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Videos: JFK specials begin Nov. 11 on PBS

Melissa Hayer Published: November 6, 2013


PBS has scheduled special programming (Nov. 11-13 and Nov. 19, check local listings) in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s death.

Summaries of the specials, provided by PBS, are as follows:

- AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “JFK” ­ This new four-hour portrait offers a fresh assessment of the enigmatic man, his accomplishments and his unfulfilled promise, featuring interviews with Kennedy family members and historians Robert Dallek, Robert Caro and Evan Thomas. Monday, November 11 and Tuesday, November 12, 8-10 p.m.

- NOVA “Cold Case JFK” ­ 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? Wednesday, November 13, 8-9 p.m.


- “JFK: One PM Central Standard Time” ­ Narrated by George Clooney, who appears on camera, this Secrets of the Dead special presentation, recounts the riveting story of the reporting from Dallas, Texas, and the CBS newsroom in New York from the moment President Kennedy was shot until Walter Cronkite’s emotional pronouncement of his death at 1 p.m. CST. The program features interviews with President Bill Clinton and Brian Williams, anchor & managing editor, NBC Nightly News and Rock Center with Brian Williams, rarely seen archival footage of Kennedy, Cronkite and moving memories from the producers, writers and reporters who were there on the day. Wednesday, November 13, 9-10 p.m.

– FRONTLINE “Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?” ­ At the heart of the Kennedy 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? FRONTLINE marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination with a two-hour reprise of its investigative biography of the man at the center of the political crime of the 20th century.” Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 9-11 p.m.

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