Charles Cameron, Nile Ivanovna Magidoff, and Edwin O'Connor

Tuesday, April 17, 1956

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

Irita Van Doren introduces Dr. Charles Cameron (though she identifies him as George), noting that he is the his book is the first medical text to be included as a Books and Authors Luncheon selection. She also notes that his work in cancer is of particular interest and goes into detail about Dr. Cameron's training and distinguished career. Van Doren also reminds us that we must work with our physician to spot the first signs of cancer.

Dr. Cameron speaks on the topic of his first book, "The Truth About Cancer." He speaks at length about the state of cancer treatment in medicine today. He gives some shocking statistics, such as 1 in 3 babies born in that year, 1956, will be impacted by cancer.

Next, Van Doren introduces Nile Ivanovna Magidoff, a Russian national and former political prisoner in Siberia, Magidoff is a performer and instructor. She speaks at length about "becoming an American."

Finally, Van Doren introduces Edwin O'Conner, author of "The Last Hurrah." O'Conner discusses his view that people read books to find characters they can identify with.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71265
Municipal archives id: LT7221

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Hear, first-hand, the thoughts and voices of some of the greatest thinkers, adventurers, and characters of our nation.

Legendary New York Herald-Tribune book review editor Irita Van Doren, moderator of the series [1949-1968], has an intellectual largesse and a genuine interest in the American literary arts, which produces engaging, sometimes off-beat discussions with both first-time and veteran authors. 

In addition to literary writers like Louis Auchincloss, James Michener, and Rachel Carson, listeners are enthralled by nonliterary experts speaking on their autobiographies.  Sammy Davis, Jr., expounds on Yes, I Can!; burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee entertains audiences while promoting Gypsy, A Memoir; and sociologist Vance Packard defends his groundbreaking exposé on advertising, The Hidden Persuaders. 

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