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Former presidential nominee and Sen. George McGovern arrives for the funeral for R. Sargent Shriver in January 2011. Shriver, an in-law of the Kennedys and the first director of the Peace Corps, was McGovern's vice presidential running mate. (AP/Cliff Owen)
Former presidential nominee and Sen. George McGovern arrives for the funeral for R. Sargent Shriver in January 2011. Shriver, an in-law of the Kennedys and the first director of the Peace Corps, was McGovern's vice presidential running mate. (AP/Cliff Owen)
In this Oct. 31, 1972 photo, Sen. George McGovern holds up the hand of his wife Eleanor and announced to the crowd that it was their 29th wedding anniversary. (AP/Bob Schutz)
In this Oct. 31, 1972 photo, Sen. George McGovern holds up the hand of his wife Eleanor and announced to the crowd that it was their 29th wedding anniversary. (AP/Bob Schutz)

George McGovern died this weekend at age 90, just about 40 years after his historic loss to Richard Nixon in the 1972 presidential election.

We spoke with historian and Princeton University professor Julian Zelizer about McGovern's role in changing the presidential nominating process.

Perhaps because of those new rules, McGovern didn't deliver his acceptance speech until three o'clock in the morning.

You can listen to McGovern's 2009 interview on Here & Now about Abraham Lincoln’s leadership during the Civil War:

You can also hear Robin's personal essay on McGovern's passing:

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This segment aired on October 22, 2012.

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