Notebook offers a behind-the-scenes look at the day-to-day work in U.S. international broadcasting. Here one may find stories from U.S. international broadcasting history, stories and photos from the field, profiles of individuals working at the agency, and other behind-the-scenes looks at the BBG. Through Notebook, the BBG hopes to offer broader public access to information about the agency, as well as a place for discussion about U.S. international media.

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