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On October 16, 1962, President John F. Kennedy was told the Soviet Union was assembling nuclear warheads on the island of Cuba, just 90 miles from the Florida coastline. During the next 13 days and beyond, President Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev would make decisions in a crisis that brought the world closer to all-out nuclear war than it has ever been. Today, we continue to live with the historic legacy of the Cuban Missile Crisis and its lessons of leadership, diplomacy, and ...
 
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This week, Alyson speaks with Paul Gregory, the author of The Oswalds: An Untold Account of Marina and Lee. “The closest friend of Lee Harvey Oswald and his Soviet wife Marina upon the couple’s arrival in Texas breaks a sixty-year silence with a riveting story of his time with JFK’s assassin and his candid assessment of the murder that marked a tur…
 
This week, Alyson discusses McCarthyism, and the personal and political relationships between Jack and Bobby Kennedy, and Senator Joseph McCarthy. Recommendation: Dangerous Friends: McCarthy and the Blighted Lives of John and Robert Kennedy (with David Nasaw) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbWvi80HAEE Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senat…
 
This week, Alyson is back to recap her amazing D.C. trip. She and her husband, Jeff, share everything they did, and the history that surrounds the sites and restaurants they visited, too. Martin's Tavern: https://www.martinstavern.com/ Watch the episode on YouTube with photos from the trip: https://youtu.be/laGCWuV09cQ Newsletter: www.kennedydynast…
 
This week, Alyson speaks with Marie Claire’s Royals Editor, Rachel Burchfield, about the Earthshot Prize (inspired by President Kennedy’s Moonshot Speech), her experience covering the event, and William and Kate’s visit to Boston. Earthshot: https://earthshotprize.org/ Moonshot Speech Video: https://youtu.be/QXqlziZV63k Rachel Burchfield: https://w…
 
This week, on the last Kennedy Dynasty Podcast episode of 2022, Alyson talks about the life and career of Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s daughter, Maria Shriver. Recommendation: https://amzn.to/3Vk3caa Newsletter: www.kennedydynasty.com/newsletter Shop New Merch: www.kennedydynasty.com/shop Recommendations: www.kennedydynasty.com/reco…
 
Today marks the 59th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy. In this episode, Alyson speaks with the Curator and Oral Historian for The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Stephen Fagin. Watch the interview on YouTube: https://youtu.be/s365jeaj9Mo The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza: jfk.org Stephen Fagin’s Book, “Assassination an…
 
This week, Alyson is joined by her friend and President Lincoln enthusiast, Hayley Michael, to talk about the odd list of similarities (which has become quite the urban legend) between President Kennedy and President Lincoln. Newsletter: www.kennedydynasty.com/newsletter Shop New Merch: www.kennedydynasty.com/shop Recommendations: www.kennedydynast…
 
This week, Alyson talks about Bobby Kennedy’s time as Chief Counsel of the Senate Labor Rackets Committee, how he went after the Teamsters, and his battle with Jimmy Hoffa. Newsletter: www.kennedydynasty.com/newsletter Shop New Merch: www.kennedydynasty.com/shop Recommendations: www.kennedydynasty.com/recommendations Instagram: www.instagram.com/ke…
 
Sixty years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, today’s world leaders can apply lessons learned to potential future nuclear crises. Former Obama Administration Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, Executive Director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University Alexandra Vacroux, and former Pulitzer-prize winning re…
 
After the United States and Soviet Union survived the Cuban Missile Crisis and its immediate aftermath, the next steps for the two superpowers would be critical. This episode looks at Kennedy’s "strategy of peace" speech at American University and the limited test ban treaty negotiated between Khrushchev and Kennedy, that some say saved the world a…
 
Happy Halloween! This week, Alyson shares the history of Halloween celebrations in the White House, along with some spooky ghost stories from inside the executive mansion. Also, she shares about the iconic Kennedy family photos from Halloween of 1963, and a few stories from that particular night. Newsletter: www.kennedydynasty.com/newsletter Shop N…
 
John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev reached an agreement about the Cuban Missile Crisis on October 28, but the crisis wouldn’t end there. Fidel Castro, angered by Nikita Khrushchev’s decision, threatened a serious setback in the negotiations to remove all offensive weapons - including tactical nuclear weapons - from his country.…
 
This week, Alyson is joined by best-selling authors Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin Hill to talk about their newest book, “My Travels with Mrs. Kennedy”. Mr. Hill is a retired U.S Secret Service Agent who served presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford. During the Kennedy administration, he was assigned to protect Mrs. Kennedy. Purchas…
 
October 27, 1962, also known as “Black Saturday," was the most dangerous day of the Cuban Missile Crisis as events began to spiral out of control. With two contrasting messages from Chairman Khrushchev, President Kennedy had to find a way to resolve the crisis or risk a nuclear war. Outside of the White House, the crisis took a fatal turn and war w…
 
This week, Alyson is joined by her pal and everyone’s favorite history teacher, Ryan Pryor, for a conversation about the Warren Commission, as well as their normal random banter. Newsletter: www.kennedydynasty.com/newsletter Shop New Merch: www.kennedydynasty.com/shop Recommendations: www.kennedydynasty.com/recommendations Instagram: www.instagram.…
 
By October 22, 1962, after days of long discussions with his advisors, President John F. Kennedy was ready to go public about the Soviet missiles in Cuba. His address to the American people laid out his plan to initiate a naval quarantine to prevent more Soviet ships and weapons from reaching Cuba. He also stressed the uncertainty and danger that l…
 
In the first few days of the Cuban Missile Crisis, President Kennedy and his advisors faced an extremely difficult choice on whether to attack Cuba, and how to do it without engulfing the world in a nuclear war. In this episode, you’ll hear some of the conversations from the top secret meetings between Kennedy and his advisors as he considered his …
 
This week, Alyson answers your questions and plays a round of “Would You Rather”: Kennedy Edition. Also, a very full and special “In The News” segment! About the "Kennedy" Docuseries: https://deadline.com/2022/10/john-f-kennedy-docuseries-director-ashton-gleckman-radicalmedia-1235140005/ “Pairs of People” By Mark and Jeanne Shriver https://amzn.to/…
 
From the moment President Kennedy took office, he warned the country about the dangers of nuclear weapons that could result in the deaths of millions. It would be his decisions and actions that would keep the country from the brink of total nuclear war. In the years leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy would face a number of embarrassing…
 
This week, Alyson talks about the Kennedys' Catholicism, and focuses on how religion impacted JFK’s presidential run. Recommendation link: https://jfkhyannismuseum.org/product/jackie-portrait-by-provincetown-artist-jo-hay/ Newsletter: www.kennedydynasty.com/newsletter Shop New Merch: www.kennedydynasty.com/shop Recommendations: www.kennedydynasty.c…
 
This week, Alyson talks about JFK’s thesis-turned-book, “Why England Slept”. Buy "Why England Slept": https://amzn.to/3S4YtHD Newsletter: www.kennedydynasty.com/newsletter Shop New Merch: www.kennedydynasty.com/shop Recommendations: www.kennedydynasty.com/recommendations Instagram: www.instagram.com/kennedydynasty Facebook: www.facebook.com/kennedy…
 
This week, Alyson talks about Jacqueline Kennedy’s love of France. Recommendation: Town & Country: The Queen: A Life in Pictures: https://amzn.to/3DlpBxM Newsletter: www.kennedydynasty.com/newsletter Shop New Merch: www.kennedydynasty.com/shop Recommendations: www.kennedydynasty.com/recommendations Instagram: www.instagram.com/kennedydynasty Facebo…
 
This week, Alyson shares how the Kennedys’ legacy lives on through music of all genres and decades. Watch the 100th episode live stream "Cocktails & Clam Chowder": https://youtu.be/dJd0Fg_YVeA Newsletter: www.kennedydynasty.com/newsletter Shop New Merch: www.kennedydynasty.com/shop Recommendations: www.kennedydynasty.com/recommendations Instagram: …
 
On October 16, 1962, President John F. Kennedy was told the Soviet Union was assembling nuclear warheads on the island of Cuba, just 90 miles from the Florida coastline. Over the course of the next 13 days and beyond, President Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev would make decisions in a crisis that brought the world closer to all-out nuc…
 
It’s here…the 100th episode! This episode was recorded live on August 20, 2022 with Ryan Pryor. If you would rather watch the video on YouTube, tap this link: https://youtu.be/dJd0Fg_YVeA Cocktails by Lucas Wharton with Desert Door: https://www.desertdoor.com Recommendations: JFK’s Last Hundred Days: An Intimate Portrait of a Great President by Thu…
 
Because many of you have been reading along with us, this week Alyson is joined by past guest and Distinguished Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Dr. Natalia Molina, to discuss “Jackie & Me” by Louis Bayard. Purchase Dr. Molina’s Book: https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520385481/a-place-…
 
This week, Alyson speaks with #1 New York Times bestselling author, Emily Giffin, about her newest novel partially inspired by JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, “Meant to Be”. Purchase “Meant to Be”: https://amzn.to/3Qf8NeU Newsletter: www.kennedydynasty.com/newsletter Shop New Merch: www.kennedydynasty.com/shop Recommendations: www.kennedydyna…
 
This week, Alyson finishes up part two of a two part episode about the Beales and Grey Gardens, by talking about the backstory, filming, and production of the documentary, “Grey Gardens”. Purchase “Jackie & Me”: https://amzn.to/3PrtK6c Watch “Grey Gardens”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9sCdPdoKLk Watch “That Summer”: https://www.youtube.com/wat…
 
This week, Alyson kicks off part one of a two part episode about the Beales and Grey Gardens, by talking about Big and Little Edies’ lives. Purchase “Jackie & Me”: https://amzn.to/3PrtK6c Watch Grey Gardens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9sCdPdoKLk Newsletter: www.kennedydynasty.com/newsletter Shop New Merch: www.kennedydynasty.com/shop Recommen…
 
This week, Alyson speaks with the author of “The Gardens of Bunny Mellon”, Linda Jane Holden, about Bunny Mellon’s life, career, and the design and creation of the White House Rose Garden. Purchase “The Gardens of Bunny Mellon”: https://amzn.to/3yASNgd Purchase “Jackie & Me”: https://amzn.to/3PrtK6c Newsletter: www.kennedydynasty.com/newsletter Sho…
 
This week, Alyson FINALLY found a tie between Elvis and the Kennedys! Listen to the story of the creation of Elvis Presley’s hit song, “If I Can Dream”, inspired in part by the assassinations of MLK and RFK. Recommendation segment link: Kennedy: A Cultural History of an American Icon https://amzn.to/3Au5dsG Watch “If I Can Dream” Elvis Performance:…
 
In this throwback episode from two years ago, Alyson discusses the relationship and marriage of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy… re-listen to refresh your memory for an exciting interview happening soon! Newsletter: www.kennedydynasty.com/newsletter Shop New Merch: www.kennedydynasty.com/shop Recommendations: www.kennedydynasty.com…
 
This week, Alyson is joined for part two of a two part episode by her pal and frequent guest of the show, Ryan Pryor, to chat about President Kennedy’s Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara. Newsletter: www.kennedydynasty.com/newsletter Shop New Merch: www.kennedydynasty.com/shop Recommendations: www.kennedydynasty.com/recommendations Instagram: ww…
 
We know much about the speeches President Kennedy gave during his time in office, but what about the ones he never gave. Speechwriter and author Jeff Nussbaum joins us to discuss his new book about how some undelivered speeches in the 1960s, including two by President Kennedy, could have changed history.…
 
This week, Alyson is joined for part one of a two part episode by her pal and frequent guest of the show, Ryan Pryor, to chat about President Kennedy’s Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara. Newsletter: www.kennedydynasty.com/newsletter Shop New Merch: www.kennedydynasty.com/shop Recommendations: www.kennedydynasty.com/recommendations Instagram: ww…
 
This week, Alyson spoke with Elaine Rice Bachmann, the current Maryland State Archivist, co-author of “Designing Camelot”, and curator of the new exhibit, “Jacqueline Kennedy and Henry Francis du Pont: From Winterthur to the White House”, at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. https://www.winterthur.org Purchase “Designing Camelot”: https://shop…
 
This week, Alyson talks about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ personal assistant, Kathy McKeon, and shares some stories from her book about her time with the Kennedy family. Purchase “Jackie's Girl: My Life with the Kennedy Family” by Kathy McKeon: https://amzn.to/3lj3EoS Sign up for our newsletter: www.kennedydynasty.com/newsletter Shop New Merch: www…
 
In the Kennedy Administration, Edward R. Murrow and a team of journalists and filmmakers produced stories about the United States’ activities and ideals for international audiences. Hollywood producer George Stevens, Jr. led the Motion Picture Service which produced more than 300 mostly short-form films for the global audience. He joins the podcast…
 
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