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National Geographic's Inside The White House

Inside The White House

Granted extraordinary access to the White House, this program takes viewers through basement corridors, kitchens and the private quarters of the first family. It illuminates the history of the executive mansion through the stories of its residents and caretakers. Set against the backdrop of Boris Yeltsin's 1995 visit, the program looks at the extensive preparations that go into such an event. The program uses interviews with presidents and first ladies -- from Lady Bird Johnson to the Clintons -- to describe how the White House functions as a home to the first families as well as a symbol for the nation. In addition, the program presents former chief ushers, seamstresses, plumbers and carpenters who share their anecdotes that bring life to the most famous residence in the world. [85 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Program Description: With extraordinary access to "America's Home," viewers journey through basement corridors, kitchens, and even into the private quarters of the First Family in "National Geographic's Inside the White House." Narrated by actor Morgan Freeman and set against the backdrop of a state dinner for Russian President Boris Yeltsin in 1995, this program travels back in time to reveal stories that illuminate the history of the Executive Mansion while profiling several key players behind the scenes. Included is rare footage from televised tours hosted by President Truman and Tricia Nixon, as well as interviews with all living presidents and first ladies: the Fords, Carters, Reagans, Bushes and Clintons. In addition, present and former chief ushers, seamstresses, plumbers and carpenters share anecdotes that bring to life the most famous residence in the world.

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