March 28, 1943

Sunday, March 28, 1943

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

Mock attack on New York City and a mock hearing in Albany in one day. Seems like Democrats and Republicans were quarreling. Personally I don't think there's a fight at all. Reminds me of the days when the Republicans were in power in Albany and Tammany Hall was power in New York City. "They got along beautifully...if you know what I mean." Recommends reading Dennis Lynch's "Boss Tweed." Real estate just couldn't carry anymore, so we need additional revenue. Means higher real estate tax. Concerned for renters. Talks about food. High cost of food. Difficult problem, the magnitude of it. We must be patient and give our government a chance to get things running smoothly. Our country has 130 million people. We have to send food to other countries so they can survive and hold the lines. This is of great benefit to ourselves. Then we must feed the army and navy. Collection, garnering and distribution of food is over-awing process. Prunes and raisins. Coupons and ration points. OPA in Washington and locally in NYC. Meat situation is bad, in rationing condition. Talks about policy of food under rationing. Ceiling prices. They must be enforced. Pork starts in April 1. Consumers, you can cooperate and report when retailers disregard of ceiling prices.

Victory Gardens. Parks Department will test the soil. Vegetable gardening. Air raid siren tests, exhibition baseball between Dodgers-Yankees-Giants; Boston police corruption; Letter from NY Teachers' Association, saluting a school teacher, Millicent Baum on her death. Trained volunteer meat ration to cover 5,000 stores throughout the city.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 8488
Municipal archives id: LT4009


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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