 09-22-2014, 06:59 PM   #16
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It's going to take me about two months to get through this series at the rate I'm going. I fell asleep on the first episode I watched about 4 or 5 times over three nights.
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yeah, I was confused by the # of ones that were available in my guide info at the time.. I got 6 out of the 7 over the weekend.. 1 PBS station showed 1-5, another showed 7.. Supposedly 6 will be on in a week. (It's also On Demand, so if it doesn't actually air, hopefully it'll still be On Demand.. and of course it'll be rerun a zillion times anyway)
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Old 09-23-2014, 09:02 AM   #18
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very well done
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Old 09-23-2014, 10:43 AM   #19
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14 hours? I don't have time to watch what I already have.

I'll wait for the book...
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Old 09-23-2014, 02:04 PM   #20
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I'm on episode 3 and finding it very interesting! Plus, I could listen to Peter Coyote's voice all day, every day.
Yeah if I ever become famous I want Peter Coyote to narrate my biography. If I become infamous I want that guy who narrates "American Greed" to read my story.
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It's funny, my wife although enjoying the series is not enjoying Coyote's narration. I have no problem. I think he's pretty good.
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Old 09-23-2014, 05:55 PM   #22
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14 hours? I don't have time to watch what I already have.

I'll wait for the book...
Eh, I know how it ends.
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Yeah if I ever become famous I want Peter Coyote to narrate my biography. If I become infamous I want that guy who narrates "American Greed" to read my story.
That guy would be Stacy Keach. He is an actor that has been around forever. My favorite role of his was that of Christopher Titus' father on the show "Titus". Almost made Al Bundy look like Ward Cleaver
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Old 09-24-2014, 12:00 PM   #24
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FDR running for Governor and President despite his paralysis is pretty friggin' amazing.

Never knew Eleanor was an orphan by age 10. She was basically unparented then since her father was a nutcase and her mother was hostile and unaffectionate to her.
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Old 09-24-2014, 12:32 PM   #25
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Does anybody know who their 5th cousin is? I can get to second, maybe third.
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Old 09-24-2014, 03:41 PM   #26
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I hated history as a kid in school and didn't have to take any in college. Now when I see something like this series, I am nearly ashamed of my ignorance of history. It is fascinating stuff. If my history classes had all been Ken Burns documentaries, I would know a LOT more history than I do.

Come to think of it, I probably learned more cosmology from Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" than I did from all of the science classes offered by my school. Y'know, good TV can be a GOOD thing!
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Does anybody know who their 5th cousin is? I can get to second, maybe third.
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I think he was asking if you or anyone else knew a 5th cousin.
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Old 10-24-2014, 07:29 AM   #29
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I finally finished this excellent documentary. I still prefer the FDR: American Badass version though.
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