The Bully Pulpit

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Doris on The Colbert Report on Comedy Central (4 September 2014)

In case you missed it, Doris joined Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, and what resulted was a very lively and informative conversation.




Doris on Meet the Press on NBC (31 August 2014)

Doris joined the Meet the Press roundtable to discuss this week's headline news, including the government's failure to respond to the developing crisis in Iraq and Syria in a timely manner. Doris said: "Congress better debate this. They've got to come back. I don't know why they're not here talking about this." On NBC. Part 1.




Doris on Meet the Press on NBC (31 August 2014)

About the President's use of a controversial Executive Order to address problems with the immigration system, Doris said: "[With] every Executive Order in history there's the cry of dictator. [But] some of those Executive Orders have been really important [and have accomplished] socially just things." On Meet the Press on NBC. Part 2.




Doris on Meet the Press on NBC (31 August 2014)

"Somehow, there has to be some way to move this group of people. They were elected for a reason, they are supposed to be doing the public business," Said Doris about Congress's inaction regarding escalating issues both domestic and abroad. On Meet the Press on NBC. Part 3.




Doris on Book TV on C-SPAN2 (30 August 2014)

Doris is interviewed by CEO/Co-Founder of The Carlyle Group David Rubenstein at the 2014 National Book Festival on Saturday August 30 in Washington DC. During the lively conversation and Q&A period following, Doris discussed how she has selected which presidents to study and write about, and how her interest in the presidency and history was sparked by working for Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson more than 40 years ago. On Book TV on C-SPAN2.




Doris on Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC (2 July 2014)

Doris joined Chris Cillizza on Andrea Mitchell Reports this morning to explain how President Lyndon B. Johnson was able to bring the major political parties together to pass the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was signed into law 50 years ago today!




Doris on Imus in the Morning on Fox (16 April 2014)

Doris joined Don Imus this morning on Fox's Imus in the Morning to talk about Lyndon B. Johnson's civil rights legacy, how future historians will assess the digital-age presidency of President Obama, and the commemorations surrounding the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Part 1.




Doris on Imus in the Morning on Fox (16 April 2014)

On Imus in the Morning, Doris and Don Imus discussed how the "Boston Strong" community in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings served as inspiration for the Boston Red Sox. Doris said: "When I think about the Red Sox [last year]... I have no doubt that [going] from worst to first had to do with the fact that they felt connected to the city." On Fox. Part 2.




Doris on Meet the Press on NBC (13 April 2014)

Doris joined David Gregory and a group of first responders on a special Meet the Press to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, and to discuss the lasting impact of the tragedy and the city's continued recovery. "Somehow we came together as a city-in part because of all of these people who are here," she said.




Doris on the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC (15 March 2014)

Doris and National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel join the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC on Saturday to discuss the importance of public education for upward mobility and why history should remain a staple in U.S. classrooms.




Doris on the Charlie Rose Show on PBS (17 February 2014)

Doris joined the Charlie Rose Show for a special Presidents' Day panel, where she discussed what qualities have best served American presidents. On PBS. Part 1.




Doris on the Charlie Rose Show on PBS (17 February 2014)

"The times were made for them, and they were made for the times," Doris said about Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt. On the Charlie Rose Show on PBS. Part 2.




Doris on the Charlie Rose Show on PBS (17 February 2014)

On the Charlie Rose Show's special Presidents' Day panel, Doris said the presidential office gives each Commander in Chief a platform to reveal exceptional personal traits. On PBS. Part 3.




Doris on The Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle on ABC7 (16 February 2014)

Doris joined The Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle to talk about what history can teach us about today's partisanship in Washington and how today's media climate influences the political landscape. On ABC7. Part 1.




Doris on The Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle on ABC7 (16 February 2014)

Doris spoke with Jeff Lytle on The Naples Daily NewsMakers about her life-long passions for baseball and history, and the lasting legacy of President Lyndon Johnson's war on poverty. On ABC7. Part 2.




Doris on Meet the Press on NBC (2 February 2014)

Doris joined the Meet the Press roundtable to discuss this week's headline topics, including new allegations attacking Governor Chris Christie's leadership abilities: "It seems to me the chatter with the presidency only falls on a few people, and it fell on Mr. Christie after he did so well with Sandy...that was the time when he had to evolve into a different kind of leader." On NBC.




Doris on Meet the Press on NBC (2 February 2014)

"If he set things in motion that show a forward movement in social justice, and defining inequality as the issue of our generation, then he will be remembered." Said Doris about the landmark acts that will mark President Obama's place in history. On Meet the Press on NBC.




Doris on the Charlie Rose Show on PBS (28 January 2014)

Doris joined Charlie Rose and his panel of guests to discuss President Obama's State of the Union Address: "He's right, America has gone through troubles before, we have made mistakes, we've stumbled...but...if [we put our] collective shoulder to the wheel... [we] really can move forward." On PBS.




Doris on the Charlie Rose Show on PBS (28 January 2014)

"Lack of mobility undermines the whole promise of what America stood for in the first place... the fact that ... so many people born in that lower fifth [are] not going to get out of that, that is a terrible scar on what America is," Doris said in response to President Obama's SOTU address. On Charlie Rose on PBS.




Doris on the Charlie Rose Show on PBS (28 January 2014)

About President Obama's legacy, Doris told Charlie Rose: "I think the healthcare law will... be like Social Security was, it will be like Medicare was, those moments that historians look back upon that really changed the course of people's lives." On PBS.




Doris on the Charlie Rose Show on PBS (28 January 2014)

"You've done great!" Said Doris to Bloomberg View columnist Al Hunt, who compared speaking with her about presidential heritage to going one-on-one with NBA star Kevin Durant. On Charlie Rose on PBS.




Doris on CBC News (7 January 2014)

Doris joined CBC News' Power & Politics with Evan Solomon to talk about the ongoing and complex relationship between politicians and the press, and the dynamic friendship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. Part 1.




Doris on CBC News (7 January 2014)

On CBC News' Power & Politics, Doris discusses with Evan Solomon how today's political issues parallel those prevalent during the Progressive Era and what lessons can be learned from the way Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft tackled the growing economic divide at the turn of the 20th century. Part 2.




Fox News Sunday Power Player Plus: Doris Kearns Goodwin (5 January 2014)

Doris joins Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday this morning!




Doris on Press Pass on MSNBC (5 January 2014)

MSNBC replays Meet the Press' Press Pass during which Doris speaks with David Gregory about the role women played in the lives and presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, the parallels between the Progressive Era and modern society, and the various conspiracy theories surrounding the death of President John F. Kennedy. On MSNBC.




Doris on WMHT's New York Now (27 December 2013)

Doris spoke with New York Now on WMHT about her new book, Theodore Roosevelt's decision to hand-pick William Howard Taft as his successor, the tumultuous presidential election of 1912 and the muckraking press of the Progressive Era.




Doris on Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC (12 December 2013)

Doris joined Hardball with Chris Matthews to talk about her new book, Theodore Roosevelt's dynamic personality, the importance of the bully pulpit, and how it can be better used in President Obama's administration. Chris says: "Doris Kearns Goodwin is the best!"




Doris on Face the Nation on CBS News (1 December 2013)

Doris joined John Dickerson on Face the Nation to discuss her new book and the importance of the media during the presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. Doris says: "You can't be your own Bully Pulpit; you need the press." On CBS News.




Doris on Chicago Tonight on WTTW (26 November 2013)

Doris spoke with Eddie Arruza on Chicago Tonight about her new book, President Theodore Roosevelt’s progressive reforms and his remarkable relationship with the press. On WTTW. Part 1.




Doris on Chicago Tonight on WTTW (26 November 2013)

Doris joined Chicago Tonight on WTTW to talk about her new book, the tension between Roosevelt and Taft in the 1912 election, and her memories of the JFK assassination. Part 2.


Doris on Press Pass on NBC (29 November 2013)

Doris talks about her new book with David Gregory on NBC's Press Pass.




Doris on Tom Brokaw's NBC News Special: "Where Were You: The Day JFK Died?" (22 November 2013)

"You have that ever-present young person shot down at the prime of his life—so handsome, so vital, so full of life—and I think everybody looks back and remembers a time they were young as a result of that," says Doris in an interview with Tom Brokaw for his NBC News special "Where Were You: The Day JFK Died?"




Doris on Tom Brokaw's NBC News Special: "Where Were You: The Day JFK Died?" (22 November 2013)

Doris spoke with Tom Brokaw for his 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination documentary: "Where Were You: The Day JFK Died?" Doris says: "I think the reason why so many people don't want to believe that [Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone] is it makes it seem an even more arbitrary and random act; and somehow there's a greater importance laid on a person's death if you imagine it's part of some larger conspiracy." On NBC News.




Doris on Windy City LIVE on ABC (22 November 2013)

Doris joined Windy City LIVE in Chicago this week to discuss her new book, The Bully Pulpit, the importance of storytelling as a vehicle for history, and how her early love of baseball inspired her to become a historian. On ABC.




Doris on WGN-TV Morning News (21 November 2013)

Doris joined WGN Morning News in Chicago today to talk about her new book, the parallels between the Industrial Revolution and today, and how the power of the bully pulpit has changed since the Progressive Era.




Doris on Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC (18 November 2013)

Doris joined Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC today to talk about her new book, "The Bully Pulpit," her creative process, and how William Howard Taft and the muckraking press of the Progressive Era became a larger part of Theodore Roosevelt's story. Only on Andrea Mitchell Reports.




Doris on Fox News Channel's Your Day (14 November 2013)

Doris spoke with Neil Cavuto Friday on Your Day to describe how the president's use of the bully pulpit has changed since Theodore Roosevelt's administration: "It's very hard to keep a sustained story today when we have breaking news every two minutes." On Fox News Channel.




Doris on Fox News Channel's Your Day (14 November 2013)

Doris joined Neil Cavuto on Fox News Channel's Your Day Friday to discuss her new book, "The Bully Pulpit," and how the rift within the Republican party of the Progressive Era can be compared to divisions within the parties today.




Doris on The Daily Rundown on MSNBC (14 November 2013)

Doris joined Chuck Todd on The Daily Rundown this morning to discuss the current Republican rift and its similarities to the historical rivalry discussed in her new book, "The Bully Pulpit." On MSNBC.




Doris on The Lead with Jake Tapper on CNN (13 November 2013)

Doris joined The Lead with Jake Tapper this afternoon to discuss her new book "The Bully Pulpit" and journalists in the time of Theodore Roosevelt compared with today. "In a democracy you can't get by without the press." Only on CNN.




Doris on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central (11 November 2013)

Doris joined Jon Stewart last night on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to discuss her new book, The Bully Pulpit, the dynamic relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, and Roosevelt's pioneering relationship with the press. Only on Comedy Central.




Doris on the Charlie Rose Show on PBS (11 November 2013)

Doris joined Charlie Rose on the Charlie Rose Show last night on PBS to talk about her new book, The Bully Pulpit, and the thrill of attending the recent Boston Red Sox World Series victory at Fenway Park. Part 1.




Doris on the Charlie Rose Show on PBS (11 November 2013)

Doris joined Charlie Rose on the Charlie Rose Show last night on PBS to talk about the importance of the press and her experience working with former president Lyndon B. Johnson. Part 2.




Doris on the Charlie Rose Show on PBS (11 November 2013)

Doris joined Charlie Rose on the Charlie Rose Show last night on PBS to talk about the dynamic relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. Part 3.




Doris on the Charlie Rose Show on PBS (11 November 2013)

Doris joined Charlie Rose on the Charlie Rose Show last night on PBS to talk about the parallels between the Progressive Era and today, and her passion for storytelling: "I am obsessed with the importance of story. I think it's the way we learn from our parents and our grandparents. It's the way we pass knowledge on, it's what history is all about. We have to learn from the struggles and triumphs of these people before." Part 4.




Doris on Imus in the Morning on Fox (11 November 2013)

Doris spoke with Don Imus this morning on Fox's Imus in the Morning about her new book, The Bully Pulpit. Explaining the origin of its title, Doris says that Theodore Roosevelt coined the term to talk about how, unlike any other figure, the president of the United States has a national platform to educate the country and to give them moral advice.




Doris on Morning Joe on MSNBC (11 November 2013)

Doris talks about the strength, physical challenges, and similarities and differences among Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and John F. Kennedy on Morning Joe. On MSNBC.




Doris on Morning Joe on MSNBC (11 November 2013)

Doris was on Morning Joe this morning to discuss her new book, The Bully Pulpit, and the book's stars Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. "They were new reformers at a time when the age was corrupt." Only on MSNBC.




Doris on Meet the Press on NBC (10 November 2013)

In regards to the problematic rollout and implementation of ObamaCare, Doris said: "What's sad to me is [that] for two weeks on the one hand the Democrats are saying 'Hooray' because the Republicans screwed up the Government Shutdown...now the Republicans are saying 'Hooray Obama screwed up the rollout of ObamaCare.' The problem is people were hurt in both instances - people were hurt by the government shutdown, they are being hurt by the rollout being screwed up. What's happening to our country when that's what we're feeling: the cheering for the failing of the other side?" On NBC.




Doris on Meet the Press on NBC (10 November 2013)

Doris joined the Meet the Press roundtable Sunday on NBC to talk about current events and her new book, The Bully Pulpit. "The man I've been just living with, Theodore Roosevelt, was in a similar position [to Gov. Chris Christie]. He was more progressive…than his party at the time and, through the force of his personality, he dragged the Republican Party to deal with the issues that were created by the Industrial Age. Similarly…to some of the traits that Chris Christie has, he was a fighter, he was blunt, he had energy, he had a sense of knowing how to address complex issues and make them very simple: 'Speak softly and carry a big stick,' special interests, The Square Deal."




Doris on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS (7 November 2013)

Doris visited The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS last night to discuss her new book and her love for "dead presidents."




Doris on KTLA 5 Morning News Los Angeles (5 November 2013)

Doris was in studio today, joining Sam Rubin on KTLA Morning News Los Angeles to talk about the Boston Red Sox World Series victory, her life-long passion for history and her new book, "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism" Doris says: "Baseball and history will always be my two loves."




Doris on CBS Sunday Morning (3 November 2013)

Doris talks with CBS Sunday Morning's Mo Rocca about the one president that President Obama could study if he wants to get Congress together.




Doris on CBS Sunday Morning (3 November 2013)

Doris talks with Mo Rocco about her days as a 24-year-old White House intern, her lifelong love of history, and her new book about Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.




Doris on Morning Joe (31 October 2013)

About the Red Sox becoming only the second team in history to go from worst to first, Doris says: "They weren't only characters, but they had character. I think they had moral fiber, and they had leadership... What would we be without Big Papi talking to the team when things were down?" Morning Joe live from Fenway Park. On MSNBC.




Doris on Morning Joe (31 October 2013)

Doris joined Morning Joe this morning live from Fenway Park to celebrate the Boston Red Sox World Series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Doris says: "The most special [Red Sox World Series win] was last night—here at home. Part of it is sharing it with the people of your city - and I've never, ever seen a World Series victory.... And there was something about this team: What is a team, but people who work together and they subordinate individual interests for the common goal. They did it... I love this team, I love these guys!" On MSNBC.




Doris on Sunday's Meet the Press discusses income inequality in America today: "The fact that studies are showing now that people born in poverty are likely to be trapped in poverty belies the whole idea of what America was founded on: The idea that if you come here, you use your talents, you work hard, you will have a more generous life for you and your children. We have to make a national commitment again. We now have to overcome the doubt that we can change poverty. Poverty is for us one of the scourges on our system." On NBC.




Doris joined NBC's Meet the Press Sunday to reflect on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic "I Have a Dream" speech and the March on Washington, which she attended in 1963. "There is a straight line from Martin Luther King backward to [Abraham] Lincoln backward to the Founding Fathers. They created an ideal of a country founded on the idea that all men were created equal. They knew all men were not created equal, we had slavery, but they knew we would force ourselves to move toward it. Lincoln moved us further through the Civil War ending slavery. Martin Luther King 100 years later got us even further to that ideal. What was so special about that march when I was a college student—I remember the day, I remember the singing, I remember the worry beforehand about whether there would be mob violence—but most of all I remember the exhilaration; a feeling that I was part of something larger than myself. We were helping to make the country a better place."




"We belong to our families, we belong to our communities, but sometimes you really realize you belong to your home towns," said Doris on Sunday's Meet the Press. "And I am so proud of what Boston did this week."




Doris regarding the Boston Marathon explosions says: "The other side of this is that it brings out the best in us even as these terrible guys bring out the worst in themselves.... Together we can undo most things that happen--if we work together." On Meet the Press on MSNBC.




60 Minutes on CBS features Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis and Doris talking about Lincoln!




60 Minutes on CBS features Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis and Doris talking about Lincoln!




Doris and fellow historians Robert Caro, Douglas Brinkley and Michael Beschloss speak about the historical significance of a Presidential Inauguration and a President's second term.




Doris says, "The fact that we have a President who reads history means that he learns from previous presidents, not just from his first term...and that is a really helpful thing." On Charlie Rose.




Doris says: President Obama "has to make the country understand that he is framing a debate on the importance of government." On Charlie Rose.




"If a president is self aware and can reflect on what went wrong and what went right in the first term, then the second term offers amazing opportunities," Doris said on Charlie Rose.




Doris on NBC says: The Civil Rights Movement, Gay Rights Movement, and Women's Movement are critical in transforming our attitudes about ourselves and about one another, and that's where real change takes place."




"There is no question that Lincoln's beauty of language is something that everybody reaches for," says Doris. "But the more important thing for an Inaugural [address] is for the words to create action." On NBC.




Doris says: "[Obama's] second term could be much more important than the first term, because he cares about history." On NBC.




Doris says: we need to figure out how we are going to invest in our future and deal with the debt on the other side. On Morning Joe's special inauguration coverage. MSNBC.




This day is our "secular religion," says Doris about President Obama's second Inauguration. On Morning Joe's special Inauguration coverage. MSNBC.




It is so important for a President to care about history; it gives them a whole set of layering experience to learn from, says Doris on Weekends with Alex Witt. On MSNBC.




"[President Obama] has to show energy and aspiration and desire to really do something big despite the stale political arguments," says Doris discussing the second Inauguration of President Obama on The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd. On MSNBC.




Doris says: "The most important thing to look for in a second term is: What does the President learn from the experience of the first term?" On Piers Morgan Tonight. On CNN.




CSPAN airs Doris's talk from the ceremony on the 149th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" at the Soldier's National Cemetery in Gettysburg.




Doris discusses Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation. On NBC.




Doris says: "The most important thing a president has to do—knowing he has limited capital—is to decide where to put his ambitions and where to hold back." On MSNBC's Meet the Press.




"I think that [President Obama] has learned what Theodore Roosevelt had learned: that when you are speaking to the American people and you want to make an argument it has to be simple," says Doris on Meet the Press. On MSNBC.




Doris talking Lincoln on Morning Joe. On MSNBC.




Best-selling author David Baldacci selects Doris's "Team of Rivals" as a must-gift book for the holidays. On NBC's TODAY show with David Gregory and Savannah Guthrie.




Doris. Lincoln. The Kudlow Report. CNBC.




Doris. Lincoln. Hardball with Chris Matthews. MSNBC.




Doris joins Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation Sunday along with Jon Meacham, Evan Thomas & Bob Woodward.




Lincoln Author On New Movie




Press Pass: Author Doris Kearns Goodwin on the new Spielberg film, Lincoln.




Doris with Brian Williams on the NBC Nightly News




Doris on CBS This Morning with Gayle King, Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell




Doris on Meet the Press




Doris with Charlie Rose




Doris with Stephen Colbert




Find out how this presidential race ranks among campaigns from the past. Doris on KTIV News 4.




Doris presented the 2012 Waitt Lecture at Morningside College.




Steven Spielberg says "Team of Rivals" is "brilliant."




On Morning Joe. Steven Spielberg and "Time" magazine managing editor Richard Stengel discuss "Time's" new Lincoln cover and the upcoming film, as well as Doris's featured "Time" article.




Doris on Morning Joe




Doris discusses how presidential debates can impact the election outcome. On CBS This Morning.




Doris examines the changing role of political conventions in American society.




Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about what we can learn from American presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. Then she shares a moving memory of her own father, and of their shared love of baseball.




Doris Kearns Goodwin spoke to a capacity crowd at Aurora University on Feb. 7, 2012, as part of the Celebrating Arts and Ideas series.




Doris with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell talking about Lincoln, Watergate and Reagan




Late Show with David Letterman




NBC's Brian Williams interviews the great conductor John Williams




On this installment of "Books of Our Time," host Dean Lawrence R. Velvel unravels the keys to Abraham Lincoln’s leadership genius.


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