Herbert H. Lehman

Sunday, January 04, 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 New York's Former Governor and former Senator Honorable Herbert A. Lehman.

Lehman hopes the Rule 22 - the cloture rule - which is the only formal procedure that Senate rules provide for breaking a filibuster.
He speaks in favor of unseating Senator James Eastland.

Representative Walter is attempting to take immigration policies out of the hands of the Judiciary Committee and the Foreign Affairs committee and into the Un-American Activities Committee. He believes this would be a calamity and would immediately label every alien as a suspect or enemy of the country. Lehman calls the McCarran-Walter Act evil.

Asked about treatment of Negroes in the North and South, Lehman states that Negroes are denied equal education and the right to vote. This is indefensible. The restriction on voting rights is done in many ways, and has been exposed in Alabama recently.

Lehman thinks right-to-work laws are a terrible idea. The name is misleading. They don't give people the right to work or create new jobs, they are aimed largely on the desire to weaken the labor movement.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72133
Municipal archives id: LT8248


Jim Farrell, Herbert H. Lehman, Elaine Paul, Stan Siegel, Ed Stover and Jay Nelson Tuck


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