In appreciation


Edward M. Kennedy, 1932-2009

WGBH celebrates the life and legacy of Senator Ted Kennedy, who represented Massachusetts in the US Senate for 46 years, by offering a series of new and encore programs.

American Experience: The Kennedys

Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 8pm | WGBH 2/HD | Find more airings >

robert, ted, and jack kennedyAmerican Experience tells a story unlike any other: a saga of ambition, wealth, family loyalty, and personal tragedy. From patriarch Joseph Kennedy’s rise on Wall Street and frustrations in politics, John Kennedy’s march to the White House, Robert Kennedy’s near-certain presidential victory preempted only by his tragic death, through Edward Kennedy’s senatorial successes and the scandal of Chappaquiddick, the family has left a storied political legacy. Watch online >

While Senator Kennedy was always a lightning rod for praise and criticism, few deny his influence. In an online poll, American Experience asks viewers to rate his legislative body of work in seven different policy areas. Rate his record >

Greater Boston

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 7pm-8pm | WGBH 2/HD

Greater Boston logoGreater Boston airs a LIVE one-hour edition on the life of Senator Edward M. Kennedy and his enormous contribution to American politics. Jared Bowen reports LIVE from Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, while host Emily Rooney is joined by Peter Meade, president of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Steve Grossman, former national chairman of the Democratic National Committee, former Boston mayor Ray Flynn, and Kennedy family friend Phillip Johnston, former chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. Watch Greater Boston segments online >

NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 6pm | WGBH 2/HD

newshour with jim lehrerThe NewsHour broadcasts extensive coverage on the passing of Senator Kennedy, known as the "liberal lion of the Senate" and the last surviving brother of a fabled political dynasty.

WCAI Cape & Islands

WCAI logoOn location at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, WCAI reporter Sean Corcoran reports breaking news throughout the day and the impact of Senator Kennedy’s death on the local area. The report includes many interviews with Hyannis residents and looks at Ted Kennedy as a neighbor and member of his community. At 7pm, NPR's Linda Wertheimer hosts a one-hour retrospective on Kennedy's life. Listen online >

All Things Considered

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 5pm–7pm | WGBH 89.7 and WCAI

Throughout the afternoon broadcast of All Things Considered, Senator Ted Kennedy is remembered with a series of seven pieces commemorating his life and legacy. NPR’s Brian Naylor, Pam Fessler, Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer, and others host this series of reports, which includes obituaries, testimonials, and in-studio analysis. Listen online >


Classics in the Morning

Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 4:30pm | All-Classical WGBH

Classics in the Morning host Cathy Fuller played a poignant recording this morning in honor of Ted Kennedy — a 2004 recording (recorded at WGBH) of the senator’s narration of Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, with music by the late Boston composer Daniel Pinkham. Charles Ansbacher, conductor of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, led the Moscow Symphony Orchestra for this special performance. Hear it again this afternoon on All-Classical WGBH at 4:30pm. To purchase a copy of the CD, contact Boston Landmarks Orchestra at or 617-520-2200.


Image credit: Courtesy of Lauren Victory Burke

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