Norman Cousins is probably most remembered as the long-time editor of the influential American weekly magazine Saturday Review — from 1940-1972. But Cousins was not just a well-known journalist reporting on world news; he also engaged in secret missions behind the Iron Curtain to conduct high stakes negotiations directly with the Soviet leadership. As a peacemaker in the atomic age, Cousins helped to shape the contours of the Cold War.
Join award-winning professor Allen Pietrobon as he explores the extraordinary life of Norman Cousins and demonstrates how Cousins used his megaphone at Saturday Review to help shape American public debate during the Cold War — even changing the minds of world leaders. It’s a fascinating look at the outsized impact that one individual had on the course of American public debate, international humanitarianism, and Cold War diplomacy in the decades after World War Two.