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National Parks Traveler Podcast

Apr 3, 2022

Those who have ascended to the presidency of the United States are products of the environments in which they were born, raised, and educated. Their early experiences usually have a significant effect on how they manage their presidency and the subsequent policy and programs developed under their watch. 

Lyndon Baines Johnson is a fitting example of that.  His presidency was guided in full measure by his upbringing, his personal experiences with poverty and shame and his observation of racism and hate. 

The National Parks Traveler’s Lynn Riddick begins a two-part series on the unique Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, which offers the most complete picture of any American president. Guided by park official Brian Vickers, Lynn takes us through the site’s two distinct districts – the Johnson City District and the LBJ Ranch District –to learn about Johnson’s compelling cradle-to-grave story and the forces that shaped his life.