February 25, 1945

Sunday, February 25, 1945

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

Fiorello La Guardia talks to the people. He addresses a comment to Winston Churchill on the meaning of the Atlantic Charter; conserving heating fuel; meat shortage and New York Times reporting; warns housewives on food prices; frozen fish; substitute for potatoes; poultry dealer cooperation; Red Cross donations; war prisoner care; New York quota for Red Cross drive; curfew for entertainment establishments; order to police to keep speakeasys from developing; honest vs. crooked judges in regards to illegal sale of alcohol; open talk to Governor McNutt on halting of curfew violations.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 59247
Municipal archives id: LT4086


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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