Ernest K. Gann, Mitchell Wilson, and Lewis Mumford

Tuesday, March 21, 1961

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

Van Doren identifies prominent members of the audience, then introduces Maurice Dolbier, who introduces Gann, who talks about his book, "Fate is the Hunter," and flying.

Dolbier introduces Wilson, who discusses his book, "Meeting at a Far Meridian," making science more prominent in novels, and Russian life.

Dolbier introduces Mumford, who prefers to talk about "pregnancy and prenatal care and childbirth among authors," instead of his book, "The City in History."

Van Doren closes the program with information regarding the next session.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71190
Municipal archives id: LT9253

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Maurice Dolbier and Irita Taylor Van Doren


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