Hanson Blatz

Sunday, November 29, 1959

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

Jay Nelson Tuck moderates.

Guest is Professor Hanson Blatz, Director of Radiation Control of the Department of Health. He discusses the dangers of radiation in New York City.

Panelists include Katie Lou Rogers, Mike Wall, Jack Parker, and Mark Gerrity.

Questions revolve around recent reports of nuclear weapons being transported through the city of New York. Blatz describes the City's agencies which work with the Federal government to create a cooperative plan to deal with accidents. He describes plans to ensure accident reports are communicated to all relevant departments.

Discussion of nuclear weapons in the United States.

Exposure to radiation has increased over the past 50 years due to medical and dental X-rays. Shoe stores have been banned from using them to fit children's shoes.

"Well, in the case of dental x-rays all I can recommend is if mother takes little Johnny to the dentist just tell him to cross his legs - this is a very effective shield against exposure of the reproductive organs - and this is quite effective."

Also discussion of nuclear reactors and the safe guards against disasters.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72073
Municipal archives id: LT8842


Hanson Blatz, Mark Gerrity, Jack Parker, Katie Lou Rogers, Jay Nelson Tuck and Michael B. Wall


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