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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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January 7, 1945

Sunday, January 07, 1945

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

VVL Call No.: DB4233. Alternate VVL Number: 01-0937-041

1. Atlantic Charter
2. Food Shortages
3. Gambling


Fiorello La Guardia talks to ...

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WWII Play

Monday, January 01, 1945

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Drama - two soldiers reflect on ...

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Dave Elman's Auction Gallery

Monday, January 01, 1945

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Radio auction show hosted by Dave ...

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December 31, 1944

Sunday, December 31, 1944

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

Description from the Municipal Archives card catalog:

War news. War Food Administration. Rabies. Department of Health work.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


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December 24, 1944

Sunday, December 24, 1944

The Met Opera's Lauritz Melchior joins Mayor La Guardia and the Queens College Chamber Ensemble and Collegiate Chorale.

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Christmas 1944

Friday, December 22, 1944

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

Christmas dramas.

A girl and her mother talk about Santa and the Christmas spirit.
A roll-call of Christmas-celebrating lands: Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, France, Belgium, Greece, Denmark, Norway, ...

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December 17, 1944

Sunday, December 17, 1944

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

From Municipal Archives catalog: Food situation in NYC, food grading, savings bonds, rabies.

Includes unusual live performance of theme on outro.


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Admiral Halsey

Thursday, December 14, 1944

How to defeat the Axis and spread Christian values.

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December 10, 1944

Sunday, December 10, 1944

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

Description from the Municipal Archives card catalog:

War news. Civil Defense. Food grading. State medicine.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


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December 3, 1944

Sunday, December 03, 1944

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

From Municipal Archives card catalog: Defense production, marketing in NYC, gambling, veterans.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 71101
Municipal archives id: LT4071

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November 26, 1944

Sunday, November 26, 1944

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

Description from the Municipal Archives card catalog:

Food in NYC. Traffic violations. Veterans. Housing.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 71149
Municipal ...

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November 19, 1944

Sunday, November 19, 1944

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Description from the Municipal Archives card catalog:

Food situation. City Markets. Ceiling Prices. Real estate valuations.

Also discussed: Child labor, preventative medicine, heating in apartments, ...

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November 5, 1944

Sunday, November 05, 1944

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Mayor La Guardia explains the voting system to listeners. He gives detail instructions regarding the use of the voting machines and information about those running for office. He announces the presidential ...

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October 29, 1944

Sunday, October 29, 1944

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

Description from the Municipal Archives card catalog:

1. Voting
2. Employment


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 71097
Municipal archives id: ...

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October 22, 1944

Sunday, October 22, 1944

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Description from the Municipal Archives card catalog:

Meat situation.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 71158
Municipal archives id: LT4063

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October 15, 1944

Sunday, October 15, 1944

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

Description from the Municipal Archives card catalog:

Hungary. Butter. Mortgages. Horse Racing.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 71157
Municipal archives id: ...

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VP Henry A. Wallace's Inauguration of the School of Pan American Agriculture

Tuesday, October 10, 1944

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

Wallace discusses the curriculum of the School of Pan-American Agriculture (Escuela Agricola Panamericana) at Zamorano, Honduras.

Historic New York Times article, "SCHOOL OF FARMING OPENS IN HONDURAS," 1944-10-30, ...

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October 8, 1944

Sunday, October 08, 1944

The Mayor warns against the use of combustible cleaning fluids and urges the use of margarine.

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September 24, 1944

Sunday, September 24, 1944

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

War in Europe, religious freedom, trees.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 71156
Municipal archives id: LT4061

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September 10, 1944

Sunday, September 10, 1944

Kids have no greater chance of getting polio by going to school.

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