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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.


French Bulldog At Heart Of New Children's Book 'Naughty Mabel'

Mabel is a naughty French bulldog at the center of a new children's book by Nathan Lane and Devlin Elliott. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Lane about his inspiration for the fictional dog.

How Do We Get To Love At 'First Bite'?

It's the season of food, and British food writer Bee Wilson has a book on how our food tastes are formed. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with her about her new book, "First Bite: How We Learn to Eat."

Snapshots 2016: Trump's Message Resonates With A Master Cabinet Maker

From time to time during this election season we'll be introducing you to ordinary people that our reporters meet out on the campaign trail. Today: a snapshot from a Donald Trump rally in New Hampshire.

What Is Li-Fi And When Will You Use It To Download Everything Faster?

Li-Fi is a lot like Wi-Fi, but it uses light to transmit data. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to the man who invented the faster alternative: Harald Haas.

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