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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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[Tunisia, France, Japan]

Friday, April 23, 1943

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

Seventh in series.

Report by Elmer Davis, Chief of Office of War Information, provides weekly update on the war.

Fighting continues in Tunisia, advance of ...

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President of Mexico, Manuel A. Camacho, Reception for President Roosevelt

Tuesday, April 20, 1943

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

President Roosevelt and the First Lady attend a reception in Monterrey, Mexico. President of Mexico Manuel Camacho gives a speech welcoming them in Spanish.


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April 18, 1943

Sunday, April 18, 1943

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

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WNYC archives id: 72622

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[Tunisia, Hitler and Mussolini, European Charter]

Friday, April 16, 1943

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

Episode #6.

Report by Elmer Davis, Chief of Office of War Information, provides weekly update on the war.

Discussion of the Allies' gains against Rommel's ...

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Great Americans : Samuel J. Battle

Thursday, April 15, 1943

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Re-enactment of the story of Samuel "Jesse" Battle, the first African-American police officer in Brooklyn, from his first attempts to join the force, to his promotion to Lieutenant.

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The Birth of American Democracy

Thursday, April 15, 1943

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Radio drama written and performed by the students of New Utrecht High School, in Brooklyn, retelling the condensed story of the formation of the United States.



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Fur Industry War Bond Rally

Tuesday, April 13, 1943

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

Milton Berle is MC for a little more than half of the program. Recorded at the corner of 29th and 7th Avenue. Sponsored by the War Emergency Board of the Fur ...

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April 11, 1943

Sunday, April 11, 1943

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WNYC archives id: 72606

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[More Clashes With Rommel]

Friday, April 09, 1943

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

Episode #5.

Report by Elmer Davis, Chief of Office of War Information, provides weekly update on the war. Discussion of Rommel's forces, clashes with Allied forces.


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[Comparison of Allied and German Armies]

Monday, April 05, 1943

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

Episode #4.

Report by Elmer Davis, Chief of Office of War Information, describing the week's war news.

Discussion of success in Tunisia; it's too early ...

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March 28, 1943

Sunday, March 28, 1943

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Mock attack on New York City and a mock hearing in Albany in one day. Seems like Democrats and Republicans were quarreling. Personally I don't think there's a fight at all. ...

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[Fighting in Tunisia]

Friday, March 26, 1943

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Episode #3.

Report by Elmer Davis, Chief of Office of War Information, describing the week's war news. Chief news this week is the Allied push to throw Rommel's ...

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[Life of Anne Hutchinson]

Friday, March 26, 1943

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Audio play telling the story of Ann Hutchinson (1591 - 1643), was a settler in the Massachusetts colony and a religious dissenter who held Bible study sessions. Story is told from ...

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March 21, 1943

Sunday, March 21, 1943

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Blackmarketing. Ceiling prices on meats. Retail taxes.

Hand-written note: Library has sides 1 and 3 only.



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March 14, 1943

Sunday, March 14, 1943

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No audio available. Transcript only.


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WNYC archives id: 71883

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[Updates on Tunisia]

Friday, March 12, 1943

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

Episode #1.

The first report by Elmer Davis, Chief of Office of War Information.

German counter-attack in the Southern Ukraine. Russians in the North; costly ...

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Official orders and instructions to auxiliary members of the New York City Fire Department

Friday, March 12, 1943

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The New York City Fire Department's official orders of the day.


On Tuesday night of this week, a meeting at headquarters. It was proposed that certain members of the auxiliary ...

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March 7, 1943

Sunday, March 07, 1943

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

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WNYC archives id: 71859

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Reception for Madame Chiang Kai-Shek

Monday, March 01, 1943

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Reception for Madame Chiang upon her arrival in New York City. Radio host Tommy Cowan reports on the activities at the reception. Mayor La Guardia's speech only, Madame Chiang not on ...

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February 21, 1943

Sunday, February 21, 1943

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

No audio available. Transcript only.


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WNYC archives id: 72345

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