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TODAY's Takeaway: Remembering JFK 50 years later

Nov. 22, 2013 at 2:42 PM ET

Tom Brokaw and the TODAY family remembers John F. Kennedy 50 years later; illustrator creates a "graphic recording" of the broadcast.
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Tom Brokaw and the TODAY family remember John F. Kennedy 50 years later; illustrator creates a "graphic recording" of the broadcast.

1. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather joined Matt and Savannah to talk about where they were the day the president was shot.

Video: Legendary journalists Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather remember where they were the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago, and talk about the impact of his death and his legacy.

When we opened the discussion up to viewers on Facebook and Twitter, the response was extremely moving.

2. Al got the chance to interview a lifelong icon of his, Bill Cosby, and then — quite wonderfully — open for Cos in Vegas.

"You are just gonna go out there and you're going to forget about who's following you," Cosby encouraged Al backstage.

"So forget about the fact that Bill Cosby is following me?" Al asked.

Video: Al Roker sits down with the legendary comedian to talk about his career before performing standup together.

3. Norma Patricia Esparza, who faces charges for the 1995 murder of Gonzalo Ramirez, a man she alleges raped her, rejected a plea deal and is now behind bars.

“She’s not a victim on this case,” Susan Kang Schroeder, chief of staff for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, told TODAY. “She’s a defendant on this case.”

Video: A university professor from the U.S., now living and working in Switzerland, is behind bars for allegedly helping to murder the man she says raped her 18 years ago. NBC’s Mike Taibbi reports.

4. Kate Snow talked to two mothers who survived September’s Nairobi mall shooting about the traumatic event — and how they protected their children.

Video: Two mothers who survived a deadly shooting at a mall in Nairobi speak out about the traumatic moments, and how they protected themselves and their children.

5. Let the wild rumpus start!

For the 50th anniversary of Maurice Sendak's “Where the Wild Things Are,” the TODAY family celebrated with a reading of the timeless tale.

Video: For the 50th Anniversary of Maurice Sendak's beloved children's book, "Where The Wild Things Are," Matt Lauer, Martha Stewart, John Rich and more read the classic story.

6. Illustrator Heather Willems drew her interpretation of the broadcast this morning from the Orange Room, and viewers had the chance to follow along in real time via livestream.

What do you think of the final product? Tweet us using the hashtag #OrangeRoom.

Video: Artist Heather Willems, co-founder of “graphic recording” firm ImageThink, presents a visual summary of Friday’s broadcast of TODAY rendered with color markers on a whiteboard, as an example of the possibilities of visual learning.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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