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NOVA; Cold Case JFK

11/06/2013

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Series
NOVA
Program
Cold Case JFK
Program Number

4022

Series Description

Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

Program Description

For decades, the assassination of John F. Kennedy has fueled dark rumors of conspiracies and mishandled evidence. Now, 50 years later, NOVA asks: could modern investigators do better? We'll see how state-of-the art forensic tools would be applied to the investigation were it to happen today. Will forensics ever be truly foolproof or does modern technology just give a scientific sheen to a practice that will always be more art than science?

Fifty years later, what can science tell us about the Kennedy assassination—and the investigations that followed? The 1963 murder, in broad daylight in front of hundreds of witnesses, might seem to be a homicide investigator’s best-case scenario. Yet somehow the JFK assassination became a forensic nightmare, plagued by a controversial autopsy and, incredibly, a prime suspect murdered on live television while in police custody, before he could be tried. As a result, today millions of Americans suspect a conspiracy. Now, NOVA launches a fresh investigation into the physical evidence, using state-of-the-art forensics, including laser scanning, new ballistics tests, and a 3D digital reconstruction of the president's skull, all to try to solve the murder of the century. “Cold Case JFK”is part of series of specials airing on PBS in November to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s death.

A NOVA Production by Lone Wolf Media for WGBH/Boston

Duration

00:56:46

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
Science
Citation
Chicago: “NOVA; Cold Case JFK,” 11/06/2013, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 10, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8CD5D0316C6C4DBB9BC0FC4A67C0C0B3.
MLA: “NOVA; Cold Case JFK.” 11/06/2013. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 10, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8CD5D0316C6C4DBB9BC0FC4A67C0C0B3>.
APA: NOVA; Cold Case JFK. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8CD5D0316C6C4DBB9BC0FC4A67C0C0B3
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