This is the 50th anniversary of one of the most shocking moments in our nation's history. As President John F. Kennedy's motorcade passed through Dealey Plaza, shots were fired from the Schoolbook Depository building in Dallas. Kennedy was struck, and pronounced dead within the hour.
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy changed American history. It was also a news event covered unlike any before it. Steve Inskeep talks to two reporters who witnessed the events in Dallas 50 years ago: Hugh Aynesworth, then with The Dallas Morning News, and Sid Davis, then the White House correspondent for Westinghouse Broadcasting Company.
When he went to work on Nov. 22, 1963, ambulance driver Aubrey Rike had no idea that he would soon be offering a moment of support to Jacqueline Kennedy. "It was unbelievable that something like that happened, and he was part of it," says Rike's widow, Glenda.
The orchestra was mid-performance when news of the president's assassination reached the symphony hall in 1963. The musicians had to decide: suspend the concert or continue? Their decision transformed a moment of shock into a moment of shared consolation.
Dallas became known as the "City of Hate" after President John F. Kennedy was killed there. But the city has changed, and it hopes that the 50th anniversary of the assassination on Friday will be a chance to show the extent of that transformation.
Young Mark Twain, on the cusp of fame as an author, worked as a D.C. journalist for some months in 1867 and 1868. We find out how his short time in the city shaped his career and trademark satirical style, and discover shadows of Twain's D.C. in the modern District.
Native American leaders from across the country gathered at the White House recently for the fifth annual tribal summit. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Brian Cladoosby, the newly elected president of the National Congress of American Indians, about the top issues in Indian country.
Anton Treuer is the author of the book Everything You Wanted To Know About Indians But Were Afraid To Ask. During this Native American Heritage Month, he recommends some tunes for Tell Me More's 'In Your Ear' series.
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