Fresh Air's Dave Davies discusses John F. Kennedy's abbreviated term in office with presidential historian Robert Dallek, who finds that while you can make an argument that Kennedy accomplished little, he represents something special in the American experience. Dallek's latest book is Camelot's Court: Inside The Kennedy White House.
Pianist, composer and author Kenny Werner is known for his 1996 book Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within, which has become a university textbook for improvising musicians and other artists. His album of original compositions, No Beginning No End -- a meditation on loss, death and renewal — was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 2010.
In a rebroadcast from Nov. 9, 2012, Louie talks with Keith Erekson, Assistant Professor of History at UTEP, about his recent book, "Everybody's History: Indiana's Lincoln Inquiry and the Quest to Reclaim a President's Past." The book examines the story of the researchers in the 1920's & 1930s who worked to fill in the missing chapters of Abraham Lincoln's life, namely his boyhood years in Indiana, where he lived from age 7 to 21. http://www.keitherekson.com/books/everybodys-history/
Devdutt Pattanaik takes an eye-opening look at the myths of India and of the West — and shows how these fundamentally different sets of beliefs about God, death and heaven help us consistently misunderstand one another.
We're circling around for another look at one of this week's more talked-about stories: The Boeing 747 "Dreamlifter" cargo jet that touched down at a small municipal airport in Wichita, Kan., instead of its intended destination about 10 miles away, McConnell Air Force Base.