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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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Theodore Sorensen

Wednesday, October 06, 1965

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From the card catalog: Theodore C. Sorensen speaks concerning his Kennedy biography and Johnson's policy continuing that of Kennedy.

After a brief humorous intro, Sorensen lists complaints about ...

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Averell Harriman

Wednesday, September 29, 1965

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From card catalog: W. Averill Harriman [sic] talks about what he saw and heard in Moscow, concerning their views on Soviet- US relations, Sino-Soviet relations, disarmament, Vietnam and other world problems. ...

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Dedication of Pier 36

Friday, September 24, 1965

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Official opening of Pier 36 on the East River for the Belgian Line. Commissioner of Public Events Richard C. Patterson speaks that this gathering symbolizes the positive relationship between Belgium and ...

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Arthur Goldberg

Wednesday, September 15, 1965

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Arthur Goldberg, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. speaks about the work of the United Nations and what must be done in the pursuit of world peace.


He begins his speech by ...

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Abraham Beame

Wednesday, September 15, 1965

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One of a series of Overseas Press Club luncheons devoted to meeting the candidates for all of the city wide offices elections. This luncheon is devoted to the Democratic party slate ...

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William Ryan

Wednesday, September 08, 1965

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From card catalog: Congressman William Ryan, candidate in Democratic Mayoralty primary, talks about water shortage, finance, air pollution, education, crime, housing, and how he can solve NY problems in this area ...

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Paul O'Dwyer

Tuesday, August 31, 1965

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One of a series of Overseas Press Club luncheons devoted to meeting the candidates for all of the city wide offices elections. This luncheon is devoted to the Democratic party slate ...

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Adlai Stevenson Memorial at the Illinois Pavilion, World's Fair

Thursday, August 26, 1965

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Unnamed speaker reads message from the President Johnson is read.


This memorial to Adlai Stevenson also marks the anniversary of Illinois' statehood.


Robert Moses speaks. He recollects the debates surrounding ...

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The Democratic Ticket : Paul Screvane, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Orin Lehman

Wednesday, August 25, 1965

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Candidates for various offices in the Democratic primary, as part of a series allowing all candidates to speak or be spoken for.


Screvane speaks to the candidacy of all speakers ...

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City Hall reception for Duke Ellington

Monday, August 02, 1965

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Opens with two musical numbers, followed by a period of silence.


Mr. Bob Darling (?) welcomes the crowd and introduces the event's first speaker.


Dr. Arthur Logan, Chairman of ...

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Funeral Services for Adlai Stevenson

Friday, July 16, 1965

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[engineer announcing report]


John Chambers of United Press International, describes the scene at Adlai Stevenson's funeral at the Washington Cathedral.


[engineer advises transmission times, followed by tone]


[short segment of ...

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Statement on the death of Adlai E. Stevenson

Wednesday, July 14, 1965

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Mayor Robert F. Wagner makes statement regarding the death of Adlai E. Stevenson. He calls Stevenson "one of us" in New York City.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC ...

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Lyndon B. Johnson press conference

Tuesday, July 13, 1965

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Vietnam, disarmament conference; civil rights; appointment of Leonard Marx, Thurgood Marshall, etc.

Transcript runs below.

Followed by news reporter's wrap-up. Followed by UPI station identification. ...

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Dr. Bryant Wedge

Friday, July 02, 1965

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From card catalog: Dr. Bryant Wedge, director of Institute for Study of National Behavior and author of "Visitors to the US and How They See Us," talks about implementing the new ...

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Tribute to Adlai Stevenson

Thursday, July 01, 1965

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From the MUNI catalog:
President Johnson ...

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Radomiro Tomic

Wednesday, June 30, 1965

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From card catalog: Rodomiro Tomic [sic], Chilean Ambassador to US discusses the story of the Christian Democratic Party in Chile which has just won a majority. Discusses power base of party ...

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N.Y.C. Anti-Poverty Operations Board : Project Head Start

Wednesday, June 30, 1965

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Opens with unnamed speaker.


Dr. Bernard Donovan, superintendent of schools, speaks of the Board of Education's excitement for the Head Start program.


Monsignor Edmund Fogarty speaks about the war of ...

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Herman Kahn

Wednesday, June 16, 1965

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Physicist and author of On Thermonuclear War discusses the likelihood of such a war in the 20th Century. Says there is less likelihood now than 5 years ago. rom card catalog: ...

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Alexander H. Cohen

Wednesday, June 09, 1965

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From card catalog: Alexander H. Cohen, theatrical producer, speaks of the theatre and its problems. Questions and answers.


Host Marshall Loeb introduces Cohen by listing his stage work. Cohen tells a ...

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I am an American Day

Sunday, May 23, 1965

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

Begins without introduction.


First speaker introduces chairman of I am an American Day, Colonel C. Michael Hall. He gives a brief talk about patriotism and freedom, then introduces Robert Alden. Tells ...

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