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[T. S. Eliot and the caption writers of "Time" magazine]

Tuesday, September 29, 1953

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

Seldes considers the way things are said and done. He specifically discusses a quotation of T. S. Elliot and captions of photos in Time magazine and how they influence how one views the photograph. He gives several specific example of how captions are used to mislead the audience.


He moves on to discuss how American men assert their independence.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 70333
Municipal archives id: LT3636

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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.

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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