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The Presidents on American Experience

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With the presidential election heating up, we’re encoring two weeks of American Experience episodes that profile and examine the lives and presidencies of some of the United States’ leaders. These shows feature the youth, lives, rise to power, presidencies and, in some cases, end of the journey for a selection of presidents from the last century.

The Peabody Award-winning collection The Presidents starts airing on Monday, August 8. Here’s the full schedule:


JFK: American Experience

Part 1: Monday, August 8, at 9pm on CET and ThinkTV16

Part 2: Tuesday, August 9, at 9pm on CET and ThinkTV16

LBJ: American Experience

Wednesday, August 10, at 8pm on CET and ThinkTV16

Nixon: American Experience

Thursday, August 11, at 8pm on CET and ThinkTV16

Jimmy Carter: American Experience

Monday, August 15, at 9pm on CET and ThinkTV16

Reagan: American Experience

Part 1: Tuesday, August 16, at 9pm on CET and ThinkTV16

Part 2: Wednesday, August 17, at 9pm on CET and ThinkTV16

George H.W. Bush: American Experience

Thursday, August 18, at 8pm on CET and ThinkTV16


“These films offer a chance for Americans to explore the lives of the leaders who shaped our country and see how each dealt with many of the same issues we face today — war, poverty, healthcare, immigration, and education,” said Mark Samels, American Experience Executive Producer, in a press release. “Each was shaped by the times in which they governed, as well as by their personalities and character. As we choose our next leader, these films provide an invaluable look back at the qualities that make an effective president and shape a legacy.”

The six films feature insight and commentary from America’s leading presidential historians including Doris Kearns Goodwin, Robert Dallek, Robert Caro, Tim Naftali, and Douglas Brinkley, and interviews with world leaders, family members, and political insiders from Nancy Reagan to Colin Powell, from Mikhail Gorbachev to Barbara Bush.

American Experience recently launched The Presidents, an all-new digital portal showcasing more than 750 assets from the Peabody Award-winning collection of films about our nation’s most important leaders. The portal allows viewers to screen full-length films, delve deeper with experts and living witnesses, and examine more than 200 primary source documents. Video galleries on The Presidents site explore how different presidents faced issues including the economy, war, dealing with a crisis, and abuses of power.