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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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Carol Laise Bunker

Tuesday, November 28, 1967

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

November 28, 1967
Carol Laise (November 14, 1917 – July 25, 1991) was an American civil servant, ambassador to Nepal and the first woman Assistant Secretary of State.
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Robert C. Weinberg on Daniel P. Moynihan.

Tuesday, November 21, 1967

Robert C. Weinberg reports:

"Architecture in a time of trouble", a speech by Daniel Patrick Moynihan to alumni of Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Moynihan heads MIT-Harvard Institute for Advanced Studies. He said in his speech: "urban design affects atmosphere of the slums".

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Carlos Lacerda

Wednesday, November 15, 1967

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

Carlos Lacerda, former governor of Guanabara State (Rio de Janeiro city) speaks about the "struggle for democracy in Brazil." Staunchly anti-communist, Lacerda has been imprisoned numerous times because of his stance ...

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Evaluation of Soviet Power

Sunday, November 12, 1967

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

Second in the new series: the Edward R. Murrow World Affairs Forum.

H. Lehman bring the meeting to an open, noting that tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of ...

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The Rockaway Giveaway

Thursday, October 19, 1967

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

Real Estate Commissioner Carl Madonick comments on "the Rockaway Giveaway"
sale of city land in Queens. He defends the actions of the Real Estate Department from the criticism of Borough President ...

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Robert C. Weinberg on Times Square

Tuesday, October 17, 1967

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

WNYC Critic-at-large on Planned Congestion for Times Square

"Are there enough theaters in the Times Square area or should there be more? This, basically, is the point at ...

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The Armory School on Carnegie Hill.

Thursday, September 28, 1967

On air 9/28/67

WNYC COMMENT #74 By Robert C. Weinberg

Transcript:

THE ARMORY SCHOOL ON CARNEGIE HILL

For many years residents of the Carnegie Hill neighborhood of the Upper East Side, in the nineties, have been familiar with ...

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[Brooklyn Navy Yard Update, Truck Drivers' Training Program, Mr. Oscar Griffin]

Thursday, September 21, 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.


Begin by discussing the prospected establishment of an industrial complex in the old Brooklyn Navy Yard. There is a ...

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Bui Diem

Wednesday, September 13, 1967

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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

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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

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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

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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

Dustin Hoffman says he's a big fan of Laurel and Hardy.

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Louis Auchincloss, William Atwood, and Leo Rosten

Monday, January 16, 1967

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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

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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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