[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 progressive education. This leads to a discussion of people's willingness to believe rumors or jokes as fact.

He then discusses an Indian friends perception that the picture of the American woman in literature is wholly negative, she wondered if this portrayal was accurate or the result of authors who do not provide an accurate portrayal of all.
Seldes uses the example of the portrayal of Victorian woman to illustrate that writers do not write accurate accounts, rather they create "types."

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70605
Municipal archives id: LT7558

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About Lively Arts, The

Legendary critic and author of The Seven Lively Arts Gilbert Seldes discusses big-thinking issues in art and life from his characteristically populist perspective.

Simultaneously a timely and visionary program, Gilbert Seldes's The Lively Arts (1953-1956) examines contemporary issues of 1950s television, radio, and theater, as well as current events and the intellectual arts. Seldes, who was the first Director for Television at CBS News and the founding Dean of the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, was also a renowned critic, author, playwright, and editor. As a major social critic and observer, Seldes viewed theater, television, and radio with a prescient eye to the future based on a well-informed understanding of the past. 

These programs feature commentary and discussion on a wide range of topics — from sex and censorship in the movies to progressive education to juvenile delinquency to political campaigning on television — many of which are still hotly debated today. Serving as a precursor to Seldes's television programs and providing an audio context for his seminal books, this show is key to understanding today's cultural commentary.


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