HG Wells on the Future | BBC broadcasts from the father of science fiction
CHANNEL | National Programme
FIRST BROADCAST | 13 July 1931
DURATION | 2 minutes 41 seconds
In this short extract from a talk for the BBC National Service, HG Wells discusses the failings of Stalin's 'Five Year Plan' for the economic recovery of Russia. The country, he contends, collapsed in 1917 and he fears that it will remain in disarray if Stalin does not begin to value expertise above political loyalties.
As 'Radio Times' noted in the edition that covered this broadcast, HG Wells had last visited Russia in 1920, accompanied by his son, at the invitation of the Russian Trade Delegation in London. He spent time in St Petersburg and Moscow and was the guest of his friend, the novelist Maxim Gorky. Wells wrote about his experiences in his book 'Russia in the Shadows' (1921).
HG Wells on the failings of Stalin's economic 'Five Year Plan'.
Our economic and political lives are 'out of gear'.
How the motor car serves as a warning to us all.
HG Wells challenges the idea of 'Britain for the British'.
A talk on the worldwide community of English speakers.
HG Wells welcomes the former president of Czechoslovakia.
How the printed word has reached the world's entire population.
HG Wells declares that it's time to 'face up to your inheritance'.
The newspaper is 'dead as mutton', says HG Wells.
An invitation to HG Wells to go on air for the first time.
HG Wells agrees to speak about world peace.
Wells reassures the BBC that his broadcast will be objective.
Will HG Wells's broadcast require 'toning down'?
Preparations for a broadcast by HG Wells.
Concerns that Wells has not submitted a manuscript go right to the top.
Wells makes a commitment to objectivity.
Wells responds to an invitation to speak about evolution.
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