Frederick C. Barghoorn, Peter Blake, and Maurine Neuberger

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Maurice Dolbier introduces Frederick Barghoorn, who gained international notoriety when he was imprisoned as a suspected spy in the Soviet Union. He was released under the pressure of President John F. Kennedy. Author of "Soviet foreign propaganda," Barghoorn discusses Soviet and Chinese propaganda. He explains that the Soviet ideology is Marxist-Leninist, rather than simply a Marxist. He discusses the Soviet concept of communism at length. He references his own experience in in the Soviet Union.

Next, Dolbier introduces architect and artist Peter Blake, author of "God's own junkyard : the planned deterioration of America's landscape." Blake notes that no people in the world have a country with as much beauty, yet we are on the cusp of turning it into a slum. He discusses factors that lead to the shoddy craftsmanship of buildings - including tax laws, real estate assessments, and the role of insurance agencies such as FHA all have a hand in dictating design.

Finally, Maurine Neuberger, one of only two women in the Senate at the time, is introduced by Dolbier. Neuberger speaks about the health risks associated with smoking cigarettes. She sponsorship of one of the first bills to require warning labels on cigarette packaging. She speaks about what it is to be a politician.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

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