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Bird Johnson: Legacy of a First Lady was written, produced, directed, and
narrated by veteran NPR producer Joe Bevilacqua. One of the most licensed
audiobooks on The Public Radio Exchange and iTunes, it is Bevilacqua’s award-winning
audio documentary examining the challenges and achievements of this
extraordinary woman. The hour combines never-before-released archive audio
gleaned from thousands of hours of recordings from the Lyndon Baines Johnson
Library and Museum, period news broadcasts, private conversations with Lyndon
Baines Johnson, and the words of Lady Bird Johnson from an interview that has
never before been released to the public.
Bevilacqua spent nearly five months
listening to the rare tapes and traveled to Washington, DC, to interview Mrs. Johnson’s
colleagues and friends. The program features Lyndon Johnson Administration
staffers Liz Carpenter, Bess Abell, and Nash Castro; Washington Post owner
Katherine Graham; Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum director Harry
Middleton; Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center director Robert Glass Breunig;
Lady Bird biographer Jan Jarboe Russell; and first ladies Betty Ford and
Barbara Bush. Other voices heard on the program include Kirk Douglas and Helen
Hayes reading from LBJ’s and Lady Bird’s love letters. The production was
produced in association with KUT Radio in Austin, Texas, and overseen by a
panel of scholars and experts, including Lewis Gould, retired University of
Texas (UT) at Austin professor of history; Walt Rostow, UT professor emeritus;
Elspeth Rostow, former dean of the UT LBJ School of Public Affairs; Carl
Anthony, Washington, DC, historian; and Don Carleton, director of the Center
for American History at UT.
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