On two consecutive days in June 1963, in two lyrical speeches, John F. Kennedy pivots dramatically and boldly on the two greatest issues of his time: nuclear arms and civil rights. In language unheard in lily white, Cold War America, he appeals to Americans to see both the Russians and the "Negroes" as human beings.
His speech on June 10 leads to the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963; his speech on June 11 to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Based on new material -- hours of recently uncovered documentary film shot in the White House and the Justice Department, fresh interviews, and a rediscovered draft speech -- Two Days in June by Andrew Cohen captures Kennedy at the high noon of his presidency in startling, granular detail.
After suffering stinging defeats in the 1960 presidential election against John F. Kennedy, and in the 1962 California gubernatorial election, Nixon's career was declared dead by Washington press and politicians alike. Yet on January 20, 1969, just six years after he had said his political life was over, Nixon would stand taking the oath of office as 37th President of the United States. How did Richard Nixon resurrect a ruined career and reunite a shattered and fractured Republican Party to capture the White House?
In his new book, The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority, Pat Buchanan offers an insider account of one of the most remarkable American political stories of the 20th century.
For those in their mid-50's and older, where they were 50 years ago this afternoon is likely forever burned into their memories. Ten years ago on the 40th anniversary of the assassination, WAMC staff members recalled where they were on the afternoon of November 22, 1963… when the news came from Dallas that President Kennedy had been shot.
Fifty years after his assassination, President John F. Kennedy’s legend endures. Now author and historian Thurston Clark argues that the heart of that legend is what might have been.
Thurston Clarke is the author or the new book JFK’s Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President. His articles have appeared in publications such as Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and the Washington Post.
Steve Lewis is a member of the Sarah Lawrence Writing Institute faculty and freelance writer. He has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Spirituality and Health, and a biblically long list of parenting magazines and books (7 kids, 16 grandchildren). He is also a contributing writer for Talking Writing Magazine.
The new book We Were There: Revelations from the Dallas Doctors Who Attended to JFK on November 22, 1963, shares the memories of the surgeons and 46 other doctors who were there the day the president died in Parkland Memorial Hospital emergency room in Dallas, Texas.
For a few impactful days in 1963, Parkland Hospital was the focus of worldwide attention.
Dr. Allen Childs has put together this new book which chronicles the perspective of the doctors from that day.
Today's panelists are WAMC Newsman Ray Graf, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and author and broadcaster, Bob Cudmore – whose new book is Hidden History of the Mohawk Valley.
Today's we mark the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by sharing memories and taking WAMC listener calls on the subject.