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James Michener, Agnes E. Meyer, and Will Durant

Wednesday, October 07, 1953

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

Irita Van Doren introduces Luncheon speakers James Michener, Agnes E. Meyer and Will Durant.


James Michener discusses his novel, "The Bridges at Toko-Ri" and the relationship between the United States and the countries of Asia.


Agnes E. Meyer discusses her autobiography, "Education for a New Morality," and her own trailblazing career.


Finally, Will Durant discusses his book, "The Renaissance."


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 71182
Municipal archives id: LT3642

Contributors:

Will Durant, Agnes Elizabeth Ernst Meyer, James A. Michener and Irita Taylor Van Doren

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