This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
Seldes discusses soldiers who are refusing repatriation. [Believe he is referencing this event: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_American_and_British_defectors_in_the_Korean_War]
Goes on to discuss the daytime serial programs - and the claims that they allay stresses and make people feel better.
Discusses theater reviews on television. Perhaps television is not the proper medium for critical analysis. Newspapers and magazines may be better for intellectual reflection and television and movies are better for spectacle.
The outlook of the public toward their entertainment seems to be a matter of great interest. Groups are forming to analyze the effects of television on viewers. College and University courses are now devoted to "communications" - they study how people are using mass media. This is a virtually new field.
There is also a new interest in education television, marked by the first one this year in Houston, TX.
Seldes goes on to discuss television, then the movies. He talks about the emergence of 3D films, which seemed doomed early on, but believes that Cinemascope will be successful. "The Robe" seems to be evidence of this success - in addition to being in Cinemascope it also utilizes, sex, religion and spectacle to attract audiences.
He discusses the work of Stanley Kramer. Seldes believes that Hollywood doesn't have room for this kind of talent that goes outside of the lines.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 71506
Municipal archives id: LT3084