Newstalgia Reference Room - Today With Mrs. Roosevelt. A weekly talkshow hosted by the former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. This May 27, 1950 broadcast features a discussion between her and Pakistan Prime Minister Ali Khan on the future of Pakistan and tensions with India.
January 13, 2012

Eleanor Roosevelt (with George C. Marshall) former First Lady and one of the early TV talkshows.

Not one to shrink from public life after the death of FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt became, as longtime friend Adlai Stevenson put it, "a citizen of the world". Championing the cause of Human Rights and making it part of the United Nations Charter, Mrs. Roosevelt was instrumental in numerous humanitarian causes and aid throughout the world, particularly in the Post-War period and the emergence of independent nations.

In 1950 NBC asked her to host a series of informal get-togethers between Mrs. Roosevelt and various World leaders on a variety of subjects. The program was called "Today With Mrs. Roosevelt".

This episode features an interview between Mrs. Roosevelt and Pakistani Prime Minister Ali Khan over the emerging independence of Pakistan and India and the recent conflicts that erupted over the Kashmir region.

It's an area that's been of great interest over the last ten years (Afghanistan being a border country) and the political atmosphere in Pakistan has been fluctuating wildly ever since the late 1940's, as have the tensions between Pakistan and neighboring India.

It's early Television and sounds a little primitive by today's standards - but it's a historic glimpse into the Post-World War 2 period. The one that hasn't quite ironed itself out yet.

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