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'The Kennedy Half Century' Documentary Debuts

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University of Virginia Center for Politics Press Release

The Kennedy Half Century national PBS television documentary will debut this evening (Monday, Nov. 4, 2013) at 9 p.m. on WCVE in Richmond and WHTJ in Charlottesville.

The documentary will be shown nationally throughout November, and American Public Television has also reached agreements to distribute the documentary in Western Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with other agreements pending worldwide.

The University of Virginia Center for Politics produced the one-hour documentary in partnership with the Community Idea Stations. It chronicles the impact and influence of John F. Kennedy’s life, administration and tragic death on the public, the media and every subsequent U.S. president.

Based on Professor Larry J. Sabato’s new book, also titled The Kennedy Half Century, the documentary features interviews with major political and media figures, including Bob Schieffer, Ron Reagan Jr., Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Ari Fleischer, James Carville and Julian Bond, among others. In addition to tonight’s showing, the documentary will again air on WCVE Richmond and WHTJ Charlottesville Nov. 7 at 9 p.m. and Nov. 12 at 11 p.m.

This documentary is part of a larger project produced by the University of Virginia Center for Politics exploring JFK’s life and legacy. The Kennedy Legacy Project includes: the documentary; Sabato’s new book, The Kennedy Half Century; a website; a free online course about JFK available through Coursera and iTunes U; and a forthcoming mobile app that will let users re-live the events of Nov. 22, 1963.

The Center for Politics and Community Idea Stations have previously partnered on a number of documentary projects; most recently, the Emmy-winning Out of Order, which explored the ongoing gridlock in federal government.

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