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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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Fellow on a Furlough

Saturday, January 01, 1944

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Performance of "A Fellow on a ...

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San Fernando Valley

Saturday, January 01, 1944

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Performance of "San Fernando Valley"

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[Andre Maurois: France in the World of Tomorrow]

Saturday, January 01, 1944

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Andrew Mauris discusses France's experience in ...

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December 26, 1943

Sunday, December 26, 1943

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WNYC archives id: 72124
Municipal archives id: LT4010

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December 12, 1943

Sunday, December 12, 1943

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Coal shortages. Influenza situation. Food subsides, rationing and prices. Adjustments in salaries of city employees. Relief programs. Opening of NY City Center, with Gertrude Lawrence in play "Susan and God". PAL ...

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December 5, 1943

Sunday, December 05, 1943

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WNYC archives id: 72071

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Tales of Two Cities

Sunday, November 07, 1943

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Presentation of the Civil Defense Volunteer Organization.

Lives of children in the UK and children in New York are compared. "People different and, yet, the same."
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They Who Wait

Thursday, September 30, 1943

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Story of French soldiers held as prisoners of war by Germans. Story told from the perspective of one soldier. Describes the French soldier's treatment during their imprisonment and their continued captivity ...

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The Story of a Japanese Soldier

Thursday, September 23, 1943

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Office of War Information production.

"We can't win the war unless we know the character of our enemy. "

Adapted for radio from Bradford ...

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Report the Enemy

Thursday, September 23, 1943

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Begins abruptly. Story of a Japanese soldier in the care of a Chinese soldier and his sister.

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August 29, 1943

Sunday, August 29, 1943

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Fiorello La Guardia talks to the people. The first minute of the recording is missing on the master disc. La Guardia speaks about the reasons for the meat shortage, a warning ...

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August 22, 1943

Sunday, August 22, 1943

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WNYC archives id: 71951

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August 15, 1943

Sunday, August 15, 1943

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WNYC archives id: 71944
Municipal archives id: LT6744

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August 8, 1943

Sunday, August 08, 1943

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WNYC archives id: 71939

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Mayor LaGuardia addresses disturbances in Harlem

Sunday, August 01, 1943

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Mayor Fiorello La Guardia addresses the people of Harlem in the wake of an altercation between the police and a soldier. Speaking in the very early morning hours, he asks that ...

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August 1, 1943

Sunday, August 01, 1943

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WNYC archives id: 71935

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[Occupation of Norway]

Wednesday, July 28, 1943

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Dramatization of the occupation of Norway. Men on a ship endure terrible conditions and talk about their sufferings. A woman is introduced to a class of children and dedicates their learning ...

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[Mussolini's Fascist State Express]

Wednesday, July 28, 1943

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Dramatic telling of the Italian involvement in World War II using a train metaphor.


Begins with introduction about Mussolini's "train" going through Ethiopia, Spain, etc., and that Mussolini enjoyed bombing places ...

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July 25, 1943

Sunday, July 25, 1943

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WNYC archives id: 71932

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Greece

Thursday, July 22, 1943

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Dramatized story of a Greek couple's experience during the occupation by German Soldiers. Addresses issue of lack of food in Greece.


Second story takes place in Patras, Greece, where Greek ...

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