Carmine DeSapio

Sunday, July 24, 1955

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

Marvin Sleeper hosts.

Carmine DeSapio, Secretary of State to the Governor of New York, answers questions.

Panelists: Paulette Singer, Penny Fox, Jim Farrell, Bob Feinberg, and Martin Birmingham.


Likelihood of a Democrat being elected president in 1956 is an inevitability, due to the unfulfilled pledges and promises made by the Republican Party in 1952. Failure of Taft-Hartley, immigration reform, housing, educational programs. Open convention for the next election. Impact of segregation and the polio vaccine in the next campaign. Response to the comments Harris Klein made on his visit to the CPC. The issue in 1956 will be Republicanism because the president is a Republican; the president can't be separated from his party.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71993
Municipal archives id: LT6724


Martin Birmingham, Carmine G. DeSapio, Jim Farrell, Penny Fox, Paulette Singer and Marvin Sleeper


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