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The Fierce Urgency of Now
Julian Zelizer

50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty

February 26, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

New Yorker writer Nicolas Lemann; Princeton Professor Julian Zelizer, who has just written The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society; and Mark Shriver, son of Sargent Shriver, discuss the legacy of the War on Poverty programs with Scott Stossel, editor of The Atlantic.