Can Obama bring the fireside chat to the 21st Century?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Today President Obama kicks off his Southern California tour. Using an old fashioned medium, he’ll be hearing from beleaguered Americans at a town hall meeting. Tomorrow night he’ll talk to the nation by way of Jay Leno. In a time of crisis is President Obama effectively modernizing FDR’s fireside chats? To assess if Obama is learning from FDR's example we’re joined by Jonathan Alter. He’s the senior editor at Newsweek and author of The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope.

Guests:

Jonathan Alter

Hosted by:

Farai Chideya

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