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but the odor iran and reporting from san juan puerto rico which is a fortress that was built by the spanish in fifteen thirty three who guard this which was one of the richest ports along the spanish name it has since been the home of one hundred and seven the governors of puerto rico and it is the oldest executive mansion in continuous use in the entire western hemisphere the present occupant of the court a letter the minimalist one else running is the first one or even ever to be elected governor of asylum
earlier this year governor munoz compartment president kennedy and after that conference the president said that puerto rico would be used as a workshop and as a meeting place between north and south america this was a tribute to the tremendous progress that puerto rico is made in the past twelve thirteen years under its world renowned operation bootstrap why a workshop because the barriers between us and the south american continent barriers of language barriers of customs and ways of doing things but the recall will have a workshop and i'm leaving out between these two parts of our hemisphere with us today at the court a letter to interview government knows our climate our representing nbc television right around representing united press international and we'll
unveil of wypr tv and anybody affiliates that people of the elections last november your name was being mentioned of the possible goodwill ambassador of latin america if you recall at the time you stated that you couldn't expect that you know because you were committed to the people of puerto rico or the next four years would think that since your conference with president kennedy you have been taking a more active part in that spirit latin american relations had anything taken place they're going to have a change and i know a question of my generation and you can recall about i believe with the people deepening democratic quality of life for political helps the whole hemisphere and the effort of the whole atmosphere strengthen and deepen
its own democracy and so in that sense the light it true to be better relations in the new western and what it is by severing the people or people that victim of the show that we americans that the militants and the government you know a few days president about inviting a rural political elite inflation to work out it has been labor it that's
true underdeveloped areas but of course the movie more than half of our effort in that direction has been related to the peoples of latin america the reasons we have a point four program functioning in a recall for a number of years on the base to this program and other related programs we have had no reporting from all over the world before about half of them from latin where there are young people young government people in writers' newspaper men are in law and we are angry well apart from a report from memory of
people with all kinds of conflict and the key paula pell a program though roberts is underway in terms of democracy and in terms of the closest association with the united states where we are we don't have this seven ninth on different topics workshops or twice a year business in the narrow young latin americans to take place at the university of the people were like wooden rake all the things it is it has no idea that this is the kind of
world of work or better relations and then in the western hemisphere and be an ultra low we're already happened to a receiver sometimes invitation governments have been having problems of development that are somewhat similar to those that what will happen is trying to solve a somewhat lower than patients who will empathize with them and be a big problem in the table read an a by doing and the egg factory and we do it you know to present except but to see how they can adapt to their own conditions to the experience that we have heavy weaponry dealing with conditions that some
of what we want but we we're of course are willing to expend this week we are ready to do this very moment that the people government development bank has been invited again to visit the republican voters who helped advise the economic problems there and we had this moment mr mr i've been invited to a hotel about an economic development ministry invited to go to big money and some other conclusion is that he's released to invite problems there were perilous we can do more than what we want to make an epic city aleppo
because we need policemen political but we're very happy to make it so that we could share power experience i want to say that this is all a very large scale impersonal reveal significant but i do believe that as a gentleman and a legitimate a group of people poverty in the life of their people that we are working in the poverty of the life of the vehicle it felt really relate that they think that they can do you not letting megan mayhew will what's our hope that they added up to be that they want to think about the puerto rico well i believe that
that latin americans navajo have a picture of what the people that maybe things empathy when you have that view about that any political association between what we have in the end the minds of latin americans generally and i think what people in the commonwealth of what the people are and the band that he was one of the reasons why there are people plenty of some service didn't have a better understanding in and you feel like cuba's fidel castro is gaining ground in exploring the evolution of that latin american country well i think he has gained ground you have been gaining ground but with the new
administration in humans and would be very hurt about latin american policy i believe that through and have the game as he develops beyond the statements into action and it is already beginning to develop into action i believe that you're going to win more about what we eat that we must bear in mind that there are grave injustice in latin american countries and that the people of latin america are the fight it hey will there's a
revolution going on in the book in defense of the transformation and the fans of world of a profound change in mountain and the two relations in the deportation of different social classes and opportunities for work education for help in that and they you can only speculate and without living at a point of penetration or communism in the governor never been a meal
workers are coming into the political instability there and you know i don't know that we have been in the next week on that account you know let's do we have the greatest economic growth that we have ever had before the year that national income grew by almost ten percent which is one of the rate of growth in the world morning there were in the program and in any year before and i thought in that time the puerto rican government about instability in the caribbean the puerto rico only
thing on this sort of our evolution when you're there when allen well i think a little while ago when i was referring to the latin american revolution as they have been in the senate since world war two a profound change delightful to be a change in the year and the opportunities for all of the population or better income better educational opportunities better help their homes the things that that's right a violent upheaval at and what people have been interviewed by the democratic process and if it can be done here there is no reason the government you don't think that he feels the united states is
financially supporting counter revolutionary activities in yemen and in retaliation he now intends to financially support puerto rican nationalists in their fight for independence idea came about as well nationally as you would suppose are more than two hundred missions among the two million puerto ricans so you didn't know what they didn't lead is not an action that in what people in any practical sense works and how all the latin american nations that storm by then that the nation for sure that all of them the problems of lead up to resell things in the country expect
food to latin american individual and yes i think they have a problem of ahmed many countries have larger than and maybe forty maintenance of a war within the company and that means a lot to you so much money that could be employed is in education over other ways of developing world of people who you know are probably the only income taxes were lower and not all but in many many many latin american people so that whatever aid comes in addition to the maximum that he teaches latin american company
could make at every respecting latin american security in the economic area of supporting life and they don't know when that'll move mostly in the dictatorship and say yes and i want to play that a lot of the old policy maker and i believe in making clear is that the american people american people of the americas generally are again the patient whether of the right all of that get pitched them but clearly that a clearer that mattered the
better it will be you have written about me but the people of what the people do not lebanon people of puerto rico are freedom loving people that mean that in the united states people can report please rate the majority of them believe that they have achieved the hallway and his new memoir the political freedom that they mean you feel and the nationalistic in the mobile robot no no no but it we thought that independence or explain away the only parts of political freedom obviously we would be for one of the other book we have created a new kind of political grievance
within a mile of the week so we have a new government in latin america robert order and antagonisms for the camel on many people on them because what people can be a significant so you create whoa oh oh oh oh ok with the union what many people do and i'm working for
the poor and similar programs that use of what happened and when they go back they knowing direct observation i've lived with it for the realities of what we can bring political and freedom of the individual and of the way the puerto ricans are using that freedom to make a great record of economic development and to create their own way of not on the basis of that of the old way that what on an improvement in the relationship between the state and the feds been taken by the new
administration but maybe work a whole attitude of the year of the new mission there are huge and energetic interest in latin america in other regions of the world what we're proposing and let the market when the special interest that natural because it's the closest neighbor of the united states it worked that risk of the
water shows the local problems which might be posted there were bi racial the third act more quickly or nothing of that they've done the loving american what do you know they are the people that need the work they're not generally speaking speaking of the of the regions of the world i don't think any reading of the world needs more attention than latin america the only source of tension cooperation not only by the united states would like all the countries that have the good fortune development he would not believe in world unity who pees that important democracy
and progress in the hopes of the world over let's celebrate talk now in power to get his impressions of the most salient points of the interview only when i'm doing something that i know i don't know that personal letter but i feel the empty commanders who at the economic and social problems that come from latin america certainly for the last fifteen years has been wrestling with the problem in puerto rico we have certainly demonstrated to the world that he had come up with some of them on the lives of counteracting thing but what if it were the most important thing the government said that day about us american legion well i think that the
most important point of being brought out with the fact that he feels that latin american are not just standing around looking for a handout they knew that they are ready to put their own show within the wheel and up either on that operation that regard which i believe that in name that type of thing and he seemed to be suggesting political stability yesterday he mentioned political stability which important political because i think that that is for the climate that have been produced in puerto rico which has attracted investment capital from the united states and this is probably one of the most important though that some of the undeveloped company country financial aid they but they are and bringing out the
democratic process and people blowing themselves up by their own bootstraps it is president obama betancourt was one of the first billion president many many years he had a problem in that country and that has lasted for a year and i think that the demonstrations puerto rico more than the important meeting house between the united states and the other country if i do because i think it's important for the peoples of latin america in general the democratic half this year in puerto rico the government pointed out
that those of the american people right or the left and while making more lives thing the government feel that the kennedy administration is going to look a little on this question and to do that it on the fire you've got an assistant secretary of state there and i think that's not only a puerto rico and i think the administration was like yeah we've been interviewing governor with one of money in law or the live
in san juan puerto rico where when le carre of nbc roy brown of united press international wheeler of iraq on wypr tv were given any the ability of the island an old thinking morally national educational network mm hmm and that is not in order
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Puerto Rico: Workshop for the Americas
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Puerto Rico occupies a unique position in the Western Hemisphere. Its inhabitants enjoy both the privileges of self-determinations and the benefits of US citizenship. It has two official languages - Spanish and English. It partakes of the busting character of North American business, and of the gracious manners and customs of its Latin heritage. Recently, President Kennedy described Puerto Rico as a meeting place for North and South America, as a workshop where people form both continents can come together and learn from each other. Because of the recent growth of interest in our neighbors to the south, National Educational Television, working though the facilities of WIPR-TV, the NET affiliate in Puerto Rico, has prepared a special interview with Governor Luis Munoz-Marin. Filmed on location in La Fortaleza, the official residence of governors of Puerto Rico for the past 170 years, the program presents to NET audiences the man who has done so much to help Puerto Ricans achieve prosperity and dignity. Governor Munoz-Marion is the first Puerto Rican to occupy the governor's mansion. The program is divided into two sections. In the first, after a brief introduction by Hal Underhill, a member of the Puerto Rico News Service, Governor Munoz-Marin is interviewed by three reporters: Clem Littauer of NBC-TV, Ray Brown of UPI, and Julio Rivera of WIPR-TV. In the second, Mr. Underhill and Mr. Littauer analyze the remarks of the Governor and summarize the program. Governor Munoz-Marin begins by explaining the why it is that Puerto Rican development is so clearly related to that of the Western Hemisphere as a whole. He points to the visitors who have come to Puerto Rico to study the progress of Operation Bootstrap, by which the Puerto Ricans themselves developed their economy and society to their present high levels. He makes it clear that although Puerto Rico is associated with the United States in an unusual political fashion, it is accepted as a separate entity by the rest of Latin America, a fact that permits it to be extremely helpful to other small nations struggling with the problems it has faced and solved. Turning to comment on Castro in Cuba, Governor Munoz-Marin declares that firmness on the part of the United States will do much to deter Castro from interference in other Latin American countries. Referring in part to the revolution in Cuba, the Governor points out that there is a widespread revolution going on in all parts of Latin America ? a peaceful revolution that will bring opportunity, education, health, and comfort to the people without imposing on them oppressive governments. This is the kind of revolution that has been carried on in Puerto Rico since World War II, and it is spread by those who come to study in Puerto Rico. The countries of Central and South America want to help themselves, the Governor asserts, and it is important to support these efforts. In the second and far briefer portion of the program, Mr. Underhill and Mr. Littauer discuss the most important points made by Governor Munoz-Marin. They re-emphasize the importance of understanding that Latin America wants to help itself, citing evidence to show that this "peaceful revolution" is already underway. The program ends with comments on the importance of Puerto Rican achievements to the whole of the Western Hemisphere. The program was produced with the assistance of the staff of the Puerto Rican News Service. The executive producer was Donald Hillman, program associate of the National Educational Television and Radio Center. The director was Jack Delano of WIPR-TV. (Description adapted from documents in the NET Microfiche)
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Director: Delano, Jack
Executive Producer: Hillman, Donald
Guest: Littauer, Clem
Host: Underhill, Hal
Interviewee: Munoz-Marin, Luis
Interviewer: Brown, Ray
Interviewer: Littauer, Clem
Interviewer: Rivera, Julio
Producing Organization: WIPR
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