[Radio and television in the courtroom]

Tuesday, September 07, 1954

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

Seldes discusses the rights and obligations of television to broadcast open court trials. This topic has arisen because of a television and radio address by Frank Stanton, president of CBS. He emphasizes the right to broadcast legislative hearings. He believes that this is the way the public may get the facts to base intelligent action.

Seldes goes on to discuss interesting developments in theater. He discusses the Provincetown Playhouse and Eugene O'Neill. Despite many reservations about O'Neill, he was tremendously impressed.

He closes by discussing the greatness of Shakespeare.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71485
Municipal archives id: LT3109

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Gilbert Seldes


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About Lively Arts, The

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

Simultaneously a timely and visionary program, Gilbert Seldes's The Lively Arts (1953-1956) examines contemporary issues of 1950s television, radio, and theater, as well as current events and the intellectual arts. Seldes, who was the first Director for Television at CBS News and the founding Dean of the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, was also a renowned critic, author, playwright, and editor. As a major social critic and observer, Seldes viewed theater, television, and radio with a prescient eye to the future based on a well-informed understanding of the past. 

These programs feature commentary and discussion on a wide range of topics — from sex and censorship in the movies to progressive education to juvenile delinquency to political campaigning on television — many of which are still hotly debated today. Serving as a precursor to Seldes's television programs and providing an audio context for his seminal books, this show is key to understanding today's cultural commentary.


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