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American Oral History Project: LBJ's Great Society & Richard Nixon's War
John Barth, Public Radio International

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LBJ and the Great Society (Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording)
Title: LBJ and the Great Society
Writer: Steve Atlas
Director: Steve Alas, Executive Producer and Writer
Producer: Steve Atlas
Abstract: While President Lyndon B. Johnson is remembered today largely for his failure in Vietnam, this podcast tells a different story, revealing his unprecedented success in shaping domestic politics. Medicare, civil and voting rights, clean air and water, Head Start, immigration reform, public broadcasting — how did Lyndon Johnson pull it off? That’s the question we’ll be exploring through the recorded recollections of those who were there when this history was being made, and who had a hand in its making. Hosted by Melody Barnes
Year: 2020
Primary URL:!8c09d
Primary URL Description: RadioPublic Podcast aggregator
Secondary URL:
Secondary URL Description: LBJ and the Great Society web site
Access Model: Open access
Format: Digital File
Format: Web

Nixon at War (Radio/Audio Broadcast or Recording)
Title: Nixon at War
Writer: Steve Atlas
Producer: Steve Atlas
Abstract: Most accounts of the collapse of Richard Nixon’s presidency begin with Watergate — the now iconic tale of a bungled break-in and the misbegotten cover-up that followed. But what led to Watergate? How — and more puzzlingly, why — did one of the shrewdest, most gifted political figures of his time become embroiled in so manifestly lunatic an enterprise in the first place? Intrigued by that question, writer/journalist Kurt Andersen takes a deep dive into the vast archives at the Nixon Library and emerges with an answer he wasn’t expecting: While Watergate doubtless accelerated Nixon’s spectacular fall, it was the Vietnam War that led inexorably to the break-in, and from there to the sinking of his presidency. For Andersen, who came of age in the Vietnam era, that answer in turn begs another, larger question: How did Richard Nixon, with all his foreign policy savvy, allow himself to get trapped in the same quagmire he had watched engulf his predecessor, Lyndon Johnson? These questions are the central concerns of Nixon at War. Over the course of seven episodes, Andersen peels back the onion and emerges with a new and deeper understanding of both the man and the war, and of the complex linkage between them.
Date: 06/11/2021
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Primary URL Description: web site that provides background on the series and its production team, where/how to listen, links to audio and full transcripts, funding credits, and links to the previous series on LBJ's War and LBJ and the Great Society
Format: Digital File
Format: Web