A. Ross Johnson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, adviser to the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Archive Project at Hoover, senior adviser to the president of RFE/RL, and senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Johnson discusses his latest book, Cold War Broadcasting: Impact on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, which he cowrote with R. Eugene Parta, former director of audience research and program evaluation for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. The book launch was on October 14, 2010, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.
The book examines the role of Western broadcasting to the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe during the cold war, with a focus on Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. Drawing on contributions from radio veterans and scholars who have conducted research on the subject in once-secret Soviet bloc archives and in Western records, as well as never-before published documents from once-secret Soviet and East European archives, Johnson and Parta explore the important role of Western broadcasts in the evolution of the cold war. Joining them on the panel will be Vladimir Tismaneanu, professor of politics and director of the Center for the Study of Postcommunist Societies at University of Maryland. Click here for more information.