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Seldes discusses "Harrigan and Hart" plays of the late 19th century and the use of racial stereotypes in entertainment. He also discusses how these plays have influenced entertainment today.
Seldes also discusses popularity and questions whether we can be fooled to like something not because of it's quality, but because some clever person has fooled us.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 70707
Municipal archives id: LT6514