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|| Tour of home of Joseph and Rose Kennedy; John F. Kennedy, who was born in this house, was the first American president born in the 20th century
||JFK biographer, Robert Dallek, speaks of JFK's hold on the American public's imagination.
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||JFK grew up in a life of privilege but his upbringing emphasized public service.
||JFK's reasons for getting into politics and his travels abroad in the 1930s;
||How the Kennedys were treated in Boston in the 1920s and 1930s
|| Caller asks Dallek how JFK could bring the U.S. close to the brink of nuclear war and WWIII but still be revered in the public mindset today; JFK's speechwriting
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||Why did JFK move back to Boston from New York to run for political office?
||Caller question re: rumors about Joseph Kennedy's involvement in securing votes for his son against Richard Nixon in 1960
||JFK's Inaugural Address; discussion on his uplifting style and spontaneity; the New Frontier
||Discussion of foreign policy as a chief concern
||Account of PT-109 experience and JFK's heroism; discuss the repercussions that JFK's war fame had on his brother, Joe Kennedy, Jr.
||Discussion of three great Kennedy speeches
||If Kennedy had lived, would he have taken us out of Southeast Asia?
||Virtual tour of Rose and Joe Kennedy's first home in Brookline, MA; discuss the early years of the Kennedy family and the first years of John's life; description of Joe and Rose's marriage, Rose as a wife and mother; description of the Brookline neighborhood
||Was American involvement in Vietnam a reaction to JFK's relationship with Khrushchev?
||Why did presidents from Wilson to Reagan make at least one blunder during their administrations?
|| How did people react to the assassination of JFK? What do people remember about that day when JFK was assassinated?
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||Did the anti-FDR opinions of Joseph Kennedy Jr. and Sr. influence JFK? the autonomy Joe Kennedy Sr. instilled in his sons
||Mention of Doris Kearns Goodwin's book on the Kennedys and the Fitzgeralds
||Tour of the Kennedy home in Brookline, MA as it was when JFK was an infant
||Relationship between JFK and Richard Nixon; how JFK's background affected his outlook on life; LBJ's small-town background
|| JFK's cerebral approach to the presidency vs. that of other presidents
||Dallek's opinion on conspiracy theories surrounding JFK's assassination
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||How did Joseph Kennedy Sr. get wealth and power?
||As Joe and Rose Kennedy's family grew, they moved to another house in Brookline, MA
||Interview with, Anna St. John, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, CT; If JFK were running for president today, would he still have been elected?
||Tour of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, MA
||How illness affected JFK's life
||Comments on claim that the Kennedy family was dysfunctional
||Dallek's doubts on conspiracy theories about JFK's assassination
||Franklin D. Roosevelt as JFK's leadership model; had he lived, might JFK have dropped LBJ as his running mate on the 1964 ticket?
||Why did JFK go into politics?; JFK's interests in history
||How JFK handled Big Steel's price increase as it conflicted with his own efforts to keep inflation low; JFK and the business community
||Discussion on assassin Lee Harvey Oswald
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||The speech that JFK was going to give in Dallas, Texas before assassinated
|| Reasons why conspiracy theories surrounding JFK's assassination continue
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||Dallek answers caller's question about President Kennedy's relationships with women
|| Discussion with David Kratz, Chief of Visitor Services at the John F. Kennedy National Historic Site: tour of JFK's nursery; Rosemary Kennedy, JFK's sister; members of the Kennedy family who visit the site; successive owners of the home
||Dallek discusses Rosemary Kennedy's mental handicap and how it impacted the Kennedy family
||How JFK coupled his liberal ideals with what was pragmatic for the nation
||JFK's relationship with his father; a look into the backgrounds of Joe and Rose Kennedy
||The lesson JFK took from the Bay of Pigs failure
||JFK's interest in internationl politics prior to his election in 1960; relates JFK's characteristics of statesmanship to candidates of today
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||How presidential campaigns have changed since Kennedy ran for president in 1960?
||Explanation on how to do research on JFK
||The relationship between JFK and his brother, Robert Kennedy
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||The relationship between JFK and his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy
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||Video clip of Sen. John F. Kennedy (D-MA) speaking during the 1960 presidential debate against V.P. Richard M. Nixon
||Thomas Reeves, author of A Question of Character: The Life of John F. Kennedy, addresses why he wrote his book on JFK
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||Reeves characterizes JFK as having been a relatively ineffective congressman without vision
||Reeves discusses his belief that JFK was a "manufactured politician"
||How the story of the Kennedys, including JFK's assassination, has affected the American public
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||How JFK won the state of Illinois in 1960 by a small margin
||Reeves describes JFK's character as being reckless and irresponsible
||The accusation that JFK was a snobbish, "Ivy League" type?
||Discussion of JFK's religion and his relationship with his mother
||Video clip of JFK speaking in Houston, TX in 1962 on the space program
||The missile gap between the U.S. and the Soviet Union
||Reeves's assessment of the relationship between JFK and LBJ
||Caller's question, "Is it fair of us to hold JFK to such a high standard of morality?"
||Caller challenges Reeves's criticisms of JFK; Comments on the public's need for heroes
|| Video clip of JFK's trip to Ireland; Reeves describes the relationship between JFK and his brother, Robert Kennedy and how it changed during JFK's presidency
||How JFK's character affected the Bay of Pigs invasion
||JFK's love affair with Inga Arvad, speculation about there being a relationship with an East German spy, and discussion of JFK's conduct that could have led to his being court marshalled
|| JFK's relationship with Marilyn Monroe
||JFK's relationship with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover
||Discussion about what Reeves has learned throughout his investigation of JFK's character