Biography Looks at Pat and Jerry Brown's Influence Over California

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KQED's Scott Shafer and Guy Marzorati created a new series called "The Political Mind of Jerry Brown."  (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

"The Browns of California" tells the history of California through the story of the Brown family, from August Schuckman, a Prussian immigrant who settled on a northern California ranch in 1852, to his great-grandson, Gov. Jerry Brown. We talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Miriam Pawel, about how former governor Pat Brown and his son Jerry left their mark on the state and how their family story intersects with California's history. What do you see as the Brown family's defining legacy?


Miriam Pawel, author, "The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation"