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Jun 4, 2018

Robert F. Kennedy started his public life as counsel to red-baiting Sen. Joseph McCarthy, but ended that life as a liberal icon. Kennedy was assassinated during a campaign to unite working-class whites with poor blacks and Latinos in an electoral coalition that looked to change presidential politics. In the second of a two-part series on Perspective today, we conclude our look at some of what drove Senator Kennedy to evolve from a hard-driving conservative to a fiery liberal.  

Guest: Larry Tye is the author of "Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal icon." He is also the author of a number of other books, including "Satchel," "Superman," "The Father of Spin," "Home Lands," and "Rising from the Rails." In addition, Tye has been an award-winning journalist at the Boston Globe and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.  

Perspective is a weekly public affairs program hosted by Richard Baker, communications professor at Kansas State University. Perspective has been continuously produced for radio stations across the nation by K-State for well over six decades. The program has included interviews with dignitaries, authors and thought leaders from around the world. Send comments, questions or requests for copies of past programs to ksrenews@ksu.edu.

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