John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, inspired a generation that transformed America. But not everyone knows the stories behind the man - his experiences as a young servicemember in World War II, how he wrote some of his most memorable speeches, what sparked him to set the country on a path to the moon. Join Matt Porter and Jamie Richardson of the JFK Library Foundation as they dig into the archives at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston and interview their colleagues to get a behind-the-scenes look at JFK’s life and legacy.
The Kennedy that Changed the World
Eunice Kennedy Shriver may not be as well known as her brothers Jack, Bobby, and Ted, but during her lifetime, she worked tirelessly behind the scenes to influence public policy and serve the public good. In celebration of the centennial of her birth, we speak with biographer Eileen McNamara and her son Timothy Shriver, and hear from Eunice herself.
Meet the 2021 PEN/Hemingway Award Winner
In this episode, Hemingway Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Hilary Justice gives us the background on the JFK Library’s collaboration with PEN America and Ernest Hemingway family’s support of the PEN/Hemingway Award, and we speak with the 2021 PEN/Hemingway winner, Kawai Strong Washburn.
COVID Courage: Health Care Heroes
Lauren Leander is an ICU nurse at the Banner University Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, who took care of the most critically ill patients in Phoenix and stood with colleagues in a counterprotest of stay-at-home-orders in the early days of the pandemic. As director of the Ohio State Health Department, Dr. Amy Action boldly proposed an aggressive shelter-in-place order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and became the target of protestors and legislators who sought to limit her power.
COVID Courage: Darrell R. Marks
Darrell R. Marks has spent his career helping his indigenous students at Flagstaff High School find new opportunities after graduation. But when the pandemic hit, his job changed from helping not only his students with their futures, but their families deal with the effects of the pandemic from shortages in food, water, and other basic necessities. Marks is one of seven people being honored with a special JFK Profile in COVID Courage Award for his selfless actions to help others during the pandemic.
Saving Our Shorelines
President John F. Kennedy felt a profound connection to the environment, particularly the sea. During his presidency, Kennedy would establish three national seashores including on Cape Cod. Learn about his environmental legacy from the Superintendent of the Cape Cod National Seashore and from his granddaughter Tatiana Schlossberg.
Examining Ernest Hemingway
Thanks to a twist of fate, the archives of Ernest Hemingway have been mostly preserved here at the JFK Library. Learn more about that story from the Library’s Hemingway scholar in residence and hear from two of the filmmakers about how the Ernest Hemingway Collection played a key role in the new documentary.
Like this and fascinating however please lose the background music while people are talking. It is irritating and distracting
Great promise, weak podcast
Too many ad interruptions, irritating musical accompaniment, many lose ends in the narrative, and shallow. They could have done so much more with the storyline by focusing more deeply rather than just skating over a large surface. Here’s hoping they try again with a different approach.
Good Content, Poorly Produced
This podcast could be fabulous — the topic is compelling and timely, they have fantastic source materials and interviews. But the production is amateurish and awful, it’s almost unlistenable. A couple examples: a) interviews and oral histories are broken up into soundbytes that feel like sentence fragments punctuated by rapid-fire bits of narration. It’s frenetic and scattered, with the sources never given time to breath or the audience to hear a thought or point of view properly developed; b) there is this appallingly inane and repetitive background music that plays through out each episode. Rather than serving as a quick transition device, it just keeps looping along under everything, like some very bad 70s porno soundtrack. Very, very disappointing.