Bruce Catton, Joe E. Brown, and Marian Anderson

Wednesday, January 30, 1957

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

Van Doren introduces Bruce Catton, author of the Civil War novel "This Hallowed Ground." He talks about men joining the war, what fighting was like, what the world was like then.

Van Doren introduces comedian Joe E. Brown, who talks about his new book, "Laughter is A Wonderful Thing," tells stories about being a kid.

Van Doren introduces singer Marian Anderson, who talks about her book, "My Lord, What a Morning," and her career. (During her introduction, Irita gets choked up.) Anderson responds to both speeches, particularly Mr. Brown's story of a young boy eating starch to become white. A story about a little girl who wished to be a "rich white lady" when she grew up. Talks about the lessons she learned from her mother.

Short Q & A with Anderson.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71169
Municipal archives id: LT2616

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Irita Taylor Van Doren


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