After Words

After Words: Peter Carlson author of "K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude, Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America's Most Unlikely Tourist" interviewed by Sergei Khrushchev, son of Nikita Khrushchev

About the Program

Peter Carlson recalls the inexplicable two-week tour of the United States by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev amidst the tensions of the Cold War in 1959.  Mr. Carlson remarks on the humorous musings of the Soviet Premier as he traveled across the country, his meetings with American celebrities, including Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, his interest in American supermarkets, and his anger in being denied a visit to Disneyland.  Peter Carlson discusses his book with Sergei Khrushchev, the son of Nikita Khurshchev and senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.

About the Authors

Peter Carlson

Peter Carlson

Peter Carlson was formerly a feature writer and reporter for the Washington Post.  Prior to joining the newspaper he was a reporter for the Boston Herald-American and senior writer for People magazine.  He is the author of Roughneck: The Life and Times of Big Bill Haywood.


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Sergei Khrushchev

Sergei Khrushchev is the son of Nikita Khrushchev.  He was formerly a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and first deputy director of research at the Control Computer Institute in Moscow.  He is the author of several books, including Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of a Super Power.  Mr. Khrushchev is currently a senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. 

Program Information

After Words: Peter Carlson author of "K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude, Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America's Most Unlikely Tourist" interviewed by Sergei Khrushchev, son of Nikita Khrushchev

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  • Saturday, January 2nd at 3am (ET)
  • Friday, January 1st at 3pm (ET)
  • Sunday, September 6th at 11am (ET)
  • Monday, August 31st at 3am (ET)
  • Monday, August 31st at 12am (ET)
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