lbj http://kut.org en ‘Breaking Bad’ Star Bryan Cranston on Walter White, LBJ and the JFK Assassination (Update) http://kut.org/post/breaking-bad-star-bryan-cranston-walter-white-lbj-and-jfk-assassination-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>Those who weren't able to check out the play "All the Way" during its run on Broadway will have a second chance when Bryan Cranston reprises his role of President Lyndon B. Johnson in an HBO adaptation (an air date has not yet been announced).</p><p>Cranston researched the role at the LBJ Library and Museum in Austin – and it must have paid off – he won a Tony Award for his performance. The play itself also won a Tony. It was written by Austin playwright Robert Schenkkan. <a href="http://kut.org/post/all-way-playwright-robert-schenkkan-wins-tony-play-lbjs-legacy" target="_blank">Click Here</a> to check out KUT's interview with Schenkkan.</p><p>Highlights from a November press appearance with Cranston are below:</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/120290989" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:47:59 +0000 Laura Rice 9192 at http://kut.org ‘Breaking Bad’ Star Bryan Cranston on Walter White, LBJ and the JFK Assassination (Update) How Twitter and Time Have Helped Americans Reassess LBJ's Legacy http://kut.org/post/how-twitter-and-time-have-helped-americans-reassess-lbjs-legacy <p><em>This post has been updated to include portions of an interview with LBJ Library Director Mark Updegrove.</em></p><p>President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act fifty years ago today.</p><p>"It's hard to realize that 50 years ago, people of color in many parts of this country, particularly in the Deep South, would not be accommodated at restaurants or at hotels or at motels, there were separate educational facilities and separate water fountains – we essentially lived in an apartheid state," LBJ Library Director Mark Updegrove says.</p><p>Both the<a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org/" target="_blank"> LBJ Presidential Library and Museum</a> in Austin and the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/lyjo/index.htm" target="_blank">LBJ Ranch </a>in Stonewall are celebrating the anniversary of the signing.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:06:21 +0000 Laura Rice 10717 at http://kut.org How Twitter and Time Have Helped Americans Reassess LBJ's Legacy 'All The Way' Playwright Robert Schenkkan Wins Tony for Play on LBJ's Legacy http://kut.org/post/all-way-playwright-robert-schenkkan-wins-tony-play-lbjs-legacy <p><strong>Update: </strong>Austinite, Texas Ex and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan won a Tony Award last night for his play "All the Way."</p><p>The play stars Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad" fame as President Lyndon B. Johnson. Cranston also won a Tony for his performance. <a href="http://kut.org/post/breaking-bad-star-bryan-cranston-walter-white-lbj-and-jfk-assassination" target="_blank">KUT spoke with Cranston</a> about the role last November.</p><p><strong>Original Story </strong>(Nov. 21, 2013): Amid all the talk of JFK as we approach the&nbsp;50th anniversary of his death, one could make the case that as tragic as the Kennedy assassination was, the accidental presidency of Kennedy's successor – Lyndon Baines Johnson – was far more consequential in reshaping the landscape of the United States.</p><p>Pulitzer Prize-winning&nbsp;playwright <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Schenkkan">Robert Schenkkan</a> takes it even further in his new drama "<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MzbhJAwHTo">All The Way</a>." Actor Bryan Cranston of "<a href="http://www.amctv.com/shows/breaking-bad">Breaking&nbsp;Bad</a>" fame plays LBJ – from the moment of his swearing in aboard Air Force One in 1963, to the passage of the <a href="http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/history/CivilRightsAct.cfm">Civil Rights Act of 1964</a>.</p><p>Robert Schenkkan came to KUT's&nbsp;Newsmaker studio and spoke with David Brown.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/120312494" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:47:37 +0000 Emily Donahue 9198 at http://kut.org 'All The Way' Playwright Robert Schenkkan Wins Tony for Play on LBJ's Legacy Presidents to Gather in Austin this Spring for Civil Rights Summit http://kut.org/post/presidents-gather-austin-spring-civil-rights-summit <p>The history and the current state of the civil rights struggle will be examined at a <a href="http://civilrightssummit.org" target="_blank">three-day summit</a> in Austin this spring. The conference will focus on President Lyndon Johnson’s civil rights legacy.</p><p>The Civil Rights Summit will be held April 8-10 at the <a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org" target="_blank">LBJ Presidential Library</a> – and will mark the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act by President Johnson.</p><p>Mark Updegrove, director of the LBJ Presidential Library, says two former presidents have <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/speakers/" target="_blank">confirmed their attendance</a>: Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. President George W. Bush has not yet confirmed, and there is the possibility of President Barack Obama attending.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/135280702&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:20:37 +0000 David Martin Davies 9794 at http://kut.org Presidents to Gather in Austin this Spring for Civil Rights Summit Fifty Years After Start of War on Poverty, Texas Has Room for Improvement http://kut.org/post/fifty-years-after-start-war-poverty-texas-has-room-improvement <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's <a href="http://kut.org/post/lbj-war-poverty-was-personal">call to Congress</a>, and the nation, to fight poverty.</span></p><p>Texas – President Johnson’s home state – often touts its growing economy. But the state has one of the highest rates of poverty in the U.S.</p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 23:30:13 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9504 at http://kut.org Fifty Years After Start of War on Poverty, Texas Has Room for Improvement A Texas Valentine: LBJ's Love Letters to Lady Bird http://kut.org/post/texas-valentine-lbjs-love-letters-lady-bird <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the </span><a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is releasing never-before-seen love letters written by the former president and his soon-to-be bride.</span></p><p>Regina Greenwell is the senior archivist at the LBJ Library. She says the letters paint a picture of a 26-year-old Lyndon Johnson who made up his mind about Claudia Taylor – then known as “Bird” – on their first date.</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:26:00 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 6595 at http://kut.org A Texas Valentine: LBJ's Love Letters to Lady Bird Today Marks the 40th Anniversary of LBJ's Death http://kut.org/post/today-marks-40th-anniversary-lbjs-death <p>It was 40 years ago today that Lyndon B. Johnson passed away at his family ranch in Stonewall at his family ranch. &nbsp;</p><p>Johnson served as the 36<sup>th</sup> President of the United States, Vice President to John F. Kennedy, and served in both houses of Congress as well.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 19:01:00 +0000 Andrew Weber 6287 at http://kut.org Today Marks the 40th Anniversary of LBJ's Death Remembering Lady Bird Johnson This Weekend http://kut.org/post/remembering-lady-bird-johnson-weekend <p>It&rsquo;s been one hundred years since the birth of the legendary <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_bird_johnson">Lady Bird Johnson</a>.</p><p>The Texas First Lady&#39;s time in the White House was marked by several environmental conservation and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highway_Beautification_Act">beautification efforts&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;</a>a cause she pursued locally after leaving Washington with the foundation of the <a href="http://wildflower.org/">National Wildflower Research Center</a>&nbsp;and her work beautifying Town Lake (which was since renamed in her honor).</p><p>The Wildflower Center, which bears Lady Bird&rsquo;s name, remembers Mrs. Johnson this Sunday with a<a href="http://wildflower.org/tributeday/"> day-long tribute</a>. Admission is free, with doors opening at 9 a.m.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 22:12:38 +0000 Kelly Connelly 4770 at http://kut.org Remembering Lady Bird Johnson This Weekend AM Update: School Finance Heads to Court, Surge of Undocumented Children, LBJ's Battleship http://kut.org/post/am-update-school-finance-heads-court-surge-undocumented-children-lbjs-battleship <p><strong>Schools Finance Lawsuits Get Court Date</strong></p><p>A tentative trial date is set for<a href="http://kutnews.org/post/texas-school-finance-lawsuits-get-judge"> four Texas school finance lawsuits</a>. &nbsp;State District Judge John Dietz has set the trial for October 22.</p><p>Hundreds of school districts from across the state are unhappy with the way Texas distributes money. Attorney Mark Trachtenberg, who represents 86 of those districts, says state funding cuts have contributed to depriving districts of the resources they need to meet standards set by the state itself.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 13:50:57 +0000 Divya Darsi & Laura Rice 4044 at http://kut.org AM Update: School Finance Heads to Court, Surge of Undocumented Children, LBJ's Battleship Top Morning Stories, December 25, 2011 http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-december-25-2011 <p>Best wishes for this Christmas Day! There was a Christmas homecoming at Fort Hood, the loss of a house in East Austin this morning, and a look into the Hill Country home of America&#39;s 36th President.</p><p><strong>Troops Return to Fort Hood</strong></p> Sun, 25 Dec 2011 16:13:08 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 3304 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories, December 25, 2011