America's Town Meeting Of The Air

Copyright 2017, J. David Goldin

These are all the examples of this program in the radioGOLDINdex database. These listings are accurate as of July 30, 2017. The programs are listed chronologically, partial dates appear first, unknown dates appear last.


82433. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. May 30, 1935. NBC net. "Which Way America?". Sustaining. The first show of the series. The program originates from Town Hall, New York City. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Lawrence Bennett (Associate Editor of "The Awakener," speaking on behalf of Fascism), Norman Thomas (President of The Socialist Party and a candidate for president in 1932, speaking on behalf of Socialism), A. J. Mustie (Chairman of The Worker's Party, speaks on behalf of Communism), Raymond Moley (? of Columbia University and editor of "Today", speaking on behalf of Democracy). 58:20. Audio condition: Good. Complete.

85187. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. December 19, 1935. NBC net. "Should We Plan For Security?". Sustaining. The program starts with a long reading of letters sent to the program by listeners. Secretary Perkins is for the new "Social Security" legislation. She speaks in an unemotional monotone. Sokolsky is against it the new law and says, that he'll take care of his own "social security," thank you. Mr. Sokolsky's arguments sound very much up-to-date; he receives several rounds of applause. Three questions from the audience deal with "life assurance" and are considered not on the topic by Frances Perkins. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Frances Perkins (Secretary of Labor), George E. Sokolsky (journalist), Alois Havrilla (announcer). 59:19. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

66674. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. December 17, 1936. Blue Network. "America's Number 1 Problem: Can Business Absorb Our Unemployed?". Sustaining. A good debate. General Johnson is a fine speaker, Mr. Bardow is a poor one. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Alois Havrilla (announcer), Hugh Johnson (former administrator of the National Recovery Act), Clinton L. Bardow (director and former president of the N. A. M., trustee of the New York, Westchester and Boston Railroad, former president of the New York Shipbuilding Company), S. K. Ratcliffe (of England). 59:51. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4493. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. February 3, 1938. Blue Network. "What Does Democracy Mean?". Sustaining. A lively discussion with most of the questions directed toward Mr. Hathaway. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Max Lerner (editor of The Nation), Salvator Demaderiaga (? "Distinguished Spanish statesman and internationalist"), Clarence Hathaway (member of the Central Committee of The Communist Party, editor of The Daily Worker), Isaac Don Levine (author, columnist), Ruth Alexander (political economist and lecturer), Howard Claney (announcer). 59:20. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

66596. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. March 31, 1938. Blue Network. "How Can We Stop The March Of Crime?". Sustaining. A discussion about the control of firearms (or the lack of it) in the United States. The arguments for an against gun control sound like they were made yesterday. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Brian McMahon (Assistant U. S. Attorney General), Milton Cross (announcer). 60:35. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4494. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. April 14, 1938. Blue Network. "Is Our Public Opinion Controlled By Propaganda?". Sustaining. An interesting discussion about radio and the newspapers, advertising and government. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Hadley Cantrell (professor, Princeton and president of The Institute For Propaganda Analysis), John T. Flynn (journalist, author), Frank Kent (political columnist and vice president of The Baltimore Sun), John French Wilson (Cleveland attorney, winner of the essay contest, "What Does To Democracy Mean?"), Howard Claney (announcer). 59:00. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

4495. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. April 21, 1938. Blue Network. "What Next For The Tenant Farmer?". Sustaining. Three experts discuss the agricultural situation from the viewpoint of the farmer who does not own his own land. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Will Alexander (Chief of The Farm Security Administration, sponsor of the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act of 1937), John Lee Colter (former member of The United States Tariff Commission, former President of the North Dakota State College Of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts, owner-operator of several large farms in Texas), Sherwood Eddy (noted world traveler, author, lecturer), Howard Claney (announcer). 62:18. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4496. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. April 28, 1938. Blue Network. "What Is The American Way?". Sustaining. The last show of the season. A "New Deal" vs. "Business" debate. T. V. Smith (Professor of Philosophy at the University Of Chicago and an Illinois State Senator), George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Frank Knox (publisher of The Chicago Daily News and Republican candidate for Vice President), Alfred Bingham (editor of "Common Sense"), William Shelley (Town Crier), Howard Claney (announcer), Marion Carter ("Town Hall staff"), Leon Levine ("Town Hall staff"), Joseph Bell (NBC production manager), William Shelley (the "Town Crier"), Howard Claney (announcer). 61:33. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4497. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. November 10, 1938. Blue Network. "Where Will the Munich Settlement Lead; Will It Be Peace Or War?". Sustaining. The first show of the season. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Milton Cross (announcer), Felix Morely (Editor of The Washington Post, former Director of the Geneva Office of The League Of Nations Association), Hugh Johnson (former Director of the N. R. A.), Ann O'Hare McCormick (member of the editorial staff of The New York Times). 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4498. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. November 17, 1938. Blue Network. "How Can The American Nations Co-operate For World Peace?". Sustaining. Isolationism vs. World Involvement pertaining to the Western Hemisphere. Teddy Roosevelt Jr. speaks (and sounds just like his father!) George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Theodore Roosevelt Jr.. 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4499. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. November 24, 1938. Blue Network. "What Does Free Speech Mean Today?". Sustaining. Norman Thomas, as one of the speakers, describes his anti-American treatment in Newark, New Jersey. Representative Fish of New York advocates the deportation of alien agitators. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Norman Thomas, Hamilton Fish (New York), Milton Cross (announcing). 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4500. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. December 1, 1938. Blue Network. "Is An Economic Plan For World Peace Possible". Sustaining. Former Premier of Belgium Van Zeiland presents his plan on international collaboration. One of the panel members rips into him as just another European trying to empty America's pocketbook. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Van Zeiland (former premier of Belgium). 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4501. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. December 8, 1938. Blue Network. "How Should The Democracies Deal With The Dictatorships?". Sustaining. Quincy Howe, among others, is on the panel. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Quincy Howe. 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4502. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. December 15, 1938. Blue Network. "What Is America's Greatest Need Today?". Sustaining. Will Durant, famed historian, is on the panel, among others. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Will Durant. 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

66673. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. January 11, 1939. Blue Network. "Should We Extend The Reciprocal Trade Act?". Sustaining. The program starts with the audience singing the national anthem. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Henry F. Grady (Assistant Secreatry Of State in charge of trade agreements), Louis Taber (farmer, Master of The National Grange). 59:57. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

67796. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. January 19, 1939. Blue Network. "Is America Menaced By Foreign Propaganda?". Sustaining. Earl Browder, the Secretary General of the Communist Party (of the United States) asks, "What is the Communist Menace?" He answers, "It's President Roosevelt and the New Deal!" Channing Pollack (lecturer, author of "Guideposts In Chaos"), Earl Browder, J. B. Matthews, Morris Ernst (American Civil Liberties Union). 33:30. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

66676. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. March 9, 1939. Blue Network. "Would A Union Of Democracies Save World Peace?". Sustaining. The program begin with the audience singing, "My Country 'Tis Of Thee." Announcer Milton Cross says that "for the first time in history, a Town Meeting will be held in two nations, three thousand miles apart." George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Milton Cross (announcer), Clarence Streit (? author of "Union Now," former New York Times correspondent in Geneva covering the League Of Nations), Dorothy Detson (? executive secretary of The Women's International League For Peace and Freedom, former social worker at Hull House, relief worker with The American Friends Service Committee), Wickham Steed (? former editor of The London Times, speaking from London), George E. Skolsky (author, syndicated columnist for The Herald Tribune). 59:19. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

66675. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. November 30, 1939. Blue Network. "What Kind Of Peace Can Europe Make?". Sustaining. Mr. Cinders makes a fiery anti-Hitler speech and predicts that Germany will go to war gainst Russia. Milton Cross (announcer), Maurice Cinders (? Russian born expert on the Slavic peoples), George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Friedrich E. Oerhagen (whose name might be "Alhagen" or something else: head of the German Department of Columbia University and director of the American Fellowship Forum), Linda Littlejohn (Australian expert on world affairs), John Gunther (author, NBC commentator). 59:42. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

66597. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. December 14, 1939. Blue Network. "America and Japan...Embargo or New treaty?". Sustaining. The program begins with the audience singing the national anthem. The moderator apologizes for the loud demonstrators in the audience the previous week. Dr. Walter Judd, a medical missionary to China, says "a war with Japan is a remote possibility." George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Harry Yarnell (Rear Admiral), Walter Judd, William Castle (former ambassador to Japan), Milton Cross (announcer). 59:07. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

66677. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. December 28, 1939. Blue Network. "Should We Continue To Restrict Agricultural Production?". Sustaining. The broadcast originates from the Ellis Auditorium, Memphis. The program begins with the audience singing the national anthem and concludes with the singing of "Dixie." About two minutes of the program have been deleted. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Ransome Aldrich (president of The Mississippi Livestock Association, director of The American Co-operative Cotton Association), Robert Snowden Jr. (chairman of The Agricultural Committee of The Memphis Chamber Of Commerce, member of The Agricutural Committee of the United States Chamber Of Commerce). 57:21. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

66600. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. February 22, 1940. Blue net, WJZ, New York aircheck. "How Can We Promote The Welfare Of Employers and The Public?". Sustaining. The full name of the topic is "How Can We Promote The Welfare Of Employers, Employees and The Public?" The program begins with the singing of "America" by the audience and The Chicago Swedish Glee Club. The broadcast originates from the Civic Opera House, Chicago. The first 30:17 of the program only. George V. Denny Jr. (moserator), Milton Cross (announcer), The Chicago Swedish Glee Club, Henry Nunn (president of Nunn-Bush Shoes), Edward Keating (editor of "Labor" magazine), Alman Roth (president of The Employer's Council Of San Francisco). 30:17. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

66670. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. February 29, 1940. Blue net, WJZ, New York aircheck. "Should Controversial Subjects Be Taught In Schools?". Sustaining. The program originates from the Municipal Auditorium, St. Louis.About one minute has been deleted from the middle of the program. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), John W. Studebaker (U. S. Commissioner Of Education), C. Harold Caulfield (attorney, president of The San Francisco Board Of realtors), Alice Kellerher (New York University). 58:36. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

66669. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. March 7, 1940. Blue net, WJZ, New York aircheck. "What Should America Do For The Joads?". Sustaining. A disucssion about the ficticious family featured in the novel, "The Grapes Of Wrath." A spirited discussion and a fine example of this series. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Rexford Guy Tugwell (former under-secretary of The Department Of Agriculture and former director of the Resettlement Administration), Phillip Bancroft (member of the executive committee of The Associated Farmers Of California), Carey McWilliams (California Commissioner Of Immigration and Housing), Hugh Bennett (chief of the U. S. Soil Conservation Service). 58:54. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

66601. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. March 14, 1940. Blue net, WJZ, New York aircheck. "How Can Philosophy and Religion Meet Today's Needs?". Sustaining. The winner of the prize winning essay, "What Democracy Means To Me" is introduced. The first 39:54 of the program only. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Milton Cross (announcer), Irving Edmond (Columbia University), Martin Darcy (Fordham University), Harry Overstreet (philosopher, leader of Phi Beta Kappa), Frank Kingdon (president of the University Of Newark), G. Aubrey Young (essay winner). 39:54. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

67792. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. March 21, 1940. Blue Network. "What Should Government Spend For?". Sponsored by: Sustaining, Benrus watch (local). Elmo Roper gives the results of a special poll he's taken about what citizens think about government spending. After they make opening statements, Mr. Roper questions the panelists. Mr. Carey states that "wars today are fought on the economic battlefield, not the military battlefield. The first 41:19 of the program only. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Elmo Roper, Arthur A. Ballantine (attorney, former Under Secretary of the Treasury), Henry S. Dennison (liberal businessman), James Carey (Secretary of The C. I. O.). 41:19. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

66656. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. March 28, 1940. Blue Network. "Are We Are The Road To War?". Sustaining. The program originates from The Academy Of Music, Philadelphia. Norman Thomas vigorously orates of the horrors that will befall our country if we enter the war. James G. MacDonald (former president of The Foreign Policy Association and League Of Nations official) questions the panelists. The first 41:18 of the program only. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Frederick L. Schuman (author, professor of government at Williams College), Cesar Saerchinger (commentator), Norman Thomas (socialist leader, pacifist), James G. MacDonald. 41:18. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

66671. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. April 4, 1940. Blue Network. "Are We Americans Basically A Moral People?". Sustaining. Mr. Crider is a fascinating and amusing orator. The first 46:22 of the program only. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Margaret Culkin Banning (author of "The Case For Chastity"), Louis Brown (teacher at UCLA, author of "This Believing World"), Chester A. Crider (secretary of Butler Brothers and an "inustrial counselor"), Kirkley Madder (Harvard). 46:22. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

66672. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. April 11, 1940. Blue net, WJZ, New York aircheck. "What Are The Differences Between The Republicans and Democrats?". Sustaining. The complete topic name is "What Are The Essential Differences Between The Republican and Democratic Parties?" The first 30:38 of the program only, the last show of the season. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Glen Frank (chairman of the Republican Platform Committee), Robert Jackson (U. S. Attorney General). 30:38. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

90764. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. June 4, 1940. NBC net. "Is War With Japan Inevitable?". Sustaining. The program originates from The War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco. The signal fails 2:20 into the program. After 1:08 of silence, an announcement is made, followed by piano fill from New York City. The program resumes 6:44 into the show. David Prescott Barrows (an army general) seeks "an immediate showdown with Japan." He calls for an ultimatum followed by an attack by the U. S. fleet in the Pacific. He says that we should have done this two years ago. Dr. Tully C. Knowles (president of The College Of The Pacific) says, "war with Japan is not inevitable. He says, "We have Japan in the same place we would have Japan...after a successful war" (and gets a big hand at the conclusion of his remarks). He also states that, "Japan cannot live without the help of the United States...we hold the whip hand!" Chester Roul (editor of The San Francisco Chronicle) advocates making our "paper sanctions" actual, sending our fleet to Manila and Singapore. A child in the audience is heard to scream twice (40 minutes into the show). George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Arch Presby (announcer), Charles Roul, Tully C. Knowles, David Prescott Barrows. 57:49. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete as above.

90773. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. April 3, 1941. Blue Network. "Should Our Ships Convey Arms To Britain?". Sustaining. The program originates from Town Hall, New York City, after a 6-week national tour. C. Whelan Brooks (Senator from Illinois) says, "When we start to convoy (ships to Britain), we will have declared war." Brooks starts with a rousing speech with considerable audience reaction (despite Mr. Denny's request to avoid just that). Senator Brooks makes several malapropisms that indicate the opposite of what he means! The middle station-break pause has been deleted. C. Whelan Brooks, George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Ernest Gibson (former Senator from Vermont, chairman of The Committee To Defend America By Helping The Allies"), Ed Herlihy (announcer). 58:01. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete as above.

90739. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. April 10, 1941. Program #172. Blue Network. "Can We Prevent Higher Living Costs?". Sustaining. Robinson says that time-and-a-half for overtime should be suspended until the end of the war. He advocates what would eventually come to pass as, "The Payroll Savings Plan." George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Ed Herlihy (announcer), Edwin Kemmerer (Princeton University, author), Donald Nelson (executive vice president of Sears Roebuck, director of the Purchasing Division of the National Defense Commission.."who has spent more billions than anyone else in the world"), James Wabash (president of a co-op, who speaks about the benefits of co-ops), Leland Rex Robinson (author, finance lecturer at Columbia University). 58:38. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

90774. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. April 17, 1941. Blue Network. "Why Strike In Defense Industries?". Sustaining. The station-break pause has been deleted. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Ed Herlihy (announcer), Max Lerner (editor of "The Nation," professor at Williams College), William Batt (presdient of SKF Industries, member of The Office Of Production Managemment), Aisles Sharfman (? University of Michigan), Stanley High (? Reader's Digest). 57:20. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete as above.

69163. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. October 16, 1941. Blue net, KQV, Pittsburgh aircheck. "Should Congress Repeal The Neutrality Act?. Sustaining. The first show of the program's seventh season on the air. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Lynn U. Stambau (President of The American Legion), D. Worth Clark (Senator from Idaho). 31:21. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

68584. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. November 13, 1941. Blue net, KQV, Pittsburgh aircheck. "What Kind Of Peace Must We Have (That Will Endure)?". Sustaining. The meeting and program are interrupted by a member of the audience who speaks "out of order" and is ejected from the hall. Parts 1,3,4,6 only. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), John Zellers (Vice President of Remington Rand), Norman Thomas (Socialist), Dorothy Thompson (syndicated columnist), Ed Herlihy (announcer). 42:37. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

4503. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. December 11, 1941. Blue Network. "Propaganda and Censorship In Wartime". Sustaining. Should we allow our enemies to speak freely during wartime? George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Tex McCrary (New York Mirror). 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4504. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. December 18, 1941. Blue Network. "The Outlook In The Pacific". Sustaining. Simultaneously telecast as well as broadcast. Hanson Baldwin, famous military expert is on the panel. A rehash of the battle of Pearl Harbor and Japanese treachery. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Hanson Baldwin. 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4505. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. January 1, 1942. Blue Network. "The Outlook In The Atlantic". Sustaining. Simultaneously broadcast and telecast by NBC television. Three military experts predict coming events in the European war. One questioner is shut up because he refers to the "appeasers" in the State Department. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator). 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4506. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. January 8, 1942. Blue Network. "How Can We Speed Up War Industries". Sustaining. Representatives of labor and management discuss the topic. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator). 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4507. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. January 15, 1942. Blue Network. "Can We Win The War Without Hate?". Sustaining. It's only five weeks since Pearl Harbor, but the debate deals with post-war relations with our enemies. A soldier thinks yes, but others say hate is not necessary. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator). 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4508. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. January 22, 1942. Blue Network. "What Basis For Unity Among the Americas?". Sustaining. Two of the four panelists speak via short wave radio from Brazil. John Gunther (famous author), is on the panel. A discussion of Latin-American relationships. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), John Gunther. 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4509. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. January 29, 1942. Blue net, WXYZ, Detroit origination. "How Can Our Schools Meet The War Emergency?". Sustaining. Three famous educators and the audience discuss the problems of wartime education. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator). 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

79873. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. April 6, 1944. Blue Network. "Freedom Of Speech on The Air". Sustaining. "What are the responsibilities and limits of free speech on the air? Kaltenborn has a problem with his voice during his opening statement. Despite this problem, he makes a stirring oration. He is, however, booed by the audience after saying, "I feel Father Coughlin's influence was bad." An interesting and lively discussion. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Burton K. Wheeler (Senator, Montana), John Chandler Gurney (South Dakota), H. V. Kaltenborn, Gilbert Seldes (CBS writer, executive). 49:42. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

102160. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. October 26, 1944. Blue net, KQV, Pittsburgh aircheck. Sponsored by: Reader's Digest. Tonight's topic is, "For a sound national administration on which every American is invited to cast his vote next Novemeber the 7th: Roosevelt or Dewey?" George V. Denny mentions that this is the start of the Town Meetings 50th anniversary (obviously not all on radio)." Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes speaks of behalf of President Roosevelt. His Republican opponent is Senator Homer Ferguson (Michigan). During Senator Ferguson's address, George Denny has to threaten to call the police to quell a heckler. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Harold Ickes, Homer Ferguson. 38:22. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

66660. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. November 2, 1944. Blue net, WCOL, Columbus, Ohio aircheck. "Is There A Satisfactory Substitute For The Profit Motive?". Sponsored by: Reader's Digest. A debate between socialist Norman Thomas and H. W. Prentiss Jr. (president of Armstrong Cork and former president of the N. A. M.). Mr. Thomas is a most eloquent orator and Mr. Prentiss is no slouch. A good debate! The first 43:58 of the program only. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Norman Thomas, H. W. Prentiss Jr.. 43:58. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

66663. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. December 7, 1944. Blue net, WCOL, Columbus, Ohio aircheck. "Should Government Guarantee Job Equalities For All Races?". Sponsored by: Reader's Digest. A fascinating discussion of wartime civil rights. The first 44:52 of the program only. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Lillian Smith (author), Charles La Follette (Representative from Indiana), O. C. Fisher (Representative from Texas), Ray Tucker (Washington D. C. columnist). 44:52. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

66538. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. February 15, 1945. Program #357. Blue Network. "Will The Big Three Decision Lead To Permanent Peace?". Sponsored by: Reader's Digest. 8:30 P.M. The program begins with news bulletins: the Navy is attacking targets around Tokyo, fighting on Iwo Jima, Poland will not accept a "new partition." A discussion about the meaning and significance of the Crimean Charter. Quentin Reynolds says, "We have nothing to fear from a strong Russia." Raymond Swing speaks from Washington, D.C. He says, "The vacuum in Europe has been filled with something sound." An interesting discussion of world events by four engrossing intellects. One of the questioners from the audience is actor Victor Moore. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Raymond Gram Swing, Quentin Reynolds, William L. Shirer, H. V. Kaltenborn, Victor Moore, Fred Cole (announcer). 57:57. Audio condition: Excellent. Apparently complete.

105224. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. September 19, 1946. ABC net, WCAE, Pittsburgh aircheck. Sustaining. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Max Eastman (leftist author and journalist), Harold Lasky (British Labour Party). 6:14. Audio condition: Excellent. Excerpt.

102472. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. October 24, 1946. ABC net, WCAE, Pittsburgh aircheck, WOWO, Fort Wayne origination. "Are American Communists A Threat To Trade Unionism?". Sponsored by: Sustaining, Whiz Candy (local Pecan Pete (local). 8:30 P.M. The program originates from the Fort Wayne, Auditiorium. After the program and station I.D., the start of, "Take It From There" is heard. The first contestant looks for real needles in a haystack. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Milton Murray ( The American Newspaper Guild), Earl Browder (former head of the Communist Party of the U.S.), Leo Cherne (Research Institute of America), Paul Kern (New York attorney, reprersenting the Communist Party), Michael Roy (m.c.), Ralph Rogers (announcer). 1:10:09. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

102359. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. November 28, 1946. Mutual net. "How Should Food Be Distributed After UNRRA Expires?". Sustaining. 9:00 P.M. The program originates from Plymouth, Massachusetts. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Fiorello La Guardia, Charles Wood (former state vice chair of the War Production Board), Charles Gratke (The Christian Science Monitor). 15:35. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

19145. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. December 12, 1946. ABC net, WFBR, Baltimore aircheck. "Is Radio Operating In the Public Interest?". Sustaining. A debate from Greenwich, Connecticut. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Mark Woods (President of ABC), Sidney Kaye (general counsel, BMI), Clifford Durr (FCC Commissioner), Frederick Wakeman (author of "The Hucksters"). 59:09. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

69798. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. April 3, 1947. ABC net. "Should The Communist Party In The United States Be Outlawed?". Sustaining. The program originates from The Civic Opera House, Chicago. Governor Ellis makes an effective reply to Senator McCarthy. Senator McCarthy mentions in passing that all radio operators on American Merchant Marine ships are Communists! The final 44:24 of the program only. George V. Denny Jr., Joseph McCarthy, Ellis Arnold (former Governor of Georgia, author of "The Shore Dimly Seen"), Edward Arthur Hayes, Norman Knight (announcer). 44:24. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

69797. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. April 10, 1947. ABC net. "Do We Really Elect Our Own President?". Sustaining. With Roscoe Drummond (contributor to "47" magazine, Chief of the Washington bureau of The Christian Science Monitor) and Elmer Davis (former Director of the O. W. I., ABC news commentator). The first 13:57 of the progm only. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Roscoe Drummond, Elmer Davis. 13:57. Audio condition: Excellent. Excerpt.

97519. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. May 22, 1947. ABC net, WCAE, Pittsburgh aircheck. "How Can We Avoid An Economic Bust?". Sustaining. The program originates from Town Hll, New York City. Senator Joseph Ball is booed and applauded when he suggests the minimum wage be raised. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Joseph Ball (Minnesota), George Terbough (author of "The Bogey Of Economic Maturity"), Chester Bowles (director of the Office Of Economic Stabilization). 15:22. Audio condition: Excellent. Excerpt.

69796. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. July 3, 1947. ABC net. "Has Twentieth Century Civilization Improved Mankind?". Sustaining. The program originates from New York City, and from a DC-6 American Airlines plane flying above Los Angeles! The same topic was discussed on this program during February, 1939. This is the first time a "Forum" program originated from an airplane. Ling Yu Tang speaks from New York City. He says, "You can be a happy idiot or a worried wise man." Dr. Harlow Shapley also speaks from New York City. He starts by saying, "The answer to your question is yes! Can I go home now?" Rector J. Herbert Smith, Buddy Rogers (husband of Mary Pickford) and author Louis Brown speak from the airplane (the noise from which can be heard throughout the program). George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Ling Yu Tang (Chinese philosopher and author of "My Country and My people"), Harlow Shapley (director of the Harvard Observatory), J. Herbert Smith (Rector of the All Saints Episcopal Church, Beverly Hills), Louis Brown (author), Buddy Rogers, Dresser Dahlstead (announcer). 59:12. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

69352. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. September 2, 1947. ABC net. "Is There Really A Communist Threat In Hollywood?". Sustaining. Mayor (of Los Angeles) Fletcher Bowron welcomes the program to his city. The program is now on Tuesday nights. Leila Rogers (a screenwriter, dramatic coach and mother of Ginger Rogers) feels that there are Communists everywhere, including Hollywood! She describes an evil, subversive screenplay, which turns out to have been written by her opponent on the program (Everett Lavery, president of the Screenwriter's Guild). Mr. Lavery says Mrs. Rogers is, "Much Ado About Nothing." Albert Dekker (actor, assemblyman from Hollywood) makes an emotional opening statement. Leila Rogers, Emmett Lavery, Jack Kenny (state Senator from Los Angeles), Albert Dekker, Fletcher Bowron, George V. Denny Jr. (host). 58:30. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

69803. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. October 7, 1947. ABC net. "What Can We Do To Improve Race Relationships In America?". Sustaining. The correct topic title is, "What Can We Do To Improve Race and Religious Relationships In America?" The program originates from Town Hall, New York City. the program closing has been deleted. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Walter White (Executive Secretary of The N. A. A. C. P., syndicated columnist), Charles Taft (son of the former president, President of the Federal Council Of Churches In America), Max Lerner (Chief Editorial Writer of P. M.), Clare Boothe Luce (author, Congresswoman, journalist), Robert Lewis Shayon (radio producer, he asks Max Lerner a question from the audience). 58:50. Audio condition: Very good. Incomplete.

97824. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. October 21, 1947. ABC net, WCAE, Pittsburgh aircheck. "What Is Management's Responsibility To Labor Relations?". Sustaining. The title of the debate is subject to correction. James Fairless (President of U.S. Steel), Eric Johnston (President of the Motion Picture Association of America and president of the U.S. Chmber of Commerce), George V. Denny Jr. (moderator). 15:05. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

69353. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. February 17, 1948. ABC net. "Are We Losing Our Moral Standards?". Sustaining. The broadcast originates from Mt. Holyoke College, South hadley, Massachusetts. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Constance Warren (President Emeritus of Sarah Lawrence College, Chairmn of the Educational Department of the American Association of University Women), Frederick Elliot (President of Mount Holyoke College, President of the American Unitarian Association), G. Bromley Oxnan (Bishop, member of the President's Commission on Higher Education), T. V. Smith (Professor of philosophy at University Of Chicago, former Concgressman at large from Illinois), Bob Jones (announcer), Leonard Blair (producer). 59:30. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

97307. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. March 16, 1948. Program #500. ABC net, WCAE, Pittsburgh aircheck. "Which Way America? Fascism, Communism, Socialism or Democracy?". Sustaining. Mr. Ebon is a gifted speaked; he predicts economic chaos in 1951. Mr. Thomas is asked what he would socialize were he to win the 1948 election and has a fascinating reply. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Norman Thomas (Socialist), Raymond Moley (author), Leon Birkhead (founder and director of, "Friends of Democracy"), Martin Ebon (author of, "World Communism Today"). 57:12. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

69802. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. March 23, 1948. Program #501. ABC net. "Should The President's Civil Rights Program Be Adopted?". Sustaining. During the question period, Senator Sparkman is hissed, leading Mr. Denny to admonish that, "Only one kind of animal hisses, and he crawls." George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Roger Baldwin (director of The Amerian Civil Liberties Union), John Sparkman (Senator, D-Alabama), Wayne Morse (Senator (Senator, R-Oregon), Donald Richburg (attorney, former Chairman of the N. R. A.), John Griggs ("town crier"), Leonard Blair (producer), George Gunn (announcer). 59:17. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

85189. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. June 22, 1948. ABC net. "Are You Preparing To Grow Old Successfully?". Sustaining. The program originates from Bound Brook, New Jersey; shortened to a half-hour, due to the Republican National convention. Senator Pepper and Marion Folsom want an expansion of Social Security coverage. Mr. Kenny and Daniel Poling are against expansion, believing in "rugged individualism." Mr. Lawton is supposed to question the panel, but takes almost three minutes to ask his first question. George Lawton (moderator, author of, "How To Grow Old Successfully"), Claude Pepper (Senator, Florida), Marion Folsom (treaurer of Eastman Kodak), Eugene Kenny (former assistant treasurer of Socony-Vacuum, who is against pensions of all kinds), Daniel Poling (president of the World Christian Endeavor Union, father of one of the famous "Four Chaplains"), Houston Peterson (moderator), Leonard Blair (producer). 30:44. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

103477. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. June 25, 1949. ABC net. Sustaining. The program is ready to begin a round-the-world tour. The broadcast originates from Idlewild airport. Mr. Denny and members of the program are to leave on a Pan Am Boeing Stratocruiser for London. Gordon Frazier (announcer), George V. Denny Jr., Samuel Pryor Jr. (vice president of Pan American), Ivor Kenway (vice president of ABC). 14:19. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

85188. America's Town Meeting Of The Air. December 20, 1949. ABC net. Sustaining. "Would a $100-A-Month Pension For All Retired Persons Provide Real Security?" An announcement is made that the program has been named, "Best Educational Program" by "the radio editors of the nation" and "Second Best Public Service Program." An announcement is also made that the program is available for sponsorship on a co-operative basis. George V. Denny Jr. (moderator), Maurice Tobin (Secretary of Labor), Robert Nathan (former staff member of the 1934 Committee on Economic Security), Albert Linton (President of Provident Life Insurance), Carl Curtis (Republican Representive, Nebraska), Richard Ritter (producer), John Griggs (Town Crier), Charles Wood (announcer). 58:44. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

Report contains 63 programs.