Join KLRU in honoring the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s tragic death. Watch an array of programs that celebrate the life, impact and legacy JFK left behind.
11/11 - JFK: American Experience Part One at 8 pm
Follow JFK’s rise to power from his birth to his election as president in 1960 – the youngest man ever to be elected to the office. With illuminating interviews from family members including sister Jean Kennedy Smith, niece Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, historian Robert Dallek and author Robert Caro, this episode offers new insight into Kennedy’s early years, from his transformation from a sickly youth to Washington’s most eligible bachelor to the nation’s president.
11/11 - Kennedy Half-Century at 10 pm
Based on Larry Sabato’s new book, The Kennedy Half-Century chronicles the impact and influence of John F. Kennedy’s life, administration and tragic death on the general public, the media and every subsequent U.S. president. John F. Kennedy’s legacy endured due to the early efforts of family and friends, Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” programs, Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts and Cold War strategies, Bill Clinton’s infatuation with the 35th president, and the “twinning” of JFK and Barrack Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign. The compelling one-hour documentary features interviews with major political and media figures, including Bob Schieffer, Ron Reagan Jr., Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Ari Fleischer, James Carville, Julian Bond, Andrew Bell and Larry Sabato, among others.
11/12 - JFK: American Experience Part Two at 8 pm
Follow Kennedy into the White House through his assassination and the unfulfilled promise of his presidency. Offering fresh assessments of the successes and failures of his tenure, this episode features frank appraisals by administration officials, including John Siegenthaler, Thomas Hughes and Harris Wofford, civil rights leaders Andrew Young and Julian Bond, and journalists Evan Thomas and Richard Reeves.
11/13 - NOVA Cold Case JFK at 8 pm
For decades, the assassination of John F. Kennedy has fueled dark rumors of conspiracies and mishandled evidence. Now, 50 years later, NOVA asks: Could modern investigators do better? We’ll see how state-of-the art forensic tools would be applied to the investigation were it to happen today. At the same time, NOVA takes a critical look at contemporary cases, like the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, to reveal how charges of evidence mishandling and human error can mar even scientifically sophisticated detective work. Will forensics ever be truly foolproof, or does modern technology just give a scientific sheen to a practice that will always be more art than science?
11/13 - Secrets of the Dead JFK: One PM Central Standard Time at 9 pm
Fifty years after the tragic shooting of President John F. Kennedy, this episode chronicles minute-by-minute the assassination as it was revealed in the CBS newsroom from the moment the President was shot until Walter Cronkite’s emotional pronouncement of his death, one hour and eight minutes later. The drama of “One P.M. Central Standard Time” — the episode title is taken from the time President Kennedy was declared dead at Parkland Hospital — is played out amidst the chaos in Dallas, in the hospital, and in the CBS newsroom in New York. Included in the program will be moving memories from men and women who were there on the day — in Dallas and New York.
11/19 - Frontline Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald? at 9 pm
Frontline marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination with a reprise of its investigative biography of the man at the center of the political crime of the 20th century. At the heart of the assassination lies the puzzle of Lee Harvey Oswald: Was he the emotionally disturbed lone gunman of the 1964 Warren Commission report? Was he, as the House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded, probably part of a conspiracy on that day in Dallas? Or was he an unwitting fall guy, the patsy, as Oswald himself claimed when he was arrested on November 22, 1963? Twenty years ago, in the most comprehensive attempt on American television to penetrate this enduring enigma, Frontline’s investigative team spent more than a year reexamining Oswald’s life and sifting through the psychological, political, and forensic evidence of his role in the assassination. Traveling to Japan, Russia, Europe, Mexico, Canada and across the United States, the team uncovered new witnesses, documents, photographs, video and audio recordings of Lee Oswald, many of which had never before been made public.
11/17 – JFK: Breaking The News at 8 pm
This moving documentary looks at the broadcast coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Stressing how closely the medium and television audiences are joined in times of crisis, JFK: BREAKING THE NEWS offers one of the first broadcast examinations of how local journalists in 1963 delivered rapidly breaking news to a nation in despair. Narrated by Jane Pauley, this hour-long, public television documentary will also allow television audiences to understand the tremendous technical obstacles that had to be overcome and the immediate journalistic decisions that accompanied the initial live remote broadcasts generated by television four decades ago.
11/17 – Kennedy Half-Century at 9 pm
Based on Larry Sabato’s new book, THE KENNEDY HALF-CENTURY chronicles the impact and influence of John F. Kennedy’s life, administration and tragic death on the general public, the media and every subsequent U.S. president. John F. Kennedy’s legacy endured due to the early efforts of family and friends, Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” programs, Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts and Cold War strategies, Bill Clinton’s infatuation with the 35th president, and the “twinning” of JFK and Barrack Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign. The compelling one-hour documentary features interviews with major political and media figures, including Bob Schieffer, Ron Reagan Jr., Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Ari Fleischer, James Carville, Julian Bond, Andrew Bell and Larry Sabato, among others.
11/17 - Lyndon B. Johnson – Succeeding Kennedy at 10 pm
50 years after the Kennedy assassination, this documentary looks at LBJ and his politics. Revisiting the original locations of events of the time and interviewing experts and contemporary witnesses, this documentary gives insight into Lyndon B Johnson’s politics and into his being.