Jack Vaughn

Wednesday, June 22, 1966

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

Guests on the dais are introduced.
Victor Riesel speaks for some time.

Jack Vaughn, director of the Peace Corps appointed by President Johnson speaks about the role of the Peace Corp today. He quotes Norman Rockwell, who recently portrayed the Peace Corps in Look Magazine, as saying "I'm sorry the only beautiful people left in the world today are the astronauts and the Peace Corp volunteers."

He speaks about the changing generations of Americans, and the way youth today embrace change and action.
Vaughn emphasizes the need for Negro volunteers in the Peace Corps. He notes that people with adversity in their backgrounds tend to have strong staying power overseas.

Questions and answers follow. Relate to the draft status of return volunteers. Vaughn notes that Peace Corp work is only cause for deferment, not as a replacement for military service.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72254
Municipal archives id: T3459


Victor Riesel and Jack Hood Vaughn


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Comprised of both speeches and question-answer sessions, this news program brings together foreign correspondents and public figures from culture and politics.

The Overseas Press Club (1940-1967) contains voices from the past that help us understand their time and place in history. What sets these talks apart from others like them is the presence of a live audience of foreign correspondents — reporters with international perspectives and questions. The resulting sessions have a distinctly different dynamic than would those with an audience of American journalists of the period.

Speakers include the German writer Günter Grass talking about his fascination with American prize fighters; a fiery young LeRoi Jones (later known as Amiri Baraka) telling his audience "where it’s at with Mr. Charlie"; James Farmer on the civil rights movement and where it should be going; David Halberstam on the trials of covering the war in Vietnam; Josephine Baker on the focus of her later years, her adopted children; and Herman Kahn on being pushed to the nuclear edge.  Other notable speakers include the actor Alec Guinness, Richard Nixon, and a gaggle of early female pilots competing in the air race known as the Angel Derby. 

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