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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Former Journalist, Who Knew Oswald And Kennedy, Recalls Assassination Investigation

President John F. Kennedy is seen riding in motorcade approximately one minute before he was shot in Dallas, Tx., on Nov. 22, 1963. (AP)

President John F. Kennedy is seen riding in motorcade approximately one minute before he was shot in Dallas, Tx., on Nov. 22, 1963. (AP)

Forty-eight years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

We revisit a conversation that Here & Now host Robin Young had with her Harvard Square neighbor Priscilla Johnson McMillan. A community activist and scholar, McMillan was a speech writer for Kennedy in the 1950s.

Then in 1959, as a reporter in Moscow, McMillan spoke to a young defector, Lee Harvey Oswald. After Kennedy’s assassination, McMillan’s desire to find out more about why he was killed led her to befriend Oswald’s widow Marina, and write the book, “Marina and Lee.”

This story originally aired on 11/21/03.

Guest:

  • Priscilla Johnson McMillan, author of “Marina and Lee”

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