Tours: Return of the Gentle Persuaders

Only the gloomiest philistine would question the spirit of the State Department's cultural exchange program—its value is eloquently stated in pictures of Leonard Bernstein drawing admiring crowds in Moscow and Louis Armstrong flashing teeth and trumpet for fascinated Africans. Yet last year the program was suspended for a thorough reappraisal, and after six months of hearings, it was clear that the program's practices had not always lived up to its promises. Last week, with a new and far better charter, the "reconstituted" program was under way again as the first of 14 music and dance groups selected for the...

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