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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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The role of the Committee on Shelters in Civil Defense

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Wallander talks to Bernard J. Gilroy, ...

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National Safety Council : The Fight for Life.

Monday, January 01, 1900

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A compilation of Public Service Announcements from the National Safety Council on safety, focusing on traffic ...

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George Schaefer

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Brooklyn Board of Education Awards

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Am I My Brother's Keeper? : Food Conservation

Monday, January 01, 1900

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A Grandfather's Gift

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Haddasah, the Women's Zionist Organization presents ...

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[Triangle of Rhythm, Anti-Discrimination Law, Peterson Sisters, Laura Bowman]

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Undated program featuring music by Triangle ...

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Walter Hendl

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Hendl discusses his experiences as a ...

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[Commerce and New York Harbor]

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Three unnamed men discuss the history ...

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Water Conservation

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Very short spot encouraging water conservation.


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Mitch Miller

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Jean Dalrymple

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Jean Dalrymple speaks about her career ...

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[Christmas Special: "Rudolph," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"]

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Variety show includes performances by children ...

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Harris J. Klein

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Marvin Sleeper hosts.


Klein, a transportation attorney and member of the NYC transit authority, answers questions ...

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[Orchestral and operatic music].

Monday, January 01, 1900

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2 bands: first excerpts from a ...

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Does Our Vote Count for Much?

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Panel of students from PS 93 ...

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"My Brother's Children"

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Fictional story about children refugees in ...

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Isaac Stern

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Isaac Stern introduces music cuts (not ...

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Interview with Patients

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Interviews with three young people who ...

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Bronx Terminal Market

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Interviews and dramatization of activities at ...

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