Emanuel Celler

Friday, October 15, 1954

Emanuel Celler, three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing front in 1951. (Wm. C. Greene, New York World-Telegram and the Sun staff photographer/Library of Congress)

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

Gabe Pressman hosts. Congressman Emanuel Celler answers questions about the work of the government and his ideas for changes.

Panelists: Sue MacMahon of Hunter College, Martin Birmingham and Jim Corrigan of Washington Square College, and Fred Goldsweig of Columbia University.

Questions: Assessment of 83rd congress (92%). Public Housing Program. Texas is dominated by the oil magnates. Government regulation of oil profits. Predictions for the Senate's reaction to McCarthyism. Predicts more Democratic wins in this election: considerable discomfort will lead to considerable change. Doesn't think Eisenhower's popularity will keep things from changing. Influence of labor.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71919
Municipal archives id: LT3002


Martin Birmingham, Emanuel Celler, Jim Corrigan, Fred Goldsweig, Sue MacMahon and Gabe Pressman


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