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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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Louis Auchincloss Asks, "What is Serious Fiction?"

Monday, July 30, 2012

WNYC

In this 1964 talk, Louis Auchincloss, author of the new book The Rector of Justin, describes the great themes facing writers and offers generous advice to those of his profession. 

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Girls Who Fly: 1965 Angel Derby Pilots Are Told Sexism Doesn't Exist

Thursday, July 26, 2012

WNYC

This Overseas Press Club conference is a reminder of the unfortunately routine institutionalized gender oppression in American industry. Featuring deft pilots in the Angel Derby, an all-female air race from New York to the Bahamas, this panel's male moderator and reporters dole out condescension and hostility, but "the girls" hold steady despite the dismissive questioning. 

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Marian Anderson Speaks on Empathy, Attainment, and Race

Monday, July 23, 2012

WNYC

As eloquent in her speech as she is in her song, the contralto Marian Anderson addresses the issues of prejudice and segregation head-on in this 1957 Books and Authors Luncheon appearance.

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Svetlana Alliluyeva's Graceful Defection from the Soviet Union

Thursday, July 19, 2012

In this recording from April 26, 1967, Svetlana Alliluyeva, the daughter of Joseph Stalin, fields a variety of questions from the New York press after leaving her homeland. "I feel like Valentina Tereshkova at her first flight into space," she confesses, referring to the first female cosmonaut.

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The Readable Steve Allen

Monday, July 16, 2012

Steve Allen's short story collection Fourteen for Tonight is the ostensible reason for his appearance at this 1956 Books and Authors Luncheon, where the "Tonight Show" host treated assembled guests more as a television audience, relying on his stand-up comedy technique and a few book-oriented jokes. Television itself, still a novelty, provided much of the material.

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Abortion in 1966: Three Men Weigh in On Women's Rights

Thursday, July 12, 2012

WNYC

In this broadcast of Maincurrents, three panelists -- all men -- examine recent legislation to "liberalize" existing abortion restrictions, leading to a wide-ranging discussion of the practice, both in the United States and abroad, as well as the historical basis for restrictions.

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Mets reception at City Hall

Monday, October 20, 1969

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

Abruptly begins with audio from United Nations, interrupted at 4:30 in for the City Hall reception for the New York Mets, winners of the 1969 World Series.

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George Foreman

Thursday, January 16, 1969

Press conference with George Foreman, Olympic gold medalist and a graduate of the Job Corp. He is setting of on a tour of the United States through the Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington, DC.

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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

Mayor Lindsay on the teachers strike and Met Opera.

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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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Robert C. Weinberg on Daniel P. Moynihan.

Tuesday, November 21, 1967

Robert C. Weinberg reports:

"Architecture in a time of trouble", a speech by Daniel Patrick Moynihan to alumni of Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Moynihan heads MIT-Harvard Institute for Advanced Studies. He said in his speech: "urban design affects atmosphere of the slums".

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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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