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Photojournalist Dickey Chapelle at the Oversees Press Club

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

At a time when wartime journalism was almost exclusively the territory of men, photojournalist Dickey Chapelle, blazed a trail as an award winning war correspondent, setting herself apart from other journalists with her ability to gain access to rebel groups, including those in Hungary, Cuba and South Vietnam. Her awards include the National Press Photographers Association’s 1963 "Photograph of the Year" award and the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association Distinguished Service Award.

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Congresswoman Bella Abzug Won't Be Marginalized

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

In March, 1972, reporter Eleanor Fischer interviewed Congresswoman Bella Abzug as she was fighting to hold on to her Congressional district in Manhattan encompassing, in part, the Battery, the Lower East Side, Little Italy, Chinatown, Greenwich Village and Chelsea.

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Factory Girl Ultra Violet on WNYC

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Listen to a first-hand account of the colorful milieu surrounding Andy Warhol and the 1960s New York ‘underground’ from Factory denizen and Superstar, Ultra Violet in this Views on Art interview with Ruth Bowman.

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Jane Jacobs Defends Urbanism in 1960s New York City Planning

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Jane Jacobs, in this 1962 appearance at a Books and Authors Luncheon, explains her current role as a community leader in the fight against what she views as the excesses and excrescences of the arrogant Modernist redesign of city neighborhoods.

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Tennis Champion Althea Gibson Notches a Historic Win

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Official reception for tennis star Althea Gibson after her ticket-tape parade, right after her first victory at Wimbledon.

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Important Women: Celebrating Women's History Month

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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Listen to Rare, Beautiful Music from the Robeson Archives

Monday, April 28, 2014

WNYC

Paul Robeson Jr. (November 2, 1927 - April 26, 2014) spent much of his life preserving his father's legacy, and in 1976, he came to the WNYC studios to share rare recordings spanning the performer's influential life and singing career.

Robeson and Folk and Baroque host Dave Sear begin with some of ...

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Remembrance of Themes Past

Monday, April 28, 2014

From the February, 1944 WQXR Program Guide.

Dr. Edman, Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and known for his many books, including the popular Philosopher's Holiday, is one of WQXR most ardent fans. This philosophical reaction to music is one which we feel sure is shared by many of our listeners.

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50 Years Ago, Breakfast Changed Forever

Monday, April 28, 2014

WNYC

It arrived at the New York World's Fair 50 years ago, and breakfast was never the same. To celebrate such a sweet event, listen to this report on the 1958 Brussels World's Fair —"the first World's Fair of the Atomic Age!!"


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Calypso on WNYC

Friday, April 25, 2014

WNYC
Did you know WNYC was one of the first U.S. broadcasters of calypso music? Neither did we, until we dug up this clip from 1941 and started dancing.
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Nicholas Pileggi, The Mafia in New York City

Thursday, April 24, 2014

In a one-hour talk that has the easy-going feel of a conversation in a diner, Nicholas Pileggi provides an account of how the Mafia came to power in New York City. 

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Church Wachtel Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

In September, 1983, The poet Church Wachtel spoke about his third book and first novel, Joe the Engineer, with Walter James Miller on The Reader’s Almanac. The main  character is a Vietnam Veteran working as a water meter reader in the Richmond Hill section of Queens. 

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Louis Untermeyer Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

Louis Untermeyer was poet and critic was appointed the fourteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1961. In this 1963 interview he talks about his close friend the poet Robert Frost and the book: The Letters of Robert Frost to Louis Untermeyer on this edition of The Reader’s Almanac with host Warren Bower.

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Dylan Thomas Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

This year marks the centennial of Dylan Thomas’ birth. Listen now to an interview with Thomas by Vivienne Koch airing on WNYC’s Reader’s Almanac, in 1952, a year before his death. He talks about his latest collection of poems in In Country Sleep and reads selections.

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Robert Pinsky Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

In this December, 1977 interview on the Reader’s Almanac, Robert Pinsky discusses his critical work, The Situation of Poetry, and his collection of poems, Sadness and Happiness. He talks with host Walter James Miller about how poetry can be anti-modern yet still contemporary. He also reads "Poem About People" from Sadness and Happiness

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Helen Morrisey Rizzuto Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

Poet Helen Morrisey Rizzuto says “poems capture a moment in time and render that moment timeless” and that  “all poems begin with an impulse and end…with a discovery.”  On WNYC’s Reader’s Almanac in February, 1979, Poet Helen Morrisey Rizzuto spoke with host Walter James Miller about her work, Evening Sky on a Japanese Screen and read selections from it. 

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Samuel Menashe Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

In 2004 Samuel Menashe became the first poet honored with the "Neglected Masters Award" given by Poetry magazine and the Poetry Foundation. The award was also to include a book to be published by the Library of America, which turned out to be a "Selected Poems" edited by Christopher Ricks.

More than twenty years earlier, Menashe joined Reader’s Almanac host Walter James Miller in the WNYC studio to talk about his poetry and its criticism. 

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Archibald MacLeish Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

In April, 1968 Poet, writer, and former Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish spoke with Reader’s Almanac host Warren Bower. The three-time Pulitzer Prize winner discusses his poetry and reads selections from his , then, latest book of poems, Songs of Eve.

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William Packard Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

In April, 1981 the Poet, novelist, playwright, editor and founder of  poetry magazine The New York Quarterly, William Packard sat down with WNYC’s Walter James Miller to talk about his , then latest work, Desire: Erotic Poetry Through the Ages. The Reader’s Almanac guest also read selections of poems from the book. 

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Marianne Moore Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

In December, 1961 the poet Marianne Moore came to the WNYC studios to talk with Reader’s Almanac host Warren Bower about the recently published A Marianne Moore Reader.

Listen now to Moore explains as she explains how she chose the book’s contents, a mix of poetry and her nonfiction writing. She and Bower discuss the reaction of audiences to her poems and her being a big Brooklyn Dodgers fan.

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