JFK 50

Abbie Rowe, White House Photographs / John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

As we continue our coverage of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we try to peer into the future.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay talks with historian and author James T. Patterson about what might have been had Kennedy lived for a second term.

Patterson is Professor of History emeritus at Brown University and author of several books, including "The Eve of Destruction How 1965 Transformed America."

Flo Jonic / RIPR

As we continue our coverage of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we speak to his brother-in-law about that tragic day.  Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic reports from Newport.

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Rhode Island Remembers JFK

Nov 21, 2013
Cecil Stoughton. White House Photographs. / John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

November 22, 1963 started out as an ordinary day at the Providence Evening Bulletin. By 12:30, city editor Jim Wyman was ready for lunch and headed across the street to the Providence Journal diner. He had just settled into his favorite stool when the phone on the counter jangled to life.

“It was the managing editor seeking me and urging me to get back across the street because the president had been shot,” Wyman explains.

President John F. Kennedy's Final Days

Nov 20, 2013
Cecil Stoughton / John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

A motion picture covering highlights of the final two days in the life of President John F. Kennedy.

President Kennedy makes scheduled public appearances and delivers remarks, including his last public words, and interacts informally with crowds that greet him in San Antonio, Houston, Fort Worth, and Dallas, Texas.

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Governor John Connally, and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson make appearances with President Kennedy.

Also included is a brief segment as the late President's body is returned to the White House on November 23, 1963.

Robert Knudsen. White House Photographs. / John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

It’s been a half-century  years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  RIPR Political analyst Scott MacKay explores why Kennedy loved Rhode Island and why the Ocean State loved JFK.

Our state is America’s smallest but it loomed large in the life of John F. Kennedy.

From the time Kennedy was a young man, he and his family were shaped by experiences in Rhode Island.  If any event forged the career of John Kennedy it was his World War II heroics as patrol torpedo lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.