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Glamour Girls, Murder, and the Mayor

Monday, November 24, 2014

WNYC
What lurked behind William O'Dwyer's charmed life?
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The 20-Minute Macbeth

Friday, November 21, 2014

WNYC
Come on Macduff, let's play rough! Brother Blue retells Shakespeare's Macbeth as "Max's Blues" using the idioms and language of the street.
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The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, "The Most Princely"

Monday, November 17, 2014

WNYC
Three NYC officials profess their love for the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
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The Poet Laureate of Radio: Norman Corwin on WNYC and WQXR

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Radio's greatest dramatist leaves his mark on both WNYC and WQXR.
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How to Deflect a Wrecking Ball with a Violin

Thursday, November 06, 2014

WNYC
50 years ago, a mayor (and frustrated violinist) was persuaded to buy the world's most famous concert hall.
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When Click and Clack Performed Live Bluegrass and Answered Hilarious Fake Callers

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

WNYC
And John Schaefer joked that it's the "quickest that I ever lost control of an interview."
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1964: China Joins Nuclear Club

Friday, October 31, 2014

This month marks the 50th anniversary of China’s first nuclear test.
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Resist Much, Obey Little

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Galway Kinnell reads Whitman on the eve of the 2003 Iraq War. Kinnell died this week at the age of 87.
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Josephine, the Talking Jeep

Thursday, October 30, 2014

During World War II, WNYC was cranking out war-related programming on a full-time basis. In this classic radio play, a G.I. falls in love with the "smooth, straight lines" of his Jeep.
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At the Forefront of Death: Cancer in Midcentury

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WNYC
D.I.Y. pap smears and other 1950s anti-cancer tools.
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Norbert Wiener: The Conscientious Gadgeteer

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WNYC
Are we mindless gadget idolators?
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Mary Perot Nichols: Guiding WNYC's Rebirth and Renewal - Part 1

Monday, October 27, 2014

In 1979, when the city owned WNYC, then-Mayor Ed Koch demanded the station air the names of men who patronized prostitutes, and it cost director Mary Perot Nichols a fortune in funding.
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Mary Perot Nichols: Guiding WNYC's Rebirth and Renewal - Part 2

Monday, October 27, 2014

WNYC gets a new facility and wins a Peabody. A lot of change for WNYC in 6 years.
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All the Serious Artists Have Moved to the East Village

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WNYC
And Spanish and Yiddish are struggling to be called the official language of the Lower East Side. That's according to this 1970 Pan Am audio tour of New York City's neighborhoods.
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These Charming Kids Tell Really Scary Stories

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WNYC
Talking skulls, demonic wolves, and killer vampires—kids told us tell their favorite spooky tales during WNYC's 1979 Storytelling Festival. 
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Ring Around the Rosey: A Tony Schwartz Investigation

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ring around the rosey, a pocket full of posies.
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Are Comics Bad for Children?

Saturday, October 11, 2014

WNYC
In the 1940s and '50s comics were considered pernicious by many. This Brooklyn mom spoke her moderate mind on WNYC.
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Shirley Zak Hayes: WNYC's First Woman Staff Announcer

Thursday, October 09, 2014

She broke into the Boy's Club here in 1966, but she'd already distinguished herself as a community activist—thanks to her, there's no four-lane highway through Washington Square Park.
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Lyndon Johnson reacts to the Walter Jenkins incident, 1964

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

50 years ago, presidential aide Walter Jenkins was arrested for having sex with a man in a YMCA bathroom, just weeks before the 1964 presidential election. Hear a clip of LBJ's reaction.
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Margot Gayle Saves a Clock

Monday, October 06, 2014

WNYC
The Jefferson Market Clock was almost destroyed at several points in its history. Listen to the 1960s interview with the woman who saved it every time.
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