Leslie Clark Stevens, Mari Sandoz, and Chester Bowles

Thursday, January 21, 1954

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

Irita Van Doren, introduces the day's speakers.

Vice Admiral Leslie Stevens discusses the current state of Russia and communism.

Mari Sandoz describes the plight of the Northern Cheyenne people in her non-fiction novel "Cheyenne Autumn." She tells the story of Little Wolf and Dull Knife, who led their people out of Oklahoma and back to their home in the North. (Library of Congress Photo/NYWTS Collection)

Chester Bowles recounts his time as an ambassador to India. He speaks generally about the stabilization of Asia through the democratization of India. Strong anti-communism sentiment.

Mari Sandoz

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71198
Municipal archives id: LT7293


Chester Bowles, Mari Sandoz, Leslie C. Stevens and Irita Taylor Van Doren


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