When Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times in 1971, the Nixon White House tried to discredit him. Among other things, Nixon loyalists burglarized the office of Ellsberg’s psychiatrist.
On this edition of Fresh Air, we spend the entire hour with Bud Krogh, who went to prison for his role in the Ellsberg affair — and who has a new memoir. It’s called Integrity: Good People, Bad Choices, and Life Lessons from the White House.
Is Barack Obama a symbol of a new generation of black leaders? We’ll talk about who are today’s opinion leaders who grew up after the Civil Rights Movement. We’ll talk with JOE MADISON, former NAACP National Board member who in the 1970s was named as Executive Director of the Detroit NAACP at the age of 24. Also we’ll hear from JIMI IZRAEL, an opinion writer and commentator who appears regularly on NPR’s Tell Me More program. Izrael blogs at jimiizrael.com. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
(Rebroadcast tonight at 11)
September marks the 50th anniversary of the embattled desegregation of Little Rock’s Central High School when nine African American students were prevented from entering the all-white school. We remember this watershed moment in American civil rights history with ELIZABETH ECKFORD, one of the “Little Rock Nine” and DOROTHY GILLIAM, who as a cub reporter covered this watershed event in American civil rights history. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3