11/21/2013 11:23 am ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

My Conversation With Presidential Historian Robert Dallek

Tonight on PBS, I sit down with presidential historian Robert Dallek. On the eve of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination, we discuss JFK's legacy and Dallek's new book, "Camelot's Court: Inside the Kennedy White House."

In the clip below, Dallek explains why JFK's continuing hold on the public's imagination is, in part, predicated on feelings the public has for subsequent presidents.

For more of our conversation, be sure to tune in to "Tavis Smiley" tonight on PBS. Check out our website for your local TV listings: After the show, tweet me @TavisSmiley #RobertDallek and let me know what you thought about our conversation.