Jean Shepherd on the March on Washington

I’m working on a longish post commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. While you’re waiting for that, I thought I’d post links to Jean Shepherd’s classic radio essay about taking a bus from New York City to Washington, DC and participating in the march. It’s been many, many years since I heard it, but I remember liking it very much, and the time capsule nature of it — it was broadcast a day after the march, before the event had become transformed into legend — holds a certain fascination.

Shepherd, as you may know, was a famous radio broadcaster/raconteur in New York in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. He later became a writer; the movie, A Christmas Story, is based on his autobiographical stories.

Normally I’d embed the YouTubes of his broadcast, but as I explained below, I won’t be posting any videos this weekend. So here are the links to part one, part two, and part three. Enjoy, and reflect — talk radio is a bit different these days, isn’t it?

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Kathleen Geier

Kathleen Geier is a writer and public policy researcher who lives in Chicago. She blogs at Inequality Matters. Find her on Twitter: @Kathy_Gee