HG Wells on the Future | BBC broadcasts from the father of science fiction
CHANNEL | Home Service
FIRST BROADCAST | 15 January 1943
DURATION | 12 minutes 10 seconds
While war still rages in Europe, writer and broadcaster HG Wells looks to the future and asks whether humanity can adapt and forge a 'new world' free from 'economic and political aggression against each other'. He stresses the requirement for a centralised, global power, above that of individual nations, and the need to ensure that there is no further use for slavery. Wells also believes that no race should ever be considered 'backward', that the supreme task is the re-education of the world and that we must never allow the 'black record of intolerance to hold us back'.
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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