[Civil liberties]

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

Seldes reports on a contest sponsored by The Fund for the Republic, part of the Ford foundation. It is competition for writing of the best one hour drama and half hour documentary for television, the purpose it to stimulate conversation about civil liberties and racial discrimination.

He moves on to talk about a group of students he know who are in their early twenties - they dislike television and Broadway productions in preference of small off Broadway theaters.

He goes on to discuss theater production and financing these endeavors, particularly he discusses City Center. He notes that the United States lacks municipal theaters, but mentions the concept of compromising with the public's tastes, which may not be of the highest caliber.

Seldes returns to his "young friends" and mentions their enthusiasm for non-traditional theater - particularly theater in the round, and believe "old-fashioned" theater prevents the audience from connecting with the performers. Seldes dismisses their opinion, stating it is the quality of actors and directors that engender that connection.

He moves on to talk about a televangelist and a discussion Seldes had with him about the who really owns the rights of broadcasting. He mentions that he has heard of such things on television which depict individuals being healed. Seldes wanders if this is allowed under broadcasting guidelines.

Seldes speaks about the relationship between the people's ownership of the air and the broadcaster's development of what is shown on television.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70759
Municipal archives id: LT6409