Full episode - September 07, 2017
President Lyndon B. Johnson greets crowds, USSS Agent Rufus Youngblood is behind him.
By the spring of 1965, pressure is building on President Johnson to make his case for the war to the American electorate. He resists, preferring to manage the conflict without public scrutiny, but finally agrees to go public, in a speech at Johns Hopkins University.  The strategy behind the speech: a little something for everybody.  A look at how that strategy works out, and what it reveals about LBJ's congenital bias for secrecy.
Full episode - September 06, 2017
President Lyndon B. Johnson on the telephone
Twice in six weeks, in the late summer of 1964, U.S. destroyers reported they were under unprovoked attack, by North Vietnamese PT boats, while on patrol in the Gulf of Tonkin. The first incident produced a massive airstrike in retaliation, and three days later, the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which changed the course of the Vietnam War. The second attack produced...no response at all. Did Lyndon Johnson learn something along the way?
Full episode - September 05, 2017
Swearing in of Lyndon B. Johnson as President
“They started with me on Diem,” LBJ told an old friend, “that he was corrupt, and he ought to be killed. So, we killed him.” Not quite true, it turns out, but the brutal assassination of South Vietnam’s President Diem, just three weeks before JFK met the same fate in Dallas, would cast a long shadow over the Johnson presidency, and shape LBJ’s thinking on the war. 1963.
Full episode - August 28, 2017
Visit of President Johnson in Vietnam
LBJ’s War is a podcast that tells the story of LBJ's fall from grace in the voices of those who were there. Subscribe now to listen to the premier on September 5!