Podcast: 50 Years Later, Bobby Kennedy for President Lives On

Political Theater, Episode 21

A photograph showing then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy speaking to a crowd of African-Americans and whites through a megaphone outside the Justice Department. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Netflix documentary series “Bobby Kennedy for President” marks the upcoming 50th anniversary of the late senator and presidential candidate’s assassination in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968. The four-part series by documentarian Dawn Porter follows Kennedy from campaign manager to attorney general, senator and presidential candidate, and outlines the evolution of his political beliefs from rough-and-tumble family fixer and anti-communist to civil rights icon. 

Porter discussed the series recently with the Political Theater podcast, including her own motivations for treading into a story many Americans may feel they know, and the result is a cinematic journey that feels fresh while also very much reflecting its own heady times.

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