[The menace of atomic warfare]

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Seldes opens the program by discussing the stupidity of living in a world in which an atomic bomb can be dropped. He reads from a speech given by Bertrand Russell, which questions if man is so foolish as to exterminate himself over quarrels that are trivial compared to the life of mankind, he appeals for all to remember their humanity.

Seldes also speaks of a book by Elmer Holmes Davis titled "Two Minutes till Midnight" - a theme of which is that if we cannot prevent atomic war we must at least come out on top.

Seldes then changes gears and speaks of the recent news that Sweden will soon be getting television. He reports that a Swedish publishing company has sent a research team to the United States to determine the effects of television on book reading, library use, and culture in general.

He then goes on to discuss subscription television. He hopes that "pay as you go" television will provide more variety and not have to appeal to the largest common denominator.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70370
Municipal archives id: LT6410