Norman Lear is a living legend, a pioneering TV producer who rewrote the rules for network television with ground-breaking shows like “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Maude,” “Sanford and Son” and “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.” He then turned his attention to politics, founding “People for the American Way,” an influential progressive advocacy group defending foundational Constitutional rights including free speech, freedom of religion and equal protection under the law. Now he’s documented his fascinating 90+ years on earth in a new memoir titled “Even This I Get to Experience.”
In this interview, Lear and The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur discuss:
- Why, even though he’s a standard-bearer for “liberal Hollywood, he considers himself “deeply conservative”
- How a quarter flipped to him by an uncle changed the trajectory of his life
- Why being a good liar got him fired from his first job as a press agent
- Which are his favorite TV shows of all time (number three may surprise you!)
- The experience in an airport terminal that made him realize that he’d finally “made it.”
- Why Republicans today never talk about President Eisenhower
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