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January 28, 2009

Spokesman For The State

Journalist and activist Hodding Carter lobbied hard to get a job with the Carter administration and finally got one - working as a spokesman for a man he'd never met, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. Hodding had to quickly get up to speed, because President Carter in the first months in office announced what seemed to him like dozens of changes in foreign policy.

In 1979, it was Hodding's job to speak to the American public about Carter's controversial response to the Iran hostage crisis. Hodding tells Dick Gordon what it was like to work in an administration internally divided on foreign policy, and what ultimately led him to resign.

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