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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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Chet Huntley, Marc Connelly, and Abe Fortas

Monday, November 04, 1968

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

Opens with talk by Chet Huntley, NBC news anchorman and author of "The Generous Years: Remembrances of a Frontier Boyhood." He speaks about his boyhood in Montana. He delights the audience ...

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Teachers strike, Rudolph Bing and Met Opera

Sunday, September 15, 1968

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

Update on the education crisis. Mayor Lindsay describes the state of events and gives some background: the Board of Education has ordered schools to open, however the teachers union has told ...

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New York Poets - Are They Different?

Sunday, September 15, 1968

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

William Packard moderates. He introduces the discussion program on New York poets, an extension of a course offered at New York University this fall, he names many poets who are involved ...

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Robert F. Kennedy Funeral

Saturday, June 08, 1968

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

Opens with tone.

Various reporters speak, Bill Greenwood (ABC Radio) at Arlington National Cemetery describes the scene.

The train carrying the body of Robert F. ...

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Jackie Robinson and Sterling Wade Brown

Tuesday, February 20, 1968

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

Jim Grier interviews Jackie Robinson, National Chairman of Brotherhood Week and Sterling Wade Brown, President of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.


Robinson describes the purpose of Brotherhood Week ...

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Clergy & Laymen Concerned About Vietnam

Thursday, January 18, 1968

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

Don C. Bennett explains that Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam was started two years ago as an interfaith agency to express collectively their feelings about the war in Vietnam. Their ...

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United Nations: Human Rights Day

Sunday, December 10, 1967

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

19th anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Announcer introduces the event and notes the planned events for ...

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Carol Laise Bunker

Tuesday, November 28, 1967

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

November 28, 1967
Carol Laise (November 14, 1917 – July 25, 1991) was an American civil servant, ambassador to Nepal and the first woman Assistant Secretary of State.
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Carlos Lacerda

Wednesday, November 15, 1967

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

Carlos Lacerda, former governor of Guanabara State (Rio de Janeiro city) speaks about the "struggle for democracy in Brazil." Staunchly anti-communist, Lacerda has been imprisoned numerous times because of his stance ...

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Evaluation of Soviet Power

Sunday, November 12, 1967

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

Second in the new series: the Edward R. Murrow World Affairs Forum.

H. Lehman bring the meeting to an open, noting that tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of ...

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The Rockaway Giveaway

Thursday, October 19, 1967

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

Real Estate Commissioner Carl Madonick comments on "the Rockaway Giveaway"
sale of city land in Queens. He defends the actions of the Real Estate Department from the criticism of Borough President ...

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Robert C. Weinberg on Times Square

Tuesday, October 17, 1967

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

WNYC Critic-at-large on Planned Congestion for Times Square

"Are there enough theaters in the Times Square area or should there be more? This, basically, is the point at ...

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[Brooklyn Navy Yard Update, Truck Drivers' Training Program, Mr. Oscar Griffin]

Thursday, September 21, 1967

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

Richard Pyatt with Real Estate Commissioner Carl Madonick in a monthly series.


Begin by discussing the prospected establishment of an industrial complex in the old Brooklyn Navy Yard. There is a ...

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Bui Diem

Wednesday, September 13, 1967

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

William Atwood is introduced and provides the introduction to the Ambassador of the Republic of Vietnam to the United States, Bui Diem. Atwood notes that he is founder and owner of ...

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Views and People In The News: Walter Starke

Monday, September 04, 1967

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

Gail Gary interviews Walter Starke. They discuss his book "Double Thread." He discusses how he has dealt with personal problems. He discusses his travels around the world as well as his ...

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[Brooklyn Navy Yard Update, Employee of the Month]

Thursday, July 20, 1967

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

Richard Pyatt with Real Estate Commissioner Carl Madonick in a monthly series.

Latest news about Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Employee of the month award given to ...

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Sounds of History

Tuesday, May 30, 1967

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

Memorial Day feature for WNYC. Narrator Burgess Meredith. Biographies of FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, Stevenson, MacArthur. Excerpts of their speeches.

"Sounds of History" Memorial Day special presented by ...

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Svetlana Alliluyeva

Wednesday, April 26, 1967

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Svetlana Alliluyeva, daughter of Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin and Nadezhda Alliluyeva discusses her decision to defect from the Soviet Union.
She speaks of being overwhelmed by the press conference and ...

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Edward J. Fitzgerald

Wednesday, April 05, 1967

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Edward J. Fitgerald, Director of the Manhattan District Internal Revenue Service discusses his role working with developing nations to establish tax collection. He previously work with countries in Africa and is ...

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Secretary of Labor W. Willard Wirtz

Wednesday, March 01, 1967

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

Wirtz begins by telling a few jokes.

He addresses unethical behavior among reporters, who misuse quotations, or seek to focus on scandal rather than positive news. He decries ...

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