Many Americans believe that if they could only talk to those Russians, everything would be all right. Last week, the U.S. State Department tried it.

In a nightly one-hour short-wave broadcast, ambitiously titled the "voice of the United States of America," a staff of 15 Russian-speaking Americans would henceforth give Russia what Secretary of State Marshall called the "pure and unadulterated" truth. In the first broadcast last week (9 p.m. Moscow time), the Voice of America included 20 minutes of straight news. Then followed a twelve-minute lecture on the U.S. form of government,...

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