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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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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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Radio Broadcasting

Wednesday, January 13, 1965

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Panel discussion regarding broadcasting in the United States and internationally. Panel includes Jack White, President of National Educational Television (NET); Jim Larkin, ABC International; Russ Turnabin, NBC; and Howard Kainez, CBS.


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Documentary 1050 : You, Robert Wagner

Friday, January 01, 1965

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From card catalog: Documentary 1050, "You, ...

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William Redfield, Han Suyin, and Marquis Childs

Friday, January 01, 1965

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The program opens with Maurice Dolbier's ...

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Abba Eban

Wednesday, December 23, 1964

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From card catalog: Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Abba Eban talks about the need for a strong United Nations and discusses Israel's commitment to the principles of the UN. He discusses the ...

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Reception for Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, December 17, 1964

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Hubert Humphrey speaks. Grateful that Dr. King returned safely, "can think of no one that has done more to give true meaning to that precious word called 'peace.'"

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Community Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, December 17, 1964

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Master of ceremonies William Rowe introduces singer David Dunson to entertain the audience before the ceremony begins. Dunson is followed by a performance by the LaRocque Bey Dancers and drummers from ...

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City Hall Event for MLK's Nobel Prize

Thursday, December 17, 1964

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Announcer introduces program, at City Hall Dept of Sanitation Band performs and another announcer describes the room and schedule.


National Anthem. Monsignor Gregor L. Mooney delivers invocation.


Richard C. Patterson, ...

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Kojo Botsio

Wednesday, December 09, 1964

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From card catalog: Foreign Minister Kojo Botsyo [sic] of Ghana talks about his country's viewpoint concerning Africa's relationship to the United States, USSR, and Communist China. He also discusses Africa's aims ...

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Thanat Khoman

Wednesday, December 02, 1964

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From card catalog: Thanat Khoman, Foreign Minister of Thailand, talks about problems of SE Asia: Communism; conflicts in South Vietnam hindering development; role of the western southeast Asia; support of South ...

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Gore Vidal, Louis Auchincloss, David Lilienthal

Monday, November 30, 1964

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Maurice Dolbier mentions that three visitors from the USSR are in attendance. He then introduces Gore Vidal, author most recently of "Julian," a work of historical fiction written primarily in the ...

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Verrazano Narrows Bridge Dedication

Saturday, November 21, 1964

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Begins with band playing. Host tries to get the crowd and speakers under control.

Star-Spangled Banner. Cardinal Spellman performs benediction.

Robert Moses, President of the ...

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Geulah Cohen

Wednesday, November 11, 1964

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November 11, 1964
Geulah Cohen, broadcaster and member of Stern Gang which fought the British when they occupied Palestine. She talks about her sacrifice for the cause of Israeli independence ...

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[Dedication of Carnegie Hall as a national historic landmark]

Friday, November 06, 1964

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Stewart L. Udall, Secretary of the Interior, speaks at the dedication of Carnegie Hall as a national historic landmark.


Mayor Robert F. Wagner follows with short speech describing how the decision ...

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