Author John Steele Gordon looks at the role air conditioning played in the South becoming a political powerhouse — especially a Republican powerhouse. Thanks to AC and desegregation, Gordon writes, the South was able to develop. People wanted to live there — companies wanted to move there.
- John Steele Gordon, author, "An Empire Of Wealth: The Epic History Of American Economic Power," writes about AC in the Wall Street Journal
This segment aired on August 27, 2012.