The Gist

The Energy Crisis and the End of American Liberalism

What the energy crisis in the ’70s taught Americans about government.

The country’s fuel shortage resulted in gas theft from cars left unprotected. This father and son made a sign warning thieves in Portland, Oregon, in April 1974.

David Falconer/National Archives/records of the Environmental Protection Agency

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On The Gist, Josh King answers our question about President Obama’s visit with King Salman of Saudi Arabia. He was our guest earlier this week, and he’s the author of Off Script: An Advance Man’s Guide to White House Stagecraft, Campaign Spectacle, and Political Suicide. Then, Meg Jacobs joins us to discuss the lasting political legacy of the ’70s gas crisis. She’s the author of Panic at the Pump: The Energy Crisis and the Transformation of American Politics in the 1970s. For the Spiel, the president who was usurped off the $20. It’s not who you might think.

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