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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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[American Jewish Committee 58th Annual Meeting]

Thursday, May 20, 1965

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Unidentified audio. Identified audio based on individuals present.
Recording begins abruptly.


Morris Abram, president of The American Jewish Committee speaks about hope. He makes reference to two attendees, Martin Luther ...

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June Douglas and Angel Derby

Wednesday, May 19, 1965

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From card catalog: June Douglas, spokeswoman for "Angel Derby" flyers (group of aviatrixes in air race), argues for the hiring of women as co-pilots and flight engineers. Questions and answers.


Merrill ...

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Lord Chalfont

Wednesday, May 05, 1965

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From card catalog: Lord Chaufaint [sic], Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Britain's representative to the Disarmament Conference. Talks about problems of disarmament and its necessity and the many effects ...

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Churchill Pavillion

Thursday, April 29, 1965

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Introduction at World's Fair by Robert Moses; Tribute to Winston Churchill
by Mr. Joyce Hall of Hallmark (sponsor of pavilion). The tribute features many of Churchill's paintings. Message from successor of ...

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New York Shakespeare Festival Panel

Wednesday, April 14, 1965

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From card catalog: Dr. Esther Jackson, Nan Martin, Joseph Papp talk about the NY Shakespeare Festival and the role of the theatre in US future. Mr. Papp, festival's founder, also talks ...

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Thanat Khoman

Wednesday, April 14, 1965

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From card catalog: Thanat Khoman, Foreign Minister of Thailand, talks about problems in Asia: Red China's aggression; Indonesian crisis; backs U.S. policy in Vietnam. Says Asians want to rule by foreign ...

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Rockefeller Report Panel

Wednesday, April 07, 1965

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From card catalog: Colonel S. Rosenbaum and Mr. Daniel Josephs [sic] discuss the Rockefeller Foundation report "Performing Arts - Problems and Prospects." How to involve more people in an interest in ...

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Frank D. Gilroy

Tuesday, March 30, 1965

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Frank D. Gilroy, playwright of "The Subject Was Roses," and author of "About Those Roses or How 'Not' To Do a Play and Succeed," a daily diary of the plays production. ...

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Astronauts in New York

Monday, March 29, 1965

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Report from the reception for the Gemini Astronauts at the Waldorf Astoria. Project Gemini was NASA's second manned space flight.

Begins with references to the day's parade (there ...

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Paul Yu Pin

Wednesday, March 17, 1965

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From card catalog: Archbishop Paul Yu Pin, President of Catholic University, Taiwan, talks about the school; Formosa; problems in SE Asia; and the basic desire of the people of Taiwan to ...

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Arthur Clarke, John D. Rockefeller III, and Henry A. Barnes

Monday, March 15, 1965

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Program opens with Irita Van Doren introducing the Luncheon guests and overseeing the drawing of books. There is quite a bit of excitement among audience winners.


Maurice Dolbier then introduces ...

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Authors and Critics Gathering

Wednesday, March 10, 1965

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Excerpt of gathering before major book reviewers.

Rex Stout acts as emcee. First speaks of the copyright act - asks for reviewers to consider writing columns about the ...

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Daniel P. Moynihan

Wednesday, March 10, 1965

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Daniel P. Moynihan addresses the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, meeting of the Advisory Committee of Group Work and Youth Services

Discussion of youth unemployment, with some focus ...

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Margaret Mead on the Family

Tuesday, March 09, 1965

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Talk to: Annual Meeting of Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies.


Dr. Margaret Mead speaks about the "family" . She says it is the toughest social structure and has calamities. Speaks ...

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Lady Gaitskell

Wednesday, March 03, 1965

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From card catalog: Lady Gateskell [sic], member of House of Lords and widow of former Labor Party leader, talks about the labor party today and its role in government. Questions and ...

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Juscelino Kubitschek

Wednesday, February 24, 1965

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From card catalog: Juscelino Kubitschek, former President of Brazil, gives his views concerning what is happening in Brazil and discusses his being stripped of political power as an alleged Communist. Questions ...

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LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka)

Wednesday, February 17, 1965

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Note to producers: audio does contain some language that could be offensive out of context.

From card catalog: Leroi Jones, Negro playwright, reads a statement of what the ...

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Marya Mannes, Morris West, Willard Wirtz

Monday, February 15, 1965

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Marya Mannes discusses her book "Will It Sell." She speaks of being a woman and also of American culture. She contrasts her own personality and work to that of Helen Gurley ...

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Funeral of Winston Churchill

Saturday, January 30, 1965

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Opens with BBC news report, then begins funeral coverage. Two reporters cover the funeral of Winston Churchill, following the procession and full state funeral. One reporter encourages listeners to follow events ...

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Transit Press Conference

Sunday, January 17, 1965

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Opens with tone and reporter, he says that it is not yet clear what the topic of the press conference is, but speculates that it may be related to the transit ...

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