My Mother's Inspiring Legacy, and How It Influenced My Life's Work


Dear Friends,

Many of you know me for my tireless work around nuclear disarmament and as a global advocate for peace. I have pondered many times why I chose this path in life, from the multitude of choices that confront us every step of the way. Since my mother's passing in 2016, the role she has played in my work has become increasingly clear.

Kitty Kallen was an American singer who played a crucial role in inspiring returning troops after World War II. Her music helped to boost the morale of the soldiers and gave them a sense of comfort and familiarity during a time of great uncertainty and upheaval.

During the war, her music was played on the Armed Forces Radio Network, and she became known as the "Sweetheart of the Forces." Her songs, such as "I'm Beginning to See the Light" and "Besame Mucho," became instant hits among the troops, and her voice provided a sense of hope and optimism during a dark time.After the war, she continued to be an advocate for returning troops and veterans and often performed at USO shows and other military events, bringing her music and energy to troops stationed around the world.


My mother's impact on the troops was profound, and her music provided a much-needed distraction from the trauma and hardships of war. Her voice and message of hope and resilience helped to lift the spirits of countless soldiers and gave them the strength to persevere in the face of adversity. Many generations have passed since those dark days, yet I still draw strength from her symbolic message of hope. It's a message I strive to replicate in order to leave this world a better place.

I invite you to find a quiet time to listen to the entertaining discussions and music found in the links below. They combine my mother's legacy with my views on what's needed now — the need to build the next generation of peace-builders.


With Gratitude,

Jonathan Granoff

President, Global Security Institute


Global Threats and New Thinking


When will we come together as a global community to eliminate nuclear weapons? To stand behind the treaties signed to never use a nuclear weapon and create ways and means to reduce conflict and engagement in war? This epic conversation with Tish Lampert (above), renowned photographer and host of the "America Speaks" podcast, embraces freedom, and respect for one another, identifies ways for us to apply new ways of thinking to combat climate disruption and be steadfast to protect our oceans. We must believe and understand that change is possible.

Listen to the Podcast Here

Kiss Me Once, Kiss Me Twice...


To commemorate the 75th anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Roger Kimmel Smith dedicated a special radio program to his friend Jonathan Granoff, president of the Global Security Institute. The program blends popular recordings from 1945 with archival radio news and audio curiosities, including music from Kitty Kallen: "It's Been a Long, Long Time... Kiss Me Once, Kiss Me Twice."

Listen to Part 1
Listen to Part 2

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