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Gilbert Seldes

Gilbert Seldes appears in the following:

[Television and children]

Friday, September 17, 1954

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes describes a cartoon from The New Yorker which depicts a family arriving at a cabin which contains a television set. The children appear excited while the parents seem less so. ...

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[Radio and television in the courtroom]

Tuesday, September 07, 1954

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes discusses the rights and obligations of television to broadcast open court trials. This topic has arisen because of a television and radio address by Frank Stanton, president of CBS. He ...

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[Jack Gould's and John Crosby's newspaper columns]

Friday, August 20, 1954

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

In the past two days two things have happened to two of the most important critics in broadcasting: Jack Gould of the New York Times stopped being a critic. Seldes relates ...

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[Congressional Committee investigations of tax-free institutions]

Tuesday, July 20, 1954

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes follows up regarding the Congressional investigations of tax-free institutions, though it seems there have not been many developments. This was the Reece Committee


He goes on to the potential budget ...

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[Television Coverage of the Army-McCarthy Hearings]

Wednesday, July 07, 1954

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

The first post-tonsil removal broadcast. Explains that he is recording this broadcast using new technology he is not familiar with. He watched TV in the hospital, saw the coverage of the ...

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[The summer theater]

Wednesday, July 07, 1954

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes notes that the summer theater is the most publicized artistic activity that differs from its winter phase. He considers how summer schedules are decided upon. Summer theater uses the great ...

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[Phonograph records]

Wednesday, June 23, 1954

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

WNYC announcer introduces program.


Seldes explains he'll have to pre-record the program because he has to get his tonsils out. He decides to play two records and then make comments.


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[Praise for the Jo Stafford TV Show]

Saturday, June 19, 1954

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

WNYC announcer introduces Seldes and the program.


Seldes applauds the work of Stafford, specifically a performance of a ballad the previous week. Compares the performances to a similar one by Jimmy ...

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[Reece Congressional Committee]

Saturday, June 12, 1954

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes opens with a reference to the Reece committee and the profound affects they may have on creative and educational broadcasters. The Reece committee and Norman Dodd have drawn conclusions and ...

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[Army - McCarthy TV coverage]

Monday, June 07, 1954

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes mentions the Army - McCarthy trial coverage on television.


He moves on to talk about the Dodd Hearings / Reece Committee. He describes the foundations being investigated as ones ...

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[Investigation of the Ford Foundation]

Tuesday, June 01, 1954

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes opens the program by making a correction regarding a mix up in a previous broadcast - he confused Laertes and Horatio when discussing Hamlet. Seldes then refers to letter that ...

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[Movies and censorship]

Saturday, May 22, 1954

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes discusses the ban on Charlie Chaplin and Ingrid Bergman films. He goes on to talk about the movie "Prince Valiant," based on a series of comic strips. Critics have pointed ...

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[The intellectual life of the United States]

Thursday, May 20, 1954

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes reads comments written by Sir Osbert and Edith Sitwell praising the intellectual life of the United States.


The arts will not save us from problems.


TV ratings of committee meetings ...

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[Senator McCarthy's reply to Edward R. Murrow]

Saturday, April 17, 1954

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes discusses a previous show when he critiqued Edward Murrow's series of TV news reports (that helped lead to the censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy). Seldes received many negative responses and ...

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[Special awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences]

Monday, April 12, 1954

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes first discusses an obsession of his. Because he cannot control his anger related to this topic he has written down what he wants to say and will read it rather ...

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[WNYC Book Festival]

Sunday, April 04, 1954

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes discusses the second annual WNYC Book Festival.


He goes on to discuss magazines, which are more widely read, it contrast to books, which are often expensive. He wonders of ...

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[Television as an instrument of communication]

Thursday, March 11, 1954

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes comments on the latest news from South America. People in the US have been concentrating on television, of how television should be used for communication. The McCarthy-Stevenson situation. Watching television, ...

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[Low priced television sets]

Sunday, March 07, 1954

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes talks about the alarming full page advertisement that reads "Television moves out of the living room..." and can now go in to the kitchen, bedroom, den, or bungalow. The portable ...

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[Are give-away shows lotteries?]

Saturday, February 27, 1954

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes suggests that if give-away shows are lotteries, the FCC should stop them. Kinds of give-away shows on television. These shows are cruel. Broadcasters say they are selling facilities to programs, ...

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[Commencement address at Florida Southern College]

Saturday, February 06, 1954

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes discusses the commencement address he gave at -- on arts and communications. Quotes a faculty address given by William James in 1907 wherein he asks "what is the purpose of ...

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