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The Switch Point - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1958
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

And Gwendolyn, Too - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1958
Length: 28:43 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Claire Roskam, (Screenwriter) ; Clarice Blackburn, (cast) ; Joe Sullivan, (cast) ; Milo Boulton, (cast) ; Patty Duke, (cast) ; Deborah Marlin, (cast) ; Dr. Ross Snyder Merle Emory, (Interviewer) ; Dr. Maude Jensen, (Interviewee)
Charles and Dorothy are planning to sell their business and move to the city with their daughers, Gwendolyn and Alice. Alice, age 6, is blind and needs a special school. Dorothy believes strongly that the move is God's will. Charles has second thoughts and recognizes Dorothy's over- anxiety for Alice, her neglect of Gwendolyn's feelings and of his opinions, and her insistence of one perfect answer, hers. Charles is confused by her "direct inspiration." Theme: How can we know God's will and what are the issues of the handicapped child in the home? The third program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Child development; Children, Blind; God -Will; Psychology of personality; Special education; Television programs
ID: TB-03-gwendolyn

What Kind of Education After High School? - Night Call
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Date:1965-09-22
Length: 53:54 minutes
Russ Gibb, (Host) ; Dr. Edmund J. Glaiser, Jr., (Guest)
The guest was Dr. Edmund J. Glaser, Jr. of Bethesda MD. He was executive director of the Amercian Association of Junior Colleges. This explores the role of the junior college in America.
Topics: Higher education; Radio program
ID: DA-1063

How Much Authority Should Schools Have Over our Teenagers? - Night Call
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Date:1965-10-08
Length: 53:33 minutes
Russ Gibb, (Host) ; Mrs. James F. Bell, (Guest)
The guest was Mrs. James F. Bell of Cleveland Heights OH. She was a housewife and mother who challenged the school board after her son was suspended by the school board because he grew a goatee.
Topics: Education, secondary; Juvenile development; Radio program
ID: DA-1073

Improving Schools in Neighborhoods for All Children - Night Call
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Date:1965-12-16
Length: 48:22
Russ Gibb, (Host) ; Louise D. Hicks, (Guest)
The guest is Louise Day Hicks, chair of the Boston School Board. The program is missing the first 10 minutes. It appears someone failed to start recording the original tape until 10 minutes into the program.
Topics: Education, secondary; Radio program
ID: DA-1510

How I Look at the World - Night Call
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Date:1965-12-28
Length: 58:40
Russ Gibb, (Host) ; Barry Bresanz, (Guest)
The guest, Barry Bresanz, was a 17-year-old 12th grader in Detroit, Michigan. He had won a writing award, travelled in 30 countries, and was expelled from high school for wearing a black arm band mourning the dead in Vietnam.
Topics: Education, secondary; Freedom of speech; Radio program; Vietnam
ID: DA-1516

Is Integration Out of Date? - Night Call
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Date:1968-06-28
Length: 59:28 minutes
Del Shields, (Host) ; Kenneth Clarke, (Guest)
Guest is Kenneth Clarke, a professor at the City College of New York. Discussion revolves around public school education in the light of segregation and integration. Night Call was the first national radio call-in program. It was produced by The United Methodist Church.
Topics: Civil rights; Education; Race relations; Radio program
ID: NC0007

Black Panthers and Black Power - Night Call
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Date:1968-07-03
Length: 59:21 minutes
Del Shields, (Host) ; Eldridge Cleaver, (Guest)
Guest is Eldridge Cleaver, of the Black Panthers. Discussion revolves around the status of civil rights in the United States. Night Call was the first national radio call-in program. It was produced by The United Methodist Church.
Topics: Civil rights; Education; Race relations; Radio program
ID: NC0008

What Happened to Black History? - Night Call
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Date:1968-08-22
Length: 58:57 minutes:seconds
Del Shields, (Host) ; William Katz, (Guest)
William Loren Katz had just worked with Arno Press and the New York Times to publish a 45-volume set of books called "The American Negro: History and Literature." The set included many book unpublished for 50-100 years. (This later became a 146 volume set.) The series was intended to help Black students understand their history, and to help White students to be more educated and open-minded. Callers wanted advice on how to understand Black history better, referenced other documents on Black history, asked why most of African-American history has been left out of American history textbooks, and whether public schools would start to teach Black history in America. Katz is an American educator, historian, and author of many books on African-American history, including a number of titles for young adult readers. He is particularly noted for his extensive writings on the 500-year history of relations between African Americans and Native Americans in the New World.
Topics: Black history; Civil rights; Education; Radio programs
ID: NC0064

How Children Learn - Night Call
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Date:1968-09-13
Length: 59:14 minutes:seconds
Del Shields, (Host) ; John Holt, (Guest)
The guest, John Caldwell Holt (1923-1985) was an American author and educator, a proponent of homeschooling and, specifically, the "unschooling" approach, and a pioneer in youth rights theory. He published the book, "How Children Fail" in 1964, and the follow-up book, "How Children Learn" in 1967. Holt opposed the "tell them and test them" view of education, not approving of either testing of grades. He felt all children are programmed to learn on their own, and would do so without control and direction. He said public schools make children stupid. He would go on to write eight more books, including an influential manual on homeschooling. Most callers agreed with Holt; one questioned his assumptions.
Topics: Childhood education; Education theory; Radio program
ID: NC0079