Listen Tuesday, October 6 at noon and 7 p.m. for ‘Becoming Bernie’, a look at the rise and record of Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
In the hour-long program, VPR News explores the forces that shaped the life and politics of the self-described democratic-socialist, from his early days in Brooklyn through his candidacy announcement in Burlington, Vermont in 2015.
‘Becoming Bernie’ revisits the slim victory that installed Sanders as the mayor of Vermont’s largest city and assesses his years in the job. The program considers Sanders’ tenure in the U.S. House and Senate, and his record in Washington. And it examines the line he has walked to balance his Independent status and his relationships with progressives, Democrats and socialists.
The project will include extensive digital features including archive and original photos, video, bonus audio and expanded reporting. The program is also being translated into French and Spanish.