Fifty years ago, on August 28 1968, protest demonstrations targeting the Democratic Party national convention in Chicago were met with a brutal police attack that was televised globally. The killing of Bobby Kennedy dashed the hope that the party could be turned toward a renunciation of the Vietnam War policy; protesters converged on the city aiming to dramatize the determination of the antiwar resistance and the enactment of a politicized counterculture. The police riot that ensued polarized the country on generational as well as political lines. This week on the radio we talk about all this with Abe Peck. Fifty years ago, he was the editor of the Chicago Seed, a visible force in the events of those days; now he’s emeritus journalism professor at Northwestern and still trying to make sense of the sixties. And we’ll rely on Phil Ochs to provide a musical soundtrack for our remembering.


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