Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Roosevelts: A Intimate History (A Film by Ken Burns)



THE 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.  This seven-part, fourteen hour film follows the Roosevelts 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 of the United States.

Together, these three individuals not only redefined the relationship Americans had with their government and with each other, but also redefined the role of the United States within the wider world.

The series encompasses the history the Roosevelts helped to shape: the creation of National Parks, the digging of the Panama Canal, the passage of innovative New Deal programs, the defeat of Hitler, and the postwar struggles for civil rights at home and human rights abroad.

It is also an intimate human story about love, betrayal, family loyalty, personal courage and the conquest of fear.

THE ROOSEVELTS: An Intimate History airs on Rhode Island PBS on Thursdays, beginning September 25 at 9 p.m.

Click here for more information about the series and the Roosevelts - including an extensive photo gallery.
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Film Credits A film by Ken Burns; Written by Geoffrey C. Ward; Produced by Paul Barnes, Pam Tubridy Baucom and Ken Burns; Edited by Paul Barnes, Tricia Reidy, Erik Ewers and Daniel J. White. Narrated by Peter Coyote. Meryl Streep is the voice of Eleanor Roosevelt, Edward Herrman the voice of Franklin Roosevelt, and Paul Giamatti the voice of Theodore Roosevelt. Patricia Clarkson is the voice of FDR’s devoted cousin, Margaret “Daisy” Suckley. Other voices include Adam Arkin, Keith Carradine, Kevin Conway, Ed Harris, John Lithgow, Josh Lucas, Carl Lumbly, Amy Madigan, Carolyn McCormick, Pamela Reed, Billy Bob Thornton and Eli Wallach.

Wake of '38


Rhode Island PBS proudly presents our Emmy Award-winning documentary, Wake of '38 on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 2 p.m. and on September 20 at 11 p.m.

An annual "favorite" among our viewers, the film marks 76 years since the hurricane and 36 years since the documentary premiered. The documentary uses archival footage and interviews with survivors to convey the dramatic story.

Click here for our comprehensive 75th anniversary blog post, with several remarkable photos.


Stories of Champions: The Impact of Local Educators



Rhode Island PBS is proud to share three profiles of local educators who are making a difference in the lives of their students.

Produced in conjunction with the national American Graduate project, which airs on Rhode Island PBS on Saturday, September 27 from noon to 6 p.m., these local stories of impact will be shown individually throughout the Rhode Island PBS and Learn schedules this autumn.


Stories of Champions: Brother Lawrence Goyette



Stories of Champions: Dr. Gara Field



Stories of Champions: Vanessa Weiner

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Grab Your Camera for Our Town

Calling local videographers: be part of Our Town! 

Whether you are a video camera enthusiast or a professional filmmaker, Rhode Island PBS invites you to express your storytelling skills. First stop: Glocester, RI.

Bring your camera and join us for a technical workshop at Rhode Island PBS studios at 50 Park Lane in Providence. We'll cover the best settings, guidelines, tips, and techniques for recording Glocester stories for the first Our Town documentary. The workshop is Thursday, September 11 at 5:30 p.m.

The announcement of Our Town has project and contact information. More information and downloadable forms are also available from our Web site.