PLEDGE NOW
Edward M. Kennedy, 1932-2009
Sen. Edward Kennedy listens to fellow Democrats criticize the House economic stimulus package passed earlier, during a Washington news conference in the Capitol on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001. Kennedy has died after battling a brain tumor, his family announced early Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. (AP)

Sen. Edward Kennedy during a news conference in Washington on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001. Kennedy has died after battling a brain tumor, his family announced early Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. (AP)

Senator Ted Kennedy — liberal lion and liberal lightning rod — died last night at 77.

He was the last of nine children in a storied American political family. The last of a generation of Kennedy brothers who left a nearly incalculable mark on American politics and culture.
JFK. RFK. Teddy.

As senator, Ted Kennedy became, over decades, legend and workhorse. Champion of the disenfranchised. Friend to Republican peers. Key supporter of Barack Obama.

This hour, On Point: the passing of Ted Kennedy and the state of the dream he said would never die.

You can join the conversation. Tell us what you think — here on this page, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

Guests:

Gerald Seib, executive Washington editor and “Capital Journal” columnist for The Wall Street Journal. He’s co-author of “Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power.”

Martin Nolan, former Washington bureau chief and editorial page editor for The Boston Globe. His obituary for Ted Kennedy runs in today’s paper.

Senator Judd Gregg, Republican of New Hampshire.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at The Atlantic.

Ross K. Baker, professor of political science at Rutgers University and author of “House and Senate” (4th edition, 2008), “Strangers on a Hill: Congress and the Court” and “Friend and Foe in the U.S. Senate.”

Bob Shrum, longtime Democratic strategist. He was press secretary for Senator Kennedy from 1980 to 1984, and served as Kennedy’s principal speechwriter during and after the 1980 presidential campaign. He’s the author of “No Excuses: Concessions of a Serial Campaigner.”

See full coverage of Ted Kennedy from WBUR, and a timeline of his life from NPR.org.

Watch a slideshow of Ted Kennedy’s life in pictures:

http://storage.wbur.org/slideshows/2009/kennedy

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Aug 27, 2015
The slow-going struggle for mental health parity (Getty Images)

Insurance companies are required by law to cover mental health the same as physical health. So why don’t they?

Aug 27, 2015
Amy Seek's memoir is "God and Jetfire: Confessions of a Birth Mother"

Open adoption. How one birth mother gave up her child for adoption and stayed in his life.

RECENT
SHOWS
Aug 26, 2015
AWindowOpens

Author Elisabeth Egan’s new novel is a kind of kiss and tell on life inside Amazon. She takes us there.

 
Aug 26, 2015
Young Sino and his daughter Demarri Warren participate in a remembrance event along the Industrial Canal flood wall, seen in background, in the Lower 9th Ward section of New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert 8/29/14)

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. We’ll look at how the city struggled, rebuilt, recovered — and where it stands now.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: August 21, 2015
Friday, Aug 21, 2015

Do you even click? (And other reflections on link sharing and web commenting).

More »
6 Comments
 
Do You Recognize Amazon’s Workplace Culture? Tell Us!
Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015

Do you recognize the workplace conditions described in a recent New York Times piece on Amazon? We want to hear from you!

More »
5 Comments
 
Our Week In The Web: August 14, 2015
Friday, Aug 14, 2015

Butter cows in Iowa, internal site redesign in Boston. It sure feels like a Friday around here.

More »
3 Comments