January 24, 1943

Sunday, January 24, 1943

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

WNYC archives id: 71304
Municipal archives id: LT4026


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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