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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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Hear the Men Who Saw D-Day from Both Sides

Friday, June 06, 2014

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the largest amphibious invasion in history, where 156,000 Allied troops landed on five French beaches. But there’s a lot to learn from individual soldiers — American and German — who saw it happen. Their voices are preserved in this special from our Archives.

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Listen to the First Detailed Account of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Monday, June 02, 2014

Shen Tong was one of China's most famous dissident leaders. Six days after the bloody suppression of student protesters at Beijing's Tiananmen Square, he walked out of the country, came to America, and gave this press conference.

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The Man Who Fought For and Founded WNYC

Thursday, May 29, 2014

WNYC

WNYC's founding: A story from the dawn of the Radio Age.

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Beautiful and Disturbing 'Peter and the Wolf' Album Covers

Friday, May 23, 2014

The most popular children's piece ever spawned some pretty wild art — and many surprising celebrity cameos. Take a look and tell us your favorites.

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It's been 23 Years Since this Live Sun Ra Concert Has Been Heard

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

WNYC

Senior Concert Recording Engineer Ed Haber, recorded Sun Ra in 1991 and has this recollection.

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Leader of American Anthropology Launches WNYC Series

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

American scientists and intellectuals in the fight against fascism before World War II.

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A Report to Listeners

Monday, May 12, 2014

When WQXR was a commercial station sponsorship was a selective affair.

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A Very Weird Song About Adolf Hitler

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Decades before Mel Brooks made it okay to sing about Hitler, an obscure singer recorded this defiant song about the Fuhrer. Just a two weeks later, in September 1940, the Germans bombarded London.

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Boys in the Bach Room

Monday, May 05, 2014

From the June, 1943 WQXR Program Guide:

Editorial Note: You know that various organizations are doing a great deal to bring music to the boys in the armed forces. But here is what one anonymous private is doing for himself. We at WQXR were amused and pleased when we read it and thought you would enjoy it, too. So through the courtesy of Common Sense magazine in which publication's May issue it appeared, we bring you this down-to-earth appreciation of good music.

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Credits and Music

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Special thanks. Music on this track is from an "“Eighteen year-old South Carolina folk singer (as well as Café Society darling and WNYC favorite) Susan Reed performs in American Music Festival's program no. 94, accompanied by her Irish harp and of course her zither.”

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