August 13, 1944

Sunday, August 13, 1944

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

Thanks to volunteer forces, auxiliary forces, air wardens, and city patrol units on site at the Luna Park fire.

Post-war problems. As of today, we are not prepared for peace. Congress will have to speed up. We are not ready to meet the situation at home just now. It's taking too long to get the post war program settled and the necessary legislation enacted. Failure to be ready will be extremely costly. Over 10 million are employed in the war effort, including women. 70% of industries are engaged in war production. Get veterans in to jobs, to keep currently employed in jobs and to transform war plants back to peace time production. In addition, agriculture at maximum production. Everyone must do his share. Four parts: government, industry and commerce, agriculture, wage earners. House should proceed enacting the remaining Baruch recommendations, perfect the contract termination law, define taxing policy for 1945 and 1946, Public Works program, Federal Highway Bill, Servicemen's Readjustment Act.

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States must strengthen compulsory education laws. Uniform system of old age pensions should be established. Unemployment insurance. Surplus. Greatest unemployment and greatest surplus. This is one of the greatest causes of war. For the first few months there will be need for food in Europe and Asia that people will say everything is fine. There is cause to worry.

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No people will go hungry. Our government should provide a surplus commodity export corporation on a hemispheric basis. We have talked about surplus before, but we don't know that we've ever actually had any. A surplus is that amount of any commodity over and above the needs of all the people. What we have called surplus is the amount over and above the purchasing power of the people. Example of surplus of dairy products. Daily needs of the people of the country should be taken as the norm required amount of any commodity. Any thing else should be declared surplus and placed in the pool along with other countries' in the hemisphere, then distributed where necessary through the regular channels of trade. Hemispheric surplus pool. No more economy of want, no more curtailing of production.

Surplus war supplies. Legislation regulating the sale of surplus war supplies. A prediction: Within 90 days after the sale of war surplus supplies, the Congress will repeal its own legislation and stop the sale of 99% of the surplus supplies.

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We go there as a united people. We can divide on domestic matters. We should not divide on our foreign relations.

Concludes with WNYC announcer

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71077
Municipal archives id: LT4056


Fiorello H. La Guardia


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About Talk to the People

The famous Sunday afternoon talks by Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia, “the people’s mayor.”

Mayor La Guardia’s talks have become one of WNYC's iconic broadcastings. In these original radio chats (1942-1945) from his desk at City Hall, he discussed daily food prices, condemned gambling, and admonished wayward schoolboys, politicians, and gangsters alike. Mayor La Guardia also used this address to rally New Yorkers to the war effort and press forward on his agenda, taking breaks to digress on music, the news, and whatever crossed his path during the preceding week. The program won the 1944 Peabody Award for Outstanding Public Service by a Local Station.

These recordings, made during World War II, include the two iconic readings of the comics (only two of three were ever recorded) during the newspaper deliverymen’s strike of July 1945.

The famous Sunday afternoon talks by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, “the people’s mayor.”


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