Skip Navigation Links  The Library of Congress >> Researchers
Recorded Sound Research Center (Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division)
  Home >> National Press Club >> Murrow

National Press Club Luncheon Speakers

Edward R. Murrow, May 24, 1961

Image: EPresident John F. Kennedy with Edward R. Murrow
President John F. Kennedy with Director of USIA, Edward R. Murrow, March 21, 1961. Cecil Stoughton. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Digital Id.: JFKWHP-ST-C61-1-61

Famed broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965) chose the National Press Club as the forum for his first speech since taking office a few months earlier as director of the United States Information Agency (USIA), the organization responsible for communicating U.S. policy abroad and carrying out much of the government’s international information and cultural programs.... More [PDF; 61 KB]

Timings (hh:mm:ss)

Introductions: 00:00-08:26
Speech: 08:33-34:19
Q & A: 34:20-01:04:00

Topics of the Talk

  • USIA Role in Communication and Policy: 10:35-12:48
  • International Reach of USIA: 15:09-16:37
  • International Access to Ideas of Democracy and American Influence: 17:25-20:22
  • Attacks on Freedom Riders (International Reach of News): 20:23-20:42; 39:15-40:19
  • African Diplomats’ Experiences in Washington D.C.: 20:42-23:09; 40:21-41:00
  • Bay of Pigs Invasion: 24:07-25:34; 38:08-39:12
  • Alliance for Progress in Latin America: 27:58-28:15
  • U.S. Relations with Newly Independent African Nations: 28:15-29:02
  • Challenges in Southeast Asia: 29:04-29:23
  • Scope and Cost of USIA: 29:24-32:43
  • Freedom 7 Spaceflight: 49:44-51:00
  • Nikita Khrushchev: 51:33-52:44
  • Fidel Castro’s Tractors for Prisoners Proposal: 53:38-56:22
Top of Page Top of Page
  Home >> National Press Club >> Murrow
  The Library of Congress >> Researchers
  October 17, 2016
Legal | External Link Disclaimer

Contact Us:  
Ask a Librarian