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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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WNYC and the NYPD: In Search of Criminals

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Long before the FBI's most wanted lists, WNYC was helping the NYPD track down criminals.
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WNYC and the NYPD Agree, Don’t Run Away from Home!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

In its earliest days WNYC worked closely with the NYPD.
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Coretta Scott King Reflects on Martin Luther King Jr., His Philosophy and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Monday, January 19, 2015

In 1961, reporter Eleanor Fischer went to Atlanta to interview Dr. King and his family. In this interview, Mrs. King discusses her husband's commitment to nonviolence. 
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Those Dusty Archives

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A crusading archivist encounters the jungle of his/her own collection.
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The Reverend Martin Luther King Sr. Reflects on His Son, Atlanta and the Movement for Civil Rights

Monday, January 12, 2015

A father speaks of the son, his city and the movement for freedom.
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'Every Man For Himself': In 1961, This Is How the NYPD Trained Cops to Handle Violent Criminals

Friday, January 02, 2015

WNYC
As tensions rise between city officials and union leaders over policing tactics, hear archived tape of a sergeant teaching new recruits about the "guerrilla warfare" of fighting crime.
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The Man Without a City

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

How one leaky faucet led a man to appreciate city services.
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Christmas Hymns from the Bowery Mission in 1961

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

WNYC
In this tape, part of our collection of NYC field recordings from the 1960s, an audience of mostly homeless men at a Bowery Mission Christmas sermon are asked to stand and sing.
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Ready or Not, Listeners Hear John Cage Composition Over WNYC in 1945

Thursday, December 11, 2014

One of the earliest known broadcast recordings of a John Cage work.
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Wallace Stegner and the Art of Fiction

Monday, December 08, 2014

See the thing as clearly as you can and try for the clearest, least obscured image.
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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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