James Michener, Laura Fermi, and Gilbert Highet

Tuesday, March 19, 1957

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

Irita Van Doren, emcee for the event, introduces James Michener, author of "Bridge at Andau ". She describes his book and the about the plight of Hungarians during the invasion of Communist Russian forces. She gives many examples of the great violence that took place.

James Michener does not discuss his novel in particular, rather he discusses the results of the Hungarian Revolution.

Laura Fermi also discusses Russia. Author of "Atoms in the Family: My Life with Enrico Fermi," Fermi discusses her travels to Russia and in particular their scientific advances.

Gilbert Highet discusses his book "Juvenal the Satirist: A Study" and his passion for poetry.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71209
Municipal archives id: LT7519


Laura Fermi, Gilbert Highet, James A. Michener and Irita Taylor Van Doren


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Hear, first-hand, the thoughts and voices of some of the greatest thinkers, adventurers, and characters of our nation.

Legendary New York Herald-Tribune book review editor Irita Van Doren, moderator of the series [1949-1968], has an intellectual largesse and a genuine interest in the American literary arts, which produces engaging, sometimes off-beat discussions with both first-time and veteran authors. 

In addition to literary writers like Louis Auchincloss, James Michener, and Rachel Carson, listeners are enthralled by nonliterary experts speaking on their autobiographies.  Sammy Davis, Jr., expounds on Yes, I Can!; burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee entertains audiences while promoting Gypsy, A Memoir; and sociologist Vance Packard defends his groundbreaking exposé on advertising, The Hidden Persuaders. 

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