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Inside Gorbachev's USSR with Hedrick Smith
Taste of Democracy, The
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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 first episode captures the exhilaration of reform and renewal as Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and his generation face the formidable challenge of transforming a political system shaped by decades of terror under Stalin and stagnation under Brezhnev. From emotion-charged sessions at the newly convened Congress of People’s Deputies to defiant meetings of a neighborhood council, this program shows how ordinary citizens are confronting powerful institutions in ways that are novel for Soviet society.



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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; Taste of Democracy, The,” 04/21/1990, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 22, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B28C0523CD204858BB3B8591EA50B66C.
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APA: Inside Gorbachev's USSR with Hedrick Smith; Taste of Democracy, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B28C0523CD204858BB3B8591EA50B66C
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