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Reflecting On Reflections Of The JFK Assassination

This week, the nation marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. It's a milestone that's hard to miss, given the dozens of TV specials, documentaries, books, articles and commemorations marking the date. Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever joins us to reflect on what the programming reveals about our cultural connection to the eras that ended and began Nov. 22, 1963.

Walter Cronkite Remembers Reporting The President's Death

"For the first time I realized the enormity of what we’d been reporting for a couple of hours anyway. I was announcing the death of this young president of the United States, this horrible death by madness of some individual or group of individuals; we didn’t know yet. I have learned something about myself and drew a very quick comparison, not at that moment but as I had to review the day and how it all went." Hear more from Cronkite's reflection.

Lady Bird Johnson Reflects On Returning Home From Texas

"Somebody would come by and offer us coffee or bouillon or a sandwich, and that hardly anybody ate anything. That everybody was wrapped in his own cocoon, sort of, or nightmare or.... And Lyndon was vastly more alert than I was. I remember, suddenly he looked around, and he said, 'This is the President's compartment; let's get out of here.' And so we went back and sat in the body of the plane, and in just a few moments Mrs. Kennedy came in and, of course, went in there." Listen to more of Johnson's recollections.

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Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.

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If War Is Hell, Then Coffee Has Offered U.S. Soldiers Some Salvation

"Nobody can soldier without coffee," a Union cavalryman wrote in 1865. Hidden Kitchens looks at three American wars through the lens of coffee: the Civil War, Vietnam and Afghanistan.
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What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.

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What Verizon Will Get When It Buys Yahoo

Verizon is announcing a deal to buy Yahoo's Internet business on Monday. The telecom giant is eyeing Yahoo's content — and more opportunities to sell ads on it.

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