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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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January 24, 1943

Sunday, January 24, 1943

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

Mayor La Guardia begins with the usual “Patience and Fortitude!”

He provides WNYC listeners with the latest war news including the taking of Tripoli and the end of ...

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January 17, 1943

Sunday, January 17, 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: 71822

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La Guardia Tribute to Nicola Tesla.

Sunday, January 10, 1943

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

Mayor La Guardia reads a eulogy to Tesla written by Louis Adamic. This is followed by a solemn chorus and then by WNYC announcers extolling Tesla's virtues. They talk about Tesla ...

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January 10, 1943

Sunday, January 10, 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: 71820

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[A Summary of Our Enemy's Year]

Sunday, January 03, 1943

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

Dramatic reenactments of 1942's "enemy" activity in the European and Pacific theaters of war. The heroism/trauma of people living in Greece, Poland, Scandinavia, the USSR, China, France, Belgium, Holland and Jews ...

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January 3, 1943

Sunday, January 03, 1943

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WNYC archives id: 71817

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[The Tehran Conference, End of the Year Episode]

Friday, January 01, 1943

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

End-of the-year anthology episode of audio ...

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French Resistance

Sunday, December 27, 1942

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

Dramatic recreation of French resistance against Nazi occupation. Story of a country doctor, Gaston, his wife Francoise, and their son, Jean.

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The Case of Corporal Wilhelm Schuster

Sunday, December 13, 1942

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Dramatic recreation of the trial of Corporal Wilhelm Schuster, charged with high treason. Schuster served under General von Reichenau, he carried secret dispatches from von Reichenau to Heinrich Himmler, which apparently ...

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New York Public Library Discussion: Burning of Books

Tuesday, December 01, 1942

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Ceremony at New York Public Library to commemorate the opening of an exhibition to mark the banning and burning of books in Nazi Germany.

WPA War Services Band ...

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September 27, 1942

Sunday, September 27, 1942

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WNYC archives id: 71752

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September 20, 1942

Sunday, September 20, 1942

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Civil Defense Equipment Demonstrations; Fuel Oil Situation in N.Y. Food Prices; Collecting Metal Scrap.

The theme song of this episode performed by the New York City Police Department ...

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Police Academy Graduation

Sunday, September 20, 1942

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The Very Reverend Joseph McCaffrey, Catholic chaplain of the NYPD give the invocation, followed by the singing of the Lord's Prayer. Next, Reverend John H. Johnson, Episcopal chaplain for the NYPD ...

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Labor Day Ceremonies in Central Park

Sunday, September 06, 1942

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Connee Boswell sings "This Is Worth Fighting For."

Unnamed speaker (likely Sidney Hillman) speaks about the realities of war and the strength of the nation and labor forces ...

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September 6, 1942

Sunday, September 06, 1942

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WNYC archives id: 71748

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Hello New York : All Soldier Broadcast for WNYC

Friday, August 28, 1942

Area boys learn their pistols and machine guns

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July 26, 1942

Sunday, July 26, 1942

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WNYC archives id: 72875

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July 12, 1942

Sunday, July 12, 1942

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WNYC archives id: 72867

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July 5, 1942

Sunday, July 05, 1942

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WNYC archives id: 72857

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June 28, 1942

Sunday, June 28, 1942

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WNYC archives id: 72800

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