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

Seldes speaks about "special interest stations." He particularly speaks about how stations should deal with the intermission period from a live concert: should they stay silent or provide a commentary? The station in question is WGBH, and Seldes reads a statement from the programing director, who believes that the silence will bring audiences back more than "yacking."

He goes on to speak about how he thinks someone should write a Ph.D about "smutty" or "blue" stories. Then talks about a professor who claimed anyone who whistled was a moron.

Seldes speaks about Quincy Howe's "The World Between The Wars," which, in Seldes view, balances the story of the U.S. and Europe with the stories of Asia, India, and Africa.

He goes on to talk about how political cartoons no longer appear in The New Yorker, but speaks positively of "The Talk of the Town" column.

Seldes moves on to Toulouse-Lautrec, who is "very hot right now."

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70642
Municipal archives id: LT3645