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WAR AND PEACE IN THE NUCLEAR AGE – TAPES E05041-E05045 ROBERT MCNAMARA [2] MR. MCNAMARA, WHAT WAS YOUR MANDATE FROM PRESIDENT KENNEDY WHEN HE ASKED YOU TO BE SECRETARY OF STATE? It was a very simple one as far as force structure was concerned is...was to examine the military forces which the US had at its disposal taking account of those of its allies as well and determine whether they are adequate in relation, they were extremely bright able people. Charles Hitch was the first I brought in from RAND. He had been a tutor. As a matter of fact he had been a Rhodes scholar and then a tutor at Oxford. He was a tutor of Harold Wilson who later became Prime Minister
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When Robert McNamara moved from president of Ford Motor Company to secretary of defense in 1961, he brought his very active management control and systems-planning philosophy to the Kennedy administration... more
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03/28/1986
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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age / At The Brink
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of Thomas O'Reilly (President, Boston School Committee) standing at the front of the chambers with Wilson and Robert Cappucci (Boston School Committee). O'Reilly announces that the School Committee decided to offer Wilson a two-year contract. O'Reilly notes that the contract includes provisions relating, Visual: Footage of a Boston School Committee meeting. Shots audience members crowded into the chambers of the Boston School Committee. Shots of Dr. Laval Wilson (Superintendent, Boston Public Schools) standing at the front of the School Committee chambers. Christy George reports that audience members had 30 seconds each to address the School Committee on the subject of Wilson's contract. V: Footage of Jim Hobby (South Boston resident) saying that there is a high drop-out rate in South Boston. He accuses Wilson of not doing his job. Shots of School Committee members John Grady, Jean Mc
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Christy George reports that the Boston School Committee held an executive session to make a decision on the renewal of the contract of Laval Wilson (Superintendent, Boston Public Schools). George notes that several audience members addressed the Boston School Committee about Wilson's performance before they made their decision... more
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04/11/1989
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WAR AND PEACE IN THE NUCLEAR AGE – A01022-A01026 CHALMERS ROBERTS SO, I'D LIKE TO START OUT TALKING A BIT ABOUT THE THIRTIES. THE DEPRESSION IN THE UNITED STATES AND A BURGEONING INTEREST IN MARXISM AMONG THE INTELLECTUALS IN THIS COUNTRY. AND THE, THE SOVIET, , changed these things. You've got to remember that not until 1933, when Roosevelt became President, did we even recognize the Soviet Union. Going all the way back to Woodrow Wilson and the Bolshevik Revolution. When I, I was in college during the dep, the crash, I went to college in '29, . He had been an internationalist, and supported Woodrow Wilson, was a sub-cab, cabinet member in the Wilson administration. He ran for Vice President in 1920 and was overwhelmingly defeated by isolationists Republicans, Harding and Coolidge. And he was therefore very leery of getting
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Chalmers Roberts was a long-time journalist who covered international and diplomatic affairs beginning in the late 1930s, joining The Washington Post in 1949. He begins by describing life in the United States in the post-depression 1930s and the growth of interest in Marxism. For many of these Americans, the Hitler-Stalin pact was a turning point... more
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03/02/1986
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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age / Dawn
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with him privately. Wilson says that Robert Dentler (Dean of Education, Boston University) told him that Garrity had decided not to meet privately with any of the superintendents of the Boston Public Schools; that Dentler told Wilson not to feel slighted if Garrity does not meet with him. Wilson adds, Committee's commitment to integrated schools; that Garrity is optimistic about the selection of Wilson as superintendent. Nucci says that it is time to close "a chapter in Boston's history." Vaillancourt notes that Dr. Robert Spillane (former Superintendent of Boston Public Schools) left because the School, V: Laval Wilson (Superintendent, Boston Public Schools) walks over to a desk and lays out two copies of his contract. Microphones are set up on the desk. Shot of papers laid out on the desk. Wilson confers with Boston School Committee members John Nucci, Rita Walsh-Tomasini, John Grady, and Joe
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Dr. Laval Wilson and members of the Boston School Committee assemble themselves at a press conference in Wilson's office. The media sets up a shot of Wilson and Nucci signing copies of Wilson's contract. Wilson and Nucci shake hands. Wilson shakes hands with each member of the School Committee. Wilson takes questions from reporters. Wilson talks about his enthusiasm for his new post... more
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08/21/1985
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no reservations about Wilson; that he liked Robert Spillane (former Superintendent, Boston Public Schools); that Wilson will be a good superintendent. Smith says that Wilson has all of the qualities needed to be a good superintendent for Boston. Jones asks if Wilson has the personality to be a popular, the formation of school site councils. She talks about the need to include the community in the school planning process. The woman introduces Maureen Jelloe (Office of School Site Planning and Management). V: Dr. Laval Wilson (Superintendent, Boston Public Schools) enters the auditorium and walks up on the stage. Wilson greets the African American woman and Jelloe. The African American woman stands at the podium and expresses the support of the school staff for Wilson. The audience members stand and applaud. V: Wilson stands at the podium and thanks the audience. Wilson makes
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A moderator on stage at English High School talks about the coming school year to staff and parents of the Boston Public Schools. Dr. Laval Wilson (Superintendent, Boston Public Schools) arrives to address the audience. Wilson talks about the challenges to be faced in the year ahead and about his commitment to education. Wilson encourages the staff to work together to meet their goals... more
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08/01/1985
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for the private part of the meeting; that members discussed Wilson's contract. V: Shot of O'Reilly and Robert Cappucci (Boston School Committee) walking toward a private meeting room. Jones reports that Wilson's contract expires in three months; that the Committee members must make a decision. V: Footage of Davis-Mullen saying that the the issue of Wilson's contract is critical; that the issue should already have been decided. Shot of Wilson at a School Committee meeting. Jones reports that a vote on Wilson's contract is expected to take place soon. Jones notes that community leaders spoke out in support of Wilson, Visual: Footage of Dr. Laval Wilson (Superintendent, Boston Public Schools), Peggy Davis-Mullen (Boston School Committee) and Thomas O'Reilly (President, Boston School Committee) at a Boston School Committee meeting. Wilson says that a number of conclusions have been drawn by the Task Force. Shot
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Marcus Jones reports that members of the Boston School Committee discusses the renewal of the contract of Laval Wilson (Superintendent, Boston Public Schools) during a meeting. Jones notes that community leaders spoke out in support of Wilson at the meeting. Jones' report includes footage of Jack E. Robinson (businessman), William Brown (Urban League), and Tomas Rivera (community activist) addressing the School Committee... more
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03/28/1989
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. Vaillancourt notes that Wilson is credited with an increase in student test scores; that Wilson is blamed for the School Department's $3 milllion deficit. V: Shots of a group of School Committee members conferring, including Davis-Mullen, Daniel Burke, Robert Cappucci, and Walsh-Tomasini; of Wilson conferring, contract. V: Shots of Davis-Mullen, Wilson and Thomas O'Reilly (President, Boston School Committee) at a School Committee Meeting. Footage of Robert Cappucci saying that he will give no support to Wilson. Vaillancourt reports that Wilson needs seven votes in order to extend his contract. Vaillancourt notes, Visual: Footage of Dr. Laval Wilson (Superintendent, Boston Public Schools) addressing members of the Boston School Committee at a meeting of the School Committee. Meg Vaillancourt reports that Wilson is fighting for his job. Vaillancourt reports that Wilson told the School Committee at last night
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Meg Vaillancourt reports that the Boston School Committee is deeply divided over whether to renew the contract of Laval Wilson (Superintendent, Boston Public Schools). Vaillancourt's report includes footage from a School Committee meeting at which members discuss Wilson's contract renewal. John O'Bryant (Boston School Committee) says that he refuses to watch Wilson be lynched by members of the Committee who do not respect his professionalism... more
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02/15/1989
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"Borders" begins with a short dramatic piece that introduces the issues of complicity, resistance, and boundaries. This work continues to investigate these themes in the style of a documentary. In the prologue, actor Steve Buscemi plays Ted, a young scientist who goes to work at a large scientific research facility. Here he develops ideas that, much to the dismay and rebuff of his jealous fellow researchers who gather around a vending machine, are embraced by his supervisors... more
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1989
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New Television / New Television
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This project consists mostly draft footage showing Trisha Brown and her dance company and Robert Wilson during a development workshop for the Watermill project. The dancers follow instructions from Wilson and Brown and experiment with improvisational structures... more
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Watermill
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alone as he drinks from a cup. Shots of School Committee members Daniel Burke, Peggy Davis-Mullen, Kitty Bowman, and Robert Cappucci conferring during a break in the meeting. Vaillancourt reports that white members of the School Committee deny that race played a part in the decision; that Wilson, Visual: Footage of Dr. Laval Wilson (Superintendent, Boston Public Schools) speaking to the media on February 14, 1990. Wilson says that he is Boston's first African American superintendent of schools; that he has been a successful superintendent who has worked hard for all groups. Meg Vaillancourt reports that the Boston School Committee voted to replace Wilson last week. Wilson notes that Wilson has had problems in the past with the Citywide Parents Council; that the organization spoke out in support of Wilson today. V: Footage of Jackie van Leeuwen (Citywide Parents Council) at a press conference
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Meg Vaillancourt reports that members of the Citywide Parents Council have criticized the Boston School Committee's decision to release Laval Wilson (Superintendent, Boston Public Schools) from his contract. Vaillancourt's report includes footage from a press conference with Council members Jackie van Leeuwen and Glenola Mitchell. Van Leeuwen says that School Committee members acted unethically and unfairly in firing Wilson... more
Date Created
02/20/1990
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