Another President, Another Presidential Library

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43.jpgAmerica's 43rd President now has the country's 13th presidential library. The George W. Bush Presidential Center houses the bullhorn from Ground Zero, the pistol from Saddam Hussein's spider hole and a statue of two favorite dogs. How much is there on missing weapons of mass destruction or Wall Street bailouts? Do Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld or Karl Rove get much attention? Every president since FDR has a similar mix of historical fact and self-serving propaganda assembled on his behalf. We look at the contents, the architecture and the symbolism of Bush's Center in Dallas and at the role of presidential libraries in our political life.  

Credits

Guests:
Wayne Slater - journalist and author - @WayneSlater, Christopher Hawthorne - Chief design officer for LA City Hall; Los Angeles Times - @hawthorneLAT, Benjamin Hufbauer - University of Louisville - @uofl, Gary Langer - Langer Research Associates and ABC News - @garylanger, Jon Ward - Huffington Post - @jonward11

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Anna Scott, Christian Bordal