August 27, 1944

Sunday, August 27, 1944

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

Advances against the "Japs" and Nazis. The taking of Paris brought joy to all around the world. Romania coming over to the Allies side. Young king able to rid his country of Nazis. Cuts off Nazi supply of oil. Thanks to auxiliary firemen to continue services till war is over. Ability of city to handle the war ballots at the Board of Elections. Emergency maternity and care service for wives of servicemen. Beef update. Supply of poultry is up and price should be down. Complaints about kosher poultry at Washington Heights market. Price of eggs. Black market in grapes. Price of string beans too high. Milk prices. Letter from listeners regarding betting on horses with tin horn bookies. Infantile paralysis continues according to season. 597 this season. Half of cases have no paralysis of any kind. Disease this year will not approach epidemic years. It is not contagious. But this is not true of TB. Talks about treatment of TB and TB wards in hospitals. In need of nurses. Child labor. Children under 16 cannot work. Bowling alley employment of children. Children cannot work at night. Conduct of children on subway, trolleys and buses. Proper behavior. Mind your manners and give up your seat to the elderly. ICC case.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 8752
Municipal archives id: LT4058


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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