Jacob Javits

Sunday, October 28, 1956

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

Jacob Javits, candidate for US Senate, answers questions about politics and international affairs.

Jeffrey Roach moderates.

Panelists: Geri Triano, Paulette Singer, Larry Barrett, Bruno Wassathiel, and Joseph Gervin.


The Republican Party doesn't necessarily lack support among the youth. Youth is attracted to Eisenhower's leadership. The US has to be responsible for showing the world the truth about Russian colonialism, give them a standard around which to rally. The East Germans must be juxtaposed to the West Germans; we don't have the same influence. Better off holding an open door offer to Hungary. Mistaken impression of General Nassir; we've been consistently wrong on the Egyptian dictators. Prevention of the reunification of the Soviet Union, etc., as clear victories for the administration. Strengthen Israel, give the European countries near the Suez Canal money for going around Egypt ($500 million per year). Can't with the Arabs' friendship by appeasement. Continuing to hold out the hand is a possibility if certain conditions are accepted. Advocated that grants for aid to school construction under a federal bill shall be conditioned upon compliance with desegregation. Powell amendment left to a government department to determine if this mandate had been complied with locally: the Supreme Court mandate would create confusion. Courts should set the conditions and hand out money based on compliance. Condemnation of Senator McCarthy. Against a professional army. Litigation over his succession is not probable. Adam Clayton Powell is supporting him on the civil rights issue. "Tammany philosophy": you do people favors by doing anything for them politically. Offered a bill for a national health program in 1951. Stevenson is wrong in suggesting we stop testing the hydrogen bomb. Inspection and control, bipartisan foreign policy. Supports the Eisenhower-Nixon ticket. Will be an ardent fighter for civil rights. Negroes in the foreign service. Refuses to make predictions on the election results. NATO. Responds to criticism that he is not a liberal.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72051
Municipal archives id: LT7587


Lawrence Barrett, Geri Ferraro, Joseph Gervin, Jacob K. Javits, Jeffrey Roach, Paulette Singer and Bruno Wassathiel


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About Campus Press Conference

This is not your run-of-the-mill 'student conference.'

"For the answers to these and other questions..." Each Campus Press Conference (1951-1962) begins with a slew of questions from the student editors of New York City college newspapers, delivered with the controlled seriousness of a teenager on the radio for the first time. Despite their endearing greenness, the student editors pose sharp inquiries to guests from the fields of science, finance, culture, and politics. 

With the country on the cusp of radical cultural and political change, these recordings offer insight to student empowerment movements, flower power, and hippie culture – a time when the youth of America began to realize their tremendous impact and ability to shape their futures. The passion and curiosity of young people is heard through interviews with elected and appointed officials and experts.

Notable guests include Jackie Robinson, Joseph Papp, Averill Harriman, and Senator Jacob Javits.


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