Streams

[Pablo Picasso and George Bernard Shaw]

Monday, September 10, 1956

Picasso thought Abraham Lincoln was Jewish.

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[CBS coverage of Democratic National Convention]

Saturday, August 25, 1956

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

Seldes discusses a recent CBS coverage of the Democratic National Convention. During the opening night keynote address of the convention a documentary about the history of the Democratic party titled "The ...

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[Do novelists present a true picture of the times in which they live]

Monday, August 13, 1956

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

Prefaces his talk explaining that he had been criticized for something he said but was later supported by an unexpected source. This puts him "in a good frame of mind." On ...

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[Sexual behavior in the American movie]

Sunday, August 05, 1956

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

Talks about sexual behavior in the American movies. A great change occurred around the time sound was introduced to motion picture. A code was imposed upon the moving picture. Regarding brutality, ...

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[Theater and television]

Sunday, August 05, 1956

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

Seldes opens with an announcement that the circus will be closing for the year and that the despite the announcement that the Metropolitan Opera's season was to be canceled issues have ...

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[The nature of jokes and the role of broadcasters]

Sunday, July 29, 1956

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

Seldes discusses a paper titled "The contingency of humor appreciation on the stimulus-confirmation of joke-ending expectations" by Dr. Douglas T. Kenny. Seldes notes that the title of Kenny's paper is funnier ...

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[Why people will go to see a bad movie faster than a good one]

Wednesday, July 25, 1956

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

Gilbert Seldes reads a 30-year-old letter to him by Arthur L. Mayer - an important figure in motion pictures. The Gold Rush was almost a flop but The Freshman was pulling ...

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[Response to a letter from a listener]

Sunday, July 22, 1956

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

Reads a letter from a listener and then responds. Person talks about Seldes' "mental incoherence," "stammering speech," and "rasping voice." Critic says to eliminate this farce. Comic book scholar. Lacks discipline ...

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[Cybernetics and engineering]

Sunday, July 08, 1956

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

Gilbert Seldes discusses the new world of science... cybernetics, engineering, research, and how to conquer the shortage of people in the field.
He begins by discussing an advertisement seen in the ...

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[Low regard for artists, composers, and thinkers in the United States]

Sunday, July 08, 1956

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Quotation from former ambassador to Russia (Kennan?): the artist, writer, composer, or thinker is held in general low esteem in the United States.


Cover story in Time about the current situation ...

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[Politics in music]

Sunday, July 01, 1956

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

Starts off clarifying a statement made on a previous episode. Party line in music composition. Confused as to how there can be party lines in music. Can see it in painting. ...

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[Laughter]

Sunday, May 27, 1956

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

Gilbert Seldes discusses the reasons why people laugh, and notes that occasionally when others laugh he cannot join in. He mentions watching a movie and being irritated by all of the ...

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[New words]

Saturday, May 19, 1956

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

Seldes asked audience to send in words that they use which are unique to their family. Talks about words that are created and used for work in a certain group. Saw ...

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[Taste]

Sunday, May 13, 1956

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Gilbert Seldes discusses a recent New York Times article that stated housewives long for parlor rooms in their homes. They also wanted a "mud room. or decontamination room where animals and ...

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[Private language of families]

Sunday, April 22, 1956

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Seldes discusses his interest in the private language of families. He notes that this is not a topic that has been well researched. He notes that the source of these private ...

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[Progressive education]

Monday, April 02, 1956

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

Seldes discusses a comic act by Sam Levinson, in which he jokes about progressive education. He also mentions a quip made by Dinah Shore. Seldes seems to be a supporter of ...

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[Science and communication]

Tuesday, March 27, 1956

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

Seldes discusses receiving several anonymous letters that question his political affiliations, he jokes about a cold that has been troubling him, and then discusses a letter from a teacher. The letter ...

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[Censorship in films]

Sunday, March 18, 1956

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Seldes celebrates the defeat of Board of Censors in Pennsylvania.
He tells a story about his younger days when he was press agent for a "dirty film" which bordered on ...

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[Noise]

Sunday, March 11, 1956

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

Gilbert Seldes discusses the curtain between the speaker and the listener. He speaks about the difficulties, or noise, during communication and the need to repeat things several times.


Audio courtesy ...

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[Visit to the West Indies]

Sunday, March 04, 1956

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

Seldes discusses his recent trip to the West Indies. He speaks of a "fire dance." He speaks of the cultural significance of this traditional dance, but notes that no one was ...

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