New Tapes Show a Different Jackie Kennedy, and the Pressures of Being First Lady

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Newly released interview tapes with Jacqueline Kennedy show a very different side to the resilient and charming first lady who gracefully lead America through one of the nation’s greatest tragedies. The tapes, which will be made publicly available tomorrow, show Kennedy as deeply opinionated, angry, judgemental and even, as our guest says, downright "nasty." Do these tapes shed light on a dark side to Kennedy, or, do they reveal a larger story, of the stress and responsibility that comes with being America’s First Lady?

Historian Barbara Leaming, author of "Mrs. Kennedy: The Missing History of the Kennedy Years" and "Jack Kennedy: The Education of a Statesman," talks about what these tapes say about the real Jackie Kennedy.

Listen to extended audio of the Jackie Kennedy tapes below:


Jackie Kennedy in Her Own Words by TheTakeaway

Comments [2]

Judy from Rochester, NY

Wow, you mean Jackie might have been - gasp - human?

Sep. 13 2011 09:54 AM
kimberlee bowman from Boston

Celeste gave a big hype this morning on listening to tapes of Jackie - showing "another side" - and we heard barely a minute of Jackie - and just Barbara talking all about listening to them in the context of where she was in her life at the time they were done - shortly after the assination -
Can you at least make available a more extensive audio of some of these "candid" tapes of Jackie so we can hear what the whole discussion was about?
I heard nothing new in the all too brief sound bites that were on the air..

Sep. 13 2011 08:42 AM

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