History

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Local historian Knute Berger was just a kid when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Berger's parents were Republicans -- they hadn't voted for Kennedy. But for Berger, Kennedy was a kind of hero.

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If you don’t know the story of D.B. Cooper, the short version goes like this:

On Nov. 24, 1971, a man referred to as D.B. Cooper hijacked a Boeing 727 on a flight between Portland, Ore., and Seattle. He extorted $200,000 in ransom, and parachuted from the plane. No one has ever seen him since.

KOMO

Longtime KOMO-TV and radio reporter Bryan Johnson covered many memorable stories during his more than 50 years as a Seattle broadcaster, but no event was more memorable than the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

The Art Of The Filibuster

Nov 21, 2013
US Congress
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Steve Scher talks with historian Julian Zelizer, professor at Princeton University, about the US Senate Democrats' vote to avoid Republican filibusters.

Dean R. Owen's book "November 22, 1963"

November 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Journalist Dean R. Owen collected interviews from notable civil rights leaders, White House staff, and others connected to Kennedy for his book, “November 22, 1963: Reflections on the Life, Assassination, and Legacy of John F. Kennedy.”

Owen spoke at the Elliott Bay Book Company on September 14. He was joined by Patricia Baillargeon, a contributor to his book who served as assistant to Eleanor Roosevelt.

The Women In Kennedy's White House

Nov 20, 2013

This month in Washington, D.C., a group of Kennedy-era staffers met for a reunion, including some women who worked for Kennedy the White House.

While Kennedy’s womanizing is well documented, not much is known about his policies on women’s issues or the women who worked for him.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Deborah Becker of WBUR has the story of some of these trailblazers.

In the 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the public has never tired of books about the charismatic young president and his tragic death.

This year, the market has been particularly flooded with Kennedy books — from glossy photograph collections to serious biographies and histories to a new round of books devoted to conspiracy theories.

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Socialism has been a dirty word in many corners of American politics, and few politicians who identify as socialists have succeeded in the United States.

When John F. Kennedy began his run for the White House more than 50 years ago, there was plenty of excitement and anticipation. He was energetic, handsome and from a famous Boston political family.

But his candidacy was far from a sure bet. At the time, few would have predicted the lasting impact his campaign would have on every election to follow.

Recognizing The Power Of TV

Kennedy made the most of his youth and novelty, says historian Robert Dallek, author of several books about JFK.

Hedrick Smith: Who Stole the American Dream?

Nov 14, 2013
Hedrick Smith's book "Who Stole the American Dream?"

Ross Reynolds speaks with author Hedrick Smith about his book, "Who Stole the American Dream," which details the struggle of the middle class, in particular the widening gap between those who haves and have nots.

One Day Of War In 25 Feet

Nov 14, 2013
Joe Sacco's book "The Great War."

Ross Reynolds interviews cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco about his latest book "The Great War" – a one panel, 25-foot long panorama of the first day of the Battle of the Somme on July 1, 1916.

A. Scott Berg's book "Wilson."

It’s been a century since Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration, and the president has a compelling history. He was 10 years old by the time he learned to read, and yet he ultimately became a scholar and the president of Princeton University.

He led the United States through WWI and helped establish the League of Nations. A serious stroke left his entire left side paralyzed, and his disability became the argument for the 25th Amendment.

A. Scott Berg’s new biography of Wilson came out earlier this fall. Berg spoke on September 18 at Town Hall in a talk moderated by KUOW’s Steve Scher.

The first thing T. Jeremy Gunn says when you ask him about President John F. Kennedy's assassination is, "I'm not a conspiracy theorist. I don't have a theory about what happened."

Nov. 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, a moment that left an indelible mark on those who remember it.

It also permanently changed the agency charged with protecting the president — the U.S. Secret Service.

Looking back at the images of Kennedy, first lady Jackie Kennedy, Texas Gov. John Connally and his wife waving as they rode through the streets of Dallas in an open Lincoln, it all looks terribly innocent and naive.

Jill Lepore's "Book of Ages."

David Hyde talks with author Jill Lepore about "Book Of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin," an account of Benjamin Franklin's younger sister.

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