PBS’s AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Launches “Campaign ’08” Multimedia Website for THE PRESIDENTS Biography Collection
BOSTON, MARCH 3 — PBS’ AMERICAN EXPERIENCE today launched The Presidents, the online component of an unprecedented public television initiative that, for the first time, will make available more than 25 hours of presidential programming online, on TV, and on the go. The project comes at a critical moment in American politics. This year, American voters will take part in a landmark election, where for the first time in over a half-century, neither the sitting President nor vice president is a contender for the Oval Office.
In the coming months, voters will wrestle with tough questions and campaign issues. Who should we trust? How do we end a war? Who is best suited to lead the nation in a volatile world? With THE PRESIDENTS, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE provides an invaluable historical roadmap — helping viewers to understand where we have been, so that they may better decide where we are going.
THE PRESIDENTS Online
Visitors to the Campaign ’08 will select provocative questions that connect today’s domestic and international issues and candidate platforms with yesterday’s leaders. For example, by selecting “How do you end a war?” users will be able to scan video segments about the resolutions of World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Cold War. The site currently features five such questions, which will be updated to reflect hot button election issues leading up to November 2008.
Seven films — more than twenty-five hours in all — will be streamed for online viewing, and available for download, beginning with FDR, Truman, and Reagan in February. In the coming months, programs examining Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Jimmy Carter will follow. Finally, after a premiere television broadcast on PBS, a new profile of the 41st President, George H.W. Bush, will launch on May 6.
THE PRESIDENTS on TV
In broadcast, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE will roll out THE PRESIDENTS on PBS beginning in May 2008, and continuing up to the 2008 presidential election in November:
— May 5 & 6 – George H.W. Bush
— May 12 & 19 – FDR
— May 25 & 26 – Truman
— September 15 & 22 – LBJ
— September 29 – Nixon
— October 6 & 13 – Jimmy Carter
— October 20 & 27 – Reagan
Stefani Twyford is a personal historian and video biographer sharing life stories, connecting generations and preserving legacies. To learn more, visit her web site, find her on Twitter as @stefanitwyford, visit the Legacy Multimedia Facebook Fan Page, or send her an e-mail.