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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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German Science Writer Willy Ley on 'Rockets, Missiles and Space Travel'

Monday, August 06, 2012

WNYC

On this 1957 broadcast of The New York Herald-Tribune Books and Authors Luncheon, the German-American scientist and science writer discusses satellite technology and the recent launch of Sputnik.

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Everybody Gets the Same Number of Lines: Marc Blitzstein's Socialist Opera, "No for an Answer"

Monday, August 06, 2012

WNYC

Musical prodigy and composer Marc Blitzstein, the featured guest on this 1941 installment from  WNYC's American Music Festival, increasingly identifies with radical left-wing political movements in the hardscrabble years leading into the Depression.

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Mary McLeod Bethune and Eleanor Roosevelt Comment on America's Imperfect Democracy

Friday, August 03, 2012

WNYC

Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt interviews her friend Mary McLeod Bethune in a 1949 radio broadcast in support of 'interracial understanding.' 

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The Evolving Motherhood of Josephine Baker

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

WNYC
Adopting the family of man.
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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 on 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
Some things never change.
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Martin Scorsese and the American Underground

Friday, July 17, 1970

WNYC
Early interview with Scorcese provides a glimpse into his formative years.
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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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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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Teachers strike, Rudolph Bing and Met Opera

Sunday, September 15, 1968

Mayor Lindsay on the teachers strike and Met Opera.

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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.


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Clergy & Laymen Concerned About Vietnam

Friday, January 12, 1968

Dr. King and Reverend Slone Coffin speak out against the war in Vietnam.

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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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