This series (35 hours on audiotape) of packaged public lectures given at the Celeste Bartos Forum of the New York Public Library ran on WNYC between 1983 and 1989. The recordings include some of the nation’s foremost writers, artists, social, and cultural leaders, such as: Issac Bashevis Singer, Alan Lomax, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Judith Malina, Tom Wolfe, August Heckscher, Raul Hillberg, Michael Holroyd, J. Anthony Lucas, Garson Kanin, Robert Kiley, Arthur Ashe, John Kenneth Galbraith, Ariel Dorfman, Peter Gay, Paul Fussel, A Barlett Giamatti, Lawrence Tribe, Wallace Stegner, Harrison E. Salisbury, John Mortimer, and Nicholas Pileggi. The group also includes An Evening of Storytelling and a panel discussion on the Federal Writer’s Project. An additional ten hours of lectures that were not broadcast will also be included. Among those recordings are: Issac Asimov, Vigil Thompson, Jessica Mitford, George Plimpton, Marian Seldes, Robert Lekachman and a panel on the WPA Negro Theatre Project. WNYC Archivist Andy Lanset was the producer of the original series. The material cleared for broadcast was edited into an hour-long programs and in some cases added additional feature material germane to the lecture topic.
This program is just one of several WNYC collaborations with the NYPL over many years. In 1940, the station produced, in cooperation with the NYPL, Life and Works a drama series based on some of the library’s classic works of fiction. More recently, the NYPL Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound has been a repository for some 900 hours of New Sounds radio programs reformatted under New York State Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library Research Material grants.
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