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Fifty years ago the world experienced a moment of unbelievable tragedy. John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. As with any tragedy, the Challenger explosion, 9/11, many people remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when it happened. If you weren’t born yet or you were very young, you almost certainly have an understanding of how these kinds of events impact everyone.

MPTV invites you to remember, this pivotal moment in history with our historical programming on MPTV’s Channels 10 and 36. Our programming looks at many aspects of the tragedy including our own look back at the Wisconsin/Kennedy connection, how television brings us closer together in times of crisis, and the man himself.  Travel with us as MPTV steps back to a more innocent time and the events that shaped where we are today.

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JFK: BREAKING THE NEWS

November 1 at 8pm on MPTV 10.1/36.2 and November 3 at 8am on MPTV 36.1

This moving documentary looks at the broadcast coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Stressing how closely the medium and television audiences are joined in times of crisis, the program offers one of the first broadcast examinations of how local journalists, in 1963, delivered rapidly breaking news to a nation in despair. Jane Pauley narrates.


WISCONSIN REMEMBERS JOHN F. KENNEDY 

November 11 at 6:30pm on MPTV 10.1/36.2

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, MPTV takes a look at the relationship between Kennedy and Wisconsin, and revisits his campaign here, his presidency, and his assassination. Producer Dan Jones talks to people who knew Kennedy, and to others who simply admired him.


JFK: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

PART ONE

November 11 at 8pm on MPTV 10.1/36.2

American Experience offers a fresh assessment of John F. Kennedy, his accomplishments and his unfulfilled promise. Beginning with Kennedy’s childhood years as the privileged but sickly second son of one of 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.

PART TWO

November 12 at 8pm on MPTV 10.1/36.2

American Experience offers new perspectives on John F. Kennedy's 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 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.


NOVA: COLD CASE JFK

November 13 at 8pm on MPTV 10.1/36.2

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? See how state-of-the art forensic tools would be applied to the investigation were it to happen today.


SECRETS OF THE DEAD

JFK: ONE PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME

November 13 at 9:00pm on MPTV 10.1/36.2

This episode chronicles minute-by-minute the assassination of JFK, as it was revealed in the CBS newsroom from the moment the President was shot until Walter Cronkite's emotional pronouncement of his death, one hour and eight minutes later.


KENNEDY HALF CENTURY

November 17 at 10pm on MPTV 36.1

Based on Larry Sabato's book, "The Kennedy Half Century," this documentary chronicles the impact and influence of John F. Kennedy's life, administration and tragic death on the general public, the media and every subsequent U.S. president.


FRONTLINE

WHO WAS LEE HARVEY OSWALD?

November 19 at 9pm on MPTV 10.1/36.2

FRONTLINE marks the 50th anniversary (2013) of John F. Kennedy's assassination with a reprise of its investigative biography of the man at the center of the political crime of the 20th century. At the heart of the assassination lies the puzzle of Lee Harvey Oswald. Twenty years ago, in the most comprehensive attempt on American television to penetrate this enduring enigma, FRONTLINE's investigative team spent more than a year reexamining Oswald's life and sifting through the psychological, political, and forensic evidence of his role in the assassination. Traveling to Japan, Russia, Europe, Mexico, Canada and across the United States, the team uncovered new witnesses, documents, photographs, video and audio recordings of Lee Oswald, many of which had never before been made public.