‘Listen In’ to J.F.K.’s Secret Tapes

BY News Desk  October 18, 2012 at 5:27 PM EDT

President John F. Kennedy looking at his children John John and Caroline dancing in the Oval Office. Washington, December 1962. Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images.

Thursday on the NewsHour, Gwen Ifill talks to historian and librarian Ted Widmer, who has authored a new exploration of the Kennedy presidency called “Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy,” which also features a forward by Caroline Kennedy.

In January, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum announced it had declassified and released to the public the final 45 hours of secretly-recorded conversations from the Kennedy White House, dated from the final three months of his presidency.

To hear them for yourself, you can download all of the recordings at once, or pick which topics you’d like to hear. Specific subjects include Vietnam, U.S.-U.S.S.R. relations and ‘Personal and Poignant’ clips. On the right side of this webpage, simply click the red hyperlinks to download the files you want. You can also read summaries and excerpts of transcripts of some of the featured recordings.