Boswell's Journals, Cornelia Otis Skinner, and John Gunther

Tuesday, January 23, 1951

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

Van Doren introduces Herman Liebert from Yale Library, who talks about James Boswell's "Boswell's London Journals." Reads some journal entries and tells stories from the book.

Van Doren introduces Skinner, who performs a skit called "A Subscriber to the Symphony."
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Van Doren introduces journalist John Gunther, who talks about his book "The Riddle of MacArthur" and Japan.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71170
Municipal archives id: LT2312

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Irita Taylor Van Doren


John Gunther, Herman W. Liebert and Cornelia Otis Skinner


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