Police and Domestic Violence; Rebuilding the White House; Gore Vidal's Private Life; Lincoln in the World

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Frontline correspondent Walt Bogdanich on what happens when police officers are involved domestic violence cases. Find out how the Truman Administration literally rebuilt the White House after they discovered that the building was on the brink of collapse. Tim Teeman reveals the complicated private life of Gore Vidal. And we’ll look at Abraham Lincoln’s foreign policy and how the 16th president managed to convince European powers not to intervene in the Civil War on behalf of the Confederacy.

Police Officer-Involved Domestic Violence

Pulitzer Prize winning Frontline correspondent Walt Bogdanich discusses “A Death in St. Augustine,” a collaborative project with The New York Times that investigates police officer-involved domestic violence. He discusses the hidden problem of officer-involved domestic violence, and the story at this investigation's heart: that of young single mother Michelle O'Connell who was found dead from a gunshot after she broke up with her boyfriend, who was a cop. The sheriff’s office ruled it suicide—but was it?

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Rebuilding the White House

Robert Klara talks about the Truman administration’s controversial rebuilding of the White House, which was in danger of collapsing when President Harry Truman and his family moved in when he took office. The Hidden White House: Harry Truman and the Reconstruction of America’s Most Famous Residence shows how Truman’s rebuilding of the White House is a snapshot of postwar America and its first Cold War leader, undertaking a job that changed the centerpiece of the country’s national heritage.

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The Private World of Gore Vidal

Tim Teeman talks about Gore Vidal’s private life. He interviewed many of Vidal’s closest family and friends, including Claire Bloom and Susan Sarandon, and surveyed Vidal’s own personal archive in his book In Bed with Gore Vidal: Hustlers, Hollywood, and the Private World of an American Master.

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Lincoln in the World

Kevin Peraino explains how Abraham Lincoln evolved into one of our seminal foreign-policy presidents and helped point the way to America’s rise to world power. Lincoln had never traveled overseas and spoke no foreign languages, yet, during the Civil War, Lincoln and his team skillfully managed to avoid European intervention on the side of the Confederacy. In Lincoln in the World, Kevin Peraino reveals Lincoln to be an indispensable diplomat.

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