Nixon in Moscow: The Kitchen Debate

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Nixon in Moscow: The Kitchen Debate

Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev. Leading figures of the United States and the Soviet Union respectively, in a verbal debate about capitalism and communism in the 1950s. The location? A cultural convention.

On July 24 1959, this pair of key players in the Cold War met at the American National Exhibition in Moscow. Their conversation was televised on all new colour television. This ‘Kitchen Debate’ became one of the most famous episodes of the Cold War.

Kitchen Debate newsreel: Richard Nixon Foundation. Originally recorded July 24 1959.

Edited and produced by Sophie Gee. Senior Producer was Charlotte Long.

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