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Bob Sweeney and Jess Gorkin

Wednesday, November 27, 1963

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

From card catalog: Bob Sweeney, Time Magazine, talks about trip he took with US businessmen to USSR and 5 other countries. Plays tape of Communist Chinese attack on Khrushchev and talks about Sino-Soviety split. Jes Gorkin [sic], editor of Parade talks about same topics. Questions and answers.


Host introduces Sweeney. Sweeney tells stories about bad luck covering events in Russia and showing a group of businessmen around Moscow. Gorkin plays archival audio from Russia of Khrushchev "trying to white wash all his sins" (not sure who the speaker actually is - American accent) and talks about his own trips there. Quotes sources re: atomic bombs in Russia in China.


Q&A: How did the businessmen travel? Any Americans still in China? Impressions of Khrushchev?


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 70515
Municipal archives id: T617

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Jess Gorkin and Bob Sweeney

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