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Christine Becker <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 17 Sep 2021 09:50:07 -0400
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The collaboration between Aca-Media and the American Archive of Public
Broadcasting continues with episode 4 of our special series “Presenting the
Past: Exploring the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.” This episode
features Newton Minow, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) under President John F. Kennedy from 1961 until 1963. Minow would
become a key figure in the establishment of public broadcasting in the
U.S., and in this conversation, he reflects on his early vision for public
service television.  Highlighted in this program are clips from the AAPB
collection, including Minow’s famed “vast wasteland” speech to the National
Association of Broadcasters in 1961, his lesser known address to the same
organization the following year, as well as a panel discussion with former
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt on the role of television in society. Joining
the discussion is Mr. Minow’s daughter, Mary Minow, Presidential Appointee
to the National Museum and Library Services Board at the Institute of
Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for
Internet and Society at Harvard University and current member of the AAPB
Executive Advisory Council.

Subscribe to the podcast by searching for Aca-Media in your favorite
podcast player or listen to this episode on the internet at You can also access a closed-captioned
version on YouTube:

Christine Becker Dept. of Film, Television, and Theatre University of Notre

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