Book Talk at Hotel Santa Fe, 1501 Paseo de Peralta
Monday, October 10, 5:30 pm social followed by talk at 6pm

$15 members/$25 nonmembers

Cold War Radio breaks new ground as Pomar integrates his analysis of Cold War radio programming with the long-term aims of U.S. foreign policy, illuminating the role of radio in the peaceful end of the Cold War. Mark Pomar looks at how the United States waged the Cold War through the international broadcasting of Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). Mark G. Pomar served in senior positions at VOA and RFE/RL from 1982 to 1993, during which time the Reagan and Bush administrations made VOA and RFE/RL an important part of their foreign policy.

Pomar takes readers inside the two radio stations to show how the broadcasts were conceived and developed and the impact they had on international broadcasting, U.S.-Soviet relations, Russian political and cultural history, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Pomar provides nuanced analysis of the broadcasts and sheds light on the multifaceted role the radios played during the Cold War, ranging from instruments of U.S. Cold War policy to repositories of independent Russian culture, literature, philosophy, religion, and the arts.

Join us for a pre-talk evening social including salsa station and cash bar at 5:30pm, followed by the book talk beginning at 6:00pm.

Please note we are currently requiring proof of COVID vaccination for all in-person events. If we do not already have your vaccination record on file, email or text a photo of your vaccination card to: or be prepared to show it at the door upon arrival.