Audio Files For Capp, Al

  • Ernest Hemingway - This recording opens with clips describing Hemingway and with Marlon Brando reading from "The Old Man and the Sea." The recording continues with a mix of biographical information, anecdotes, and critical appraisals of Hemingway's work. Highlights include excerpts from the Kansas City Star style sheet, parodies of Hemingway's writing and Max Eastman's account of a fight he and Hemingway got into in Max Perkins's Scribner's office. The recording ends with a recitation of Hemingway's Nobel Prize acceptance speech. It appears that Hemingway himself reads the speech.

  • Ernest Hemingway - This recording opens with clips describing Hemingway and with Marlon Brando reading from "The Old Man and the Sea." The recording continues with a mix of biographical information, anecdotes, and critical appraisals of Hemingway's work. Highlights include excerpts from the Kansas City Star style sheet, parodies of Hemingway's writing and Max Eastman's account of a fight he and Hemingway got into in Max Perkins's scribner's office. The recording ends with a recitation of Hemingway's Nobel Prize acceptance speech. It appears that Hemingway himself reads the speech.

  • Television 1950--is it good or bad? (America's Town Meeting of the Air) - Al Capp argues the pro-television position; Norman Cousins argues the con. Cousins opens by arguing that television talks down to the American population. He calls television programming an 'attack on the intelligence.' Capp counters by saying that television does provide 'entertainment, delight, and culture.' He goes on to list examples of quality programming. The question-and-answer period includes comments on television's economic viability, public broadcasting, television and adolescents, violence, propaganda, corporate sponsorship and advertising, and television as a babysitter.

  • Television 1950--is it good or bad? (America's Town Meeting of the Air) - Al Capp argues the pro-television position; Norman Cousins argues the con. Cousins opens by arguing that television talks down to the American population. He calls television programming an 'attack on the intelligence.' Capp counters by saying that television does provide 'entertainment, delight, and culture.' He goes on to list examples of quality programming. The question-and-answer period includes comments on television's economic viability, public broadcasting, television and adolescents, violence, propaganda, corporate sponsorship and advertising, and television as a babysitter.

  • What's Wrong With the Comics? (America's Town Meeting of the Air) - Capp continues his comments from reel one and characterizes comic book artists as storytellers. Brown rushes to the defense of the classics. Capp responds by describing the comics as a form for expression and says that many great contemporary artists work in the comics. Topics from the question-and-answer portion of the program include: the intellectual content of the comics, condensing literature into comic book form, and comics as an educational tool.

  • What's Wrong With the Comics? (America's Town Meeting of the Air) - Capp continues his comments from reel one and characterizes comic book artists as storytellers. Brown rushes to the defense of the classics. Capp responds by describing the comics as a form for expression and says that many great contemporary artists work in the comics. Topics from the question-and-answer portion of the program include: the intellectual content of the comics, condensing literature into comic book form, and comics as an educational tool.

  • What's Wrong with the Comics? (America's Town Meeting of the Air) - John Mason Brown uses comic books with his kids as a last resort and wishes they would read something with deeper intellectual content. George Hecht praises the entertainment value of the comics in a 'troubled' world and views them as a new means of communication. Marya Mannes discusses the bad effect of the comics on children's growth. She feels they work as a substitute for the imagination and goes on to deplore their violence and grammar. Al Capp implies that the comics have the same content as the news on the front page and in books.

  • What's Wrong with the Comics? (America's Town Meeting of the Air) - John Mason Brown uses comic books with his kids as a last resort and wishes they would read something with deeper intellectual content. George Hecht praises the entertainment value of the comics in a 'troubled' world and views them as a new means of communication. Marya Mannes discusses the bad effect of the comics on children's growth. She feels they work as a substitute for the imagination and goes on to deplore their violence and grammar. Al Capp implies that the comics have the same content as the news on the front page and in books.