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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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La Guardia address to members of NYA Orchestra

Sunday, April 05, 1942

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Mayor La Guardia addresses the National Youth Administration Orchestra upon their last performance. He calls the decision to discontinue the Orchestra a mistake. He calls the National Youth program the best ...

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February 8, 1942

Sunday, February 08, 1942

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Civilian Defense preparations; Formation of NYC guard patrol. Final C.D. announcement repeated in Italian, German.

Announcements: Police Commissioner Valentine's Messenger Corps in the Air Raid Warden service. Boys ...

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[French Resistance Fighter]

Sunday, February 01, 1942

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Begins in the middle of a dramatization of a French resistance fighter who finds love while hiding out.

Nadine Connor performs.


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[Jean Sablon, Morton Gould, Elisabeth Bergner]

Sunday, January 18, 1942

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Begins with war news report: the Japanese blitz on Singapore has begun, Russians fought against Nazi forces outside Moscow.

Clifton Fadiman hosts the night's program, dedicated to those ...

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Shake Hands With Your Air Raid Warden

Sunday, January 04, 1942

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Begins with a war news report: Chinese high command announce 30,000 Japanese were killed. Japanese reign of terror against white residents of Manila. Navy denies Japanese claims that destroyers, submarines and ...

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Dept of Sanitation : Mayor & Carey

Thursday, January 01, 1942

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4th annual department of Sanitation awards ...

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France Under Hitler

Thursday, January 01, 1942

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Story of France during the occupation. ...

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Shall We Abolish Proportional Representation?

Thursday, October 30, 1941

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Debate between George Hallett, Jr., of the Citizens' Union and the National Municipal League, and Abraham Kaplan, former state senator and chairman of the Repeal PR committee, regarding the finer points ...

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Taxation in 1941

Saturday, April 19, 1941

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Seventh episode of the series.


William Withers, Chairman of Department of Economics, and Dr. Walter Laderer, an expert in business cycle theory and the economics of war, discuss the sort of ...

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What Does the Defense Program Mean in Terms of Employment?

Saturday, April 05, 1941

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Fifth episode of the series.

Unnamed speaker introduces the first episode in the second half of the series, on the topic of employment, presented by Vera Slockman of ...

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A Population Policy for America

Saturday, March 29, 1941

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Dr. George Simpson, of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Queens College, discusses a democratic policy for population control. Comparison between a democratic policy and those of other countries. By ...

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"The Negro Problem in America"

Saturday, March 22, 1941

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First episode of the series.

Professor Kimball Young, Chairman of the Anthropology and Sociology department at Queens College and one of the country's leading social psychologists, introduces the ...

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Transatlantic broadcast to Herbert Morrison, British Minister of Home Security

Wednesday, March 12, 1941

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Two-way transatlantic broadcast between Mayor La Guardia, American director of civil defense, and Herbert Morrison, British Minister of Home Security.



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Songs the People Sing : George Kleinsinger

Saturday, February 22, 1941

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Gene Greenwell and the Stage Chorus of the International Lady's Garment Workers Union directed by Lazar Wiener sing "I Hear America Singing" based on the poetry of Walt Whitman arranged by ...

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Symphony and the Theater

Friday, February 21, 1941

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WNYC Concert Orchestra conducted by Macklin Marrow with Marc Blitzstein and members of the company of No For An Answer.

Overture to Mon Ami Pierrot by Samuel Barlow ...

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America Tells Its Stories: Pete Seeger and Lee Hays

Friday, February 21, 1941

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Program 42.

Pete Seeger and Lee Hays perform:

"Lolly ...

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Henry Hadley Trio

Friday, February 21, 1941

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Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 5817

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America in Swingtime : Benny Goodman Sextet

Thursday, February 20, 1941

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40th Program.
Benny Goodman Sextet

CHARLIE CHRISTIAN.....Guitar
GEORGIE AULD.................tenor sax ...

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Young America Sings and Makes Music: Juilliard School of Music

Wednesday, February 19, 1941

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Program 38.
Performance begins abruptly.
Performers are students of the Juilliard School of Musical Art and the Juilliard Graduate School.



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American Strings

Wednesday, February 19, 1941

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Program 41.

American Strings - Contemporary chamber music and songs interpreted by some of NY's leading musicians.

Vivian Rifkin, pianist. Emmanuel Vardi, violist.
Vardi ...

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