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[The McCarthy - Murrow dispute]

Monday, September 20, 1954

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

Seldes opens by mentioning "fat people's music," but first addresses the responses received regarding his previous broadcast about the Murrow broadcast about McCarthy. It seems his views were unpopular among listeners. Seldes notes his surprise at the orthodoxy of his critics, who seem to not believe in free speech for all. He notes that there will be public hearings regarding the controversy.


Discusses Communist music.


Describes the Institute of Jazz Studies, he discusses sociological aspects of jazz.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 71524
Municipal archives id: LT3093

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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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