The ‘Nation’ at 50: Revisiting JFK and the press corps

Written by Staff Writer at CNN

Welcome to “The Nation: Flight 462, Six Decades, and One Giant Leap.”

This series is a return to “The Nation,” which ran more than 50 years ago, as we show how a great generation of Americans, starting with President John F. Kennedy, tackled the big questions of the day.

The three-part special is produced in association with the Pulitzer Center, marking the first project of its kind since the center was established in 1997.

We bring back to life long-forgotten stories and the people who lived them. We honor those who sacrificed their lives so that all of us, even someone on the brink of retirement, can continue to read, watch and listen to The Nation.

Here are four stories we look forward to revisiting:

White House reporter’s ‘nightmare’ in 1960: ‘I thought I was going to die’

They were “the most exciting nights,” says Ron Reeder, 84, recalling his years in the White House Correspondents’ Association during the Kennedy administration. But for him and other reporters, they were “a nightmare, the maddest, most exciting nights in the history of America.”

A correspondent on the groundbreaking “Citizen Kane” in 1941

Photojournalist Max Stier was on assignment in New York for the New York World-Telegram and Philadelphia Daily News when he received the notice: He’d been named as one of the contributors for the groundbreaking film “Citizen Kane.”

Robert Redford on science fiction: ‘It’s used for much more than we think’

Author and actor Robert Redford, 76, gives his take on science fiction — from “The Twilight Zone” to Black Mirror.

What happens to a regime after it collapses

Journalist and author, Tom Gilroy, discusses his book “It’s Alive!” and how North Korea is undergoing a systemic collapse as Kim Jong Un’s dictatorship collapses.

How the US and others brought torture into the spotlight

CNN’s Douglas Kennedy recently followed up on a report of his in 2001. In it, he tells the story of how inmates were held at the infamous South Korean prison center, Tanchon Detention Center.

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