When President Lyndon Baines Johnson dedicated his presidential library in 1971, he declared, "It's all here, the story of our time—with the bark off." Since then, in keeping with his vision, the LBJ Library has been a forum for the biggest names and best minds of our day to address the issues of our time.
This season of With the Bark Off offers a critical examination of the 45 men who have led our nation and the evolution of America’s highest office. Preeminent historians and authors take us behind-the-scenes and share revealing insights on presidents from George Washington to Joe Biden.
With the Bark Off is a production of the LBJ Foundation and each biweekly episode will be hosted by Mark A. Lawrence, Director of the LBJ Presidential Library, author, and prominent scholar on American politics and foreign policy; or Mark K. Updegrove, President and CEO of the LBJ Foundation, author, and ABC News presidential historian.
"The Biden presidency is a political thriller" A Conversation with Chris Whipple
Chris Whipple, author of The Fight of His Life: Inside Joe Biden’s White House, spent two years talking with White House insiders, including President Biden himself, to provide a look at how the administration has faced enormous, and, in many cases, unprecedented challenges, some that came in the wake of the chaotic Trump presidency and others that have arisen since.
"He is a master divider who fit the times" A Conversation with Peter Baker & Susan Glasser About Donald Trump and Covering the White House
Peter Baker and Susan Glasser, journalists and co-authors of The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021, share their account of the Trump presidency.
Best of "With the Bark Off" 2022
Hosts Mark Lawrence and Mark Updegrove look back on 10 of their favorite "With the Bark Off" moments from an incredible year.
"Just running to stay ahead of the darkness" A Conversation About Ted Kennedy with John Farrell
Columnist and author John Farrell joins us to discuss his new book, Ted Kennedy: A Life, which explores Senator Kennedy’s remarkable 77 years, rife with inconceivable triumph and unimaginable tragedy.
"He operates almost entirely from first principle" A Conversation About Grover Cleveland with Troy Senik
Former presidential speechwriter Troy Senik talks about President Grover Cleveland, one of the more obscure but also more notable men to sit in the Oval Office.
"When the country needed him, he rose to the occasion" A Conversation With Pete Souza About Barack Obama and Presidential Photography
Pete Souza, who served as a White House photographer for both Presidents Obama and Reagan, talks about his unique vantage point on the presidency and shares little-known stories of the two leaders he worked with.
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Awesome and informative!
Hats off to the LBJ Library for this podcast. I’ve loved listening to it while in quarantine!