WNYC Radio’s daily call-in program, The Brian Lehrer Show, just launched a new series in conjunction with The Harris Poll called “The Eights,” which offers a brief history of America’s culture wars by exploring the sociopolitical climate in years ending in 8: 1948, 1958, 1968, 1978, 1988, 1998, 2008.
The series debuted on May 7 with the episode, “1948 and the Rise of Globalism,” and in the first three episodes airing May 7, 8 and 9, Lehrer will tackle the rise of liberal internationalism, the advent of the modern civil rights movement and the role of television programs in that era.
Coincidentally, some of the years in focus were pivotal moments in American history. 1968 was the culmination of different social movements such the Vietnam War, Civil Rights and the Cold War. In 1998, Bill Clinton became the second president in U.S. history to be impeached from office. A decade later, America elected its first African-American president, Barack Hussein Obama, and the 2008 financial crisis hit—the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression in 1929
To listen to “The Eights,” tune in to The Brian Lehrer Show airing weekdays from 10am-noon on WNYC 93.9 FM, AM 820 and wnyc.org.