Carl Rowan

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Carl Rowan, 38, new director of the United States Information Agency (USIA), is shown in his office in USIA headquarters in Washington, D.C., Feb. 27, 1964.

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From card catalog: Carl T. Rowan, head of USIA and Voice of America, talks about the United States government's activities in spreading information and ideas. He also emphasizes the need for this.

McGurn introduces Rowan by listing his accomplishments. Rowan opens with a story about President Wilson and quotes Jefferson and Milton to illustrate the issues of nuclear warfare. Quotes Kruschev.

USIA has the job of protecting the nation's vital interests by influencing what foreigners know and believe. The first friend of tyranny is information. Information versus Propaganda.

Gulf of Tonkin example: After the attack, it was decided that US Military response was needed. To avoid escalation, it was deemed wise to inform the world of the limited nature of the response and "stern intentions of the future." Show that we are using our power responsibly.

Just how well are we doing in this ideological struggle? The US is #3 (after Radio Moscow and Radio Peking) in international broadcasting. Increasing language services in other countries in an effort to spread political ideals.

Greatest resource for USIA is the people, not the budget. We don't have all the money we need, but every year we learn to stretch the tax dollar.

Transmitter in Thailand.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70417
Municipal archives id: T583