“And That’s The Way It Is” is a trilogy of live, multi-media productions comprised of “Harry and Walter: Missouri’s Native Sons,” “King and Cronkite,” and “Cronkite.” 

***Please note that showings of the plays are suspended at this time, but information remains available below.***

Conceived and Edited by:
Robert A. Vartabedian

Robert A. Vartabedian and Bob Willenbrink

Jim Korinke as Walter Cronkite, Ken Remmert as Harry Truman,
Walter Coppage as Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mr. Korinke, Mr. Remmert, and Mr. Coppage are proud members of the Actors’ Equity Association

Multi-Media Producer and Director:
Tara Stoll

Technical Director:
Jake Kelly

Music By:
Ryan Menley

Executive Producers:
Gordon Mapley and Cori Criger

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Special Thanks To

  • Marlene Adler
  • Denise Bartles
  • Dan Boulware
  • Traci V. Bransford
  • Douglas Brinkley
  • Jeanne Daffron
  • Clifton Truman Daniel
  • George Diestel
  • Gary Exline
  • Eric Fuson
  • Sonia Hanson
  • Bill Hill
  • Terry Imlay
  • Dan Kellogg
  • Bernice King
  • Dexter King
  • Martin Luther King III
  • Michael Meierhoffer
  • Craig “Doc” Morey
  • Bob Nichols
  • Terry Nienhuis
  • Carol Roever
  • Robert Rosenthal
  • Sebastian Smith
  • John Tapia
  • Eric Tidwell
  • Laurel Vartabedian
  • Larry Wright
  • Lory Lacy Zuptich
  • The Bradley Family
  • The Cronkite Family
  • Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
  • Missouri Western Foundation
  • Missouri Western Instructional Media Center
  • Missouri Western Maintenance
  • Missouri Western President’s Office
  • Missouri Western Public Relations and Marketing
  • Missouri Western Theatre, Cinema and Dance
  • Missouri Western University Advancement
  • Western Institute at Missouri Western


  • Abbie Rowe, National Park Service
  • ACME
  • Afro Newspaper/Gado/Getty Images
  • Archive Films/Getty Images
  • archive.org
  • archives.gov
  • Associated Press
  • Bettmann/Getty Images
  • CBS News
  • Cecil Schrepfer
  • Community of Christ Church, Independence, MO
  • Critical Past
  • Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas-Austin
  • Express Newspapers/Getty Images
  • Florence Parker/Getty Images
  • Francis Miller/Getty Images
  • The Film Gate LLC
  • Frank Gatteri, United States Army
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
  • George Diebold/Getty Images
  • George Skadding/Getty Images
  • Getty Images
  • Granger Academic, NY
  • Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
  • H.B. Dickey, Missouri State Fair
  • Hulton Archive/Getty Images
  • Imagno/Getty Images
  • John Cohen/Getty Images
  • John Vachon/Getty Images
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  • Leo Hessler, Hessler Studio of Washington, D.C.
  • Library of Congress
  • Manuel Litran/Getty Images
  • Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
  • Mondadori Portfolio/Getty Images
  • Morton Broffman/Getty Images
  • NASA
  • National Archives and Records Administration
  • NY Times Co./Getty Images
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  • Pond 5
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  • Ted Polumbaum/Newseum Collection
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  • U.S. Army Signal Corps.
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • U.S. War Department
  • Victor Drees/Getty Images
  • wikimedia.org
  • W.T. Dole

Our Financial Supporters

Steven L. Craig
Jennifer Kneib-Dixon, and the Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation

Grants By

City of St. Joseph
Buchanan County
The Missouri Humanities Council
The Missouri Arts Council


Audio Blocks
Footage Firm, Inc.
Chris Haigh
Pond 5
Succession Stuidos
Swan Productions
Jamin Winans
“Say It Isn’t So” written and performed by Richie Havens. Produced by Stormy Forest Productions, Inc. C/O BMG Rights Management US, LLC.

Reference/Research Material

Albin, K. (1996). That’s The Way It Is … with Walter Cronkite. An interview. GRANDTimes.com, Grand Times Publishing, El Cerrito, CA. Retrieved May 2015 from http://www.grandtimes.com/cronkite.html

Boller, P. (1981). Presidential Anecdotes, Penguin Books, New York, NY.

Brinkley, D. (2013). Cronkite. HarperCollins Publishers, New York, NY.

Carrozzo, P. (2002, June). Review of Gardner, M., Harry Truman and Civil Rights: Moral Courage and Political Risks. H-Law, H-Net Reviews. Retrieved May 2015 from www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=6354

Cronkite, Chip (2015). Personal email exchanges with the author.

Cronkite, W. (1996). A Reporter’s Life. The Random House Publishing Group, New York, NY.

Cronkite, W. (October 19, 1999). United Nations, national sovereignty and the future of the world. Speech presented upon receiving the Norman Cousins Global Governance Award. Retrieved May 2015 from www.thirdworldtraveler.com/United_Nations/Chronkite_UN.html

Cronkite, W. and Carleton, D. (2010). Conversations with Cronkite. Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, Austin, TX.

Cronkite IV, W. and Isserman, M. (2013). Cronkite’s War: His World War II Letters Home. The National Geographic Society, Washington, DC.

Dallek, R. (2008). Harry S. Truman. Times Book, New York, NY.

Ember, S.; adapted from a script written by Jarmul, D. (2011, July 27). Roosevelt’s Death Makes Truman President (Program #199). In Making of a Nation, VOA Learning English. Retrieved May 2015 from http://learningenglish.voanews.com/content/american-history-roosevelts-death-makes-truman-president-126294003/116164.html

Frank, J. (2015, April 17). How F.D.R.’s Death Changed the Vice-Presidency. The New Yorker. Retrieved May 2015 from http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/how-f-d-r-s-death-changed-the-vice-presidency

Halberstam, D. (1993). The Fifties. Ballantine Books, New York, NY.

Harry S Truman and Civil Rights. (n.d.). National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. Retrieved May 2015 from http://www.nps.gov/hstr/learn/historyculture/upload/Harry%20Truman%20and%20Civil%20Rights.pdf

Keyes, R. (1995). The Wit & Wisdom of Harry Truman. Gramercy Books, New York, NY.

King Jr., Martin Luther (1988). “I Have a Dream”, in Contemporary American Speeches, sixth edition by Richard L. Johannesen, R.R. Allen, and Wil A. Linkugel. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, pp.300.

Letters of correspondence courtesy of Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

Lotridge Levin, L. (2014, August 25). Harry S Truman: The Somewhat Accidental President. Rhode Island Library Report. Retrieved May 2015 from http://www.rhodeislandlibraryreport.org/presidential-libraries/harry-s-truman-the-somewhat-accidental-president

McCarthy, K. (2004, May 6). In Recognition of Walter Cronkite Receiving the Harry S Truman Good Neighbor Award. Congressional Record, Volume 150 (Number 63), E785-E785. Retrieved May 2015 from Congressional Record Online through Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CREC-2004-05-07/html/CREC-2004-05-07-pt1-PgE785.htm

McCullough, D. (1992). Truman. Simon & Schuster, New York, NY.

Miller, M. (1973, December 3). Quoted in Time Magazine and cited in Harry S. Truman (Wikipedia)

Person to Person: Walter Cronkite Interview. (1997, Spring). Midwest Today. Retrieved May 2015 from http://www.midtod.com/9704/cronkite-2.phtml

Program Transcript: Truman. (n.d.). In American Experience Online, WGBH-TV. Retrieved May 2015 from http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/transcript/truman-transcript/

Rickman, D. (2004, December 8). Cronkite calls war in Iraq ‘unfortunate’ Chester County Independent, Henderson, TN. Retrieved May 2015 from http://www.chestercountyindependent.com/cronkite-calls-war-in-iraq-unfortunate-cms-1944

Ryan, H., ed. (1995). U.S. Presidents as Orators. Greenwood Press, Westport, CT.

Steinberg, A. (1962). The Man From Missouri. Putman, New York, NY.

Truman, H. (1945, August 9). A Warning to Japan Urging Surrender. Excerpts from President Truman’s radio address to the American People in American Experience Online, WGBH-TV. Retrieved May 2015 from http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/primary-resources/truman-japanwarn/

Truman, H. (1947, June 28). Address to the NAACP. In American Experience Online, WBGH-TV. Retrieved May 2015 from http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/primary-resources/truman-naacp47/

Truman, H. (1947) Truman Doctrine. In American Experience Online, WGBH-TV. Retrieved May 2015 from http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/primary-resources/truman-trudoct/

Truman, H. (1948, February 2). Civil Rights Speech, 1948. In American Experience Online, WGBH-TV. Retrieved May 2015 from http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/primary-resources/truman-civilrights/