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Unpacking the impact of J. Edgar Hoover on the FBI and 20th century America

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J. Edgar Hoover served as the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation under eight presidents and made the FBI into the organization it is today.

This hour, Beverly Gage, Yale historian and author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Hoover, joins us to talk about his life and legacy.

Plus, a look at the status of the FBI today and the lessons we can learn from Hoover’s example.


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Colin McEnroe, Jonathan McNicol, and Cat Pastor contributed to this show, which originally aired July 27, 2023.

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