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Public Radio International, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN 55401-2097)
Melinda Ward (Project Director: January 2016 to present)

LBJ's War: An Oral History

Production of six podcasts and scripting of a one-hour radio program exploring presidential decision-making during the Vietnam War.

Public Radio International (PRI) requests NEH support for LBJ’s War, an innovative oral history project to be produced in partnership with independent radio producer Stephen Atlas. LBJ’s War presents the story of how the US entanglement in the Vietnam War derailed a presidency that previously seemed destined for historic greatness, told through the recorded, and largely unheard, recollections of those who were there. A distinguished team of scholars and experts will help guide listeners through these materials, adding context and analysis. LBJ’s War will consist of one hour-long documentary radio show and a series of 6 podcasts, in the 10- to 20-minute range, that will open up and amplify stories touched upon in the hour but meriting more time and exploration. PRI will also create a web landing page where visitors can download the podcasts, read complete interview transcripts and listen to original audio segments in unedited form.

Project fields:
Military History; Political History; U.S. History

Media Projects Production

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2016 – 12/31/2017