Oral history promises new look at Kennedy

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Over the past few years, Sen. Edward Kennedy has sat for nearly three dozen interviews to recount personal anecdotes and insights about his storied life and times.

The recorded conversations -- which have never been made public -- are the heart of an ambitious oral history project by the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs. The six-year project has gained even more significance since the 76-year-old senator was diagnosed this spring with brain cancer.

Most of the interviews with the Massachusetts Democrat have already been completed, so the project should be wrapped up on time in 2010, James Sterling Young, the director of the Kennedy project, said in an interview with The Associated Press.

"We've covered a lot of territory with him," Young said. "I think we've got a very rich ... spoken history by him, but there are some gaps that need to be filled."

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