November 25, 1945

Sunday, November 25, 1945

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

Description from the Municipal Archives card catalog:

Defense bonds. Termination of rationing. Ceiling prices still remain. Inflation and its dangers. Rent control. Building situation. Survey of 2 and 3 family houses. Labor situation. Building trades and construction. Conference with interstate bus operators for a central bus terminal. New York Times magazine story. Series on officials who have volunteered to serve at the Veterans Center. Thanks to Heckscher Foundation. Book-making in the Bronx. Walstein report. Schedule of appearances of candidates on WNYC. City Center program. Welcome to the Governor of West Virginia.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71072
Municipal archives id: LT2570


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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