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Group, The; JFK


1/2/92 JFK

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Group, The
Series Description

Nightly public affairs roundtable featuring rotating group of Boston area residents discussing topics drawn from the news. Each program will open with a short produced piece introducing the topic, then join the discussion in progress. No host, panelists are drawn from group of 30-40 people from all walks of life in the Boston community.

SERIES PREMIERED NOV 1991; DISCONTINUED AS OF JAN 1996 Series release date: 11/1991

Program Description

The newest addition to The Presidents collection. This 4 hour documentary aired in two 2 hour segments on Monday Nov. 11 and Tuesday Nov. 12, 2013.

Scheduled for broadcast on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's death, this biography provides a fresh look at an enigmatic man, who remains one of the nation's most beloved and mourned leaders. Beginning with Kennedy's childhood years as the privileged but sickly second son of one the wealthiest men in America, the film explores his early political career as a lackluster congressman, his successful run for the U.S. Senate and the game-changing presidential campaign that made him the youngest elected president in U.S. history. With the benefit of recently opened archives, the film recounts his struggles with life-threatening illnesses and his efforts to keep them hidden from the public. JFK offers new perspective on his complicated private life, including his relationship with his wife, his close connection to his younger brother, Robert and his complex bond with his powerful father. It also reevaluates Kennedy's strengths and weaknesses in the Oval Office as he navigated some of the most explosive events of the mid-20th century -- the disastrous failure at the Bay of Pigs, the urgent demands of an increasingly impatient civil rights movement, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the escalating conflict in Southeast Asia.

American Experience is a production of WGBH, which is solely responsible for its content.

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Broadcast program

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Talk Show
Local Communities
Mayer, Susan (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Group, The; JFK,” 01/02/1992, GBH Archives, accessed June 19, 2024,
MLA: “Group, The; JFK.” 01/02/1992. GBH Archives. Web. June 19, 2024. <>.
APA: Group, The; JFK. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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