Ted Koppel interviews Samantha Smith

Subject: Ted Koppel, Samantha Smith, diplomacy, anti-war
Themes: Peace Makers Young Activists 20th Century Politicians Journalism and Media
Age groups: Middle School High School Homeschooling
Resource type: Websites

During the Cold War, Samantha Smith wrote a letter to Soviet Premier Yuri Andropov asking him if he intended to start a nuclear war with the United States. Eventually, Andropov answered. On ABC's Nightline, she talks to Ted Koppel about it. To see the video, click here.

From the interview:

TED KOPPEL : What did you write to him, and then what did he write back?

SMITH : Well, I asked him 'why do you want to conquer the world?' And he wrote back to me and said that he wanted nothing of the kind, and gave me a little history lesson on the last war they had. And he said that he didn't want to have a war or anything like that again.