Click on the link here for Audio Player – The Moscow Fair – September 13, 1959 – CBS Radio – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
Before the infamous U-2 incident (the plane, not the band . . .for you who may not know), there was a decided thaw in the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Cultural exchanges were arranged, there was a little less jamming of Radio Free Europe and Soviet Life,a sort of “feel-good Kremlin” glossy magazine was published.
And in 1959 the U.S. was invited to set up a pavilion for the Moscow Fair, as a goodwill gesture. This was also the setting for the now-famous Kitchen Debate between vice-President Nixon and Soviet Premier Khruschev.
So curiosity was high in the U.S. over Soviet reaction to seeing certain snippets of “daily American life”. And when the fair was over, a lot of questions were posed to the Guides who worked the Fair. The result was this special radio program, produced by CBS News and broadcast on September 13, 1959.
And the honeymoon was on . . . for a few months anyway.