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President John F. Kennedy's assassination is an unforgettable part of Dallas' history.Nearly 54 years later, scholars and enthusiasts alike are still processing details from that fateful drive through Dealey Plaza now that the remaining investigation files have been unsealed. For the 50th anniversary in 2013, KERA produced special stories and reports from the commemoration:The 50th: Remembering John F. Kennedy was KERA's live, two-hour special covering the official commemoration event at Dealey Plaza in Dallas on Nov. 22, 2013. Hosted by Krys Boyd and Shelley Kofler, the special includes reports from KERA reporters before the ceremony begins. Listen to the special here.Bells tolled across the city, and the event featured historian David McCullough, who read from Kennedy’s presidential speeches; Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings; religious leaders; the U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club; and a moment of silence. Read highlights from the event from KERA's live blog from that day.Throughout the month, KERA posted an online series called 22 Days In November, which takes a closer look at that fateful day, what it meant to the country and how it affected Dallas.We shared stories and memories in a series called “JFK Voices.” Explore our archives below.

Most Americans Don’t Believe Oswald Acted Alone When JFK Was Killed

Fifty years after President Kennedy was killed in Dallas, Americans are still uncertain as to who ended his life.

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Who killed President Kennedy?, keep your umbrellas handy, the Nasher hosts a ceramic show, and more:

Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy was killed in downtown Dallas, Americans are still uncertain as to who ended his life. A new national survey shows that more than 70 percent of those polled don’t believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

The poll was conducted by the History Channel. The survey also shows that 74 percent of those polled believe that Oswald “was the fall guy for a larger alternate theory.” The poll also helps promote an upcoming History Channel special on Nov. 22 that will reveal that there are a “whopping 311 distinctly different conspiracy theories in which the finger of blame has been pointed at 42 groups, 82 assassins and 214 people.” (By the way, as we approach the 50th anniversary of the assassination, KERA wants to hear your JFK stories and memories. Email us at We may contact you or use your memory in an upcoming story.)

  • Grab your umbrellas: Expect heavy rain across North Texas on Wednesday and Thursday. The National Weather Service reports that up to 2 inches is expected in parts of Dallas-Fort Worth, with more than 4 inches possible in Paris, Canton, Palestine and other parts of East Texas. Scattered showers and thunderstorms developed overnight. A few severe storms are possible, along with damaging winds and hail. Most of the rain will end Thursday morning. By Halloween night, it should be dry, clear and pleasant, with temperatures falling into the 60s.  Here’s a video forecast from the National Weather Service:

  • Final Four to generate lots of spending: The 2014 Final Four in Arlington is expected to generate $276 million in spending. The Dallas Morning News reports that figure is slightly more than the projected impact of the record-setting 2010 NBA All-Star Game in Arlington, but less than half the estimated spending for Super Bowl XLV in North Texas in 2011. The basketball games on April 5 and 7 will be the first Final Four in North Texas in 28 years.

  • Cool ceramics at the Nasher: Lucia Simek has a confession to make: “Ceramics make me lusty.” “[There is] something in the nature of clay’s ability to be all at once fleshy, smooth or resilient … The feeling that things in clay give me is, not to mince words, nothing short of a desirous urge.” Well, then. Simek traveled to the Nasher Sculpture Center to take a closer look at an exhibit that features ceramics. It’s called Return to Earth: Ceramic Sculpture of Fontana, Melotti, Miro, Noguchi and Picasso, 1943-1963. Her review is on “The operatics of the ceramic objects on display here track the medium at a fraught time in the world—post WWII—when the whole planet found itself in a transitional moment, struggling to adapt to a world radically altered by violence, sorrow, and disillusionment,” Simek wrote. The Nasher says that these artists produced “significant bodies of work in fired clay that engaged the material in novel, inventive, even radical ways.”

  • Dallas Opera’s new music director offers a “Magnificent Hello”: The Dallas Opera opened its season over the weekend – and its new music director, Emmanuel Villaume, made his debut. Art&Seek has a wrap-up of coverage. Sunday afternoon’s performance in the Winspear Opera House was a magnificent hello by Villaume and the company,” Olin Chism wrote: “The conductor led an often brisk and always disciplined performance, the cast was strong, and orchestra and chorus were in great shape.” The audience, though, was a tad chatty, Olin writes. (A friendly reminder: SHHHH!)
Eric Aasen is KERA’s managing editor. He helps lead the station's news department, including radio and digital reporters, producers and newscasters. He also oversees, the station’s news website, and manages the station's digital news projects. He reports and writes stories for the website and contributes pieces to KERA radio. He's discussed breaking news live on various public radio programs, including The Takeaway, Here & Now and Texas Standard, as well as radio and TV programs in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.