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A Civilian Defense Office Program
Mrs. John W. Castles Jr. introduces the show, describing the responsibility of the man in the street in the quest for the peace. She discusses the machinery necessary to make peace work, she discusses the failures of the League of Nations, including the fact that the United States did not join.
Castles speaks about the importance of the public educating themselves about Dumbarton Oaks Conference. They need to clearly and specifically need to understand the issues surrounding the conference. Castles segues into "eavesdropping" on a couple discussing Dumbarton Oaks.
Husband Phillip and wife Margaret discuss Dumbarton Oaks, Phillip is trying to learn more about it, but Margaret distracts him and doesn't see why he spends his time thinking about it. The couple have a son, John, at war. Margaret believes that regular people can't do anything about war and conflict, that is the work of politician and statesmen.
Duncan and Janet drop in, followed by George and Alice. Duncan disagrees with Margret's view. George and Alice's son was killed in the war, and they feel strongly that it is the people's responsibility to understand the basic facts of the conference. They describe the Dumbarton Oaks blueprint and the security council. Margret doesn't understand why all these meetings are necessary, but the others explain. At the end of their conversation the three couples decide to have weekly meetings to discuss Dumbarton Oaks so that they might better understand it.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 71079