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Fresh Air Interview: Don’t ‘Sanitize’ How Our Government Created Ghettos

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

“We have a myth today that the ghettos in metropolitan areas around the country are what the Supreme Court calls ‘de-facto’ — just the accident of the fact that people have not enough income to move into middle class neighborhoods or because real estate agents steered black and white families to different neighborhoods or because there was white flight,” Rothstein tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross.

“It was not the unintended effect of benign policies,” he says. “It was an explicit, racially purposeful policy that was pursued at all levels of government, and that’s the reason we have these ghettos today and we are reaping the fruits of those policies.”

Audio Clip: What LBJ Really Said About Selma

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

While he publicly condemned the attack, Johnson was also calling allies and advisors, searching for a political salve to the situation. “They’re going to have another march tomorrow, and, as we see it, it’s going to go from bad to worse,” he warned.

How JFK made NASA his secret weapon in the fight for civil rights in America

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Most Americans know the name of the first black player in professional baseball — Jackie Robinson. But how about the first black professional in the US space program? 

That was Julius Montgomery. He was part of a small cadre of African American mathematicians, engineers and technicians who helped power the space race — at a time when laws kept them from using the same toilet as their coworkers. (Later, he also integrated the Florida Institute of Technology.) These men were the vanguard of what became a government strategy to integrate the South.

The Most Diverse Cities Are Often The Most Segregated

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Nate Silver at 538 walks us through America’s most/least diverse and segregated cities. Data Power!

The Great Society at 50

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Karen Tumulty at WaPo offers this four part critical reflection on the Great Society

Part 1: The Great Society at 50

Part 2: The legacy — and limits — of the Great Society in Prince George’s County, Md.

Part 3: Job Corps is very popular. But does it work?

Part 4: Lyndon Johnson’s lasting impact on the arts

LBJ Orders Some New Haggar Pants

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

President Johnson called the Haggar clothing company to order some new pants, providing specific (and sometimes graphic) instructions on how they should be customized for him.

Minimum Wage Was Once Enough To Keep a Family of 3 Out of Poverty

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Since the 1980s, the federal minimum wage has kept pace with neither inflation, nor the rise of the average worker’s paycheck. That means that while a federal minimum wage in 1968 could have lifted a family of three above the poverty line, now it can’t even do that for a parent with one child, working full-time, 40 hours a week and 52 weeks a year (yes, this calculation assumes that the parent takes no time off).


Conspiracy theories about JFK’s assassination don’t stand up to scrutin

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

50 years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, 59 percent of Americans still believe it was the work of a conspiracy. I was once among them…

Then, one day, I looked up the footnotes in those books, most of them leading me to the multivolume hearings of the Warren Commission. I was shocked. The authors had taken witnesses’ statements out of context, distorted them beyond recognition, and in some cases cherry-picked passages that seemed to back their theories while ignoring testimony that didn’t. It was my first brush with intellectual dishonesty.

But it’s worth recounting the conspiracy buffs’ arguments that I found most persuasive—and why they collapse under scrutiny.


Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

In the spring of 1962, President John F. Kennedy launched a bold effort to provide health care for the aged—later to be known as Medicare. It culminated in a nationally televised presidential address from Madison Square Garden, carried on the three television networks. It was a flop. The legislation foundered amid charges that it was an attempt to socialize medicine and a threat to individual liberty—the same charges President Obama encountered over the Affordable Care Act five decades later.


Gabfest Discussion of JFK Legacy

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss why the Kennedys still loom so large in the American imagination, what would have happened if JFK had lived, and whether JFK’s Washington was more or less desirable than today’s.

A contentious and clever discussion on the 50th of the JFK assassination.