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LBJ's Legacy and the Rise of Voter Suppression Laws

By Kimberley Jones, August 27, 2021, 6:31pm, Newsdesk

We're back!

It's been a long year and a half since The Austin Chronicle Show, our weekly news and culture program on KOOP Radio, went on hiatus due to the pandemic. But we've revived the show and are taping from home now. Big thanks to KOOP's Bob Dailey for cleaning up not just our ums and ahs but our home's regular soundtrack of dog barks and garbage trucks.

In this week's episode, I interview Arts Editor Robert Faires about this week's cover story reflecting on the 50th anniversary of the LBJ Presidential Library & Museum, as well as LBJ's evolving legacy as a progressive leader.

One of Johnson's major achievements in office was the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a piece of legislation that's been much in the news as this summer a dozen-plus states have passed new laws that make it harder to vote. In the second of the show, I speak with News Editor Mike Clark-Madison about voter suppression efforts here in Texas and nationwide.

Want to catch the show live next time? Tune in Fridays, 6pm, to KOOP 91.7 FM or livestream the show at

AustinChronicle · The Austin Chronicle Show: August 27, 2021

Host: Kim Jones. Guests: Robert Faires, Mike Clark-Madison. Engineer: Bob Dailey. Theme music: Kevin Curtin and Jonas Wilson.

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