Lyndon B. Johnson

The Takeaway

Lessons from President Lyndon Johnson's Time in the Oval Office

Monday, December 31, 2012

Robert Caro is the author of the multi-volume Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, “The Years of Lyndon Johnson.”  The most recent installment is entitled "The Passage of Power." He sat down with John Hockenberry to reflect on how the obstacles and successes of President Johnson's presidency compare to those of President Obama's.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Robert Caro on Lyndon Johnson's Passage of Power

Monday, May 07, 2012

Robert Caro talks about The Passage of Power, book four of his monumental biography of Lyndon Johnson. It follows Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most successful periods of his career—1958 to1964, when traded his powerful position as Senate Majority Leader for what became the powerlessness of the vice presidency in an administration that didn’t trust him, and then had the presidency thrust upon him when President Kennedy was assassinated.

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The Takeaway

Previously Unreleased Recordings From Day of JFK Assassination

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

The complete audio recording from Air Force One on the day of John F. Kennedy's assassination has now been made available online, including 42 minutes of previously unreleased tape. It covers a phone call of condolence from newly sworn-in President Johnson to Rose Kennedy, as well as code-name heavy communications between Air Force chief of staff General Curtis LeMay, an outspoken critic of Kennedy.


The Takeaway

Nation Building: Obama Echoes Lyndon Johnson's Great Society

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

In his speech to the nation last Wednesday, announcing troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, President Obama said we needed to refocus on nation-building here at home. This idea echoes the massive ambitions of President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society in the 1960s. Johnson’s situation seems to somewhat mirror President Obama’s: Johnson brought us the Civil Rights Act, Medicare and Medicaid, but his broader ambitions were eventually sidelined by the fiscal necessity of Vietnam.

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Studio 360

Outclassing the Mad Men

Friday, July 23, 2010

Over the last few days, the internet has ooed and aahed over a viral marketing campaign from Old Spice.  In just two days, a production team and a charming actor named Isaiah Mustafa created 183 short videos; instead of paying for TV airtime, Old Spice simply uploaded them to YouTube.  It was the kind of bombshell that the creative minds at Sterling Cooper could only dream of.

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