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The Switch Point - Talk Back Television Series

Length: 28:43 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Ernest Kinoy, (Screenwriter) ; Harry Bannister, (cast) ; Ford Rainey, (cast) ; Robert Pastene, (cast) ; Anthony Malloy, (cast) ; Hon. John Brademas, (Moderator)
One evening, John Holden, chairman of the Citizens Committee for Better Schools, asks Martin Swayne to be a candidate for the School Board. Martin protests that he has been out of school affairs too long to be a good candidate, but Holden asks him to think it over. The following day, Ralph Peters, chairman of the Economy Bloc, tries to persuade Martin not to run and hints that Martin in his plumbing and heating business will be a sitting duck for mud-slingers. During a luncheon with Swayne, Holden draws attention to Tommy, their waiter, as a special student who is learning to be a short order cook in one of the so-called "frill" courses. In the closing scene Swayne has decided to run but learns from Holden that Frank Hornmeyer, a former school superintendent, will run instead. Holden asks Swayen to accept the less glamorous task of chairing the Ways and Means Committee. Theme: Our responsibility to our community. The eighth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Civic responsibility; Education; Elections; Politics; School elections; Television programs
ID: TB-08-switch

How Can My Money Best Support Politicians? - Night Call
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Length: 54:06
Russ Gibb, (Host) ; Herbert Alexander, (Guest)

Topics: Campaign funds; Elections; Radio program
ID: DA-1161

How Can the Full Value of My Vote Be Protected? - Night Call
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Length: 54:29 minutes
Russ Gibb, (Host) ; Dr. Royce Hanson, (Guest)
Dr. Royce Hanson Quality of this recording is lower than of the other Night Call tapes. This one was recorded off-air in Baltimore.
Topics: Elections; Radio program
ID: DA-1158

Should the Government Pay for Political Campaigns? - Night Call
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Length: 59:05 minutes
Russ Gibb, (Host) ; Mr. Stern, (Guest)
The guest, Philip Stern, of Washington DC, was the author of "The Great Treasury Raid", a book on tax loopholes. He was also co-author of "The Shame of a Nation", a photo essay on poverty.
Topics: Campaign funds; Elections; Radio program
ID: DA-1157

Is Radio Being Perverted by Politicians? - Night Call
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Length: 58:55
Russ Gibb, (Host) ; Bruce L. Felknor, (Guest)
Executive Director of the Fair Campaign Practices Commission, New York City
Topics: Broadcast journalism; Elections; Radio program
ID: DA-1162

Can a Woman Be a Politician? - Night Call
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Length: 58:45
Russ Gibb, (Host) ; Martha Griffiths, (Guest)
The guest is Congresswoman Martha W. Griffiths, Democrat of Michigan. She was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and was on the phone from her home in Detroit. This is from a series of programs on the American woman.
Topics: Elections; Radio program; Women
ID: DA-1163

Black Votes and White Candidates - Night Call
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Length: 59:08 minutes:seconds
Del Shields, (Host) ; Louis Martin, (Guest)
In October 1968, three men were running for President of the United States: Richard Nixon (Republican), Hubert Humphrey (Democratic), and George Wallace (American Independent). Earlier in the year, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy had been assassinated, and the Democratic National Convention was marred by violent confrontations between police and anti-war protesters, and the Democrats split into multiple factions. The guest is Louis Emanuel Martin, Jr. (1912-1997), deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, focusing on black voters, which comprised 10% of the electorate. In his career, Martin was an American journalist, newspaper publisher, civil rights activist, and adviser to three presidents of the United States. Much of the conversation focuses on why Hubert Humphrey should be trusted to fight for the rights of Black Americans. Martin also puts an emphasis on job training, turning more people into tax payers.
Topics: Civil rights; Presidential elections; Racism; Radio programs
ID: NC0100

What the Soviet Union Thinks About the U.S. Election - Night Call
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Length: 1:03:23 minutes:seconds
Del Shields, (Host) ; Spartak Beglov, (Guest)
The guest, Spartak Beglov (1925-2006) was a political commentator at the Russian news service, Novosti Press Agency. He was head of the Novosti corps of journalists, and also taught journalism at Moscow State University. He had been twice wounded as an Russian Army infantryman in WWII. In the U.S., Richard Nixon had just been elected president. Beglov says the Soviets did not have a preference for Nixon or for his opponent, Hubert Humphrey, but would wait and see what new policies might come from the new administration. Beglov agreed the 1968 election was very close in the vote count, but said the Russian people had followed the election closely and were not surprised at the closeness or the result. He said the Russian people had taken interest in Eugene McCarthy's talk in New Hampshire during the campaign, and had started to focus on whether the winner of the election would take a new approach to Russia. He said the Russians also wanted to see the U.S. take a more objective and fair approach to issues in the Mideast, and less patronizing of Israel. One caller wanted to know whether the status of Jews in the Soviet Union could be improved. Beglov said there is separation of church and state in the U.S.S.R. and that Jews are free to have their own culture. One caller asked whether the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. might develop cooperation in space exploration; Beglov wanted to wait-and-see on this as well. Beglov wrote a number of books, still available, on international relations and on Soviet programs. Note: The phone line from Moscow is surprisingly good for 1968, but his accent makes listening a little difficult.
Topics: Elections; Politics, United States; Radio programs; Soviet Union
ID: NC0120