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The Peace Corps In the 21st Century

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President Kennedy started the Peace Corps over 50 years ago. It was a bold experiment sending volunteers from this country to help people in developing nations. That program is still going strong and getting stronger with applications surging to a 40-year high. We talk with the director of the Peace Corps and to several Peace Corps veterans about the program, the experience and what the organization has done to promote peace.

The World Affairs Council of Charlotte is hosting Carrie Hessler-Radelet, who will speak about "Peace Corps Into the 21st Century" on Thursday, Nov. 12 at noon at Hilton Charlotte Center City. Details here.

Carrie Hessler-Radelet - Director of the Peace Corps. She served in Western Samoa 1981-1983.

Jim Morrill - Political reporter for the Charlotte Observer. Jim was a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo (officially the Togolese Republic) in West Africa from 1973-1976. He returned to Africa in 1994 to lead a journalism workshop in Gambia for the U.S. Information Agency.

Deborah Buckley - Charlotte based Recruiter for the Peace Corps. She served as a volunteer in Romania 2009-2011 and again in 2013.