[Investigation of the Ford Foundation]
Tuesday, June 01, 1954
This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
Seldes opens the program by making a correction regarding a mix up in a previous broadcast - he confused Laertes and Horatio when discussing Hamlet. Seldes then refers to letter that admonishes him for saying that socialized medicine is the same as health insurance. Seldes doesn't think he made this statement, but if he did he didn't mean it.
Seldes discusses the upcoming study of tax-exempt foundations, particularly he mentions the Ford and Sloan Foundations. (This refers to the Dodd Report and Reece Committee investigation into non-profit foundations.) He mentions Norman Dodd, who has accused some foundations of being unconstitutional and un-American.
He goes on to discuss the role exhibitors play in influencing content of television shows. He presents an example from Dragnet. He talks about others who have protested the portrayal of 'types' - stereotypes based on race and profession.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 71530
Municipal archives id: LT3100