peace corps http://michiganradio.org en 50 years of friendship across continents, poverty, and war http://michiganradio.org/post/50-years-friendship-across-continents-poverty-and-war <p>This next story is about an epic friendship between a white, 76-year-old Grand Rapids teacher, and the driven Liberian boy she inspired 50 years ago when she was a young Peace Corps volunteer.</p><p>Their bond has survived hunger, poverty, and a brutal civil war. And it’s created ripples across Liberia, leading to the country’s first school for social workers . Now, it’s reuniting both friends back here in Michigan.</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 18:13:34 +0000 Kate Wells 9097 at http://michiganradio.org 50 years of friendship across continents, poverty, and war Celebrating JFK's Peace Corps speech (with audio) http://michiganradio.org/post/celebrating-jfks-peace-corps-speech-audio <p>Fifty years ago today, people in Ann Arbor, Michigan were anticipating the arrival of then Senator John F. Kennedy. He was on the campaign trail in a tight race for the presidency with Richard Nixon.</p> Wed, 13 Oct 2010 19:09:11 +0000 Mark Brush 142 at http://michiganradio.org Celebrating JFK's Peace Corps speech (with audio) Kennedy and the Peace Corps: Idealism on the Ground http://michiganradio.org/post/kennedy-and-peace-corps-idealism-ground <p>Its critics called it &quot;naive idealism.&quot;</p><p>In the 1950s, the United States&#39; answer to the global spread of Communism had been military strength and monetary aid to prop up nations friendly to the U.S., including dictators and other authoritarian governments.</p><p>That changed late one chilly night on the campus of the University of Michigan when Democratic candidate for president, John F. Kennedy, challenged students to help the world.</p><p>They took it seriously. They organized. They made a proposal, and Kennedy embraced it.</p><p>He called it the Peace Corps.</p><p>In &quot;Kennedy and the Peace Corps: Idealism on the Ground&quot; you&#39;ll hear from some of the students who took on Kennedy&#39;s challenge and the White House staff who helped make it reality.</p><p><strong><em>Listen to the documentary here:</em></strong></p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-929049.mp3 Wed, 13 Oct 2010 16:20:24 +0000 Lester Graham 2567 at http://michiganradio.org Kennedy and the Peace Corps: Idealism on the Ground