Ric Speaks with Documentary Filmmaker Tom Jennings
About How the Clinton Scandal Set the Stage for
Two Decades of Polarization and Gender Politics in
America and the Parallels that May be Drawn with
Today’s White House
Twenty years later, in a country shaken by political unrest and the fight for gender equality, we’re still living with the legacy of the Clinton presidency. The 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton rocked the country to its core and caused citizens to take a side. Now, a new episode of Smithsonian Channel’s critically acclaimed The Lost Tapes relives the scandal, using only contemporary film and audio to allow viewers to experience history without comment.
The Lost Tapes: Clinton Impeachment features never-before-televised recordings from historian Taylor Branch, the president’s interviewer and confidant, who offered an insider’s perspective as scandal threatened to consume the Presidency. Clips from news broadcasts and interviews highlight the infamous twists and dramatic forgotten moments of the scandal, including familiar faces, from Jeff Sessions to Bernie Sanders to the current President of the United States, Donald Trump. This unique blend of sources brings to life a startlingly familiar era in American history and a story that still lingers over the national conversation surrounding leadership, gender politics and ethics in public life.
The Lost Tapes: Clinton Impeachment producer Tom Jennings is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist who has written, produced and directed more than 400 hours of programming for TV networks such as CBS, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, Investigation Discovery, MSNBC, PBS, The Travel Channel, History Channel and more.
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