"Those whose jobs often involve great emotional stress develop an amazing stoic power to defer emotion — a power that momentarily eluded me," Walter Cronkite said about his announcement of President Kennedy's assassination. Listen to his recollections and three other compelling pieces from the NPR archives.
In the 50 years since the Kennedy assassination, Texas has become bigger, richer and more influential politically. Its economic model has not made everyone winners, but it's been attractive enough to draw millions of newcomers.
When humor writer Tom Ruprecht decided in high school to read Ian Frazier's Dating Your Mom, he faced a conundrum that most teens would find terrifying: How do you ask your mom to buy you a book with a title like that? And — again, like most teenagers — his solution wasn't exactly graceful. But at least the book of essays was worth it.