Irita Van Doren introduces Walter Lord, author of "A Night to Remember," about the sinking of the Titanic. Lord discusses his childhood fascination of the Titanic. He speaks of all the factors that contributed to the disastrous crash that caused so much death. As he finishes speaking, Van Doren encourages him to also tell the story of the Carpathia, a rescue ship that responded to the Titanic's S.O.S.
Next, Van Doren introduces William J. Keating, noting the five days he spent in jail as a result of not revealing his sources in the East Side Manhattan wire tapping case. She points out that most of his career has been in interaction with the criminal element. Keating goes on to discuss crime in New York City, discussing the Mafia - including Frank Costello and Vito Genovese. He also discusses how racketeers have taken a toll on all New Yorkers. He discusses his motivations for writing his autobiography, The Man Who Rocked the Boat, released the next year as the movie, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.
Can Doren then announces that the planned third guest, Edwin O'Conner, was unable to attend due to the sudden death of his friend Fred Allen. In his place author Herbert Kubly, author of "American in Italy" speaks. He goes on to discuss international popularity, particularly regarding Russia. He discusses the Russian myth, which has won over the people of Europe and Asia by identifying itself with the humble and poor of the world. The United States has associated itself with the rich, alienating the poor people of the world. He notes that American motion pictures are in part responsible for this reputation.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 71284
Municipal archives id: LT7238