Herman Kahn

Friday, January 01, 1960

nterview with Herman Kahn (1922-1983), author of On Escalation 1965. Kahn was a founder of the Hudson Institute and one of the preeminent futurists of the latter 20th century. ((Photo by Universal/Getty Images))

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Patricia Marx interviews futurist Herman Kahn on the prognostications and forecasting methodologies outlined in his recent book The Year 2000. Kahn tackles issues such as poverty, population changes, technology and industry, race relations, environmental and social engineering, and the potential threat of nuclear war. Positing that the central issue of the 21st century will be the search for meaning and purpose, Kahn characterizes the post-industrial man as a "new" and "superior" human grappling with the potential Faustian repercussions of his new-found progress and success.

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Patricia Marx Interviews is a series of interviews done for WNYC and other stations that include talks with: Woody Allen, Dick Gregory, William Golding, General Omar Bradley, Arthur C. Clarke, David Halberstam, Bob Hope, George Balanchine and others.

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