Aired: April 25, 2015

Kremlin to Kremlin: The Joseph Roane Story


  • Kremlin to Kremlin (15 min.)

    With: Jon Bachman, Stratford Hall and Marian Veney Ashton, A.T. Johnson Museum

    Joseph Roane, an agronomist trained at Virginia State University, was part of a group of African American expatriates who were encouraged by the Stalinist government in the 1930s to work in the Soviet Union building a society free of class and racism. Bachman and Ashton are making a film on how Roane survived Stalin’s purges and returned to the United States to become a mentor to young African American agricultural students.

  • We Fight for Peace (11 min.)

    With: Brian McKnight, University of Virginia at Wise

    In his new book We Fight for Peace McKnight  tells the story of American prisoners of war in the Korean War who defected to North Korea and what happened to them when they decided to return to the United States.

  • Franklin Roosevelt (23 min.)

    With: David Kennedy, Stanford University and Sid Milkis, University of Virginia

    An entire generation of Americans grew up knowing no other president than Franklin Roosevelt, who served four terms and led them through the Depression and World War II. Pulitzer Prize-winning FDR biographer David Kennedy gives a spellbinding account of this ebullient man of constant cheer who crafted the New Deal and the social security system. Kennedy and political scientist Sid Milkis spoke at a recent conference held by the Center for American Studies at Christopher Newport University.



4 Comments on “Kremlin to Kremlin: The Joseph Roane Story”

  1. Al Roane

    I thoroughly enjoy listening to the “Kremlin to Kremlin: The Joseph Roane Story” and being inspired. It is a brilliant story and I am very proud to have been a nephew of Joseph Roane. He had a great impact on my life growing up in Westmoreland County Virginia. I am excited about the movie and would like to learn more about. I am in contact with my cousin Yosif from time to time. Yosif was one of my elementary school teachers and I taught his daughter in high school in Westmoreland County. We have a very interesting family history. Al Roane

  2. klibby Post author

    Hi Catherine,

    Thank you for listening and for the positive feedback. We’re thrilled you’d like to share the show with your students. Here’s the link to various ways you can access the podcast:

    You can also download the file directly from the audio player. Just click the arrow in the top right of the player, under where it says “Soundcloud.”

    We’re also happy to send a free CD if that would be helpful.

    Very best,
    Kelley Libby

  3. Sonny Dearth

    That was quite an interesting story on Joseph Roane and the other blacks who went to Stalinist Russia. I’d never heard about such a thing! Well done.

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