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Jim Lehrer: "Top Down: A Novel Of The Kennedy Assassination"

Jim Lehrer, the former longtime anchor of PBS NewsHour, was a young reporter in Dallas when President Kennedy was assassinated. On that fateful November day in 1963, Lehrer was at Love Field. He had been assigned to cover JFK's arrival at the airport and his departure after a motorcade trip through Dallas. Lehrer draws on that experience for his latest novel. He imagines what happens to the Secret Service agent who made the decision to take the bubble top off the president's limo. Diane speaks with Jim Lehrer on the "what if's" 50 years after Kennedy was shot, and his thoughts on politics and the media today.

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Excerpted from TOP DOWN by Jim Lehrer. Copyright © 2013 by Jim Lehrer. Excerpted by permission of Random House, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


ABC Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

ABC will air "It's Your 50th Christmas Charlie Brown" Monday night. On the classic Christmas cartoon's golden anniversary, NPR explores what makes this ageless special endure.

As Big Food Feels Threat Of Climate Change, Companies Speak Up

A warming climate is likely to disrupt global food production, which has Big Food companies worried. Some, like Mars, are becoming increasingly vocal advocates for action on greenhouse gas emissions.
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U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes On How Money Influences Politics, Locally And Nationally

One of Maryland's federal lawmakers is behind some new ideas about campaign finance reform that have stalled in Congress, but are being taken up by local legislatures, including D.C.

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Computer Guys And Gal

Computer Guys and Gal sort out all the latest technology news from the last month.

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