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The War on the War on Poverty

Sargent Shriver is currently Chairman of the Special Olympics. He was organizer and first director of the Peace Corps, elevating it to become one of the most successful programs of the Kennedy Administration. Shriver headed President Johnson's War On Poverty in the 60s. During his tenure he also created VISTA, Head Start, Job Corps and many other successful programs. He recently received the Medal of Freedom from President Clinton -- the country's highest civilian honor.

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Other segments from the episode on February 23, 1995

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, February 23, 1995: Interview with Robertson Davies; Interview with Sargent Shriver; Review Ann Douglas's book "Terrible Honesty."

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