Minow, Newton

​Newton Minow rose to fame as John F. Kennedy's Federal Communications Commission chairman when he used the phrase "vast​ wasteland" to describe the relatively new medium of television. He returned to Chicago in 1965, joined the law firm of Sidley Austin, and stayed active in Democratic politics for the rest of a long and productive career. Other alum of Sidley Austin included Michelle (Robinson) Obama and Barack Obama, who worked there as an intern. Minow formed a friendship and a mentoring relationship with the young lawyer, and Barack often sought him out for advice at important points in his life.​​​​​​​​​​​

 Interview, Session 1 (Video)


 Interview, Session 2 (Video)