Herman Kahn

Wednesday, June 16, 1965

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

Physicist and author of On Thermonuclear War discusses the likelihood of such a war in the 20th Century. Says there is less likelihood now than 5 years ago. rom card catalog: Hermann Kahn [sic], physicist and author of "On Thermonuclear War" discusses the likelihood of such a war.

Ansel Talbert introduces Kahn.

Kahn says that "modern war" doesn't pay for modern nations. Says that Red China doesn't pose such a great problem within the next 10 years because they are cautious and are not as insane as they are made out to be. Says decision makers are prudent and careful these days. Questions are posed to Kahn. Says technological advancement is _____ (as to weapons) if we have more money to spend on it. Says Vietnamese officers lack aggressiveness

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 5785
Municipal archives id: T1426


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Comprised of both speeches and question-answer sessions, this news program brings together foreign correspondents and public figures from culture and politics.

The Overseas Press Club (1940-1967) contains voices from the past that help us understand their time and place in history. What sets these talks apart from others like them is the presence of a live audience of foreign correspondents — reporters with international perspectives and questions. The resulting sessions have a distinctly different dynamic than would those with an audience of American journalists of the period.

Speakers include the German writer Günter Grass talking about his fascination with American prize fighters; a fiery young LeRoi Jones (later known as Amiri Baraka) telling his audience "where it’s at with Mr. Charlie"; James Farmer on the civil rights movement and where it should be going; David Halberstam on the trials of covering the war in Vietnam; Josephine Baker on the focus of her later years, her adopted children; and Herman Kahn on being pushed to the nuclear edge.  Other notable speakers include the actor Alec Guinness, Richard Nixon, and a gaggle of early female pilots competing in the air race known as the Angel Derby. 

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