Presidential Recordings

Presidential Recordings

At least 6 U.S. presidents recorded conversations while in office. Now you can hear those conversations in this C-SPAN podcast. In the ten episodes of Season 1 hear secretly recorded conversations President Lyndon Johnson made on topics including the Warren Commission, the Vietnam War, the Voting Rights Act and more. Season 1: LBJ

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January 17, 2022 62 min

1968…Vietnam, Multiple Assassinations, LBJ's Decision not to run for re-election, the Chicago Democratic National Convention…and more in the last episode of our first season of Presidential Recordings. 

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Lady Bird Johnson…First Lady….environmentalist, and one of President Johnson's most trusted advisors. This week, conversations between Lady Bird and President Johnson, portions of her diary from November 22nd, 1963, and the case of Walter Jenkins. 

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January 3, 2022 58 min

This week, go behind the scenes with calls surrounding the Voting Rights Act of 1965. You'll hear from Martin Luther King Jr., Senate Leaders Mike Mansfield (D-MT), Everett Dirksen (R-L), and more. 

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December 27, 2021 63 min

Calls around the March on Selma, as President Lyndon Johnson responds to Bloody Sunday. You'll hear from Alabama Governor George Wallace, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, and Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach. 

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December 20, 2021 35 min

This week, a look at calls surrounding the passage of the Medicare and Medicaid Act of 1965. You'll hear from President Johnson's chief aid to Congress Larry O'Brien, Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee Wilbur Mills (D-AR), Tennessee democratic senator Albert Gore Sr., Dr. Benjamin Spock, and more. 

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December 13, 2021 39 min

A look at calls after President Lyndon Johnson's sweeping victory in the 1964 presidential election over Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater.

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December 6, 2021 58 min

A look at the calls around the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, H.J. Res 1145 (The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution), and how the administration handled the press. You'll hear from Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, National Security Advisor McGeorge Bundy, and Congressional Leaders. 

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November 29, 2021 44 min

President Lyndon Johnson's calls about pushing what would become the Civil Rights Act through Congress, its ultimate passage…and the racial violence afterward. 

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Marc Selverstone, Chair of the Presidential Recordings Program at the Miller Center of the University of Virginia explains the background of the LBJ tapes.

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November 22, 2021 44 min

Calls between President Lyndon Johnson & members of Congress & the administration on the establishment of The Warren Commission which would look into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This program begins with background information from Max Holland author of "The Kennedy Assassination Tapes: The White House Conversations of Lyndon Johnson Regarding the Assassination, the Warren Commission & the Afterma...

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 In the ten episodes of Season 1 hear secretly recorded conversations President Lyndon Johnson made on topics including the Warren Commission, the Vietnam War, the March on Selma, and more.

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