Re: How do you contribute?

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David S. Broder is best known for the twice-weekly political column he writes for the Washington Post, where he has been on staff since 1966. Before joining the Post, he worked at the New York Times, the Congressional Quarterly,the now-defunct Washington Star and the Bloomington, IL Pantagraph. Broder appears as a frequent pundit on television programs such as Washington Week and Meet the Press. In addition to the Pulitzer, which he received in 1973, Broder was the receipient of the 1990 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Colby College. He is the author and co-author of six books, most recently The System: The American Way of Politics at the Breaking Point, with Haynes Johnson(1996). Broder taught at Duke University from 1987-88. Since 2001, he has held a tenured professorship at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. After receiving his AB in 1947 and his AM in 1951, both in Political Science, from the University of Chicago, Broder served in the United States Army for two years. Ideas recorded on: 9/13/07
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I would have very little (laughter) to tell you that. I think there have been times when I’ve been able to help define a political moment. The best work I’ve done was actually in a couple of books that I participated in – one on the healthcare fight after the Clintons came in in 2001, and another earlier one when I took a year off and looked at what was then the emerging generation . . . younger generation of politicians – the people who included Newt Gingrich, and Bill Clinton, and Al Gore, who I managed to catch on their way up to power, and I think defined well for the problem that that generation of boomers has faced from the very beginning, which is the divisions that were sown into them by Vietnam and the other conflicts of the 1960s have never healed. And they have, therefore, had a real struggle ever finding ways of unifying the country as leaders of the country.

Recorded on: 9/12/07


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