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  October 6, 2017

Norman Lear: A 'bleeding heart conservative,' Part II

The 95-year-old television icon talks about politics and mortality. [Contains mature language.]


Robert Scheer is the editor-in-chief of Truthdig. He's also a professor at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and host of the KCRW podcast Scheer Intelligence. For decades, Bob was the national correspondent, and then columnist, for the Los Angeles Times. He's the author of many books, including The Great American Stickup, The Pornography of Power, and most recently They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.

Norman Lear produced some of TV's most memorable comedies including All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Maude. In part two of his conversation with Robert Scheer, Lear reveals that in spite of his progressive views on many issues, he actually considers himself a "bleeding heart conservative." Lear says he wonders why more Republican nominees in the 2016 election didn't invoke the accomplishments of President Eisenhower instead of Reagan's. And he confides that, at 95, he is happy simply living in the moment and not knowing what happens after death. [Contains mature language.]

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