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Bill Ryan

Wednesday, December 04, 1963

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

From card catalog: Bill Ryan talks about his recent trip to Southeast Asia. Influence of Communist China, Vietnam, etc. Questions from the floor.

Host, Barret, introduces Bill Ryan, who will speak about Asia. He had a "most soul-searing experience." China has a vast impact on what goes on in Asia. Break between China and Soviet Union has had a great impact on the whole of Asia. Chinese attack on India produced a startling change in India. The communists don't think in terms of conquest; they think in terms of ejecting western influence and injecting their own.

Question and answer topics include the Buddhist suicides. Ryan makes reference to yoga being an unknown, perhaps occult, practice.

Host thanks Ryan and gives information about upcoming OSPC programs. After an abrupt edit, Ryan discusses Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu's role in Vietnam (e.g., morality laws). Question and answer period continues.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 70315
Municipal archives id: T350

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Ted Ryan from Santa Monica, CA

Could you please provide more information on who this Bill Ryan is?

Mar. 23 2014 02:10 PM

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