An American journalist in Cold War Moscow

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – FEBRUARY 18, 2021: Piles of snow are seen in Vasilyevsky Spusk Street off Red Square. Seen in the distance is Spasskaya Tower of the Moscow Kremlin and St Basil's Cathedral. On 18 February, daytime temperatures in Moscow varied between -19 and -13 degrees Celsius. Between 12  and 14 February, Moscow received nearly 85% of a month’s worth of precipitation. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS.No use Russia.

In Assignment Russia: Becoming a Foreign Correspondent in the Crucible of the Cold War, award winning journalist Marvin Kalb tells the story of how as a young reporter and student of Russia he was present not only at the creation of a new way of bringing news immediately to the public, but also doing so in the midst of Cold War tensions between Eisenhower’s America and Khrushchev’s Soviet Union.

In this episode, Brookings Institution Press Director Bill Finan interviews Kalb about his new book, the second volume of his memoirs published by Brookings.

Also on this episode, David Wessel, senior fellow and director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at Brookings, discusses what a post-pandemic economic recovery could look like in terms of GDP growth and job gains. “This is not going to be another jobless recovery,” he says. Listen to this segment also on SoundCloud.

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