In the deeply thoughtful “1968 with Tom Brokaw,” Brokaw wants so badly to prove that those darn kids messed up everything with their sex, drugs, and “rock and roll” that he dares to interview James “Fight the Power” Taylor.

As is well known, Taylor’s “Fire and Rain” was a fiendishly mellow musical interpretation of James Baldwin’s “black power” screed demanding The Fire Next Time. And as for “Carolina on my Mind” — well, if you can’t spot an anthem to jailed Orangeburg Massacre activist Cleveland Sellers, then I don’t know what to tell you.

Hot on the trail of his thesis, Brokaw asks Taylor, “What came first, all the change, or the music that was a part of that change?”

“FTP” considers this devious gambit to get him to admit responsibility, then says to Brokaw, “You know, I think it [the music] was a product of the change.” That wily red folkie’s too much for your straightforward ways, Mr. Tom.

But the intrepid Tom has better luck with the less-experienced kulturkampfer Jon Stewart (who turned six in 1968, so…. I dunno).

Brokaw puts Stewart on the hot-seat, daring him to deny his Svengali-like control of American media and politics. “You’re a powerful and influential voice now.” Much more so than when you were in first grade, anyway.

And Stewart utterly crumbles! “Hugely influential and powerful. As you see, all my prescriptions for society have come true,” he admits.

What Brokaw really needs to do is get after that guy who wrote “Winter Wonderland.” “Later on, we’ll conspire,” indeed. Commie.

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