Democracy Dies in Darkness

On Leadership

President Lyndon Johnson and power

September 4, 2016 at 2:08 PM

(Backgrounds by Craig & Karl for The Washington Post; Photo by Amy King/The Washington Post)

In this week's episode of the Presidential podcast, LBJ Presidential Library Director Mark Updegrove helps us examine how Lyndon Johnson worked his will—at times darkly—to get some of the most transformative legislation of the 20th century through Congress.

We explore his childhood growing up in the Texas Hill Country, his rise through the U.S. House and Senate, and then his leadership style as president of the United States from 1963 until 1969.

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In previous episodes of the Presidential podcast, we've explored topics like Theodore Roosevelt's heartbreak and the violent life of Andrew Jackson. The podcast is hosted by Lillian Cunningham, editor of The Washington Post's On Leadership section.

As listeners tune in each week, the podcast reveals the ways in which our collective sense of what's 'presidential' has evolved over the years and how each president—esteemed, loathed or nearly forgotten—has something to tell us about what it takes to hold the nation's highest office.

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Lillian Cunningham is the creator and host of the "Presidential" and "Constitutional" podcasts. She was previously a feature writer for and editor of The Washington Post's On Leadership section, for which she received two Emmy Awards for her interviews with leaders in politics, business and the arts.

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