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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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George Reedy

Tuesday, June 28, 1966

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

Frank O'Connor jokes about being the subject of a plot because he was not expecting to speak. Pays tribute to George Reedy, the guest of honor for the day.
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Jack Vaughn

Wednesday, June 22, 1966

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

Guests on the dais are introduced.
Victor Riesel speaks for some time.

Jack Vaughn, director of the Peace Corps appointed by President Johnson speaks about the role ...

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Lincoln Gordon

Friday, June 17, 1966

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

Begins abruptly.

[Note on tape box indicates the only first 29 minutes of this program were aired on the radio due to limited air time]

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Leonard Marks

Wednesday, June 01, 1966

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

Victor Riesel opens with remarks, then introduces Leonard Marks, director of the United States Information Agency.

Marks discusses the state of press in the United States and abroad. ...

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John Hoenberg

Wednesday, May 25, 1966

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

John Hoenberg, journalist, author and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism professor speaks. He discusses foreign correspondents and their place abroad. He notes that age does not restrict reporters from working as ...

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Community Action : Shortage of Social Workers

Wednesday, May 11, 1966

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

Panel discussion regarding the shortage of social workers and what can be done to address this problem.
Panel includes moderator James Fogarty and guests Dr. Alex Rosen, Dean of NYU's ...

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Albert S. Bard Civic Awards.

Wednesday, April 27, 1966

Albert Ward Civic Awards, 4/25/66, given for excellence in architecture & urban design. Jacob Kaplan, winner of award for civic work, etc., makes acceptance speech.
Mayor Lindsay makes keynote speech. Discusses question of good design for urban living. Question of how to handle private organization work in the cities. ...

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A. E. Hotchner, Marguerite Young, and Arthur Goldberg

Monday, April 18, 1966

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

Maurice Dolbier introduces A.E. Hotchner, the author of the biography "Papa Hemingway," a biography and account of his own fourteen year friendship with Ernest Hemingway. Hotchner recounts Hemingway's working style and ...

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Caroline Bird, Eric Berne, and Elie Abel

Thursday, April 14, 1966

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

Maurice Dolbier introduces Caroline Bird, author of "The Invisible Scar," a work about the Great Depression. She discusses the difficulties of gaining employment during the Depression - particularly, she notes the ...

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Abortion: Legal, Medical, and Historical Perspectives

Thursday, April 14, 1966

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

Moderator Lee Graham

Opens with quote from a New York Times article calling "New York's 83 year old abortion law cruel and unrealistic in common with the laws ...

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Bel Kaufman

Wednesday, March 23, 1966

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

Author of "Up the Down Staircase," Bel begins her talk by mentioning that her first work published was a poem she wrote at age 7. She speaks about how she became ...

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William P. Bundy

Wednesday, March 16, 1966

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

Assistant Secretary of State William P. Bundy describes his recent trip through Southeast Asia. He specifically talks about the threat of Communist China and North Vietnam.


Bundy is asked specifically ...

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John Lindsay

Wednesday, March 09, 1966

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

Mayor John Lindsay speaks the day after implementing a city tax for residents of the city of New York as well as on commuters who earn their income in the city. ...

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Rex Stout, Helen Hayes, and William O. Douglas

Monday, February 14, 1966

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

Maurice Dolbier introduces Rex Stout, author of the Nero Wolfe mysteries, the most recent of which was "The Doorbell Rang." The book's plot revolves around the actions of the FBI under ...

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Cindy Adams

Wednesday, February 09, 1966

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

From card catalog: Cindy Adams, author of "Sukarno" speaks on that person; Joey Adams also joins his wife in discussion of subject.

McGurn (?) reads some excerpts of ...

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Lucy Jarvis and David Merrick

Wednesday, February 02, 1966

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

TV producer Jarvis talks briefly about the challenges of filming the show "Mary Martin: Hello Dolly 'Round the World," including filming privileges, international relations, and poor conditions.

Theater ...

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Americans for Democratic Action Roosevelt Day Dinner

Thursday, January 27, 1966

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

Theme of the evening: Human resources in an abundant society."

Begins with room noise and chatter. Mayor Lindsay introduces head table, welcomes guests. Howard J. Samuels, dinner co-chairman, ...

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Seymour Siegel Swearing In

Tuesday, January 25, 1966

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

From card catalog: Swearing in of Seymour N. Siegel, director of WNYC, comments on WNYC, Mike Quill, etc.

Siegel and Lindsay perform the swearing in. Each thanks the ...

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David Schoenbrun, Bennett Cerf, and Barbara Tuchman

Sunday, January 16, 1966

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

Maurice Dolbier welcomes journalist Janet Flanner, Genet, to the podium to introduce David Schoenbrun, author of the biography "The Three Lives of Charles De Gaulle." Schienbrum pays tribute to the other ...

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Demolition of Ziegfeld Theatre.

Sunday, January 09, 1966

Robert C. Weinberg reports on the demolition of the Ziegfeld Theatre at Ave. of the Americas & W. 53rd St. Reviews the architectural details of the building, designed by Viennese architect Joseph Urban in the art nouveau secession style. Weinberg describes the architecture of the building, and his unsuccessful efforts ...

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