Letters and Politics

Kennedy vs Carter in the 1980 Democratic Primary – June 7, 2016

Today in conversation with historian and journalist Timothy Stanley.  In his book Kennedy vs. Carter: The 1980 Battle for the Democratic Party’s Soul,  Stanley takes a new look at how Jimmy Carter alienated his own supporters, why Ted Kennedy ran against him, what the Kennedy campaign has to say about America in the 1970s, and whether or not the 1980 election really was a turning point in electoral history.  He tells the story of a struggle for the soul of a party bitterly divided over how to respond to economic decline, cultural upheaval, and humiliation overseas.  And in the telling, he offers a comprehensive narrative of the primaries and a joint biography of the two men who struggled for their party’s leadership.


Then, Greens on Bernie.  We talked to a green party activist at a rally for Bernie Sanders in downtown Oakland last June 5.



Timothy Stanley, historian and author of a number of books. In 2010 he published Kennedy vs. Carter: The 1980 Battle for the Democratic Party’s Soul. His latest book is called Citizen Hollywood: How the Collaboration between LA and DC Revolutionized American Politics

Laura Wells, Green Party Activist.




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