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In the New York City Municipal Archives WNYC Sound Collection, we hear the voices of presidents, dignitaries, world leaders, artistic revolutionaries, musical geniuses, luminaries of the literati, and cultural icons. The sounds of a city and a nation are captured through nearly a century of transformations, tribulations, and triumphs. WNYC microphones were present when Admiral Byrd returned from his historic flight over the North Pole in 1926 and when Colonel Charles Lindbergh returned from his solo flight to Paris the following year. Perhaps best known are New York City Mayor F. H. La Guardia's weekly Talk to the People broadcasts over WNYC throughout World War II.

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Abortion: Legal, Medical, and Historical Perspectives

Thursday, April 14, 1966

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Moderator Lee Graham

Opens with quote from a New York Times article calling "New York's 83 year old abortion law cruel and unrealistic in common with the laws ...

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Caroline Bird, Eric Berne, and Elie Abel

Thursday, April 14, 1966

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Maurice Dolbier introduces Caroline Bird, author of "The Invisible Scar," a work about the Great Depression. She discusses the difficulties of gaining employment during the Depression - particularly, she notes the ...

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Bel Kaufman

Wednesday, March 23, 1966

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Author of "Up the Down Staircase," Bel begins her talk by mentioning that her first work published was a poem she wrote at age 7. She speaks about how she became ...

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William P. Bundy

Wednesday, March 16, 1966

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Assistant Secretary of State William P. Bundy describes his recent trip through Southeast Asia. He specifically talks about the threat of Communist China and North Vietnam.


Bundy is asked specifically ...

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John Lindsay

Wednesday, March 09, 1966

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Mayor John Lindsay speaks the day after implementing a city tax for residents of the city of New York as well as on commuters who earn their income in the city. ...

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Rex Stout, Helen Hayes, and William O. Douglas

Monday, February 14, 1966

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Maurice Dolbier introduces Rex Stout, author of the Nero Wolfe mysteries, the most recent of which was "The Doorbell Rang." The book's plot revolves around the actions of the FBI under ...

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Cindy Adams

Wednesday, February 09, 1966

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From card catalog: Cindy Adams, author of "Sukarno" speaks on that person; Joey Adams also joins his wife in discussion of subject.

McGurn (?) reads some excerpts of ...

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Lucy Jarvis and David Merrick

Wednesday, February 02, 1966

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TV producer Jarvis talks briefly about the challenges of filming the show "Mary Martin: Hello Dolly 'Round the World," including filming privileges, international relations, and poor conditions.

Theater ...

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Americans for Democratic Action Roosevelt Day Dinner

Thursday, January 27, 1966

Why don't they make speeches like this anymore?

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Seymour Siegel Swearing In

Tuesday, January 25, 1966

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From card catalog: Swearing in of Seymour N. Siegel, director of WNYC, comments on WNYC, Mike Quill, etc.

Siegel and Lindsay perform the swearing in. Each thanks the ...

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David Schoenbrun, Bennett Cerf, and Barbara Tuchman

Sunday, January 16, 1966

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Maurice Dolbier welcomes journalist Janet Flanner, Genet, to the podium to introduce David Schoenbrun, author of the biography "The Three Lives of Charles De Gaulle." Schienbrum pays tribute to the other ...

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Demolition of Ziegfeld Theatre.

Sunday, January 09, 1966

A sad day. Another NYC landmark disappears.

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Mayor Lindsay : Transit Strike Helicopter Report

Monday, January 03, 1966

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John Lindsay reports on traffic into the city from a helicopter. He passes over the Manhattan as well as the boroughs, reporting on the conditions of traffic throughout. In general the ...

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Press Conference on Transit Strike

Monday, January 03, 1966

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From card catalog: State of negotiations, appeals to the people of the city.

Mayor Lindsay updates the city, even though there's no update on the transit strike. The ...

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Press Conference on Transit Strike

Monday, January 03, 1966

Mayor Lindsay and staff on efforts to settle the transit strike.

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Transit Strike Press Conference

Monday, January 03, 1966

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Recording opens with room noise before press conference. Reporter describes the states of affairs - the talks to end the strike were unsuccessful, people have been asked to stay home to ...

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Press Conference on Transit Strike

Sunday, January 02, 1966

Transit strike update!

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Mayor Lindsay Inauguration

Saturday, January 01, 1966

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From card catalog: Bennett Cerf, Ethel Merman (sings National Anthem), remarks by Frank O'Connor, Mario Procaccino and address by Mayor.

Receptions were to be held in all five ...

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Fire Works

Saturday, January 01, 1966

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Fire Commissioner Lowery requests the cooperation ...

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Statement on Transit Strike

Saturday, January 01, 1966

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Direct appeal to the people of the city and report of negotiations between the Transport Workers Union and the Transit Authority. Emergency plans for maintaining essential city services. Increased police department ...

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