First audio heard is William Mandel introducing the phone-in portion of the show (about 9 seconds), which is cut off and there is a brief news report on the PLO's relations with Syria and Cairo, reported by Russ Stetler for Internews. At 35 seconds, an unidentified speaker announces Soviet Lives with William Mandel. Mandel says that "last week" he interviewed a Kyrgyz woman named Rosa about her mother and how she raised 12 children while maintaining a full-time job. This recording can be found at AZ0358. This week, the interview is with Rosa, regarding her own balance of child-rearing and working.
Rosa is a 32-year old Kyrgyz woman from Kirghizia (now Kyrgyzstan). At the time of the interview, Kirghizia was a Soviet republic on the Chinese frontier. Rosa is a mother of three, and she discusses how she manages with her three kids while working as a tour guide, and how her husband shares in the family's responsibilities. Details on home delivery meals, costs and availability of laundry, system of after-school-hours public supervision of children for working mothers, children's attitudes toward her work, etc. The interview is conducted by William Mandel and his wife in Russian. The original audio from the interview in Russian plays in the right channel, while Mandel simultaneously translates into English in the left channel. The interview portion lasts about 18 minutes and is followed by calls from listeners. Broadcast 2/2/78.
This recording has been digitally preserved as part of Pacifica's American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 grant preservation project, and is available for research and reference . Please contact the archives via telephone: 818-506-1077 or email: americanwomen at pacificaradioarchives dot org for information on how to obtain a copy of this program. Thank you.