John Hoenberg

Wednesday, May 25, 1966

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

John Hoenberg, journalist, author and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism professor speaks. He discusses foreign correspondents and their place abroad. He notes that age does not restrict reporters from working as foreign correspondents. He discusses prize winners in the field.

He speaks of the American ignorance of communism in China. But notes that the flow of information between Asia and the United States is better today than it has been since World War II.

Hoenberg speaks of the difficulty in counting correspondents. Some are journalists, some are photographers, some, strictly speaking, are neither. The number of foreign correspondents in Asia, excluding the Middle East, was 91 prior to the Vietnam war. They were concentrated in Hong Kong and Tokyo when Hoenberg made his survey. There was flow in and out of Vietnam, but no real presence. Whole countries in Asia were unrepresented for weeks at a time.

He goes on to discuss the cost in lives of this war and of the past three wars in Asia. Hoenberg does not see a way of withdrawing from East, South East, and South Asia.

He believes that Latin America is being largely ignored by the press.

Questions and answers follow.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72241
Municipal archives id: T3093


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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. 

With presentations ranging from rambunctious and spirited to contentious and political, this collection provides invaluable access to the language and nomenclature of America's burgeoning global culture.


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