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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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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.


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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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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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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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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

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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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[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.


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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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