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Directed by archivist Andy Lanset, the department provides a central repository for thousands of audio recordings, photographs, memorabilia, reports, news items, program guides, institutional records, and promotional materials.

Among its holdings are more than 50,000 recordings in a variety of formats, from early lacquer and acetate discs, to reel-to-reel tapes, to digital audio tapes and compact discs.

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For more than 90 years, WNYC has been a witness to the news, politics and cultural events of New York City. We've combed our archives to bring you some of the most notable highlights from our rich broadcast heritage.

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Pennies for Kenny (Episode 5)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

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Sister Kenny had a new way to treat polio. She just needed enough money and support to get people to use it.
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Meet Bill Staines, the 1975 National Yodeling Champion

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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In 1975, Staines won the National Yodeling Championship at the Kerrville, TX.  Listen to the skills that won him the honor in this November 30, 1985 concert. 

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This is the Truth! (Episode 4)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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This is Our Enemy, a WWII era radio show about Axis activities, was less true than it claimed to be... but that doesn't make it less interesting.
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Object: Rehabilitation (Episode 3)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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Toward Return To Society was a 1940s radio docu-drama about rehabilitating criminals through prison pig farms and plastic surgery.
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Listen and Learn (Episode 2)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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Backtrack walks through some educational docudramas from the 1940s and 50s, including This is My Block and New York Queen of Commerce.
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A Nation of Immigrants (Episode 1)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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Backtrack explores Americans All, Immigrants All, a 1938 series of radio dramas about immigrant contributions to the United States.
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The Ballad of a Watergate Security Guard

Sunday, August 09, 2015

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"The Ballad of Frank Wills", tells the story of Nixon's demise from the perspective of the security guard who discovered the Watergate break-in.
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An Eyewitness Describes Hiroshima and the Atomic Bomb, August 1945

Friday, August 07, 2015

Kaleria Palchikoff gives an eyewitness account of the dropping of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945.
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Guiding Lights in New York Harbor

Thursday, July 16, 2015

WNYC
The 1960s in many ways marked the beginning of the end of a long history of lighthouses and their keepers. Hear about the channels of New York Harbor and the beacons that light the way.
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Nazi Not-Exactly Summer Camp

Thursday, July 02, 2015

A WWII era radio play about the conditions in German POW camps, produced by the American Office of War Information (OWI)
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Edison Series Major Award Winner

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Education series makes difference.
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A City Legacy of Bird Watching

Monday, June 15, 2015

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Even in a place as urban as New York City, a diversity of bird life can be found. Hear from bird enthusiasts from the 1960s.
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WNYC Covers the Great Anti-Nuclear March and Rally at Central Park, June 12, 1982

Friday, June 12, 2015

At the time they called it the largest peace march and rally in New York City's history.
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Ornette Coleman on WNYC's Meet the Composer in 1985

Thursday, June 11, 2015

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American jazz composer Ornette Coleman discusses free jazz, composition, and mixing genres with WNYC's Tim Page.
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Classic Cars: The Art of Paint, Polish and Pistons

Thursday, June 04, 2015

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Owning and maintaining classic cars is a labor of love for true automobile enthusiasts. Hear from the mechanics and collectors of the 1960s who helped shape New York classic car culture.
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"The Mother of Folk" Jean Ritchie Dies

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

WNYC
We remember the life of Appalachia's most beloved dulcimer player, Jean Ritchie, who passed away Monday, with this 1982 live performance and interview.
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The Construction of the Great Bridge, Uniting Brooklyn and New York

Friday, May 08, 2015

WNYC
A "heavenly crossing between stars," the Brooklyn Bridge united the cities of New York and Brooklyn in 1883. Hear from the bridge's devotees of the 1960s.
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Remembering Singer and Folklorist Guy Carawan

Friday, May 08, 2015

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Guy Carawan, who died Saturday at the age of 87, introduced "We Shall Overcome" to the Civil Rights movement.  We remember him with an in-studio performance on our station from 1966.  

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May 8, 1945: Victory in Europe

Friday, May 08, 2015

The war in Europe is over!
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The Golden Age of the Carnegie Hall Studios

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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The Carnegie Hall studios have been transformed, but listen to the voices of those artist who once lived there.
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