Civil defense in review

Tuesday, May 27, 1952

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

Speech opens with the Grover Whalen noting the importance of dentists - as sometimes this is the only way to determine the identity of a body.

He moves on to discuss the avoidance of deaths during the New York World's Fair thanks to Dr. John G. Grimley, who acted as the Health Officer and ensured proper sanitation. The description of Grimley leads to an introduction of Dr. [Theodore?] Rosenthal, who speaks briefly about public health.

Next, Dr. Charles B. Mandelbaum gives an energetic speech about the importance of participation in civil defense. He encourages listeners to be prepared. Preparation, he believes, will prevent war.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71571
Municipal archives id: LT1857


Charles B. Mandelbaum and Grover A. Whalen


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About Report on Civil Defense

From public welfare to firefighting to water safety, this program updates the public about disaster preparedness.

From 1950 to 1952, Arthur J. Wallander, Civil Defense Director for New York City, interviewed the heads of city departments about the steps their departments had taken to meet the needs of the city's civil defense system.

These programs provide an interesting vantage point on beliefs and fears about what many assumed were imminent attacks.  While providing exhaustive details about the municipal systems, they also ask the implicit question, what is your plan in the case of nuclear attack? 


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