Remembering JFK Fifty Years Later

Rhode Island Public Radio celebrates President John F. Kennedy's legacy 50 years after his assassination.

We examine the former president's strong ties to the Ocean State, from his marriage in Newport to his wife's family land at Hammersmith Farm.

We talk with the locals who worked and lived with him while he was here.

And we look at his lasting legacy on our state, and the country.

Politics
4:11 am
Fri November 22, 2013

What If President John F. Kennedy Had A Second Term?

President John F. Kennedy's flag-draped casket lies in state in the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C. Two members of the honor guard attend the casket
Credit 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."

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RI News
4:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Hugh “Yusha” Auchincloss III Remembers JFK

Hugh "Yusha" Auchincloss III remembers JFK fondly on the 50th anniversary of his death.
Credit 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.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@ripr.org

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Politics
4:51 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Rhode Island Remembers JFK

Judge Sarah T. Hughes administers the Presidential Oath of Office to Lyndon Baines Johnson aboard Air Force One, at Love Field, Dallas Texas.
Credit 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.

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RI News
12:11 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

President John F. Kennedy's Final Days

22 November 1963 Trip to Texas. President Kennedy speaks at parking lot rally. L-R: President Kennedy, [unidentified], Senator Ralph W. Yarborough, Governor John Connally, Vice President Johnson. Fort Worth, Texas
Credit 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.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:18 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: JFK's Rhode Island

President John F. Kennedy sits with his son, John F. Kennedy, Jr., in a rowboat on Bailey’s Beach in Newport, Rhode Island.
Credit 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.

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