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An "oddly removed" politician, random thoughts on The McCarthy Tapes documentary

Posted at 12:12 PM on December 8, 2006 by Mike Edgerly

I hope you have a chance to check out the new documentary from MPR news, The McCarthy Tapes. If you missed Friday's initial broadcast, visit the online version. I ve reported and edited for the radio for 30 years and love the medium. For a major reporting project like this though, the Web version, with all its audio extras and images cannot be beat.

Check out the photos of Eugene McCarthy and those wacky kids cutting their hair and shaving their beards so as not to freak out prospective McCarthy voters in New Hampshire and Wisconsin. Those of you not old enough to remember may not get the significance of the photo of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. Their assassinations in 1968 shattered the country. And imagine what Eugene McCarthy must have felt as he continued his campaign following their deaths. Would he be the next victim?

Music. The McCarthy Tapes reflects a period and not just Sen. McCarthy. The documentary is flavored by music from the Rolling Stones, Country Joe and the Fish and Simon and Garfunkel among others.

The McCarthy Tapes will be re-broadcast Sunday night at 6. And of course, it's online 24-7.