Fifty years ago, on May 4th, 1970, unarmed students on the campus of Kent State University were fired upon by Ohio National Guard troops as the students protested US involvement in the Vietnam War. When the shooting ended, four lay dead, and nine more were wounded. In a special simulcast with WKSU public radio, The Sound of Ideas stops for a moment to remember the tragedy. WCPN's Mike McIntyre is joined by WKSU News Director Andrew Meyer as they hear from the president of Kent State University and a former president instrumental in moving the campus toward facing the reality of what happened there. They also check in with two survivors of the shootings and get perspectives from public radio reporters who have covered the story for years.
Todd Diacon, President, Kent State University
Carol Cartwright, Former President, Kent State University