S2 Ep 7 - Post Script

So what do historians think, fifty years out, about LBJ’s Great Society and its long term impact on American life and politics?  In early February, …

S2 Ep 6 - The Engineer

Five decades after Lyndon Johnson first unveiled his lofty vision of a Great Society, politicians and pundits are still arguing about what he …

S2 Ep 5 - Give Us the Ballot

By his own account the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was Lyndon Johnson’s greatest achievement – the jewel in the crown of the Great Society, and widely considered the most effective piece of …

S2 Ep 4 - Medicine Man

FDR, Harry Truman, and JFK all attempted to pass some form of universal health care — but no one had gotten even close. Johnson believed he might succeed where his predecessors had failed, …

S2 Ep 3 - The Bully Pulpit

“We will not win our war against poverty until the conscience of the entire Nation is aroused,” LBJ told an aide. But how to do that when most …

S2 Ep 2 - Mr. Poverty

"I didn't know a damn thing about poverty and didn't want the job," Sargent Shriver would later recall, of his conversation with the president, “and …

S2 Ep 1 - The Great Unveiling

On the night of JFK’s assassination, with the nation reeling, Lyndon Johnson stayed up much of the night with two young aides, and laid out a list of legislative initiatives he proposed to …

Trailer - Welcome to LBJ and the Great Society

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 …

Epilog: “I Shall Not Seek…”

Lyndon Johnson's March '68 announcement, that he would not seek re-election, stunned the nation and the world, and marked the effective end of a …

S1 Ep 6 LBJ's War - The Shock of Tet

“Whammo, we got caught with our pants down,” a CIA analyst says of the Tet Offensive, the massive surprise attack that North Vietnam launched against American and South Vietnamese forces in …

S1 Ep 5 LBJ's War - The Preacher and the President

“I’ll try to be worthy of your hopes,” LBJ told Martin Luther King, just days into his presidency, and for the next two years, largely made good on …

S1 Ep 4 LBJ's War - Parting the Curtains

For fifteen months, LBJ kept the country largely in the dark about the Vietnam War. Then, in February ’66, the powerful Senate Foreign Relations …

S1 Ep 3 LBJ's War - The Carrot and the Stick

By the spring of 1965, pressure is building on President Johnson to make his case for the war to the American electorate. He resists, preferring to manage the conflict without public …

S1 Ep 2 LBJ's War - The Tonkin Incident(s)

Twice in six weeks, in the late summer of 1964, U.S. destroyers reported they were under unprovoked attack, by North Vietnamese PT boats, while …

S1 Ep. 1 LBJ's War - The Churchill of Asia

“They started with me on Diem,” LBJ told an old friend, “that he was corrupt, and he ought to be killed. So, we killed him.”  Not quite true, it …

Trailer - Welcome to LBJ’s War

LBJ’s War is a podcast that tells the story of LBJ's failure in Vietnam and fall from grace in the voices of those who were there.

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