Francis H. Taylor, Tom and Lydia Davis, and Bernard Baruch

Tuesday, October 26, 1954

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

WNYC announcer introduces program.

Van Doren introduces Taylor, who talks about "Fifty Centuries of Art" and the Met Museum.

Van Doren introduces the Davises, who talk about "Doctor to the Islands," other travel books, and their time on Rarotonga.

Van Doren introduces Baruch, who talks about his book "Philosophy for Our Time" and answers Van Doren's questions: What does he think is the best way to appraise Soviet strength and intentions? What are the differences in working in a supply-and-demand economy in war time and in peace time? How can nations make use of atomic energy in peaceful times and have assurances against aggression?

WNYC announcer closes the program.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71211
Municipal archives id: LT7300

Hosted by:

Irita Taylor Van Doren


Bernard M. Baruch, Lydia Davis, Thomas R. A. H. Davis and Francis H. Taylor


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