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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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Humorist Sam Levenson's Childhood: 'Poor, With Books'

Friday, November 09, 2012

WNYC
Everything But Money is both the title of funny man Sam Levenson's autobiography and the theme in this talk.
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Before It Was Trendy, It Was Scandalous: Burlesque Star Gypsy Rose Lee, 1957

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

WNYC

Few writers begin their appearance at The Herald Tribune's prestigious Books and Authors Luncheon series by doing a striptease, but Gypsy Rose Lee feels it is expected of her. 

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Robert F. Kennedy Announces His Senate Candidacy, 1964

Monday, November 05, 2012

WNYC
Nine months after his brother's death, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy enters the New York Senate race.
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Inspiration Strikes After Tragedy: Alfred Kazin on His New Yorker Trilogy

Friday, November 02, 2012

WNYC

Starting Out in the Thirties (1965), the second installment of Kazin's New Yorker Trilogy, had just been published when he gave this brief talk on the genesis of his artistic motivation at a 1965 Books and Authors Luncheon.

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Garson Kanin on 'Remembering Mr. Maugham'

Monday, October 29, 2012

WNYC

Garson Kanin's memoir of W. Somerset Maugham is the subject of his appearance at this 1967 Books and Authors Luncheon.

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Herman Kahn on World Annihilation, 1965

Friday, October 26, 2012

Was this man the model for Dr. Strangelove?
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Jane Jacobs Defends Urbanism in 1960s New York City Planning

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

WNYC
Jane Jacobs explains her 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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NPR LIbrarian Kee Malesky in New York

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Kee Malesky, NPR’s longest-serving librarian, was in New York on October 15 for a talk and an afternoon “salon”. Sponsored by METRO, she was promoting her recently-published, second book, Learn Something New Every Day.

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Utah Phillips, Will Rogers, and Tall Tales of America's First Radio Broadcast

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

WNYC
The ultimate raconteur spins some tall tales live on our airwaves.
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The 'Anatomy' of Fannie Hurst, Memoirist and Romance Novelist

Monday, October 22, 2012

WNYC

Largely forgotten today, Fannie Hurst was for many years one of the most highly paid and widely read novelists of her time. Anatomy of Me is Hurst's just-published autobiography, which she discusses at this 1958 Books and Authors Luncheon.

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Dr Kranich, your piano's ready. I'm afraid it's not built by your dad.

Friday, October 19, 2012

WNYC

On March 5, 1853 a German piano maker named Henry Steinway (né Steinweg) founded Steinway & Sons at 85 Varick Street in New York City, barely five blocks from the present-day WNYC studios. Less than three months later another, much younger German piano maker named Helmuth Kranich would also arrive at these shores. Little did he suspect that one of his children would someday work at a competing form of entertainment: radio, specifically WNYC.

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A Hero, Removed: A. E. Hotchner on Hemingway's Role as "Emissary of Other Men's Dreams"

Friday, October 19, 2012

WNYC

A.E. Hotchner, a friend of Ernest Hemingway during the last 14 years of the writer's life, reminisces about their relationship in this Books and Authors Luncheon appearance promoting his memoir, Papa Hemingway (1966). 

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The Political Playwright Rolf Hochhuth Assails the Catholic Church for 'Immoral Inaction'

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

WNYC
A surprise waiting in the audience makes for a heated situation.
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The Civic Wit of Humorist Harry Hershfield

Monday, October 15, 2012

WNYC

"New York City Mayors I Have Known" might be the better title for this 1954 installment of Campus Press Conference featuring guest Harry Hershfield -- columnist, cartoonist, and "Toastmaster Extraordinary."

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Foreign Correspondent David Halberstam Analyzes Conflict in Vietnam

Friday, October 12, 2012

WNYC

David Halberstam briefs this 1964 meeting of the Overseas Press Club on what he sees as a "sharp conflict" between America's official optimism and the reality experienced by reporters embedded in Vietnam.

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John Gunther, Author of 'Inside' Travel Guides, Offers Glimpse of African Continent, 1955

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

WNYC

Formerly a foreign war correspondent, Chicagoan John Gunther drew on his background to write the 'Inside' travel series, which included Inside Europe (1936), Inside Asia (1939), Inside Latin America (1941), and here, Inside Africa.

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The Extemporaneous Sir Alec Guinness: Shorter Than You Thought, and to the Point

Monday, October 08, 2012

WNYC

"The Actor and Clichés In the Theater," is the subject Sir Alec Guinness chooses for this impromptu 1964 performance before the Overseas Press Club. 

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Günter Grass on American Vagaries: Boxing, Dancing, and Creating Art

Friday, October 05, 2012

WNYC

In May 1965, the Overseas Press Club hosted the German novelist Günter Grass, who had arrived in New York to teach a seminar at Columbia University. 

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Early Electronic Music on WNYC

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

WNYC

In this 1974 episode of Musicale, Hubert S. Howe, Jr., selects a few original electronic music compositions synthesized at Queens College. Howe was one of the earliest progenitors of computer music.

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The Benny Goodman Sextet Fields Requests on 'America in Swingtime'

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

WNYC

This WNYC American Music Festival program from February 19, 1941 captures the Benny Goodman Sextet in a rare and wonderful moment. 

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