Midday Hour 2 for September 22, 2011
Peace Corps volunteers Photo by TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images Guests Stanley Meisler: Author, "When the World Calls: The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and its First Fifty Years." Longtime foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and author of other prominent books and articles. Joe Kennedy III: Peace Corps volunteer (Dominican Republic 2004-2006) Grandson of former US Senator and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Cape & Islands assistant district attorney, in Massachusetts. Elaine Jones: Civil rights leader and attorney. Peace Corps volunteer (one of the first African-Americans to serve in Turkey). First female director-counsel and president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Now retired. Sarah Chayes: Peace Corps volunteer (Morocco). Award-winning former reporter for National Public Radio and the Christian Science Monitor. Has lived in Afghanistan since 2002. Paul Theroux: Peace Corps volunteer (1963 Malawi), travel writer and novelist. Author of dozens of books, his best known "The Great Railway Bazaar."
Congress passed the Peace Corps Act ON Sept. 22, 1961. Four Peace Corps volunteers shared their experiences in a panel discussion at the Kennedy Library in Boston. The moderator was Stanley Meisler, author of "When the World Calls: The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and its First Fifty Years."