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A president bound for greatness. A ruinous Vietnam war. How did Lyndon Johnson lose his way? LBJ’s War is a documentary in oral history form, constructed from secretly taped White House phone calls and rare archival interviews with those who were there when this history was being made, and who had a hand in its making. Major funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. WE RECOMMEND LISTENING IN ORDER, STARTING WITH EPISODE 1.
||CleanEpilog: “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 political career that had once seemed bound for Rushmore-level greatness. This special, long-form edition...||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6 - 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 the pre-dawn hours of January 31st, 1968. Just what...||9/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5 - 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 that vow. Dr. King, for his part, recognized their common goal – racial and economic justice...||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit4 - 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 Committee, and its chairman William Fulbright, administered a strong dose of sunlight.||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3 - 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 scrutiny, but finally agrees to go public,...||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2 - 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 on patrol in the Gulf of Tonkin. The first incident produced a massive airstrike...||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1 - 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 turns out, but the brutal assassination of South Vietnam’s...||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to LBJ’s War||LBJ’s War is a podcast that tells the story of LBJ's fall from grace in the voices of those who were there. Subscribe now to listen to the premier on September 9!||8/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Great Podcast and Great Topic
I've just discovered the "LBJ's War" podcast and I must say I've really been enjoying this one. I haven't come across any podcast like it. I was a history major in college and it's great to refresh and learn more while I'm working or even driving. I can't wait for the next episode and hope they produce more series in the future if this one is successful.
Great voice, wonderful content
Really stoked to have found this podcast- the material is fascinating and the production quality is on point (but better than on point with Tom Ashbrook- like really On Point). Good work PRI- Also, love the music- I'll have to look up this Elori Kramer.
In this era of the War in Afghanistan becoming America's longest war, I appreciate this insight into LBJ's perspective on an equally controversial war. It is important to understand our leaders' and the pressures they face. Wonderful conversation to have.
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