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    Q&A with Ted Widmer

    Ted Widmer talked about the book he edited, Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy. The book contains audio CDs with 150 minutes of recorded conversations from the oval office, cabinet meetings, telephone calls, and private dictations during Kennedy’s presidency. Mr. Widmer described how he was approached by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation to select, introduce, and transcribe the recordings. Mr. Widmer reacted to numerous clips played throughout the program including from during the Cuban missile crisis and discussions with Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett dealing with the riots over the integration of the University of Mississippi. There were also some more light-hearted moments. Mr. Widmer reflected upon his academic training at Harvard, as well as his experiences serving both President Bill Clinton, during his presidency, and Hillary Clinton, during her time as secretary of State.