This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
Seldes discusses phrases used on the air. These talks are more or less ad-libbed. He has some notes he wants to talk about, and he has a rather glancing mind. The result is that some minor items don't get mentioned at all. Those mount up until he feels he hasn't done his job well at all. Admiration for a Dylan Thomas program on television. Admiration for "Omnibus" and Jack Benny. Admiration for a program about the ACLU.
Avoids circumlocutions. Jacqes Barzun article about the use of language. The word "process" used as a verb. Rudyard Kipling's use of language, creating verbs from nouns. More examples of objectionable use of language in television, radio, and advertising. Lubitsch touch.
A new profession: the "personality."
Death of Eugene O'Neill.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 71509
Municipal archives id: LT3081