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Author Interview
3:38 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

How The United States Became United

Simon Winchester's book "The Men Who United the States."

David Hyde speaks with writer Simon Winchester about his new book, "The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible."

JFK Remembered
1:43 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Seattle Historian: JFK Rose 'Above Our Cynicism'

Knute Berger, a Seattle historian and columnist, remembers John F. Kennedy in an interview with Deborah Wang.
Credit Crosscut Photo

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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Legends
12:00 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

T'Was The Night Before Thanksgiving When DB Cooper Jumped ...

Renderings of the hijacker who came to be known as D.B. Cooper.
FBI Photo

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.

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JFK Remembered
7:42 am
Fri November 22, 2013

KOMO Anchor: 'I'm There Trying To Ad Lib That The President' Has Been Shot

Bryan Johnson as a young reporter at KOMO.
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.

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Congress
3:46 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

The Art Of The Filibuster

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

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

History
1:25 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

50th Anniversary Of JFK’s Assassination With Author Dean R. Owen

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.

Trailblazers
2:06 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

The Women In Kennedy's White House

President John F. Kennedy poses with his staff in the Oval Office. The group pooled their funds to buy Kennedy his presidential chair. Jean Lewis stands over Kennedy’s left shoulder. (Courtesy JFK Library)

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.

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50 Years Later
1:54 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

50 Years After Assassination, Kennedy Books Offer New Analysis

President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, are greeted by an enthusiastic crowd upon their arrival at Dallas Love Field on Nov. 22, 1963.
AP

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 3:27 pm

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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Elections 2013
1:45 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Kshama Sawant Is A Socialist, But What Does That Even Mean?

KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

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.

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Remembering Kennedy
4:45 am
Sat November 16, 2013

How JFK Fathered The Modern Presidential Campaign

John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, campaign in New York in 1960.
AP

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 12:33 pm

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.

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Author Interveiw
4:19 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Hedrick Smith: Who Stole the American Dream?

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.

Cartoons And Journalism
3:20 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

One Day Of War In 25 Feet

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.

Presidential Biography
11:21 am
Thu November 14, 2013

A History Of Woodrow Wilson With A. Scott Berg

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.

50 Years Later
2:10 am
Sun November 10, 2013

Inconsistencies Haunt Official Record Of Kennedy's Death

Jacqueline Kennedy (center), with Edward and Robert Kennedy on either side, watches the coffin of President John F. Kennedy pass on Nov. 25, 1963.
Keystone/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 10:03 am

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."

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History
10:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

When Fishing Was The Common Language During Strained US-Soviet Relations

A copy of Life Magazine details the joint fishing venture between the US-Societ Union during the Cold War.
Courtesy of Lincoln County Historical Society

In the competitive world of fishing, joining forces can be tough work. It’s even more difficult if the two parties are superpowers at the height of Cold War tensions.

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