Jeff sat down with author Amity Shlaes to discuss her book, “The Great Society – A New History,” and the implications of the welfare state as envisioned by Lyndon Johnson. In addition to some of LBJ’s various remarks and addresses while in office, his Great Society speech was highlighted, along with the policies that stemmed from it and their impact on American political economy and public life. Jeff and Amity also explored LBJ and Vietnam, and how this era of American foreign policy paralleled and, to an extent, shared philosophical similarities with the idealism of the Great Society.

Host: Jeff Sikkenga

Executive Producer: Greg McBrayer

Producer: Jeremy Gypton

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