PRI's The World: 11/22/2013
November 22, 2013
Memories from around the world of President John F. Kennedy, and of the day he was assassinated 50 years ago. Plus, an American veteran of the Korean War is detained in North Korea. And, the hit song by a Belgian nun that topped the charts in the weeks after the death of JFK.
Friday on The World:
We hear memories from around the world of President John F. Kennedy, and of the day he was assassinated 50 years ago.
Plus, an American veteran of the Korean War is detained in North Korea.
And, the hit song by a Belgian nun that topped the charts in the weeks after the death of JFK.
Stories in this Edition
John F. Kennedy was the first US president to be seen widely on television. That gave people a sense of connection that left lasting memories, even in a tiny English town where Kennedy made a brief stop to attend church.
Science, Tech & Environment
Residents of the tiny island of Kayangel are trying to cope with a new life after Typhoon Haiyan, which killed thousands in the Philippines, leveled their small community.
The night before President John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas, a few hundred Mexican Americans met with him in Houston.
1963 was a momentous year in many ways, from the Beatles to James Bond, and from African independence to Vietnam.
Arts, Culture & Media
John F. Kennedy was an early and deep supporter of Israel. His support dates back to 1958, when he encouraged people to send trees to reforest Jerusalem. The move endeared him to Israelis and a memorial to him still stands in the forest he helped build.
North Korea has detained an 85-year-old US Army veteran of the Korean War, who was on a tourist trip he had long planned to see Korea once again. The strangest part is that he had finished his visit without incident and was on the plane to go home when he was taken.
Arts, Culture & Media
A simple song, sung in French, was exactly what the nation wanted after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Here is the music and the "Singing Nun" who become a short-lived global star.
Development & Education
Harris Wofford designed and helped implement the Peace Corps for President John F. Kennedy. He says it is central to Kennedy's legacy and embodies the late president's call to "ask not what your country do for you, ask what you can do for your country."