Topic of discussion on this program is the actual organization of the major parties. Our lecturer considers the national characteristics of parties as opposed to the idea that each of them is a conglomeration of local political machines. He concludes with a look at the role the private citizen can and does play in party organization.
The French horn, capable of producing melody, and the piano, a percussion instrument able to produce symphonic effects, are instruments which contrast with each other and blend exquisitely. To illustrate this musical partnership the program features John Barrows, French horn, and Vera Brodsky, piano. This film deals with the blending and contrasting of voices in composition and Mr. Barrows points out how composers have capitalized on this partnership.
Discusses abstract art and the elements in a machine society which have furthered its development. Discusses the influences of Cezanne, the cubists, and the futurists. Uses charcoal drawings to distinguish expressionistic from geometric abstraction.
Continues the discussion of abstract art begun in ABSTRACT ART: PART 1. Discusses inspiration, technique, and communication in abstract painting. Features Stuart Davis, American abstract painter, and shows works by Davis and by Jackson Pollock. (Hofstra College and WOR-TV) Kinescope.
Suggests ways of beginning in art and stresses the importance of making use of past experience. Shows students producing visual symbols which are suggested by a number of abstract ideas presented verbally. Encourages viewers to exercise the creativity that each possesses. (Hofstra College and WOR-TV) Kinescope.
The conversation in this program centers around Larkin’s book as something new –an attempt to trace the history of American ideas through America’s architecture, painting and sculpture. In recent years, our conversationalists point out historians have been increasingly interested in looking over the American past to discover the origin and development of a climate of ideas that makes the United States unique. But this is the first time such an attempt has been made on such a large scale by a man whose training and background are in the arts.
Shows a mother with her child in the doctor's office where the baby is examined and mother and doctor discuss feeding, use of vitamins, and general progress of the infant. Discuss the concept of child care that emphasizes guidance and prevention of problems rather than treatment of disease only.
Outlines the discovery of the first six elements beyond uranium. Describes the discovery of neptunium and demonstrates the significant experiment showing that plutonium undergoes fission with slow neutrons. Discusses the modification of the Periodic Table resulting from the discovery of these new elements. Indicates the importance of some of the new elements by demonstrating a chain reaction and explaining the operation of an atomic power plant.
Discusses and illustrates some principles that can be applied in the breaking of habits with specific application to smoking and alcoholism. Points out that to break a habit, one must know what needs the habit satisfies, must have a strong urge to break it, and must practice the new ways of satisfying the needs formerly satisfied by the habit. (KOMU-TV) Kinescope.
Explains the meaning of style in art, enumerates some of the qualities of style, and gives reasons why styles change. Compares medieval, 18th century, and 20th century art styles by showing works characteristic of these periods; points out similar differences in style in the literature of each period. Features Dr. Malcolm H. Preston, chairman of the Fine Arts Department of Hofstra College.
Discusses the influence of the president in picking vice-presidential nominees and the difficulties in getting able men to accept this nomination. Points out that candidates are most often selected to "balance the ticket" from the standpoint of geography as well as points of view on pertinent issues. Considers the "whys" behind the nomination of seven vice presidents who eventually became president.
Discusses conflicts, and suggests effective ways of handling them. Identifies the various characteristics of a conflict as: the opposition forces, the vacillation, the inability to reach a decision without a great expenditure of energy.
Describes convention management in relation to the four committees of all political conventions. Explains the seating of these four committees--rules, platform, credentials, and permanent organization. Shows a film on the fight between Taft and Eisenhower delegates in the credential committee of 1952.
Discusses the sequence of events that takes place when the national political convention is underway. Includes consideration of the role of the contemporary chairman, the "keynoter", general speeches presented as time fillers, reports from the four main committees, role call for nominations, nominating and seconding speeches, and demonstrations for the candidates. Presents films of the departure of Alabama and Mississippi delegates in 1948 and the nomination of Franklin Roosevelt in 1940. (Dynamic Films) Film.
Discusses the early steps in the nominating process. Explains and illustrates the makeup of the national committee, the role of the national chairman, the importance of selecting a favorable convention site, apportionment of delegates, and state, county, and precinct organizations. Discusses a cartoon of the county chairman. (Dynamic Films) Film.
The panel takes up the importance of the national convention in drafting a party platform and important intra-party conflicts which have developed over the drafting of such platforms at recent conventions. Along these same lines, the panel considers the procedure used to draft the platform and the question of whether the platform is drafted to represent the policy position of the candidate or for the candidate to stand on.
A panel here considers the advantages and disadvantages of the convention systems as it now operates. Speakers also discuss suggestions for improving the convention as a nominating device, alternatives methods for nominating a president and vice president, and the problems and advantages of these alternatives.
Discusses rational and irrational fears with illustrations from real-life situations. Distinguishes between these two types of fears, and suggests ways of controlling them through a system of unlearning the original fear by gradually making it pleasant. (KOMO-TV) Kinescope.
Discusses the benefits one receives from friends, and through interviews presents the values and bases of friendship. Presents reasons why some people are friendless and ways to help them acquire friends. Points out that one can have friends by engaging in activities with others. (KOMU-TV) Kinescope.
Follows the progression from electrons, protons, and neutrons to atoms, molecules, protein molecules, and nucleo-proteins to cells by means of diagrams, models, and drawings. Discusses the question, "Is their a life element?" (KUHT) Film.
Discusses ways of getting along with people and through interviews shows why some people can more easily get along wit h others. Emphasizes interest in others, acceptance, and understanding, as well as cheerfulness, helpfulness, and neatness and basic factors in getting along with people. (KOMU-TV) Kinescope.
Surveys the difficult year from five and one-half to six and one-half. Discusses physical development, points out the desirability of pre-school visit, and considers tests of readiness, hearing, and vision.
Explains and illustrates the causes of strong feelings such as anger, anxiety, and aversion, and shows how people deal with them. Suggests controlling strong feelings through understanding, and presents approved outlets as outdoor, religious, and thrill activities, sports, music, helping others, confidential talks, and scribbling. (KOMU-TV) Kinescope.
Forum delegates attempt to define Europeanism as contrasted to Americanism as they launch this challenging topic of discussion. Talk moves naturally into a consideration of a federated Europe and all five delegates agree on the desirability of a united Europe. In considering sacrifices of individual countries in an effort to achieve this unity, the German delegate points out the cynicism of his teachers about politics—the result of having to admit twice that what they had previously taught was false. Italian and French participants both comment on the lack of instruction in contemporary politics in their school systems.
Discusses the values of a hobby as a source of fun and relaxation, friendship, recognition, and health. Presents people and their hobbies, how they came to choose a particular hobby and the values they receive from their hobbies. Suggests different hobbies and where to secure information about each. (KOMU-TV) Kinescope.
Delegates from India, Korea, Norway and the United Kingdom thrash out the controversial question of U.N. membership for Red China in a lively discussion during this program. "Actually it is not a question of whether we like a country or its government. The fact is that it—the country—should be recognized," Norway says and the Korean delegate comes back with, "Nations that don’t love peace should not be admitted to the U.N." The conversation swings into a second heated discussion on the effectiveness of competition between the United States and Russia to aid underdeveloped countries.
The services of artist John Drummond of Iowa State College are utilized to show another method of causing laughter, that of the use of the caricature. He draws a caricature of lecturer Feinberg. The artist’s techniques are then analyzed and demonstrated to show just how he goes about emphasizing certain features and deemphasizing others to make his subject appear “funny.”
Analyzes and discusses Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn. Points out the various levels of this picaresque novel and indicates the problems with which it deals. Speculates on the psychological meanings of some of Twain's chief characters. Considers the author's artistic development. (Syracuse University) Kinescope.
Considers developments in physics, chemistry, and psychology that have affected American art. Indicates that new materials, techniques, and subject matter have been provided. Discusses theories of perception, color and vision as they relate to the art of painting. (Hofstra College and WOR-TV) Kinescope.
Presents each member of the New York Brass Quintet as he introduces his instrument and plays illustrative excerpts. Two trumpets begin with a duet. With the addition of the trombone, the French horn, and the tuba, a selection written for each successive ensemble is performed. Musical selections are: Pezel, Three Short Pieces from Suite; Saint-Jacome, Duet, No. 6; Spezzaferri, Preluio e Fuga; Bach, Two Chorales; and Ewald, Quintet for Brass, (3rd movement). (Arts and Audiences, Inc.) Film.
The New York Woodwind Quintet is featured on this opening program with introductions by Yehudi Menuhin. Each member of the Quintet provides a simple explanation of his method of tone production evoking the familiar experiences of the children. For example: playing a flute is compared to blowing over the top of a soda bottle; the length of tubing in a French Horn is likened to a garden hose. The music selected for demonstration gives each instrument an opportunity to illustrate its sound alone and with the other instruments.
Introduces the series AMERICAN POLITICS. Proposes to answer the following questions. (1) What are the nature, purpose, and methods of the major American political parties? (2) How are the parties' candidates nominated, including candidates for president and vice-president? (3) What have been the parties' records on the major issues of American politics? (KETC) Kinescope.
Discusses the primary system and its effect on the party system. Considers whether or not the primary system destroys party discipline, thus weakening the party, or, conversely does it give more power to the machine? (KETC) Kinescope.
Discusses the party records regarding individual freedom promised by the first amendment in the Bill of rights. Reviews the two parties' defense of these rights, especially in times when national security is threatened, and discusses the question of civil rights. (KETC) Kinescope.
Presents the scientists who participated in the discovery of elements 99, 100, and 101. Demonstrates the techniques, equipment, and chemistry associated with the original isolation of these elements. Presents a detailed example of the methods and equipment used in handling radioactive materials.
Discusses and illustrates mature and immature behavior of people, and shows what can be done to promote maturity. Presents people with mature traits in some relationships but immature traits in other situations. Points out that strong motivation, activity, and going out to meet people all promote maturity. (KOMU-TV) Kinescope.
Considers the whys and wherefores of defense spending as related to both foreign policy and domestic economic policy. Discusses the question, "Is there a partisan...Democratic or Republican...answer to the question of defense spending?" (KETC) Kinescope.
Discusses why people make mistakes, and illustrates how these mistakes lead to either learning or quitting. Shows why some people are more disturbed by their mistakes than others. Presents ways of meeting mistakes: trying to prevent them, expecting them to occur and adjusting to the feeling of guilt, and turning to other successes. (KOMU-TV) Kinescope.
Dr. Glenn Seaborg and his associates describe the discovery of the four "missing elements," technetium, astatine, francium, and promethium. Emphasizes the role of the cyclotron on the creation of synthetic elements. Dr. Ernest O. Lawrence explains the operation and development of high voltage accelerators from the first eight-inch cyclotron to the mammoth bevatron. Dr. Emilio Segre, a participant in the discovery of the first synthetic element, describes its discovery and demonstrates the technique used by him to identify astatine. (KQED) Film.
Explores the sources of mysticism in American Art today and identifies qualities which mark a work as being mystical in character. Features a discussion with Darrell Austin, the painter, and readings from mystical poetry by Dr. Wilbur Scott of Hofstra College. (Hofstra College and WOR-TV) Kinescope.
Convention floor strategy, nomination speeches and voting procedures are discussed in this program. Other topics consider include the techniques and practices used to influence the delegates in favor of particular candidates, the functions of nominating and seconding speeches and special problems connected with the nomination of the vice president.
Discusses the dietary needs of the expectant mother and stresses the importance of proper diet for maintaining the mother's dental health and for developing the baby's teeth. A specialist in nutrition and a dentist serve as consultants. (WQED) Kinescope.