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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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Bui Diem

Wednesday, September 13, 1967

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

William Atwood is introduced and provides the introduction to the Ambassador of the Republic of Vietnam to the United States, Bui Diem. Atwood notes that he is founder and owner of ...

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Views and People In The News: Walter Starke

Monday, September 04, 1967

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

Gail Gary interviews Walter Starke. They discuss his book "Double Thread." He discusses how he has dealt with personal problems. He discusses his travels around the world as well as his ...

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[Brooklyn Navy Yard Update, Employee of the Month]

Thursday, July 20, 1967

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

Richard Pyatt with Real Estate Commissioner Carl Madonick in a monthly series.

Latest news about Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Employee of the month award given to ...

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Sounds of History

Tuesday, May 30, 1967

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

Memorial Day feature for WNYC. Narrator Burgess Meredith. Biographies of FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, Stevenson, MacArthur. Excerpts of their speeches.

"Sounds of History" Memorial Day special presented by ...

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Svetlana Alliluyeva

Wednesday, April 26, 1967

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Svetlana Alliluyeva, daughter of Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin and Nadezhda Alliluyeva discusses her decision to defect from the Soviet Union.
She speaks of being overwhelmed by the press conference and ...

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Edward J. Fitzgerald

Wednesday, April 05, 1967

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Edward J. Fitgerald, Director of the Manhattan District Internal Revenue Service discusses his role working with developing nations to establish tax collection. He previously work with countries in Africa and is ...

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Secretary of Labor W. Willard Wirtz

Wednesday, March 01, 1967

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

Wirtz begins by telling a few jokes.

He addresses unethical behavior among reporters, who misuse quotations, or seek to focus on scandal rather than positive news. He decries ...

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Judge Harold R. Medina

Thursday, February 23, 1967

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

Medina discusses the Reardon Report and the roll of the press in covering court cases.
The report, which advocated restrictions on the release and publication of information about people accused ...

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Views and People In The News: Dustin Hoffman interviewed by Ted Mann and Gail Gary

Thursday, January 26, 1967

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

Opens with engineer chatter followed by silence.

Judy Vick of the Department of Markets provides market prices for fish.

Interview begins abruptly with Ted Mann ...

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Louis Auchincloss, William Atwood, and Leo Rosten

Monday, January 16, 1967

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

Maurice Dolbier introduces attorney and author Louis Auchincloss, who discusses his the publication of his recent book of short stories, "Tales of Manhattan." Auchincloss discusses some of his works, including a ...

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Robert Crichton, Cornelia Otis Skinner, and Garson Kanin

Monday, January 16, 1967

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

Maurice Dolbier introduces the day's first speaker, Robert Crichton, who discusses what made him decide to write about the people in a small town in Italy in the book "The Secret ...

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United Neighborhood Houses of New York Annual Fall Conference

Tuesday, December 06, 1966

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

Martin Luther King, Jr. addresses the United Neighborhood Houses of New York conference. He talks about the anachronism of slum housing in the 1960's of the United States.

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Juscelino Kubitschek

Wednesday, October 19, 1966

Former head of Brazil says a combination of tyranny and hunger is preparing for tomorrow's catastrophe.

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Rowland Evans and Robert Novak, Rebecca West, and Sam Levenson

Monday, October 17, 1966

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

Rowland Evans and Robert Novak discuss their biography of President Lyndon Johnson.

Rebecca West, author of "The Birds Fall Down" speaks. She discusses the difficulties of claiming tax ...

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[The Future of the Brooklyn Navy Yard]

Friday, October 07, 1966

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

Robert C. Weinberg, WNYC's critic-at-large in architecture and planning commenting on the future of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. What will become of the government's property? At least half the area will ...

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Jacob Javits

Wednesday, September 14, 1966

U.S. Senator says war in Vietnam will be won by the winner of the hearts and minds of the people.

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Richard Nixon

Tuesday, September 13, 1966

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

Former Vice President Richard Nixon addresses an enthusiastic audience.

He relates a story about raising money for the Republican Party.

Nixon then moves on to ...

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Taxi Hearings

Wednesday, August 31, 1966

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

Second public hearing held by the Mayor's taxi panel.
Should taxis remain in the hack bureau of the police department or be under some other governing body. This meeting deals ...

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Mayor Lindsay : Keep NYC Clean

Tuesday, August 23, 1966

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

Announcement of a program for cleaning the city and continuing the drive against litter and dirt in the street. Brief ceremony regarding "C Day" and Lindsay's work with cleaning the city: ...

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Feminine Mystique or Mistake

Thursday, August 11, 1966

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

Moderator Lee Graham introduces the topic for discussion. When it comes to women there seem to be three schools of thought on how they can attain happiness: "the Feminine Mystique school ...

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