We Knew JFK Companion Pieces

Series produced by WeKnewJFK.org

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These five short segments are standalone companion pieces to the hour-long documentary, "We Knew JFK: Unheard Stories from the Kennedy Archives" (http://www.prx.org/pieces/103694). As with the hour, the segments are narrated by renowned journalist Robert MacNeil, who covered Kennedy for NBC News, and was in the motorcade in Dallas. The companion pieces are also mined from the same rich vein of first person recordings — the extraordinary Oral History collection housed at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

Like the hour We Knew JFK, these pieces are not about JFK's death but about his life — personal recollections of Jack Kennedy from people who knew him intimately. The segments are free-standing and available individually, but designed to be stripped across the week, ideally Nov 18-22, when interest in JFK will peak, as the country and the world remember him on the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Dallas in 1963.


5 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Angier Biddle Duke, JFK's chief of protocol, remembers the time two heads of state came to harangue President Kennedy on his failings, and got a su...

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  • Added: Nov 02, 2013
  • Length: 03:36
  • Purchases: 11
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Intimates of JFK remember his lifelong passion for the written word, and his startling capacity to absorb and remember what he read.

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  • Added: Nov 01, 2013
  • Length: 03:58
  • Purchases: 10
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Letitia Baldridge, social secretary in the Kennedy White House, remembers what it was like to be "backstage" in the magical days of Camelot.

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  • Added: Nov 01, 2013
  • Length: 03:57
  • Purchases: 12
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Recollections of Laura Knebel, a journalist, on JFK's web of close friendships and why there were no women in his inner circle.

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  • Added: Nov 01, 2013
  • Length: 03:25
  • Purchases: 11
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Recollections of Ed Berube, a bus driver from Fall River, Mass., who worked in JFK's first campaign for elective office, in 1946, and forged an unl...

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  • Added: Nov 01, 2013
  • Length: 03:48
  • Purchases: 13