PBS to air Kennedy programs this fall to mark 50 years since his assassination

President Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, at Dallas Airport on Nov. 22, 1963. New PBS programs will examine Kennedy’s life and death.
President Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, at Dallas Airport on Nov. 22, 1963. New PBS programs will examine Kennedy’s life and death.AP/FILE

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LOS ANGELES — PBS’s fall schedule will examine President Kennedy’s life and his death 50 years ago through a modern lens, part of the network’s increased emphasis on relevance, its programming chief said.

A variety of programs about Kennedy will air in the weeks leading up to the milestone anniversary of his Nov. 22, 1963, assassination in Dallas, including ‘‘JFK,’’ a four-hour ‘‘American Experience’’ portrait of Kennedy, what he accomplished and what was left undone, PBS announced Thursday.

The science show ‘‘Nova’’ will look at how the forensics investigation into his death would have been handled today and ‘‘lay bare some of the problems with forensics at the time,’’ said Beth Hoppe, PBS’ new chief programming executive.

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