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Smart Talk: JFK -- the American Experience film and his legacy

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 8, 2013 4:28 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk, Monday, November 11, 2013:

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President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 -- 50 years ago next Friday.

The crime itself has been documented and written about perhaps more than any other topic over the past half century.  But what about the life of Kennedy himself?  There have many biographies, so is there anything else to learn about the nation's 35th president?

A new American Experience film on PBS -- JFK -- shows Kennedy like he probably has never been seen before.

On Monday's Smart Talk, American Experience Executive Producer Mark Samels and JFK producer and director Susan Bellows discuss the documentary and Kennedy.

Also, Franklin and Marshall College political analyst, pollster, and historian Dr. G. Terry Madonna appears on the program to talk about President Kennedy's thousand days in office.

Where were you when JFK was assassinated? Share your story and read responses at witf's Public Insight Network.

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  • Robert D Colgan img 2013-11-11 09:19

    Kennedy was amazingly inspirational to the youths of the Baby Boomer generation--------a politician who looked and sounded like an actual human being, not a caricature of one.

    He was intelligent, articulate, and seemed to be intimately connected to the world around him. His press conferences showed us a man who enjoyed speaking with others, someone at ease in a position of power----but not someone that that power had corrupted.
    I think that was the one thing that struck me, and most of the people I compared notes with: there was an inherent honesty about him.
    His charisma was a quiet enthusiasm...he made young Americans feel that things could be done, that the world could be made better.

    Kennedy may have been a flawed human being------but to the youth of America he was perfectly what they needed: a shining symbol of the American spirit.

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