Oscar M. Riebhausen

Sunday, July 12, 1959

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

Jay Nelson Tuck moderates.

Interview with Oscar M. Riebhausen, Director of Governor Rockefeller's task force to study radiation and fallout problems in New York State.

Panelists include Kevin McGrath, Stan Siegel.

Questions. Riebhausen discusses the task force's findings and focuses on the impact of fallout on the people of an affected area. Specifically, he notes that people need to be able to be self reliant following an attack. He believes there should be legislation that calls for the construction of fallout shelters and survival kits that contain food, water, and other necessities. Riebhausen estimates that each individual home's fallout shelter will cost approximately $150, though he allows for some exceptions where shelters are impossible to construct or don't make sense (such as a hot dog stand on the beach).

Suggests that perhaps a subsidy could be made to ensure that all members of the community be able to afford emergency kits.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72095
Municipal archives id: LT8431


Kevin McGrath, Oscar M. Riebhausen, Stan Siegel and Jay Nelson Tuck


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