The Campaign of the Century. This was the amazingly influential 1934 race in California when socialist author Upton Sinclair nearly won the governor's post--and inspired the GOP, the special interests and Hollywood to invent the modern political campaign, with dirty tricks galore.
I'm not sure why they are re-airing now, beyond the relevance for this year's race, but perhaps they read last month's major New Yorker piece that was inspired by the same campaign. Listen to the segment here.
And here's my video on the Thalberg newsreels, the first attacks ads on the screen.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Hear Me Talk About Key 1934 Race on NPR
is author of a dozen books (click on covers at right), including the new "THE TUNNELS: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill." He was the longtime editor of Editor & Publisher. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @GregMitch