Benjamin Flatt Thomas's Abraham Lincoln, Arthur Meyer, and David Lilienthal

Wednesday, February 18, 1953

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

Van Doren introduces Thomas, who speaks about his most recent book about Lincoln, Reads some comments from readers and critics. Van Doren requests that Thomas tell a joke about Lincoln being sick with smallpox.

Van Doren introduces Meyer, who talks about his book "Merely Colossal" and tells stories about motion pictures, his time at the Rialto Theater, and a trip to India. Mentions audiences, merchandising, and communism.

Van Doren introduces Lilienthal, who talks about his book, "Big Business, a New Era."

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71171
Municipal archives id: LT2321

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Irita Taylor Van Doren


David Eli Lilienthal, Arthur Mayer and Benjamin Platt Thomas


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