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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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A Population Policy for America

Saturday, March 29, 1941

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

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

The actual date of this episode is 1941-02-20. For technical reasons, it shows up incorrectly above.

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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

The actual date of this episode is 1941-02-19. For technical reasons, it shows up incorrectly above.

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40th Program.
Benny Goodman Sextet

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

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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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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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Songs the People Sing : George Gershwin

Monday, February 17, 1941

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Incomplete.

Program 28

Starts abruptly.

Sigmund Spaeth, host. Music of George Gershwin.


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America in Symphony

Sunday, February 16, 1941

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Program 21

Sigmund Spaeth is a music critic, author and president of the National Association of American Composers and Conductors. He announces "A Persian Fable" by Elliot Griffis. ...

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American Heritage

Sunday, February 16, 1941

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Incomplete. Begins abruptly.

Program 20.

Music from around the world: Russian, Argentinian, Brazilian, and Finnish folk music.


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America Tells its Stories : Folk Music of the West

Sunday, February 16, 1941

The actual date of this episode is 1941-02-15. For technical reasons, it shows up incorrectly above.

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Tony Kraber sings cowboy songs and traditional songs of the West.

Way ...

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Brooklyn Museum Concert

Sunday, February 16, 1941

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Program 22
Incomplete. Sides 3 and 6 only.

Begins abruptly with "Dance of the Frogs" followed by Lamar Stringfield's third movement from his "Blue Ridge Suites," ...

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Music of the Caribbean

Saturday, February 15, 1941

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Program 17.

Features musicians from Haiti and Trinidad singing traditional folk songs.

Lulu
Home sweet home
Where's Jonah gone?
Appuye
Tebo ...

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America In Swingtime

Saturday, February 15, 1941

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Because of jazz commentator Ralph ...

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Stuyvesant String Quartet

Friday, February 14, 1941

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Program 31
Incomplete.

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America in Swingtime : Hot Jazz

Friday, February 14, 1941

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Incomplete

Jazz in the Dixieland and Chicago traditions

Ralph Burton hosting the America in Swingtime program of the 2nd Annual American Music Festival. Introduces Hot ...

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Music for the Dance

Friday, February 14, 1941

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Begins abruptly.
Performed by the WNYC Concert Orchestra under the direction of Macklin Marrow.

"Danny Dither," a child's ballet about the hustle of the City in the ...

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