Isaac Don Levine

Wednesday, August 14, 1963

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

From card catalog: Isaac Don Levine, journalist on Soviet affairs, author of "Mind of An Assasin," talks about censorship of press in USSR.

Levine talks about being a reporter in Russia. The conditions under which foreign correspondents live are those approximating captives. The food problem being what it is, foreign correspondents with families get their food imported from Finland; flow of information. Recounts anecdotes of his time in Russia as a tourist. Story of Lazar Kaganovich's mysterious death in 1962 (?) (Wikipedia says Kaganovich didn't die until 1991). Mentions many Russian figures by name and reputation.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70484
Municipal archives id: T592


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