Rachel Carson, Jimmy Durante, and James MacDonald

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Van Doren introduces key members of the audience. A drawing for free books.


James MacDonald - "My Mission in Israel" - First US Ambassador to Israel.


Rachel Carson - "The Sea Around Us". She talks about the sea where one gets a sense of the antiquity of the earth. Evolution and adaptation didn't stop in prehistoric times; it is still going on right now. Then plays some recordings of the deep sea provided by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The sounds, which were recorded by hydrophone, include the snapping of claws of thousands of shrimp; moans, groans and shrieks of unidentified fish; "echo fish" and white porpoises.


Jimmy Durante talks. Says he's not a speaker, he's an entertainer. Tells stories about his childhood. Talks about being made fun of because of his nose. After making a picture called "Get Rich Quick Wallingford," he was advertised as "Schnozzola." Received over 1,000 letters from young kids who were proud of their own "schozzolas" because of him. Plays and sings a song with Jules Buffano and Jack Roth.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


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