Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg

Sunday, December 30, 1956

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

Seaborg, head of Nuclear Chemical Research at the University of California, answers questions about nuclear energy and scientific advancement in the US and Soviet Union.

Marvin Sleeper moderates.

Panelists: Paulette Singer, Penny Fox, Bruno Wassathiel, Murray Frost

Russia is not ahead of us in quantity of scientists, but they are turning out scientists at twice the rate of the US. They are expected to catch up with the US by 1960. Turning out scientists at about 1/2 the rate that we need them in industries.

The main problem is inspiriting the youth of America to pursue science. The new frontier. The high schools are the main way of achieving this. They're doing the best they can, but a large number of high schools don't have teachers trained to teach science. Recommends monetary inducements for high school teachers of science.

Shies away from talking directly about his current weapons work.

Consequences of an atom bomb have been inflated by reporting.

Peace time research in to nuclear energy.

Educational radio and television programs can help communicate with people.

More can be done with audio-visual aids and closed circuit television in elementary schools. Meet the crisis in education that will happen in a few years when children reach high school. Scientists of Tomorrow, on the west coast, begins in the first grade with science competitions and science fairs in junior and high schools.

Government is putting in to research 3 - 4 million dollars per year. That should be doubled in the next 5 - 10 years.

Liberal arts educations should require a sprinkling of science education.

Doesn't answer questions about disarmament and Cold War.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72302
Municipal archives id: LT7579


Penny Fox, Murray Frost, Glenn Theodore Seaborg, Paulette Singer and Bruno Wassathiel


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