Jacob Javits

Sunday, June 12, 1955

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

Marvin Sleeper hosts.

Attorney General Javits answers questions.

Panelists: Larry Barrett, Bob Feinberg, Martin Birmingham, and Ray Shroate.


Critique of the Harriman administration thus far. He would direct the attention of the government towards health care and higher education if he were governor. More responsibility for the health of people on public welfare. Comic books and pornography. A weekly conference with the governor. Suing a judge in Saratoga County. Regulation of food. Defense pact with Israel. What can the Republican Party do to regain power? Voting machines should be obligatory.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71986
Municipal archives id: LT6653


Lawrence Barrett, Martin Birmingham, Robert Feinberg, Jacob K. Javits, Ray Shroate and Marvin Sleeper


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About Campus Press Conference

This is not your run-of-the-mill 'student conference.'

"For the answers to these and other questions..." Each Campus Press Conference (1951-1962) begins with a slew of questions from the student editors of New York City college newspapers, delivered with the controlled seriousness of a teenager on the radio for the first time. Despite their endearing greenness, the student editors pose sharp inquiries to guests from the fields of science, finance, culture, and politics. 

With the country on the cusp of radical cultural and political change, these recordings offer insight to student empowerment movements, flower power, and hippie culture – a time when the youth of America began to realize their tremendous impact and ability to shape their futures. The passion and curiosity of young people is heard through interviews with elected and appointed officials and experts.

Notable guests include Jackie Robinson, Joseph Papp, Averill Harriman, and Senator Jacob Javits.


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