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The Butler Did It: Serving the White House from Truman to Reagan

Eugene Allen spent 36 years in the White House, planning dinners and serving heads of state, but when he started in 1952, he couldn’t use the public rest rooms in his native Virginia. This hour we’ll talk to Allen’s biographer about a man who nourished some of the greatest minds of the 20th century, and lived to see the first black president.