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The Victim - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1959
Length: 28 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Jerome Coopersmith, (Screenwriter) ; Allen Nourse, (cast) ; Ed Peck, (cast) ; Michael Strong, (cast) ; Bob Yuro, (cast) ; Dr. Robert Moon, (Moderator) ; Dr. Moon, (Interviewee)
A known hoodlum, Brevik, is brought in by Travers, a policeman, for the holdup of a jewelry store. The owner of the victimized store, Forman, is brought in for formal identification of Brevik in a line-up. Although Forman had picked out Brevik's mug-shot, he is afraid to idenify him in person because of threats. He refuses to sign a formal complaint. Lieutenant Deems tries to persuade Forman to help by pointing out the reasons he or any citizen should assist the police in apprehending criminals. Deems suggests that Forman go across the street for a cup of coffee to think it over. Travers meets Forman on the way out, leads him into the locker room and forces him to sign the complaint. Deems breaks in and suspends Travers for his handling of the situation. When Travers turns in his gun he reminds Deems, "No matter what you think about my methods, it was I who got Forman to sign the complaint. . . not you." Theme: Overcoming evil in society. The nineteenth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Citizenship; Cold War; Police - Complaints against; Television programs; Violence (Law)
ID: TB-19-victim

Are We on the Eve of Destruction? - Night Call
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Date:1965-10-07
Length: 53:32 minutes
Russ Gibb, (Host) ; P. F. Sloan, (Guest)

Topics: Cold war; International relations; Radio program
ID: DA-1072

Getting Out of Life's Traps - Night Call
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Date:1965-12-30
Length: 58:29
Russ Gibb, (Host) ; Harold Bosley, (Guest)
The Rev. Dr. Harold Bosley was pastor of Christ Methodist Church in New York City from 1940-1974. He also often spoke to youth and college groups.
Topics: Cold war; Juvenile development; Popular culture; Radio program
ID: DA-1518

Will Czechoslovakia Be Allowed to Live Free? - Night Call
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Date:1968-12-03
Length: 59:02 minutes:seconds
Del Shields, (Host) ; Harrison Salisbury, (Guest)
Harrison Evans Salisbury (1908-1993) was an American journalist and the first regular New York Times correspondent in Moscow after World War II. In 1968, he was assistant managing editor of the New York Times and had written several books about the Soviet Union. Less than four months before this program, Czechoslovakia was invaded by four Warsaw Pact nations - the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Poland - on the night of 20–21 August 1968. Callers ask about the intent of the Soviet Union, about Communism, and a comparison of the Soviet Union in Hungary in 1956 and in Czechoslovakia in 1968. There are also comparisons between the unrest in the U.S. in 1968, and the demonstrations in the streets of Prague. Salisbury points out the U.S. in the 1960s had positive relations with several Communist states and had been improving relations with Czechoslovakia until the invasion.
Topics: Cold war; Europe; Radio program
ID: NC0136

Cuba, Ten Years Later - Night Call
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Date:1969-01-23
Length: 59:02 minutes:seconds
Del Shields, (Host) ; Jose Yglesias, (Guest)
Jose Yglesias (1919-1995) was an American novelist and journalist. His parents were from Cuba and he was raised in Florida. Yglesias wrote fiction about Latinos and nonfiction about life in Latin America and Spain. Just prior to this program, he published the book, "In the Fist of the Revolution" in which he chronicled the hopes of the townspeople of Mayari following the revolution. Yglesias had just returned from a trip to Cuba. This program came eight years after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion and while the U.S. maintained a blockade on Cuba. They discuss the socialism being practiced in Cuba, American journalism approaches to Cuba, reasons people were leaving Cuba, and the positives and negatives of life in Cuba.
Topics: Cold war; Cuba; Literature; Radio program
ID: NC 0176

The Innocent Spy - Night Call
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Date:1969-01-28
Length: 59:05 minutes:seconds
Del Shields, (Host) ; Morton Sobell, (Guest)
Convicted spies Ethel and Julius Ethel Rosenberg were executed in the electric chair in June 1953. Today's guest, Morton Sobell (1917-2018) was convicted with them, of conspiracy to commit espionage. He was an engineer working for General Electric Company in Schenectady, New York, which had major defense contracts. After conviction, he served 17 years in federal prison and was released one week before this live program aired. Sobell, here and always, said he was entirely innocent. Until, in 2008, when he was 91 years old, Sobell told The New York Times that he had given military secrets to the Soviets during World War II. He said that was when The USSR was an ally of the United States and bearing the brunt of German attacks. He also made the distinction that he had passed material only about defensive radar and artillery devices.
Topics: Cold war; Espionage; Radio program
ID: NC 0179