Episode 2: Peace for All Time

October 19, 2023

About This Episode

In 1963, President Kennedy gave a speech at American University outlining “a strategy of peace” on how the two superpowers, the U.S. and Soviet Union, could back off the precipice of total nuclear annihilation. In this episode, we look back at the speech with historian Fredrik Logevall and people who were there on campus. We also interview former Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz about JFK’s legacy when it comes to nuclear arms and national security. We also look at JFK’s other legacy of peace with an interview with the 21st Director of the Peace Corps Carol Spahn.

View the transcript of this episode.

Related Material

Watch President Kennedy’s Commencement Address at American University.

Watch President Kennedy announce the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

Listen to the special podcast series on the Cuban Missile Crisis, Atomic Gambit.

Learn about our guests: Fredrik Logevall, Dr. Ernest Moniz, and Carol Spahn.


Hosts and Producers: Matt Porter and Jamie Richardson

Supervising Producer: Valerie Linson

Director of Marketing: Rick King

Podcast Art: Brian Kang

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