In 1961, Khrushchev joked that he helped John F. Kennedy become president.

What role did the Soviet Union play in the election of John F. Kennedy?

What role did the Soviet Union play in the election of John F. Kennedy?

Bite-sized stories from presidential campaign history.
July 11 2018 9:00 PM

Kennedy and Communism (Part 2)

In 1961, JFK gave Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev a second chance.

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This episode of Whistlestop travels back to June 1961, when President John F. Kennedy sits down with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in Vienna.

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Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.

John Dickerson is a co-anchor of CBS This Morning, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and author of Whistlestop and On Her Trail.