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NBC Broadcast of JFK Assassination

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Broadcast and cable networks are weighing in all this week on aspects of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, from his legacy to the lingering questions about what happened that day 50 years ago. Here are three specials that show the range of perspectives.

"Primary"
(8 p.m. Thursday, Turner Classic Movies): TCM kicks off a night of Kennedy-themed programming with this look at Kennedy on the presidential campaign trail in 1960. It's followed by three more works by filmmaker Robert Drew: "Adventures on the New Frontier," a chronicle of the administration's early days; "Crisis Behind a Presidential Commitment," which focuses on JFK and civil rights, and "Faces of November," a portrait of the public mourning.

"Tom Brokaw Special: Where Were You?"
(9 p.m. Friday, NBC): The Kennedy assassination was a shared experience for baby boomers and their parents, who got their first brush with 24-hour news from the round-the-clock coverage. Venerable NBC News icon Brokaw hosts this sharing of memories from those old enough to remember.

"Lee Harvey Oswald: 48 Hours to Live"
(10 p.m. Friday, History): JFK assassination researcher Dale Myers of Milford is both a historical consultant and an on-air expert for this documentary on the assassination suspect. Myers says it was filmed at many of the places Oswald was from the time he was arrested to his fatal shooting by nightclub owner Jack Ruby.

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