Episode #206: Giving Thanks to Great Political Memories

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to step back from the daily grind of the political cycle, away from the recriminations and finger pointing, and enjoy some time off with family and loved ones.

So this week, we’re reaching back into the archives to revisit some of our favorite interviews from this past year.

Former Pennsylvania Rep. Marjorie Margolies (D) recalls the pressures and conflicts she went through before casting the deciding vote that passed President Clinton’s budget/tax hike plan in 1993, and ultimately cost her her seat.

Steven Levingston, author of “Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor and the Battle Over Civil Rights,” discusses the relationship between Dr. Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy, and how King pulled JFK into the civil rights struggle.

And we remember one of the great political junkies of our time, legendary Meet the Press host Tim Russert, who died unexpectedly in 2008. Betsy Fischer Martin, who served as the program’s executive producer for 11 years, reflects on her former boss’ career and legacy.

Music used in this podcast:

All You Can Eat by The Fat Boys

Let Me Be by The Turtles

If I Had A Hammer by Pete Seeger

Tears in the Morning by The Beach Boys

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