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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Monday, April 29, 2024
7:30pm Pacific Time
KQED Broadcast: 05/12/2024

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Delve into the 1960s with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin as she gives an intimate account of leaders like the Kennedy’s, Martin Luther King Jr., and Lyndon Johnson. Her new book, inspired by her late husband’s letters and memorabilia, showcases the scholarship her readers have come to expect, along with a more personal account than ever.

Doris Kearns Goodwin is the preeminent scholar of American presidents. For more than 45 years, in books like the Pulitzer-Prize winning No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt The Homefront in World War II and Team of Rivals, the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln, Goodwin has informed millions of readers (and politicians) about the history and power of Executive branch. Before her career as a historian, Goodwin taught at Harvard for a decade, helped Lydon Johnson draft his memoirs, and, in 1979, became the first woman to enter the Red Sox’s locker room. An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s  uses the notes, journals, and letters of Goodwin’s late husband, Richard Goodwin, to tell a very intimate, and astute, story of the 1960s.

Steven Winn is a San Francisco writer and critic whose work has appeared in Musical America, the New York Times, Opera, and the San Francisco Chronicle, where he was the paper’s Arts and Culture Critic from 2000-2008. Winn’s memoir, Come Back, Como; Winning the Heart of a Reluctant Dog,has been translated into nine languages. His past City Arts & Lectures interviews include Patti LuPone, Frances McDormand, Tony Kushner, Louise Erdrich, Steve Martin, and David Brooks.

Tickets include a copy of An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s.