Harlem USA : Rats

Monday, April 10, 1950

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

Community of Harlem Civic Association. Hosted by Fred Weaver, narrated by George Willard. Aired Mondays at 9pm on WMCA 570.

Panel on housing problems and solutions.

Musical portion: Martin Gould's 100-piece orchestra: "Body and Soul," "Solitude." (pre-recorded)

Panel: the rat problem is specific to Harlem. Rat bites are increasing. Three people to discuss the problem: Charles Abrams, a lawyer and housing expert; James E. Fuller, chairman of liberal party; Donald Benedict, pastor of East Harlem Parish. Living conditions, statistics on tuberculosis.

Concludes with information about filing tax returns.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 69613
Municipal archives id: LT523

Hosted by:

Fred Weaver and George Willard


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