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Personalities At RFE - From Our Black & White Archives

We dug into our black & white archives and compiled some photos of memorable personalities RFE interviewed in Cold War times.

Former U.S. First Lady and Human Rights Champion Eleanor Roosevelt sits down for an interview in the late 1950s - Former U.S. First Lady and Human Rights Champion Eleanor Roosevelt sits down for an interview in the late 1950s with Radio Liberty.
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Former U.S. First Lady and Human Rights Champion Eleanor Roosevelt sits down for an interview in the late 1950s - Former U.S. First Lady and Human Rights Champion Eleanor Roosevelt sits down for an interview in the late 1950s with Radio Liberty.

Jazz musician and bandleader William "Count" Basie (left) visits the RFE studios during his 1956 European tour. - Jazz musician and bandleader William "Count" Basie (left) visits the RFE studios during a break in his 1956 European tour. Jazz, which the Soviets dismissed as capitalistic, was an important component of the Radios' programming. throughout the years. At one time labeled "the music of putrescent capitalism" by the Soviets, jazz was suppressed to varying degrees in the USSR and its satellites. Despite official condemnation, jazz remained popular in the region, and RFE/RL took advantage of this, using music to build a base of devoted listeners. The Radios recorded performances by American jazz artists in New York and Munich for broadcast to their listeners; one of the Radios' biggest jazz coups was the recording and distribution of an album of Soviet jazz compositions smuggled out of the USSR by members of Benny Goodman's orchestra.
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Jazz musician and bandleader William "Count" Basie (left) visits the RFE studios during his 1956 European tour. - Jazz musician and bandleader William "Count" Basie (left) visits the RFE studios during a break in his 1956 European tour. Jazz, which the Soviets dismissed as capitalistic, was an important component of the Radios' programming. throughout the years. At one time labeled "the music of putrescent capitalism" by the Soviets, jazz was suppressed to varying degrees in the USSR and its satellites. Despite official condemnation, jazz remained popular in the region, and RFE/RL took advantage of this, using music to build a base of devoted listeners. The Radios recorded performances by American jazz artists in New York and Munich for broadcast to their listeners; one of the Radios' biggest jazz coups was the recording and distribution of an album of Soviet jazz compositions smuggled out of the USSR by members of Benny Goodman's orchestra.

U.S. President John F. Kennedy speaks into an RFE microphone in the early 1960s. - U.S. President John F. Kennedy speaks into an RFE microphone in the early 1960s.
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U.S. President John F. Kennedy speaks into an RFE microphone in the early 1960s. - U.S. President John F. Kennedy speaks into an RFE microphone in the early 1960s.

Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower talks with RFE director C. Rodney Smith in front of a RFE map. - Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower talks with RFE director C. Rodney Smith in front of a map showing RFE's broadcasting area in the early 1960s.
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Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower talks with RFE director C. Rodney Smith in front of a RFE map. - Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower talks with RFE director C. Rodney Smith in front of a map showing RFE's broadcasting area in the early 1960s.

U.S. journalist Walter Cronkite narrates a film about RFE commissioned by the National Committee for a Free Europe-1960s - U.S. journalist Walter Cronkite narrates a film about RFE commissioned by the National Committee for a Free Europe in the 1960's.
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U.S. journalist Walter Cronkite narrates a film about RFE commissioned by the National Committee for a Free Europe-1960s - U.S. journalist Walter Cronkite narrates a film about RFE commissioned by the National Committee for a Free Europe in the 1960's.

Henry Kissinger is being interviewed by Radio Free Europe in the early 1960s about the political situation in Europe. - Henry Kissinger is being interviewed by Radio Free Europe in the early 1960s about the political tensions raging in Europe.
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Henry Kissinger is being interviewed by Radio Free Europe in the early 1960s about the political situation in Europe. - Henry Kissinger is being interviewed by Radio Free Europe in the early 1960s about the political tensions raging in Europe.

Elizabeth Taylor takes a break for an interview with Radio Free Europe in 1962 on the set of the epic film Cleopatra. - Elizabeth Taylor takes a break for an interview with Radio Free Europe in 1962 on the set of the epic film Cleopatra.
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Elizabeth Taylor takes a break for an interview with Radio Free Europe in 1962 on the set of the epic film Cleopatra. - Elizabeth Taylor takes a break for an interview with Radio Free Europe in 1962 on the set of the epic film Cleopatra.

New York Senator Kenneth Keating speaks with Radio Free Europe on a fact finding mission to Germany in the early 1960s. - New York Senator Kenneth Keating speaks with Radio Free Europe on a fact finding mission to Germany in the early 1960s.
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New York Senator Kenneth Keating speaks with Radio Free Europe on a fact finding mission to Germany in the early 1960s. - New York Senator Kenneth Keating speaks with Radio Free Europe on a fact finding mission to Germany in the early 1960s.

Radio Free Europe Journalist scrambles to get front row seat for a news conference with Nikita Khrushchev in 1962. - Radio Free Europe Journalist scrambles to get front row seat for a news conference with Nikita Khrushchev in 1962.
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Radio Free Europe Journalist scrambles to get front row seat for a news conference with Nikita Khrushchev in 1962. - Radio Free Europe Journalist scrambles to get front row seat for a news conference with Nikita Khrushchev in 1962.

Radio Liberty Editor Francis Ronalds interviews U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in 1966. - Radio Liberty Editor Francis Ronalds interviews U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in 1966 about the on-going fight for equal rights in America.
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Radio Liberty Editor Francis Ronalds interviews U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in 1966. - Radio Liberty Editor Francis Ronalds interviews U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in 1966 about the on-going fight for equal rights in America.

RFE Czechoslovak Disc Jockey Joe Sevecka (left) interviews British singing star Tom Jones in March 1968. - RFE Czechoslovak Disc Jockey Joe Sevecka (left) interviews British singing star Tom Jones during his March 1968 visit to Munich.
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RFE Czechoslovak Disc Jockey Joe Sevecka (left) interviews British singing star Tom Jones in March 1968. - RFE Czechoslovak Disc Jockey Joe Sevecka (left) interviews British singing star Tom Jones during his March 1968 visit to Munich.

Shah of Iran speaks into a RFE microphone during a 1968 diplomatic trip to Berlin . - Shah of Iran speaks into a RFE microphone during a 1968 diplomatic trip to Berlin .
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Shah of Iran speaks into a RFE microphone during a 1968 diplomatic trip to Berlin . - Shah of Iran speaks into a RFE microphone during a 1968 diplomatic trip to Berlin .

Ronald Regan's foreign policy adviser and ardent anticommunist Jeane Kirkpatrick sits down with RFE in 1980. - Ronald Regan's foreign policy adviser and ardent anticommunist Jeane Kirkpatrick sits down with RFE in 1980.
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Ronald Regan's foreign policy adviser and ardent anticommunist Jeane Kirkpatrick sits down with RFE in 1980. - Ronald Regan's foreign policy adviser and ardent anticommunist Jeane Kirkpatrick sits down with RFE in 1980.

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