January 24, 1943

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

Mayor La Guardia begins with the usual "Patience and Fortitude!"

He provides WNYC listeners with the latest war news including the taking of Tripoli and the end of Mussolini's dream of an empire. The War Production Board called the Mayors of the country to Washington, D.C. Greater sacrifices in material and food will be required. No new construction since any critical material and even on necessary repairs we will have to be postponed. We will have enough food, but our menus will not be as assorted as perhaps some would like to have them.

The Mayor provides a detailed update on availability of meat and bread in NYC under rationing as well as reminding listeners about the dimout regulations and need for greater care to be taken when traveling at night. La Guardia also goes over protective equipment law compliance and thanks fire auxiliaries. He says tin can collection is progressing well and if the insane can prep the cans properly, well then so can you!

The Mayor calls for potential life guards to apply to the Parks Department for work this summer and he attacks loan sharks taking advantage of New Yorkers. The issue of underage drinking is also recapped. He announced that the City Patrol has formed a United Nations Company composed of one hundred men composed of New York residents who are citizens of countries allied with us in the war.

And finally, the Mayor interviews Mrs. Kate Brooks of New Richmond, Ohio, who recently won the National prize in the Conservation Cooking Contest to find the grandma with the best old fashioned molasses recipe. Mrs. Brooks really is a representative American mother and American grandmother. She looks very young and she has plenty of energy and she does know her cooking. Oh, I just wished you could have tasted some of the samples she brought in. And as long as we have all through this land women like Mrs. Kate Brooks, I'm pretty sure we'll come through all right. Thank you, Mrs. Brooks. Patience and Fortitude!

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

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