Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy speaking to a crowd through a megaphone outside the Justice Department.

Since his assassination in the summer of 1968, Robert F. Kennedy has been remembered in often broad and conflicting strokes. To many he was a progressive martyr who fought against racism and poverty, but to others he was a flip-flopping politician who aided Senator Joe McCarthy and had Martin Luther King Jr. wiretapped. Biographer Larry Tye deconstructs the mythos surrounding the late senator in his new book, “Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon.” Tye joins us to talk about Kennedy’s complex contradictions, his development from untested appointee to respected politician and what we can learn from his brief life.

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Larry Tye, author, "Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon"; his past books include "Home Lands" and "Satchel"

  • geraldfnord

    Well, for all his many early faults, at least his instincts were good in one respect: Roy Cohn was a monster of a man whose influence is still blighting the landscape in the form of his son in bigotry, mob-tied corruption, and larcenous dealing, a Mr Trump.

    • Robert Thomas

      Robert F. Kennedy – Roy Cohn – Donald Trump

      Irritatingly, this connection remains inescapable.

  • Another Mike

    What about the Bobby Kennedy who was out to get the Teamsters? In consequence, the Teamsters broke with the trade union movement to support Nixon both in 1960 and 1972. Alleged ties to organized crime did not interfere with the Teamsters’ helping the working man.

    • Robert Thomas

      True and succinct


    Can your guest shed any light on others who may have been involved in Robert Kennedy assassination ,and who benefited from that.

    • Robert Thomas

      A good question, EIDALM, which has not been sufficiently investigated.

  • Ehkzu

    Sad that today he’s primarily remembered as the first American murdered by an Arab fanatic.

    • Skip Conrad

      There is evidence that it was more than a lone assassin involved.


Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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