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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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February 27, 1944

Sunday, February 27, 1944

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Exploitation of children, ceiling prices, department of markets.

Broadcast begins with a national program about the City's preparation for increasing production and employment once the war ends. Followed ...

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[Lomax and Leadbelly]

Monday, February 14, 1944

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"Songs the People Sing," program #37 of the American Music Festival.

WNYC announcer introduces the program. Leadbelly explains the first song, "What Can I Do to Change Your ...

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February 6, 1944

Sunday, February 06, 1944

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WNYC archives id: 72356

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January 30, 1944

Sunday, January 30, 1944

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Marketing in NYC, shoes, President Roosevelt and the war against poverty.


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WNYC archives id: 71345
Municipal archives id: LT4033

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January 23, 1944

Sunday, January 23, 1944

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WNYC archives id: 72210

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38th Street Water Main Break

Saturday, January 22, 1944

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Reporters give update on a minor water main break near Times Square. A steam line also broke.


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WNYC archives id: 69369

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January 16, 1944

Sunday, January 16, 1944

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WNYC archives id: 72206
Municipal archives id: LT4032

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January 9, 1944

Sunday, January 09, 1944

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WNYC archives id: 72197

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January 2, 1944

Sunday, January 02, 1944

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Germany, ceiling prices.


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WNYC archives id: 71146
Municipal archives id: LT4031

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[Stokowski concert]

Saturday, January 01, 1944

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Closing portion of La Guardia's "Talk ...

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San Fernando Valley

Saturday, January 01, 1944

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Performance of "San Fernando Valley"

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Music Hall [Conclusion].

Saturday, January 01, 1944

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Close of the Afternoon Music Hall, ...

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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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[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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Audio not available. Transcript only.


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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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