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of Minds --- Complete Scripts -- Second Series
The first season of the PBS_TV network series
“Meeting of Minds” received a more enthusiastic critical response than
any program ever carried on American educational and cultural television.
Since that initial telecast, and the subsequent publication of the scripts
of the six one-hour shows, the program has continued to win awards and
citations. The nation’s television critics voted Steve Allen’s scripts
as Best TV Writing of 1976-1977, sharing the honor with James Costigan’s
“Eleanor and Franklin.” Subsequently the program has won the Peabody
Award, an Encyclopaedia Britannica Award, and an official endorsement by
the National Education Association.
This next volume
contains the Second Series of six scripts, originally telecast in 1978 and
subsequently repeated in 1979.
by Dr. Max Rafferty, dean of the School of Education at Troy State
University, as “the best, most original TV far since the boob tube was
invented”—brings together some of history’s most significant figures
in stimulating discussions of ideas and beliefs that illuminate the past,
the present, and even the future.
The first pair of
shows of the Second Series brings together the MARQUIS DE SADE, CESARE
BECCARIA, the DOWAGER EMPRESS OF CHINA, TZ’U-HSI, and FREDERICK DOUGLASS
discussing ideas and experiences concerning which they have special
The second pair
of programs includes MARTIN LUTHER, VOLTAIRE, PLATO, and FLORENCE
The third quartet
consists of SIR FRANCIS BACON, SOCRATES, EMILIANO ZAPATA, and SUSAN B.
Karl E. Meyer of Saturday
Review has summed up the general critical, academic, and public
response to “Meeting of Minds” in saying “the script is wonderfully
entertaining….Crazy as this grouping may sound, it works…we ought to
have more such jeux d’esprit on television.”