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As America watches the inauguration of the 46th president, we talk with presidential historian Kate Anderson Brower about her book, "The Residence: Inside the Private World of The White House." After Donald Trump vacates the White House, but before the Bidens arrive, an incredible symphony will be going on in the West Wing. Members of the permanent White House staff will be removing the Trumps' belongings and installing the Bidens' personal effects. Everything from the Oval Office to the president's bedroom will be outfitted to the exact specifications of Joe and Jill Biden, from pens to toothbrushes. Her book looks at the hidden history of the incredible staff, including butlers, florists, chefs and anyone else who makes the White House a home office. They also take care of perhaps America's most precious building, filled with irreplaceable artifacts.
Also, the book has been optioned to Netflix!
This is Kate's second appearance on our show. She was our first guest, where she discussed her book, "Team of Five: The President's Club in the Age of Trump." Listen to that episode here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/axelbank-reports-history-and-today/id1521053272?i=1000479907036
Her website is katebrower.com
She is available on Twitter at twitter.com/katebrower
She has a new book for children on The White House which is available here: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062906410
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