Leona Baumgartner

Monday, December 17, 1956

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

"How close are we to fluoridating the city's water?
What is the role of private industry in administering the Salk vaccine in New York City?
Is the public responding to the Salk program?
How is it that vaccine makers now find themselves with a Salk surplus?
What is the age limit in the city's Salk vaccine program?"

Commissioner of Health Baumgartner answers questions about the fluoridation of the city's water and the Salk vaccine for polio from student reporters Flo Casey, Felice Rinus, Jim Farrell, Larry Lipschitz and Lawrence Barrett.

Marvin Sleeper hosts.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72034
Municipal archives id: LT7580


Leona Baumgartner


Lawrence Barrett, Flo Casey, Jim Farrell, Larry Lipsitz, Felice Rinus and Marvin Sleeper


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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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