Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

SUN, DEC 18, 2005 (1:28:29)

Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin explains how the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rose from obscurity to become one of the most significant presidents in this nation's history. Scott Simon, host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, moderates.

+ BIO: Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin, a former Harvard professor and Woodrow Wilson Fellow, is the author of several New York Times best-sellers, including No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, which was awarded the 1995 Pulitzer Prize in History and her latest book, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.

She is the recipient of the Charles Frankel Prize and the Sara Josepha Hale Medal. She was the first woman journalist to enter the Red Sox locker room and has been a consultant and on air-person for PBS documentaries on Lyndon Johnson, the Kennedy family, Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, and Ken Burns' The History of Baseball. Currently an NBC News analyst, Ms. Goodwin lives in Massachusetts.

+ BIO: Scott Simon

Scott Simon is the host of NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. He has reported stories from all fifty states and every continent, and has won every major award in broadcasting, including the Peabody, the Emmy, the Columbia-DuPont, the Ohio State Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the Sidney Hillman Award. He also hosts shows for PBS and appears on BBC TV. He is the author of the novels Pretty Birds and Windy City, the memoir Home and Away, and the history Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball.

Image courtesy of Will O'Leary.

Partner
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
Series
American Experience: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln Series
NPR Hosts and Correspondents Series
Recommended Lectures