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[Phonograph records]

Wednesday, June 23, 1954

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

WNYC announcer introduces program.


Seldes explains he'll have to pre-record the program because he has to get his tonsils out. He decides to play two records and then make comments.


First is "Albert and the Lion" by Stanley Holloway, then part of Willie Howard's "French Taught in a Hurry." (for the latter, Seldes mentions the poor quality of the record)


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 71347
Municipal archives id: LT3104

Hosted by:

Gilbert Seldes

Contributors:

Stanley Holloway and Willie Howard

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Legendary critic and author of The Seven Lively Arts Gilbert Seldes discusses big-thinking issues in art and life from his characteristically populist perspective.

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