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america. mr. welcome to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler. here are the stop stoirts. there could be a break through in the iran nuclear talks. jeact john kerry is on his way to geneva. >> the family of a u.s. veteran held in north carolina is pleading for his release. 85-year-old merrill newman was supposed to return last month. his wife says the detainment is a dreadful misunderstanding and she is asking pyongyang to let him go. police say three women were
let out of house from time to time but only under carefully controlled circumstances. two people were arrested thursday in london. police say they don't know how the suspects managed to control the victims for so long. the chemist inside of a massive crime scandal in massachusetts has been sentenced to prison. annie ducan has admitted to falsifying records and led to release of hundreds of drug convicts. that's it for the headlines. america tonight is up next and remember, you can always get the latest on aljazeera.com. >> on america tonight: the journey we'll never forget. the story of president kennedy's lasting legacy and his last voyage. >> we have the transfer of
power, the official of state business, going on just a few feet in front. and here we have the private horror of a widow with her murdered husband. >> also tonight, fading away, capturing what might be the last looks of a vanishing culture. >> i believe these people have a wealth, an emotional wealth, cultural wealth that we do not have any more. >> and big dreams, small space. adam may: little tread. >> it will always be my place. >> it won't get away.
>> from the museum in washington, d.c. and the three shots were fired exhibit focused on the assassination of john f. kennedy, i'm joie chen, thanks for being with us. it's been 50 years since president kennedy's death, but his life remains a fascination. that trip on air force 1, dallas to washington with two presidents on board, one slain and one newly sworn in. john hendren explains. >> as the body of john f. kennedy made a final voyage, inside air force one there was disbelief and the transmission. >> the state business of the republic is going on just a few
feet in front and here we have the private horror and pathos of a widow with her murdered husband. >> president kennedy died at approximately 1:00 central standard time which is about 35 minutes ago. >> every american alive in 1963 remembers the day. >> i was in third grade at the time. >> i can remember when it happened. i was in school. >> it's taken half a century for the full story of kennedy's last flight on air force 1 to be told. recent accounts reveal it was a tense one filled with strained moments as when lyndon johnson walked into the presidential cabin and laid down. >> kennedy steps in the doorway and looks, it had to be extremely awkward. >> the vice president and staff who usually traveled on air force 2 joined kennedy's on a cramped air force 1. both camps climbed aboard with different takes on the same idea.
this was the president's plane. the plane that carried jfk is on display at wright air force base. it carried him to berlin. >> let them come to berlin. >> and it later carried richard nixon. this captain's log records the historic transfer of power. >> here on november 22nd you can see where he logged in, what was to be a three-day or four-day trip, unfortunately, it was cut short. this actually came from the president's bed. and this one from the first lady's bed. >> inside air force 1 a grieving jacqueline kennedy, had her first whiskey. lady bird johnson heard a secret service agent say, we've never lost a president before. and beside
mrs. kennedy. >> president's coffin was carried up these stairs. when they couldn't carry it inside they had to cut off the handles. they flatly refused to carry it in the cargo space. the staircase was taken away, for a few moments, leaving a forgotten president johnson behind. >> before the kennedy presidency the white house was associated more often with politically statements than fashion statements but of course first lady jackie kennedy changed that. the sight of her and her blood stained pink suit and her pill box hat. her accompanying the president to texas was a rare trip. on that fateful day in an event
at fort worth she made a stunning entrance. president kennedy himself could not help but take notice and tip his hat to her in her immaculate dress sense. >> two years ago, i introduced myself as the man who accompanied mrs. kennedy to paris. i'm getting that same sense now. nobody cares what lyndon and i wear. >> that iconic pink suit made by chanel. michael ro rodriguez is with us. his father was part of bringing that to the nation. everybody knows it was made by the house of chanel. everybody remembers it that way but you say no.
>> it was a chanel suit but it wasn't made by chanel and wasn't made in france. my father made the dress. >> your father jack horowitz? >> gentlemen. the story goes, which i've always heard, jackie wanted the symbolism of thatout fit, she wanted that dress, that suit rather, to be made in america. so she went to a boutique on the east side and she had commissioned a line by line, a thread by thread copy of that chanel suit and that boutique farmed out the work to a shop that was owned by oscar de la renta where my father was working as a sample maker and as a finisher. my father was a concentration camp survivor and the symbolism of the whole thing was pretty
big and it's lasting to this very day here in our little chat here. >> today we would call that a knock-off and you would sort of wonder why mrs. kennedy certainly had the resources and the attention of any designer in the world, certainly the house of chanel would have made it directly for her as well. why did she want so much for this particular suit to be american-made? >> i can only imagine, i've been thinking about that. but in those days the early '60s the garment industry was big, it was huge in america. seventh avenue, in the '30s from harold square up to times square, you couldn't walk up the streets because there were people pushing racks and racks of clothing. nowadays everything is made in china. and the international ladies garment workers union of which my father was a member was a very, very powerful union and i can only imagine she didn't want to upset anybody.
>> your father clearly knew what he was doing, he was making a >> yes. i don't remember until afterwards but my older sister tells me that it was a big topic of conversation in my house, that my father was making a suit for the first lady. >> and she wore it. she was quite pleased with it. it wasn't on this occasion only that she wore the suit. >> no, and i'm very, very happy about that. my father, from having a very faimous suit to having made a very infamous suit. i felt gratified that at least jackie got to wear the suit under happier circumstances for a period of time. because it must be really weird to have had your only claim to fame be so stained. after what happened 50 years ago today. >> yeah. did your sister recall the pride that he had in being involved in something that, at that high a level? i mean really this is the woman
known even today as one of the great fashion icons of all time. he dressed her. >> yes. there was even pride after the shooting because i remember i was three years old when the assassination happened. they talked about it, but i get the sense that it was kind of a subdued way of discussing it. because it's really hard to brag about this after what happened. and let me tell you one other anecdote. i managed to -- i bumped into jackie onassis when i was in hyde park in new york, i sat next to jfk junior one time on a plane and i met caroline. i wanted to tell them my connection with their family and i couldn't do it because it just felt so weird. >> certainly though, quite an important memory. and a story that we all thought we knew but there's really more
too it than that. thank you so much michael. >> thank you for having me. >> the president's death certainly a moment we can't forget and one that changed so much on that day, 50 years ago. frank mankewicz, a former press secretary to robert kennedy. i noticed in john hendren's report, earlier, we're now at 50 story. do you think we really have the full story of what happened? >> no i don't. >> what do you think is missing? >> well, i don't know. most americans, the large majority of americans doubt the warren commission's official verdict. >> on the assassination? >> yes. so somewhere, the truth lies and i don't think anyone really has picked it up in full yet. but it involves clearly organized crime.
maybe cuban compiles and maybe some -- exiles. compromised? >> i don't think so. he asked me to study all the literature and look at all the data and make sure i knew he all he could. i became kind of a buff. >> did he have that sense too that his life would also -- >> i think he doubted it, he didn't give serious thought to it, it was too much for him, not a subject he wanted to talk about at all. remember he gave a speech in indianapolis after martin luther king had been killed. he talked about, it's the only time in public that he talked about the assassination of president kennedy. and he referred to him as a
member of my family, he never even named him. he said for those of you full of anger, remember a member of my family was killed by a white man. and so -- and he went on from there to talk about the need for understanding and compassion. but he never even called him by name. >> and in private either he -- >> very rarely. >> very rarely wanted to discuss it. i wonder why you think you know with so much attention, so much interest, the warren report and everything after, why don't we know more? >> well, it's an enormous crime. whoever did it. i've always wondered who in intelligence terms, who was running oswald. and it's so enormous that nobody wanted to talk, and now i would assume that everybody's gone to
their graves with those secrets or if not, they will soon. >> do you think that our country will ever really recover from that, have that closure? >> i think our country changed because of the assassination of president kennedy. i think we came -- we've come to accept violence as a part of life, we've come to sort of abandon slowly the notion that our institutions are serious and well-meaning, and have only the good of the country at heart. we now question almost every official statement. every policy. it's become a -- a vastly different country, i think, than it was in 1960. >> extraordinary times. frank man keweicz, thanks for being with us. >> thank you. >> ahead, disappearing countries and cultures
ahead. we'll talk about a photographer who is trying to capture them before they slip away. and coming up, not necessarily an open floor plan. >> we find the fault lines that run through communities. >> the shooting happened about 30 minutes ago. >> companies... >> the remains of the fire are still everywhere here. >> the powers that be at home and around the world... >> not only do they not get compensation but you don't even have to explain why? >> well thats exactly what i said. >> we question authority. >> so you said we could get access... >> that's enough! >> ... and those affected. >> investigative journalism at it's toughest.
>> and now a thought from the more compact among us. is small beautiful? absolutely. but is less really more and who wants to live with less? we sent a big guy, adam may, to see how he might fit into a new american dream, tiny houses. >> tell me about this house here this community what do you call this place? >> this community is called, it's a showcase of tiny homes, we call it boneyard studio. >> each one is very different aren't they? >> yes. >> what you call this the mcmansion?
>> the mcmansion of the block, brian's house. the minim house. >> how big is this house? >> 210 square feet. >> it feels rather roomy. >> it's 11 feet >> and -- >> this is the office, there is a keyboard. >> this is a full sized bed? >> just pulls out. >> interesting. you really cram a lot of things into one small space. you say a lot of the things in this house are very natural, very environmentally friendly. >> uh-huh. the wood and like latex mattress, building a tiny house, it's such a tight building envelope. >> you want to make sure the air quality -- the water, really interesting, reclaimed off the
roof you're saying. >> rainwater. >> you came up with a name for your house. the para house. after your name. when did you begin building? >> about a year ago. august of 2012. first i want to know why are you doing this, what do you like about this? >> i think mostly it was just a creative project, i was bored in d.c., moved around a lot, but wanted something that i could move to another location. >> do you imagine living in this some day? >> yes. >> your little get away? >> yes. >> how are you going to cram something into this -- >> this is going to be a sofa l-shaped area. >> with a banket typ bankette type thing? >> yes.
>> this is your kitchen? >> a galley style kitchen. >> you have a large fridge in a space like this. >> yes, it is an apartment style fridge but i cook a lot and wanted space to freeze. >> you use every space in wholly different ways. >> yes. >> how big is this? >> 140 square feet. >> overall do you think people should consider living if a space like this? >> i don't know if they should but they are. in d.c., it is a transient population young people and just another form of affordable living. >> something we didn't mention. this is on with wheels. >> yep. >> yes. >> do you think you'll take it with you some day? >> oh yes. i'm not sure when. >> the average cost of building one is $23,000. three quarters of tiny house
american's last surviving tribes, a compelling reminder of all we lose when civilizations pass away. >> she's photographed by a beautiful photographer. that's what we sell to ourselves, we want to be, this false sense of you a tone yap beauty, these fantastic tribes and cultures, they're 911 given that dignity or privilege. they are far more real and far more beautiful than the beauty we sell to ourselves. this project is very special, but it has quite a history. i've been gathering the information for the last 25 years. i've never believed i would ever have the opportunity to concentrate on it full time. it actually started in my childhood because my family, my father worked for an international oil company. and from the age of zero i
traveled around the third world. i use photography for developing and learning and having the excuses to go to interesting places. i'm not an anthropologist, not a sociologist. just a photographer with a realistic view of the world. everything you can encounter, insects scorpion snakes, extreme cold, that's part of doing this as well, it is a heightened sense of existence. when you get to these people there aren't these beautiful people standing on mountain tops with eagles on their shoulders. i ask them to be there. the reality is quite harsh, there's few of them and they're becoming less and less and less.
16 journeys to 45 different countries to 35 different tribes before they passed away. very dramatic title. they are not going to die, their culture will going to die. they are on the brink of moving to the city. i have to persuade them, we have to persuade them that what they have is valuable. we have made the mistake, we overdeveloped, we let go of our awauthenticity and our origination. the further you go away the safer you are. they have nothing to get from me because they will have it anyway. they have their house their food, you don't have anything for them. it's about how you connect. and basically it's all about vanity and empathy and it's about people wanting to feel special, people wanting to feel strong. there's one fantastic example of this male vanity, the
sambu, in northern kenya, their hair touches their bottom, they groom themselves and giggling with each other. they're men. not only are they men, they're warriors, they are sambulu warriors, they can kill lions with their hands. they look like transvestites as we perceive them but in actual fact, they are some of the most finely tuned male specimens that you would ever come across on this planet. i genuinely believe these people have a emotional wealth a cultural wealth that we don't have anymore. what do we stand for, where are we from, all these cultures these transcribes that i went --
these tribes that i went to, they have that. they are green and blue and feathers and furs, they all have one thing in common, they are all physically active because they have to live, to survive, they have to find heating and protection and they have very few of the ailments that we have. we as human beings we love, we are attracted, beautiful cars beautiful watches, whatever it is that is beautiful. to me it's about beautiful feelings, raw feelings, powerful feelings, who am i, i'm passionate, i'm many of these things, but i'm desperate to photograph them, as soon as possible. >> the book is before they pass away, if you would like to comment on any of our stories, log on to our website, aljazeera.com/america tonight.
we'll have more of america tonight, tomorrow. join us then. shame on you! shame on you! shame on you! >> this year, striking restaurant workers brought their low wages to the nation's attention. but what many americans don't know is that low wage workers are often being cheated out of what little they do make. >> i said are you kidding me? i said you're telling me that these people allowed to treat people like this and you can't do anything? >> they accuse me. they accuse me, the federal government, that i stole one million dollars from these low-wage workers. >> they call it wage theft, and the restaurant industry is one of the worst offenders.