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DESCRIPTION: "The Constitution of the United States doesnot mention the first lady. She is elected by one man only. The statute books assign her no duties; and yet, when she getsthe job, a podium is there if she cares to use it. I did." --Lady Bird Johnson
KUT Radio in Austin, Texas presents LADY BIRD JOHNSON: LEGACYOF A FIRST LADY. The new one-hour radio documentary examinesthe challenges and achievements of this extraordinary woman.
KUT Director Stewart Vanderwilt says, "When you make ashort list of U.S. First Ladies who have had the most significantand lasting impact on our country and the world, Lady Bird Johnsonis always on the list. This thoughtful and artfully producedprogram documents why."
The program combines never-before-released archive audio, gleanedfrom thousands of hours of recordings housed at the Lyndon BainesJohnson Library and Museum, period news broadcasts, private conversationswith Lyndon Baines Johnson, and the words of Lady Bird Johnsonfrom an interview that have never before been released to thepublic.
Producer Joe Bevilacqua spent nearly five months listeningto the rare tapes and traveled to Washington, D.C. to interviewMrs. Johnson's colleagues and friends. The program features LyndonJohnson Administration staffers Liz Carpenter, Bess Abell, andNash Castro, Washington Post owner Katherine Graham, Lyndon BainesJohnson Library and Museum Director Harry Middleton, Lady BirdJohnson Wildflower Center Director Robert Glass Breunig; LadyBird biographer Jan Jarboe Russell, and First Ladies Betty Fordand Barbara Bush. Other voices heard on the program include KirkDouglas and Helen Hayes reading from LBJ and Lady Bird's loveletters, and comedian Danny Kaye working on behalf of ProjectHead Start.
The production was overseen by a panel of scholars and expertsincluding Lewis Gould, retired University of Texas at Austin Professorof History; Walt Rostow, UT Professor Emeritus, Elspeth Rostow,former dean of the UT LBJ School of Public Affairs; Carl Anthony,Washington, D.C. historian; and Don Carleton, director, The Centerfor American History at UT.
MODULES: There will be eight modules available in a separatefeed.
1. Lady Bird's Childhood (5:32)
2. Her Early Days with Lyndon (5:50)
3. Campaigning & Kennedy's Assassination (6:20)
4. Her Transition to First Lady (4:32)
5. Whistle Stop Tour (6:28)
6. Head Start & Beautifying Washington, D.C. (6:06)
7. The Highway Beautification Act of 1965 (7:09)
8. After the White House & the Wildflower Center (6:27)
PRODUCER/NARRATOR: Joe Bevilacqua is a 23-year veteran radioproducer. He is the current host of KUT's local broadcast ofNPR's Morning Edition. He has worked for National Public Radio,Public Radio International, WNYC, WBGO, WBAI, among others. Hiscredits include such radio documentaries as One Song at a Time:Tales from the Kerrville Folk Festival (2000) and We Take YouNow to Grover's Mill: The 50th Anniversary of the "War ofthe Worlds" Broadcast (1988). He has written and producedover 100 radio plays and his comedy series The Mis-Adventuresof Sherlock Holmes is currently heard on more than 30 radio stationin the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the British Isles.
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