Quintin Reynolds, John P. Marquand, and Clifton Fadiman

Tuesday, April 19, 1955

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

Irita Van Doren introduces the first speaker, Quintin Reynolds, author of "Headquarters" a profile of the New York City Police Department. Reynolds discusses crime in New York. The book is a profile of Detective Frank Phillips, the most decorated active officer at the time. Reynolds speaks highly of the NYPD, dismissing claims that they are crooked.

Next, Van Doren introduces John P. Marquand, author of "Sincerely, Willis Wayde." He speaks generally about writers and the intricacies of the written word.

Finally, Clifton Fadiman speaks about

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71253
Municipal archives id: LT6458

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Irita Taylor Van Doren


Clifton Fadiman, John P. Marquand and Quentin James Reynolds


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Philip Terzian from United States

It's Quentin, not Quintin, Reynolds

May. 04 2015 04:06 PM

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