Winner of two 2008 Gold "Davie" awards
John Adams was portly, balding and not particularly handsome, unlike his rival Thomas Jefferson. In the painting to the right, you can see Adams seated between Benjamin Franklin and Jefferson, who is up on his feet.
You might say that Adams was charismatically challenged
– but he is remembered as one of the finest orators of his time,
and a man of resolute integrity. He was an early and ardent supporter
of independence, a diplomat who raised crucial funds for the American
Revolution, a president who kept his young country out of war, and a chief
executive who appointed John Marshall, the greatest Chief Justice of the
US Supreme Court.
This spring HBO films will present historian David McCulluogh's John Adams in a seven-part dramatic mini-series.Now Murray Street's Peabody Award-winning production team offers John Adams, a timely hour-long Independent Minds documentary, hosted by David D'Arcy with David McCullough. Public radio listeners will get a new understanding of Adams in a critical time for America, and gain insight on our present-day leaders and candidates.
Scholars, journalists, and politicos including Joseph Ellis, Cokie Roberts, Richard Brookhiser, and Gary Hart will illuminate Adams' life and times. Location segments from the HBO series will bring that time and presidency alive for listeners.
Streaming audio of Independent Minds: John Adams is available at the top of this page. After April 15 you can also find the program on PRX.ORG for streaming or radio broadcast quality download.
For more information, contact Matthew Long-Middleton at Murray Street <email@example.com>
Visit HBO.com to learn more about HBO's miniseries "John Adams."
and co-executive producer Kirk Ellis works on a wide
variety of historical topics, including Kit Carson and the Navajo Wars,
Jackie Robinson, and an adaptation of David McCullough's 1776.
For the ABC miniseries "Anne Frank," he received an Emmy nomination
and won the Writers Guild of America and Humanitas Awards.
INDEPENDENT MINDS: JOHN ADAMS is an hour-long special.
*** Available to all PRI affiliates, but registration
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