George Counts

Thursday, October 09, 1952

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

First edition. Editors from four college newspapers question Dr. George Counts of Columbia University, Liberal Party candidate for US Senate for New York. Panel includes Estelle Segal of the Brooklyn College Kingsman, Erwin Chafkin of the New York University Washington Square College Bulletin, Don Himes of the Columbia Spectator, and Martin Deutsch of the City College Observation Post. Topics include how the Liberal Party strengthens the Democratic ticket, history and goals of the New York State Liberal Party, Eisenhower vs. Stevenson, McCarran Committee and immigration, American Federation of Teachers, preventing communist party members from teaching in schools, redistricting, the role of college papers in national politics, lowering voting ages to include more college students, and the Korean War.

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Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 68629
Municipal archives id: LT55


Erwin Chafkin, George S. Counts, Martin Deutsch, Don Himes, Gabe Pressman and Estelle Segal


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"For the answers to these and other questions..." Each Campus Press Conference (1951-1962) begins with a slew of questions from the student editors of New York City college newspapers, delivered with the controlled seriousness of a teenager on the radio for the first time. Despite their endearing greenness, the student editors pose sharp inquiries to guests from the fields of science, finance, culture, and politics. 

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