KCET Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy with Two Documentaries on Nov. 22

Burbank, Calif. -

Nov. 4, 2013

will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of 35th

President John F. Kennedy with two riveting documentaries

on Nov. 22, 2013, chronicling this turbulent time in American history.


JFK: Breaking the


p.m.) offers a close-up look at how reporters responded to a national tragedy.

Through the lens of journalists working in Dallas in 1963, audiences will learn

about the moment-by-moment experiences of those who covered one of the most

significant events in U.S. history. Their reflections also allow us to witness

the remarkable rise of television as a primary source for breaking news

coverage. Narrated by Jane Pauley, the documentary also reveals the tremendous

technical obstacles that had to be overcome and the immediate journalistic

decisions that accompanied the initial live remote broadcasts generated by

television four decades ago.


The Kennedy Half-Century (9 p.m.), based on Larry Sabato's new book, chronicles the impact and

influence of President Kennedy's life, administration and tragic death on the

public, media and every subsequent U.S. president. Kennedy's legacy endured in large part

due to the early efforts of family and friends, but also through former

presidents, including Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" programs,

Ronald Reagan's tax cuts and Cold War strategies, Bill Clinton's admiration and

Kennedy-Obama comparisons in the 2008 presidential campaign.
 The compelling one-hour documentary features

interviews with major political and media figures, including Bob Schieffer, Ron

Reagan Jr., Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Ari Fleischer, James Carville,

Julian Bond, Andrew Bell and Sabato, among others.

For more information or to view the films' trailers,

please visit kcet.org/jfk.


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