War on Poverty — 40th Anniversary

Forty years ago this week, President Lyndon Johnson announced a bold new plan to wipe out poverty in America. Join in a discussion with some of the people who served on the front lines of America's War on Poverty and what its legacy is today. NPR's Lynn Neary guest hosts today.


Larry Levinson
*Helped Johnson write the War on Poverty section of memoirs
*Now a partner at Piper Rudnick law firm

Polly Greenberg
*Author of the The Devil Had Slippery Shoes about starting Head Start in Mississippi
*Started in the Office of Economic Opportunity, quit to work for Mississippi Head Start program

Joseph Califano
*Johnson's top domestic aide starting in mid-1965 to 1969
*Current head of the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University

Loyal Jones
*Former director of the Council of the Southern Mountains
*Founded Appalachian Center at Berea College

Myron Magnet
*Author of The Dream and the Nightmare: The Sixties Legacy to the Underclass
*Edits the Manhattan Institute's City Journal

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