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Inside Gorbachev's USSR with Hedrick Smith; Looking for Perestroika


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Inside Gorbachev's USSR with Hedrick Smith
Looking for Perestroika
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Broadcast April-May 1990.

Hedrick Smith is chief correspondent on this production which focuses on the cultural, economic and political issues in the Soviet Union today. A behind-the-scenes look at a complex country puts today’s news into the context of larger forces- social, economic, cultural and demographic- that shape the USSR’s identity and destiny. Series release date: 4/30/1990

Program Description

The third program of the series explores the promise and illusion of perestroika, where plans for economic reform are paralyzed by an overwhelming fear of loss of political power. Conversations with state managers of agriculture and industry, whose job it is to carry out government programs, Russian workers who consider themselves victims of the policies of the past, and emerging Soviet capitalistic entrepreneurs reveal widely divergent attitudes towards economic reform.



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Broadcast program

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News Report
Global Affairs
Smith, Martin (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Inside Gorbachev's USSR with Hedrick Smith; Looking for Perestroika,” 03/15/1990, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 11, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2DC3B643315244D7A1D901AD8A7B1071.
MLA: “Inside Gorbachev's USSR with Hedrick Smith; Looking for Perestroika.” 03/15/1990. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 11, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2DC3B643315244D7A1D901AD8A7B1071>.
APA: Inside Gorbachev's USSR with Hedrick Smith; Looking for Perestroika. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2DC3B643315244D7A1D901AD8A7B1071
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