First Ladies: Influence & Image

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First Ladies: Influence & Image
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Presented by Susan Swain
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Mark Farkas
Running time ca. 90 minutes
Original channel C-SPAN
Original release February 25, 2013 – February 10, 2014
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First Ladies: Influence & Image is a 35-episode series produced by C-SPAN that aired from February 25, 2013 to February 10, 2014. Each episode was aired live and was a look at the life and times of one or more of the First Ladies of the United States.[1] Episodes featured interviews with historians, journalists, and other experts; often included footage of locations significant to the featured first lady; and incorporated calls from viewers. It was produced in cooperation with the White House Historical Association, and was hosted by C-SPAN co-CEO Susan Swain.


Date of first broadcast
(with link to video)
First Lady profiled
(with link to First Ladies page)
President Guests
February 25, 2013 Martha Washington (First Ladies) George Washington Patricia Brady, Richard Norton Smith
March 4, 2013 Abigail Adams (First Ladies) John Adams Edith Gelles, C. James Taylor
March 11, 2013 Martha Jefferson Randolph (First Ladies) Thomas Jefferson Catherine Allgor, Edith Mayo
Dolley Madison (First Ladies) Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
March 18, 2013 Elizabeth Monroe (First Ladies) James Monroe Daniel F. Preston, Richard Norton Smith
Louisa Adams (First Ladies) John Quincy Adams Amanda Mathews, Richard Norton Smith
March 25, 2013 Rachel Jackson (First Ladies) Andrew Jackson Patricia Brady, Michael Douglas Henderson
Hannah Van Buren (First Ladies) Martin Van Buren
April 1, 2013 Anna Harrison (First Ladies) William Henry Harrison Edna Greene Medford, Taylor Stoermer
Letitia Tyler (First Ladies) John Tyler
Julia Tyler (First Ladies)
April 8, 2013 Sarah Polk (First Ladies) James K. Polk Paul Finkelman, Conover Hunt
Margaret Taylor (First Ladies) Zachary Taylor
Abigail Fillmore (First Ladies) Millard Fillmore
April 15, 2013 Jane Pierce (First Ladies) Franklin Pierce Ann Covell, Feather Schwartz Foster
Harriet Lane (First Ladies) James Buchanan
April 22, 2013 Mary Lincoln (First Ladies) Abraham Lincoln Richard Norton Smith, Rosalyn Terborg-Penn
April 29, 2013 Eliza Johnson (First Ladies) Andrew Johnson Jacqueline Berger, Kendra Hinkle
May 6, 2013 Julia Grant (First Ladies) Ulysses Grant William Seale, Pamela Sanfilippo
May 13, 2013 Lucy Hayes (First Ladies) Rutherford B. Hayes Allida Black, Thomas Culbertson
May 20, 2013 Lucretia Garfield (First Ladies) James Garfield Carl Sferrazza Anthony
Ellen Arthur (First Ladies) Chester Alan Arthur
May 27, 2013 Frances Cleveland (First Ladies) Grover Cleveland Annette Dunlap, Taylor Stoermer
June 3, 2013 Caroline Harrison (First Ladies) Benjamin Harrison Edith Mayo, William Seale
June 10, 2013 Ida McKinley (First Ladies) William McKinley Carl Sferrazza Anthony, Richard Norton Smith
September 9, 2013 Edith Roosevelt (First Ladies) Theodore Roosevelt Stacey Cordery, Kathleen Datlon
September 16, 2013 Helen Taft (First Ladies) William Howard Taft Jane Hampton Cook, Lewis Gould
September 23, 2013 Ellen Wilson (First Ladies) Woodrow Wilson John Milton Cooper Jr., Kristie Miller
Edith Wilson (First Ladies)
September 30, 2013 Florence Harding (First Ladies) Warren G. Harding David Pietrusza, Katherine Sibley
October 7, 2013 Grace Coolidge (First Ladies) Calvin Coolidge Cynthia Bittinger, Amity Shlaes
October 14, 2013 Lou Hoover (First Ladies) Herbert Hoover Emily Charnock, Annette B. Dunlap
October 21, 2013 Eleanor Roosevelt (First Ladies) Franklin D. Roosevelt Allida M. Black, Douglas Brinkley
October 28, 2013 Bess Truman (First Ladies) Harry Truman Nicole Anslover, William Seale
November 4, 2013 Mamie Eisenhower (First Ladies) Dwight D. Eisenhower Marilyn Irvin Holt, Edith Mayo
November 11, 2013 Jacqueline Kennedy (First Ladies) John F. Kennedy Michael Beschloss, Barbara A. Perry
November 18, 2013 Lady Bird Johnson (First Ladies) Lyndon Johnson Betty Boyd Caroli, Cokie Roberts
November 25, 2013 Pat Nixon (First Ladies) Richard Nixon Mary Brennan, Timothy Naftali
December 2, 2013 Betty Ford (First Ladies) Gerald Ford Steven M. Ford, Richard Norton Smith
December 9, 2013 Rosalynn Carter (First Ladies) Jimmy Carter Jay E. Hakes, Grace Elizabeth Hale
January 13, 2014 Nancy Reagan (First Ladies) Ronald Reagan Carl Cannon, Judy Woodruff
January 20, 2014 Barbara Bush (First Ladies) George H. W. Bush Jeffrey A. Engel, Myra Gutin
January 27, 2014 Hillary Clinton (First Ladies) Bill Clinton David Maraniss, Gail Sheehy
February 3, 2014 Laura Bush (First Ladies) George W. Bush Ann Gerhart, Mark Updegrove
February 10, 2014 Michelle Obama (First Ladies) Barack Obama Liza Mundy, Krissah Thompson


  1. ^ Thompson, Krissah (February 17, 2013). "C-SPAN’s series on first ladies begins, but Michelle Obama’s legacy is still forming". The Washington Post. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 

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