Americans Imprisoned in Iran; What Happened to Michael Rockefeller?; Diaries of a Cold War Diplomat; Defying the Draft

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

On today’s show: we’ll talk with Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal, and Sarah Shourd—the three Americans who were captured by Iranian forces while they were hiking and were held for two years. Carl Hoffman explains how he uncovered new evidence about the disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in New Guinea in 1961. We’ll look at the never-before-published diaries of George F. Kennan, who devised the policy of containment during the Cold War. Bruce Dancis talks about becoming an anti-war activist in the 1960s—and going to prison for resisting the draft during Vietnam.

Imprisoned in Iran

Three American hikers were held in Iran's Evin Prison for two years on charges of espionage tell their story of isolation and survival.

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Michael Rockefeller's Mysterious Disappearance

The explorer vanished in New Guinea in 1961, and despite exhaustive searches, no trace of him was ever found. More than 50 years later, one journalist thinks he knows what happened. (Hint: it involves cannibals).

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The Kennan Diaries

Historian Frank Costigliola discusses the diaries of George F. Kennan, America’s most respected foreign policy thinker of the 20th century. His career included early postings in eastern Europe followed by Berlin in 1940–41 and Moscow in the last year of World War II. In 1946, the 42-year-old Kennan authored the “Long Telegram,” a 5,500-word indictment of the Kremlin that became mandatory reading in Washington. A year later, in an article in Foreign Affairs, he outlined “containment,” America’s guiding strategy in the Cold War. The Kennan Diaries, spans 88 years and totals over 8,000 pages, and is full of keen political and moral insights, philosophical ruminations, poetry, and vivid descriptions.

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Protest and Prison During the Vietnam War

Bruce Dancis became the first student at Cornell to defy the draft by tearing up his draft card and soon became a leader of the draft resistance movement in the 1960s. He was the principal organizer of the first mass draft card burning during the Vietnam War. Dancis spent 19 months in federal prison in Ashland, Kentucky, for his actions against the draft. Dancis gives us an insider's account of the antiwar and student protest movements of the 1960s and at the prison experiences of Vietnam-era draft resisters. He writes about it in Register: A Story of Protest and Prison During the Vietnam War.

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