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Former Senator Birch Bayh

Perry Metz interviews former Senator Birch Bayh in his Washington, D.C. office, where he continues to monitor court cases about equal opportunity.

Birch Bayh smiling, wearing a suit, with a cityscape seen through a window behind him

Photo: Courtesy of Indiana University

Birch Bayh

I come from a family of schoolteachers . . . and I always believed if you give somebody a good education, then they can take care of themselves. Because they’ll have the tools necessary if they have the get-up-and-go.

The route from the family farm in Shirkieville, Indiana, to the highest levels of power in Washington, D.C. took Birch Bayh around the world.

Bayh served three terms in the U.S. Senate from 1962 to 1980. Now living in Maryland, he talks about his political career, the influence of his late wife Marvella, and the allies he sought on both sides of the aisle.

Known especially for his work on Title IX, Bayh also wrote Constitutional amendments extending the vote to 18-year-olds and establishing the rules of presidential succession.

Perry Metz hosts this interview conducted in Bayh’s Washington office, where he continues to monitor court cases about equal opportunity.

Music Heard On This Episode

After the Harvest: Indiana's Historic Grain Elevators and Feed Mills
John Bower (author, photographer), Lynn Bower (author), Birch Bayh (foreword)
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After the Harvest: Indiana's Historic Grain Elevators and Feed Mills
John Bower (author, photographer), Lynn Bower (author), Birch Bayh (foreword)
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From Father to Son: A Private Life in the Public Eye
Evan Bayh
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