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    Vietnam War Commanders in Chief

    Former presidential aides discussed the roles of Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon during the Vietnam War era. They were joined by historian to explore the foreign policy of each president as well as the…

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    Lessons Learned from the Vietnam War

    Vietnam veterans and former Senators Bob Kerrey (D-NE) and Charles Robb (D-VA) joined Admiral William McRaven (Retired) in a discussion about the changes in America’s foreign and military policies after the…

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    Conversation with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

    Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick discussed The Vietnam War, a ten-part, 18-hour documentary set to be released in 2017. They spoke with Mark Updegrove at a three-day “Vietnam War…

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    Conversation with Henry Kissinger

    Henry Kissinger talked about U.S. policy during the Vietnam War, his role, and the lessons learned from the conflict. He also responded to questions from the audience. Topics included America’s promises of support for the South…

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    Reflections on Richard Nixon

    Alexander Butterfield and Bob Woodward offered their reflections on President Nixon and his policies. Topics included President Nixon’s personality, Watergate, foreign policy decisions in…

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    First Lady Laura Bush

    Ann Gerhart and Mark Updegrove talked about the life and influence of first lady Laura Bush and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. They talked about her childhood in Texas, career as a teacher and…

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    Book Discussion on Lady Bird and Lyndon and Destiny of Democracy

    Betty Boyd Caroli, author of Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President, and Mark Updegrove, author of Destiny of Democracy: The Civil Rights Summit at the…

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    Role of Military Intelligence

    Admiral William McRaven (Retired) talked about what makes up and the importance of good intelligence. The Central Intelligence Agency, Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, and the University of Texas at…

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    President's Daily Briefing

    Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John Brennan talked about the history of the president’s daily briefing. Following his remarks, former intelligence officers talked about the importance of the briefing.…

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    Future of Medicare and Medicaid

    Nancy-Ann DeParle (D) and Gail Wilensky (R), both former administrators of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, talked about the future of Medicare and Medicaid. “On the Frontlines: How HHS Secretaries and…

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    Book Discussion on The Triumph and Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson

    Joseph Califano talked about his book The Triumph and Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: The White House Years, in which he presents a first-hand account of the Johnson administration’s Great…

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    Status of Medicare and Medicaid

    Former Governors Michael Leavitt (R-UT) and Kathleen Sebelius (D-KS), who both served as secretary of the Department of 
Health and Human Services, talked about the implementation of Medicare and Medicaid,…

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    Medicare and Medicaid 50th Anniversary

    Panelists talked about the history, benefits, and importance of Medicare and Medicaid, created by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965. They spoke about how President Johnson was able to get the legislation through…

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    LBJ Presidential Library Tour of the Presidential Suite

    Library director Mark Updegrove showed the Presidential Suite exhibit at the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum. It is a reconstruction of the living space where President and Ladybird Johnson spent their…

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    LBJ Tapes: 50th Anniversary of Medicare & Medicaid

    On July 30, 1965, President Johnson signed into law the legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid. And Saturday July 25, C-SPAN Radio airs President Johnson’s 1964 and '65 calls as he fights to…

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    1983 Richard Nixon-Frank Gannon Interviews

    Former Nixon aide Frank Gannon talked about his extended 1983 interviews with former President Richard Nixon on topics including Vietnam, China, Watergate and Nixon’s resignation. He showed…

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    President Obama at Civil Rights Summit

    President Barack Obama gave the keynote address at a three-day Civil Rights Summit hosted by the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of President…

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    Same-Sex Marriage and Civil Rights

    Attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson talked about same-sex marriage and civil rights. They compared the civil rights movement of the 1960's with the gay rights movement and assessed various judicial rulings…

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    George W. Bush at Civil Rights Summit

    Former President George W. Bush gave the closing remarks at a three-day Civil Rights Summit hosted by the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. 2014 marked the 50th anniversary…

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    Bill Clinton at Civil Rights Summit

    Former President Bill Clinton gave the closing address on the second day of a three-day a Civil Rights Summit hosted by the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. 2014 marked…

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