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"Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy"

Ellen Fitzpatrick; Caroline Kennedy; Tom Oliphant; Ted Widmer

About the Program

Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former President John F. Kennedy and historian Ted Widmer present a collection of recordings of the late President in conversation from the Oval Office and Cabinet Room in July 1962.  The tapes include discussions on numerous topics of the day, including the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam.  Caroline Kennedy introduces a panel discussion of the tapes that includes Mr. Widmer, historian Ellen Fitzpatrick, and Tom Oliphant, former Washington correspondent for the Boston Globe.  The event takes place at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

About the Authors

Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy is the author of numerous books, including A Patriot's Handbook: Songs, Poems, Stories, and Speeches Celebrating the Land We Love.  She is the President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.


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Ted Widmer

Ted Widmer is the author of several books, including Martin Van Buren.  He is the director of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University and was a speechwriter and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton.


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Ellen Fitzpatrick

Ellen Fitzpatrick is the author several books, including History's Memory: Writing America's Past 1880-1980.  She is a history professor at the University of New Hampshire.

Tom Oliphant

Tom Oliphant is a former Washington correspondent for the Boston Globe.  He is the author of Praying for Gil Hodges and Utter Incompetents.

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"Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy"

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Past Airings

  • Sunday, January 6th at 7am (ET)
  • Tuesday, December 25th at 7pm (ET)
  • Saturday, December 15th at 11pm (ET)
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