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The Nose Pays Tribute to Melodrama

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John F. Kennedy

Today, on The Nose, well we can't entirely ignore the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, but the subject is so vast we can only break off one little part. We're going to focus on an essayby Adam Gopnik and published in The New Yorker a couple of weeks ago. Gopnik probes the question of exactly what changed as a result of the crime and its murky aftermath. 

Also, on the show today, there's a natural segue from Kennedy to Michael Skakel, the son of the brother of Ethel Kennedy. After more than a decade in prison, Skakel was freed on bail yesterday. He'll get a new trial for the murder of 15-year old Martha Moxley in 1975, when Skakel was also 15.

Also, a famous education reformer in hot water over his tweets. 

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