A Lady Bird Johnson podcast may seem like an obscure recommendation. However, I promise Lady Bird’s storytelling will have you hooked. Lady Bird Johnson recorded audio diaries in the 1960s. How crazy is that? It’s like she predicted a future Podcast would share her story. Journalist Julie Sweig uses these recordings to tell the incredible tumultuous story of the LBJ era.
The first episode begins with Lady Bird describing JFK’s assassination day. Powerful.
Then, Lyndon B. Johnson becomes President, and Lady Bird becomes First Lady.
I didn’t know that much about Lady Bird Johnson before I listened to this podcast. Now, I’m a fan.
Listening to Lady Bird’s soft, Southern accent detail major world events is fascinating. She describes the events in a calm, conversational way like she’s calling you on the phone to tell you about her day. Except her days include three assassinations, traveling across the country to promote her beautification projects, and directing her husband’s political career.
The First Lady gives you the insider scoop of one of the most dramatic and important periods in American history. She talks about her experiences with riots and protests. Her descriptions, in her words, in her voice, is an eerie parallel to the same racial unrest and issues we face 60 years later.
‘In Plain Sight: Lady Bird Johnson’ Podcast Official Description
Here’s the official description:
In Plain Sight: Lady Bird Johnson uncovers Lady Bird’s surprisingly powerful role in the Johnson presidency and provides history-making revelations about Lyndon B. Johnson’s time in office. Told in the former first lady’s own words from over 123 hours of her audio diaries — most of it never-before-heard — “In Plain Sight” reveals how one vastly underestimated woman navigated the politics and polarization of her era to become one of the most influential members of the Johnson administration, even if we never knew it. An eight-part series from ABC Audio & Best Case Studios. Hosted by New York Times bestselling author Julia Sweig.
The podcast is based on the book, Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight by Julia Sweig.
Another binge-worthy podcast that will make you smarter: What’s Her Story with Sam & Amy