New York Public Radio Archives

Established in the year 2000, the New York Public Radio Archives are the station's physical link to its rich and storied past. Check out below the best of WNYC’s radio legacy, selected from over 13,000 lacquer transcription discs and 10,000 tapes —featuring arts programming, notable interviews, WWII coverage, and much more. Many of our older recordings were digitized with generous funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more about the NEH Digitization project here. Learn more about the NYPR Archives Department here and the New York City Municipal Archives WNYC Collection here

 

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    Adventures in Folk Music (1960-1969)

    Hosted by renowned ethnomusicologist Henrietta Yurchenco, the WNYC radio show Adventures in Folk Music ran from 1960-1969. Yurchenco's program featured interviews and live performances by some of the most interesting and important folk and blues musicians of the day.

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    All Around the Town (1930-1940)

    Warren Pack and Bill Dimorro of the WNYC publicity department pick a part of New York City each week and dramatize it for your education and amusement.

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    American Jewish Committee (1965)

    American Jewish Committee. This web resource has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, recommendations expressed in this web resource do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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    American Music Festival (1940)

    Conceived in 1939, the first WNYC American Music Festival hit the air in February 1940. For more than forty years, it was a station tradition, with live events and concerts, reflecting "the culture of a peaceful people, in a land where men and women of any race and creed were free to compose and perform music based on any and all themes."

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    Americans All Immigrants All (1939)

    The series highlighted the contributions of different ethnic groups to American society, focusing on their struggles and ultimate achievements within a fledgling, pluralistic society. WNYC would broadcast the series beginning in June 1939.

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    The American Story (1955)

    Produced in association with WNYC and the New York Historical Society, The American Story traces the American experience from the early Dutch settlements in New York to the mid-twentieth century.

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    America's Town Meeting of the Air (1935-1956)

    America's Town Hall Meeting of the Air addressed American culture and concerns. "The major purposes of the Round-the-World Town Meeting are to enable Americans ... to understand world problems and to increase world understanding of this country." (The New York Times, 1949)

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    The Anthology of Black Classical Music (1975)

    A weekly program produced "by black musicians about black music, its history, its present and its future." Hosted by Bill Lowe, the Anthology of Black Classical Music provided a fascinating glimpse into New York City's Black Arts movement in the 1970s.

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    Around New York (1939-1966)

    An early adopter of the news magazine format, this program covers events around the city, from antiques shows to summer reading lists for out-of-school students. This collection of Around New York is a rich catalog of New York City events, exhibitions, services, and slice of life stories.

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    Around New York with Robert C Weinberg (1964-1968)

    In the late 1960s, Robert C. Weinberg produced a series of short audio commentaries, critiques, and reports about architecture and urban planning in New York City and the surrounding metropolitan area.

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    Artists in the City (1970-1985)

    Presented each Sunday afternoon at 4:30 PM, Artists in the City, was "designed to introduce you to some of the professional artists who are doing exciting work in the communities and neighborhoods of New York." The show was hosted by Doris Freedman and Jenny Dixon.

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    At Your Service (1950s)

    Produced by the American Hospital Association in the 1950s.

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    Ballad Hunter (1941)

    In 1941, the Library of Congress presented a series of ten radio programs for "explaining and illustrating the folk songs of the American people as they are sung by the people themselves." Narrated by legendary folklorist John Lomax, the shows incorporated some of his experiences, from riding "night-herd with cowboys on the Western plains" to joining "farm hands at barn dances in many sections of the American countryside."

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    Beyond Victory (1942-1947)

    Post-war leaders rally Americans to sustaining peace and prosperity.

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    Black History Month Collection

    The New York Public Radio Archives has pulled together some of the department's leading preservation work, series and sonic artifacts concerning African-American history.

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    Black Industrial Revolution (1968)

    A series of programs committed to exploring and communicating the industrial needs of the black community. The intention of this program is to bring businessmen together with the youth in the black communities to discuss their problems. Raymond C. Turner moderates.

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    Black Man in America (1968-1969)

    This show is "devoted to the history and life of Afro-Americans and the contributions they have made and are making to the material, cultural, and spiritual wealth of this country. This includes ALL of living, not simply the Civil Rights issues we see in the headlines". Produced by WNYC and the City's Commission on Human Rights

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    Book and Author Luncheon (1948-1974)

    For more than thirty years, the Book and Author Luncheon provided a forum for authors famous and obscure in one of the largest markets for books in the world, New York City. During the luncheons, authors would provide short lectures and lessons from their lives and literature, while stroking their author egos by basking in the praise of the luncheon's ever-charming hosts. The luncheons began in 1938, and would air on WNYC from 1948 through 1974.

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    Books in Profile (1955-1957)

    Books in Profile is an interview show about American literature.

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    Bringing Up Baby (1951)

    Advice about child-rearing from the 1950s.

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    Campus Press Conference (1951-1962)

    "For the answers to these and other questions..." Each Campus Press Conference begins with a slew of questions from the student editors of New York City college newspapers, delivered with the controlled seriousness of a teenager on the radio for the first time. Despite their endearing greenness, the student editors pose sharp inquiries to guests from the fields of science, finance, culture, and politics.

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    Citizens Committee on Displaced Persons (1940-1949)

    Dramatizations meant to sway public opinion in favor of 'displaced pilgrims.' European Jews seeking American citizenship after the Second World War.

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    Citizens' Searchlight (1967)

    Citizens Union hosts a show on city politics and social issues.

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    City Center Interview (1950s)

    Series of 1950s interviews, broadcast live from the New York City Opera.

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    City Close Up (1963-1964)

    WNYC Director Seymour N. Siegel interviews New York City officials about municipal issues. City Close Up offers a more personal context for sweeping issues like urban planning, political campaigns, public safety, and civil rights. With a strong focus on the function of government, these citizen-centric interviews include both commentary and information.

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    City Record (1950s)

    City Record is a program designed to acquaint New Yorkers with the working of their city government. Hosted by Seymour Seigel, Director of Radio Communications for the city of New York.

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    City University of New York (1946)

    From the collection of the City College Civilian Defense Council Lectures.

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    Classical Music and the Afro-American (1970s)

    A WQXR series from the 1970s hosted by George Shirley the distinguished American tenor.

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    Comic Parade (1945)

    At the behest of Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia, prominent funnymen read newspaper comic strips to the children of New York City during the 17-day newspaper deliverymen's strike.

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    Community Action (1960s)

    The weekly report from the Community Council of Greater New York. The Community Council of Greater New York was a city-wide voluntary organization of public and private agencies that provided social services to New York City residents. This program aired on WNYC in the 1960s.

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    Computers in Modern City Government (1969)

    How computers are creating innovation and efficiencies in New York City government. Hosted by Dr. E.S. Savas.

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    Concerts for Members (1945-1952)

    The Met Museum's long-running Concerts for Members series.

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    Consumer Report (1960s)

    Helpful hints about being a smart consumer in New York City. Brought to you by Mayor John Lindsay's Office of Consumer Affairs.

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    Contemporary Literary Masters (1960s)

    Authors reading selections from their work.

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    Cooper Union Forum (1949-1952)

    Straight from Cooper Union's Great Hall, some of the best minds speak.

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    The Dave Sear Folk Music Collection (1960s-1980s)

    Three decades of shows produced and recorded by Dave Sear. Artists include Reverend Gary Davis, Mable Hillery, Utah Phillips, Tom Paxton, Happy Traum, Pete Seeger, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Robin and Linda Williams, and many many more.

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    Democracies Will Win (1940s)

    Bringing New Yorkers expert information on many phases of our all-out victory effort.

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    The Douglas P. Cooper Distinguished Contemporaries Collection (1967-1974)

    The Douglas P. Cooper Distinguished Contemporaries Collection features talks with accomplished people who have something to say and a track record to back it up.

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    The Eleanor Fischer Collection (1960s-1970s)

    The Eleanor Fischer Collection features interviews and documentaries regarding race relations, women's liberation, and the social shifts that occurred in the sixties and seventies.

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    Elmer Davis: Progress Of War (1942-1943)

    Presented by the Office of War Information, director Elmer Davis’s weekly report to Americans at home and abroad. A review of the progress of the war, issues of direct importance to the war. Many reports focus on events in Tunisia.

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    Fiorello H. LaGuardia (1937-1945)

    A collection of speeches from Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the Mayor of New York City from 1937 to 1945.

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    Freedom's Ladder (1940s)

    Explanations of the City's evolving civil rights issues in a dynamic format.

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    Get Involved (1969-1970)

    The Women’s City Club of New York presents "your forum on civic affairs."

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    The Golden Door (1947)

    The Golden Door series aimed to tell "of the making of New Americans of all races and creeds." Employing writing and acting talents of the day, the show predicts a kind of social info-tainment by dramatizing political issues.

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    Great Artists (1970s-1980s)

    The WQXR Great Artists Series contains dozens of fascinating interviews leaders of their fields in music and the performing arts.

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    Hadassah Speaks (1940s)

    Serial drama produced by Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America. Hadassah has been called the guardian of Israel's children, and this program focuses on the potential and good of Israel's youth. Using the dramatic radio play format, programs often gently solicit donations to support youth initiatives in Israel.

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    Headlines in Chemistry (1947-1952)

    Science news for every man and woman in New York!

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    Here's to Veterans (1946-1950)

    The V.A. and the A.F. of M bring you "the best in music for all of you service men and women and folks everywhere."

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    Historic Heritage of Old New York (1950s)

    Dramatic episodes recreating the life of old New York.

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    How to Have Fun With Your Children (1945-1948)

    New York City is a modern Fairyland; offering you and your children something for every taste and fancy if you but know where to find it! Mrs. Becky Reyher interviews distinguished guests on How to Have Fun With Your Children in the city. The consensus? Fun is where you find it!

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    International Interview (1956-1959)

    A progressive, yet evenhanded, presentation of international perspectives on politics and culture. Created in cooperation with the Foreign Press Association from 1956-1959, "this series is presented in an effort to help keep New Yorkers fully informed about changing trends in world opinion. Each week a panel of foreign correspondents representing the press of various countries interviews another distinguished guest."

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    It's Your Life (1949)

    Future Mr. Wizard Don Herbert aims to improve America's health in this 1949 documentary series.

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    Invitation to Dance (1960s)

    Interview show hosted by Terry Walter, who was a dance historian and the dance critic for the New York Herald Tribune. He discusses issues and the work of his guests who are leading dancers and performing arts administrators. This series was originally presented in cooperation with the Rebekah Harkness Foundation.

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    Listen to Nutrition (1949-1967)

    Long-running food and cooking show with information about the nutritional value of different foods and preparation ideas. Hosted by Ruth Carol, and later, Iva Bennett. At the end of each program, Bennett offers a free pamphlet about the topic of each recording, ordered through the mail.

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    Keep 'em Rolling (1942)

    Office of Emergency Management-sponsored variety show to boost patriotism during the war.

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    Labor Press Conference (1960s)

    Weekly program on labor issues.

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    Letters from Home and Abroad (1945)

    Post-war radio drama from 1945.

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    Lewisohn Stadium Concerts (1950s)

    Summer concert series at City College's Lewisohn Stadium.

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    Life and Works (1940)

    Not quite a radio play, and not quite an audio book, Life and Works is a radio presentation of great works of literature. In association with New York Public Library, this program (1940) strives to share "a good story told admirably."  Celebrating classic works by American authors, presenters also provide lively literary and biographical context.

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    The Lively Arts (1953-1956)

    Legendary critic and author of The Seven Lively Arts Gilbert Seldes discusses big-thinking issues in art and life from his characteristically populist perspective. Simultaneously a timely and visionary program, Gilbert Seldes's The Lively Arts examines contemporary issues of 1950s television, radio, and theater, as well as current events and the intellectual arts.

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    The Living Opera (1958-1968)

    A decade of opera greats interviewed from 1958-1968 with host Alan Wagner.

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    Madhuban (1980s)

    Get your 1980s Indian music fix here.

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    Maincurrents (1964-1966)

    1960's panel discussion show with experts discussing major social issues of the day, hosted by Lee Graham

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    March of Dimes (1940s-1950s)

    In the 1940s and 1950s, WNYC regularly aired programs and public service announcements urging the public to donate to the March of Dimes. This collection also includes reports on the development of the Salk Vaccine.

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    Mayor John Lindsay (1966-1973)

    This collection features a selection of digitized WNYC audio tapes from New York City Mayor John Lindsay's press conferences, ceremonies, speeches, and addresses. Lindsay was the mayor of New York from 1966 to 1973.

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    Mayor Robert F. Wagner (1961-1965)

    The Mayor Robert F. Wagner collection includes audio reformatted from acetate open-reel tape and 16" transcription discs pulled from the NYC Municipal Archives. The collection spans his entire time as mayor, but the extant recordings concentrate on his third term, 1961-1965.

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    Men of Hi-Fi (1960s-1970s)

    Harry Maynard hosts this "discussion-demonstration" radio show featuring the "latest developments in the field of sound with the experts."

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    Mind Over Music (1940s)

    Weekly music quiz show, "a combination of fun and musical facts" where music experts try to answer questions from host John Savage.

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    Miscellaneous (1930s-1970s)

    Programs ranging from the 1930s to the 1970s covering a variety of cultural and political topics.

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    Museum Week (1968)

    This short series from 1968 provided the listener with, "a concentrated group of interviews, discussions and special programs devoted to the many museums in New York City.

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    Music and the Message (1960s)

    Prominent musicians and artists reveal their interests and aspirations.

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    Music for the Connoisseur

    Maestro David Randolph's theme-oriented music programs began on WNYC in 1946. His gentle wit and vast knowledge fortified listeners for several decades.

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    Narcotics and Narcotic Addiction (1969-1970)

    Award-winning weeklong series about "one of NYC's most serious problems": drug addiction.

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    National Book Awards (1956-1962)

    Broadcasts from and about the annual National Book Awards ceremony.

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    National Poetry Month Collection

    We've pulled together some of the department's leading preservation work, series and sonic artifacts concerning poetry.

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    National Tuberculosis Association (1940s-1950s)

    This collection of National Tuberculosis Association recordings, aired on WNYC during the late 1940s to mid-1950s as a public service to educate citizens about the spread of tuberculosis, an infectious disease that primarily affects the lungs.

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    New, Old, and Unexpected (1980s)

    Tim Page presented hundreds of radio premieres including major works by Meredith Monk, Elliott Carter and Steve Reich. Aaron Copland and Virgil Thomson were among his guests. Page is a writer, editor, music critic, producer and professor. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for music criticism as well as the editor and biographer of the American author Dawn Powell.

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    New York Change and Challenge (1960s)

    How to navigate 1960s New York.

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    New York Considered (1970s)

    A program about neighborhoods with Marty Goldensohn and Peter Freiburg.

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    New York Magazine (1960s)

    New York Magazine hosted this program in the late 1960s. Each week, one of several editors of the magazine would host and invite a guest to discuss articles from the most recent issue.

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    New York: A Portrait in Sound (1960s)

    In 1962, Joan and Robert Franklin established Cinema Sound, Ltd., an audio recording studio based out of their Upper West Side townhouse. The Franklin's produced this series of recordings, which illustrate the lives of everyday New Yorkers.

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    New York Queen of Commerce (1952-1953)

    Sponsored by the Department of Commerce and New York, this program recasts economic history as an engaging, fun topic. Described by the host as "a new series of transcribed historic educational dramas" (1952-53), these shows reenact moments in New York's history of commerce with flair.

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    New York Tomorrow (1968)

    The future is uncertain, so WNYC dares to ask the question: What will this city be like in the future? The result, the fascinating series New York Tomorrow, brings city luminaries to the studio to examine aspects of city life (Black power, labor, education) —asking the Big Questions in small doses.

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    New York World's Fair (1939-1940)

    WNYC broadcasts live from the 1939-1940 World's Fair.

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    New Yorkers at Work (1981)

    Miniseries created by the late Debra E. Bernhardt, Head of the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University. Drawing from their archives, the program showcased oral histories of male and female workers "whose names you aren't likely to find in history books," using them to tell the story of organized labor in New York.

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    News (1939-)

    Historic news reports aired over WNYC. When news was made, WNYC microphones were always nearby. This series is a collection of wide-ranging press conferences, local and national news reports, and political speeches made in and around the five boroughs by well-known and influential public figures.

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    The Next Big Thing (2000-2005)

    The Next Big Thing is full of unusual sounds and memorable voices. It's a show in which well-known artists like Stanley Tucci and Suzanne Vega casually rub shoulders with subway strap hangers, park bench philosophers, street-corner humorists, and kids on the local basketball court.

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    Northwestern University Reviewing Stand (1938-1952)

    Weekly debate on housing and politics, produced by Northwestern University's Offices of the Director of Radio (Public Relations).

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    The NYAM Lectures (1946-1957)

    Medical Talks by Eminent Speakers with generous funding provided by the New York Metropolitan Library Council.

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    NYU Mini Lecture (1960s)

    NYU's School of Continuing Education presents panel discussions and lectures on a variety of topics.

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    The Original Meet the Composer (1985-1986)

    The original Meet the Composer with host Tim Page represents a broad exploration of contemporary American composition with composers from many different fields including jazz, popular, avant garde, folk and musical theater.

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    Our Stake in the War (1942)

    Broadcast in cooperation with CUNY, this 1942 wartime radio show features members of faculty discussing different aspects of Americanism, the war effort, and the threat of un-democratic ideas.

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    Overseas Press Club (1940-1975)

    The OPC aired a variety of programming on WNYC between 1940 and the mid70s, including speeches, awards shows, and question-answer sessions, providing an international perspective on news.

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    Pals of the P.A.L. (1949-1955)

    A community-centric variety show with a special focus on youth, performed by members of the Police Athletic League and children from the city. Featuring innocuous skits and popular tunes, this variety show (1949-1955) features the voice talents of police officers, members of P.A.L., and local children.

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    Patricia Marx Interviews (1961-1969)

    Patricia Marx Interviews is a series of interviews done for WNYC and other stations that include talks with Woody Allen, Dick Gregory, William Golding, General Omar Bradley, Arthur C. Clarke, David Halberstam, Bob Hope, George Balanchine and others.

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    Plan For Survival (1950-1951)

    With surprisingly calm moderators, the Plan for Survival series goes beyond the usual "duck and cover" advisement and into the details of an A-bomb attack, fallout shelters, the Soviet threat, first aid, radiation sickness, and food and water supplies following a nuclear attack.

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    Poets of Tomorrow (1950s)

    Poets reading from their own work.

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    Police Safety Program (1949-1950)

    A children's musical variety show for youngsters who need some supervision. Join Mister Narrator, Talking Piano, Mister Singing Safety Police Officer, Old Man Accident, and others in issuing a strict disciplinary stance on crossing the street with safety. Other topics covered include bicycle safety, avoiding strangers, ab rhyming schemes, and general carefulness.

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    Psychoanalysis and Everyday Living (1949-1950)

    The series is based on the work of Dr. Karen Horney (horn-AY), a German psychoanalyst whose views both relied on and questioned those of Sigmund Freud. Speakers are members of the Association for the Advancement for Psychoanalysis who have taken up Dr. Horney's work after her 1952 death.

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    Public Interest New York (1960s-1970s)

    A weekly interview show featuring important newsmakers whose "opinions and decisions affect the lives of all new Yorkers." Hosted by former New York State Senator Frederic S. Berman.

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    Queens College Forum (1941-1948)

    A series in celebration of Queens College and public discourse.

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    Quiz Time (1950s)

    Sixteen city government departments compete to see which department knows best how New York City government works.

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    Radio Moscow (1960s)

    In the mid 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, WNYC was one of few American stations to broadcast recordings from Radio Moscow, the international news service of the USSR.

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    RCA Showcase (1940s)

    Artist interview program, sponsored by RCA.

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    Reader's Almanac (1938-1985)

    Reader’s Almanac was one of WNYC’s longest running shows, airing for nearly 50 years through hot and cold wars, economic booms and crises, the passage and perseverance of literary trends, and the jolting culture shocks and shifting mores of an era of enormous change.

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    Recordings, E.T.C. (1947-1970)

    Hosted by Edward T. Canby, this show covered a wide range of genres including Baroque, French Impressionism, Medieval folk, and experimental electronic music.

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    Report on Civil Defense (1950-1952)

    From public welfare to firefighting to water safety, this program updates the public about disaster preparedness. Arthur J. Wallander, Civil Defense Director for New York City, interviewed the heads of city departments about the steps their departments had taken to meet the needs of the city's civil defense system.

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    Robert Moses Collection (1949-1965)

    This collection features a selection of digitized archival recordings of Robert Moses' many speeches and ceremonies broadcast on WNYC. Moses was a major figure in New York politics, holding numerous public offices in the city and state from 1924 to 1981. Audio is courtesy of the New York City Municipal Archives.

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    The Role of Science in the War (1942)

    News for "when science plays such a large part in supplying our war needs." Talks by members of the City College of New York faculty discussing how their disciplines help the war effort. Topics include astronomy, mathematics, biology, and more.

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    Seminars in Drama: Moscow Art Theatre (1964)

    Victor Manyukov, Theater Director and Teacher; Vladimir Prokofyev, Historian and Theoretician; Angelina Stepanova, Actress; and Vasily Toporkov, Actor discuss Stanislavsky's method of acting at a symposium on the Moscow Art Theatre.

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    Seminars in Theater (1965-1979)

    Richard Pyatt hosts this interview program that discusses "trends, activities and theater practice across the country" with "outstanding artists and craftsmen in every facet of theater."

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    Sister Elizabeth Kenny Foundation (1947-1970)

    A drama about polio focusing on symptoms, illness, and eradication efforts from the Sister Elizabeth Kenny Foundation.

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    Speaking of Music (1952-1955)

    This interview, commentary, and discussion program features some of the greatest composers, performers, and critics of the music world.

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    The Story of Empire County (1949-1953)

    A fictional radio drama starring Dr. Walter Bell, the Health Commissioner of Empire County. Brought to you by the New York State Department of Health and produced by the State Radio Bureau, this program aired ca. 1949 to 1953.

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    Straight Facts for Veterans (1940s)

    Your city station and the New York Branch of the United States Veteran Administration present "a quarter hour of veteran's news and timely comment."

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    Sunset Serenade (1950)

    Eine kleine Dämmerungmusik

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    Take the Tunnel (1947)

    The New York City Tunnel Authority provides historical context for "jaunts around the city" through its numerous tunnels and connectors.

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    Talk to the People (1942-1945)

    The famous Sunday afternoon talks by Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia, “the people’s mayor.” These recordings, made during World War II, include the two iconic readings of the comics (only two of three were ever recorded) during the newspaper deliverymen’s strike of July 1945.

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    This is America's Music (1950s)

    Harry Maynard hosts this "discussion-demonstration" radio show featuring the "latest developments in the field of sound with the experts."

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    This is Our Enemy (1942-1943)

    This Office of War Information-produced radio docudrama series describes the activities of the Axis powers during World War II.

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    Tony Schwartz (1945-1976)

    For more than 30 years Schwartz produced a weekly program on WNYC called Adventures in Sound. The Library of Congress Sound Division has generously provided digital files of some one hundred Adventures in Sound broadcasts to the WNYC Archives to publish online for the first time.

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    Toward a Return to Society (1946)

    1946 public service series on the rehabilitative aspect of New York incarceration.

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    U.P.A. Forum (1947)

    The United Parent's Association Forum tackles various issues related to children and education.

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    Understanding Film (1960s)

    A 1960s lecture series about film history and aesthetics. Brought to you from Queens College.

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    United Nations (1946-1970)

    Recordings from the United Nations Radio.

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    Unity At Home, Victory Abroad (1943)

    This program urged New Yorkers to take tolerance and unity to heart and to push prejudice to the side during the war effort.

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    University of Chicago Roundtable (1946)

    The University of Chicago Roundtable brings together a host of panelists in the fields of journalism, science, philosophy, politics, literature, business, and others, in order to address the big questions of the day.

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    V.D. Radio Project (1949)

    The Public Health Service, in tandem with Columbia University, produced a number of programs aimed to stamp out syphilis.

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    Views on Art (1967-1973)

    Join host Ruth Bowman as she interviews notable artists, curators, and museum directors in the New York City art scene.

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    Washington Dialogue (1960s)

    An interview program featuring Washington politicians and policymakers. Hosted by Barbara Newman.

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    Weekend in New York (1947)

    Host, Lilian Supove, provides a report on the various weekend arts and culture events happening around New York City.

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    Weekly from the Atlantic Monthly (1960s)

    A weekly program dedicated to various articles and short stories published in the Atlantic Monthly. Hosted by WNYC Program Director, Richard Pyatt.

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    What Makes New York City Run (1967)

    A weekly program on WNYC presented by the League of Women Voters of New York City to encourage participation in and discussion of municipal issues.

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    WNYC Forum of the Air (1938)

    A series of political panel discussions.

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    WNYC Special Report (1960s-1970s)

    A series about New York City - its people, agencies, problems, and solutions.

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    WNYC American Art Festival (1950s)

    An annual forum series from the early 1950s for robust discussion about art.

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    WNYC Anniversaries (1950)

    WNYC anniversary specials.

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    Women's History Month Collection

    The New York Public Radio Archives has pulled together some of the department's leading preservation work, series and sonic artifacts concerning women's history.

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    Works Progress Administration: Federal Music Project (1930-1941) 

    From the mid-1930s to early 1940s, the federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) distributed thousands of transcription discs to hundreds of radio stations around the United States, including WNYC.

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    World of the Arts (1965)

    An arts magazine program produced by the Office of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York that interviewed various curators, museum directors, and artists in New York City.

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    WQXR Archive Collections

    We gathered here some choice bits of WQXR's distinguished past.

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    WQXR at Fifty: An Anniversary Album (1986)

    Host Robert Sherman digs deep into the station's rich archives for this mini-series celebrating the first 50 years of WQXR.

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    WQXR Program Guide - WWII Era Essays

    Leading conductors, composers, commentators, WQXR staff and others have their say about music and broadcasting in turbulent times.

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    You and Your Health (1946)

    A discussion of health issues and advice with a host of prominent medical practitioners.

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    You and Your Landlord (1968-1969)

    A discussion of home ownership and tenants' rights issues in New York City.

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    Your Land and Mine (1967)

    A monthly series featuring Commissioner Carl Madonick of the City's Department of Real Estate.

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    Your Pocketbook (1951)

    From the Office of Price Stabilization for New York and New Jersey, this show discusses the pennies and nickels of city life.

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    Youth Builders (1947-1952)

    A civics series intended to teach youngsters about participatory democracy.