[Television Coverage of the Army-McCarthy Hearings]

Wednesday, July 07, 1954

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

The first post-tonsil removal broadcast. Explains that he is recording this broadcast using new technology he is not familiar with. He watched TV in the hospital, saw the coverage of the end of the McCarthy-Army hearings. Mentions the networks carrying the coverage. Further commentary on the hearings.

Radio broadcasting to fight against television broadcasting. Television increases the appetite for books.

David O. Selznick. All books a television have message, so let's not too hastily make jokes.

A report on "Eurovision," a television signal sent to many European countries.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71350
Municipal archives id: LT3105

Hosted by:

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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