Michael Bartell

Tuesday, October 28, 1952

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

Editors from four college newspapers question Michael Bartell, Socialist Workers Party Candidate for US Senator from New York. Panel includes Erwin Chafkin of the New York University Washington Square College Bulletin, Martin Deutsch of the City College Observation Post, Estelle Segal of the Brooklyn College Kingsman, and Jack Freeman of the Fordham College Ram. Topics include socialism, revolution, the New Deal, Stalin, the Korean War. Bartell states his opinion that the current social order has reached a point where it can no longer bring progress to the world; it's outlived its usefulness and must be replaced.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 68637
Municipal archives id: LT57


Michael Bartell, Martin Deutsch, Jack Freeman, Gabe Pressman and Estelle Segal


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