FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
PBS and WTVP Pay Tribute to President John F. Kennedy
with Week of Special Programming
WTVP Offers Sneak Peak at AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “JFK” Nov. 9th at 2:30 p.m. at the
Giant Screen Theater During Community History Day at the Peoria Riverfront Museum with the Peoria
PBS is pleased to announce a series of primetime special programs to commemorate the
50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s death, airing November 11-13 and on November 19. The
specials will offer new perspectives on the life and death of President John F. Kennedy, as well as
provide audiences with a comprehensive examination of timely issues.
the latest addition to AMERICAN EXPERIENCE’s award-winning series The Presidents, will anchor the week of
programming. The four-hour, two-part special provides a fresh look at an enigmatic man who remains
one of the nation’s most beloved and mourned leaders. WTVP will offer a sneak peek at the first hour
of the program on Nov. 9th starting at 2:30 p.m. in the Giant Screen Theater at the Peoria
Riverfront Museum. This free screening is part of Community History Day, a project of the
Peoria Historical Society and Peoria Riverfront Museum.
A scientific investigation on NOVA
sheds new light on controversial theories as it examines law enforcement’s forensic and crime-solving
capabilities 50 years ago versus today. SECRETS OF THE DEAD tells the story of two men: one the President of the United States — shot in Dallas and rushed to Parkland hospital, his fate unknown — and the other respected CBS anchor Walter Cronkite, knowing he had to get the story right amid the uncertainties of that tragic day. FRONTLINE presents an investigative biography of Lee Harvey Oswald, the man at the center of the Kennedy assassination.
“President Kennedy’s assassination was a defining historical moment of the 20th century,
and 50 years later, his life and death remain a source of great interest and intrigue,” said Beth Hoppe,
Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of General Audience Programming for PBS. “Tapping into
the strengths of our documentary, science, news and public affairs programs, we have a timely occasion
this November to re-examine various aspects of President Kennedy’s life as well as a wide-ranging account
of the hours and days following his death.”
The latest details about PBS programming in observance of the 50th anniversary of
President Kennedy’s death include:
EXPERIENCE “JFK” – This new four-hour portrait offers a fresh assessment of the enigmatic
man, his accomplishments and his unfulfilled promise, featuring interviews with Kennedy family members
and historians Robert Dallek, Robert Caro and Evan Thomas. Monday, November 11th and Tuesday, November
12th, 8:00-10:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1.
NOVA “Cold Case JFK” – 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? Wednesday, November 13th, 8:00-9:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1
SECRETS OF THE DEAD “JFK: One PM Central Standard Time” – This special chronicles
minute-by-minute the assassination of President Kennedy as it was revealed, from the moment the
president was shot until Walter Cronkite’s tearful pronouncement of his death one hour and eight
minutes later. Features include rarely seen archival footage from the CBS newsroom and local
broadcasts in Dallas. Wednesday, November 13th, 9:00-10:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1.
FRONTLINE “Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?” – At the heart of the Kennedy assassination lies the puzzle of Lee Harvey Oswald: Was he the
emotionally disturbed lone gunman of the 1964 Warren Commission report? Was he, as the House Select
Committee on Assassinations concluded, probably part of a conspiracy on that day in Dallas? Or was he
an unwitting fall guy, the patsy, as Oswald himself claimed when he was arrested on November 22, 1963?
FRONTLINE marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination with a two-hour
reprise of its investigative biography of the man at the center of the political crime of the 20th
century. Tuesday, November 19th from 9:00-11:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1.
In addition to these primetime specials, the PBS NEWSHOUR will air a
special report about former anchors Robin MacNeil and Jim Lehrer and their original reporting on
President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.
PBS, with its over 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas
and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 120 million people
through television and over 29 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science,
history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class
drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most
coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital
content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and
its website, pbskids.org, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners
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