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Robert Kiley, Underground Movements, New York’s Subways

Monday, September 29, 2014

He cleaned up the subways.
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The Origins of the "Star Spangled Banner," in Six Minutes

Friday, September 26, 2014

WNYC
The Star Spangled Banner turns 200 this month. To commemorate, the inimitable Oscar Brand explains in words and music its origins from a sheep-shearing song to the national anthem.
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Professor Laurence Tribe, The Constitutional Convention of 1787

Thursday, September 18, 2014

It’s not embalmed in a time capsule of amber as though it was not meant to change over time.
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Thomas Wilfred and the Music of Light

Thursday, September 11, 2014

WNYC
How a turn of the century lute player came to influence an entire generation of club VJs and video artists.
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A Musical Tribute to Edgar Varèse, April 17, 1981

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

How a Frank Zappa-hosted concert of music by Varèse was resurrected
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Edwin Fancher: Change and Continuity in Greenwich Village

Friday, September 05, 2014

WNYC
Homosexuality. Mixed-race couples. Narcotics on MacDougal Street. This archived conversation from a WNYC broadcast gives an incredible sense of what's changed--and what hasn't.
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We Gave Joan Rivers a Tape-Lift

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Even tape of Joan Rivers needs a face lift, of sorts. Our archivists restored this 1999 recording of Rivers cracking wise on The Leonard Lopate Show.
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A Tour of 1970s Central Park

Monday, August 11, 2014

WNYC
A Casual Summertime Journey Through a Sprawling Municipal Treasure
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Before Portable Electronic News Gathering: Re-enactments in the Studio

Monday, August 11, 2014

Before reality TV, there was reality radio - well, sort of.
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Jimmy Hoffa Speaks Out on His Way to Jail

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Nearly 40 years later the bones have disappeared but the voice is still defiant.

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The Flexner Incident: Not One of Our Finer Moments

Monday, July 21, 2014

James Flexner's first appearance on WNYC in 1931 could have gone better. He tells the story of the announcer with the wandering hands.

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WNYC and WQXR: Pioneer Broadcasters of Latin American Music

Thursday, July 17, 2014

It started at WNYC, ended up at WQXR and packed a south of the border beat.

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A. Bartlett Giamatti: Baseball as a Meditation and Narrative On Life

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Baseball as a metaphor for life.

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Listen to what Nelson Rockefeller said about Belgium in 1965

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

WNYC

Back in happier, non-World-Cup-matches-between-Belgium-and-USA times, this is what the New York state governor said. Listen to the whole, happy broadcast here.

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Losing a Husband to the Freedom Summer

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rita Schwerner's husband Michael was one of three civil rights workers murdered by the KKK in Mississippi during 1964's Freedom Summer. Hear her talk about staying the course after his death.

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Two Moving Statements about the Civil Rights Workers Killed 50 years Ago Today. Click Play

Saturday, June 21, 2014

On June 21, 1964 three young members of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) went missing in Mississippi. Their bodies were found on August 4, 1964. Listen to what Dr. Robert Spike and Arthur C. Thomas said the following day. To listen to the whole recording, click here.

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A Queens senator proposes legalizing drugs... in 1965. Click play

Thursday, June 19, 2014

As New York state struggles with its stance on drugs, listen to Seymour Siegel interview Seymour Boyer, a democrat from Queens, about the new dangers of "pep pills and goofballs," and (perhaps) adopting the "British system" of de-criminalizing drug usage.

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Thomas B. Morgan, Former Head of WNYC, Dies

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Thomas B. Morgan, the President of the WNYC Communications Group from April 1990 to April 1994, died today. Morgan was an honorary trustee of New York Public Radio. He had not been well for some time.

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How Geopolitics Shaped WNYC’s Iconic Station Identification

Friday, June 13, 2014

Every radio station has a government mandated station identification - a host is required to announce a station's call letters every hour, on the hour. Here's a look back at some of the most unique station IDs from the past 90 years. 

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Kurt Vonnegut: "Fates Worse Than Death"

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

His humorous and edgy 1982 “sermon” took on the question of whether hydrogen bombs would deliver us from more terrifying circumstances. A literary classic, the full audio recording is now available for the first time.

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