Fugitive Waves

19 – America Eats: A Hidden Archive

Monday, April 13, 2015

America Eats, a WPA project, sent writers like Nelson Algren, Zora Neale Hurston, Eudora Welty, and Stetson Kennedy out to document America's relationship with food during the Great Depression.


NYPR Archives & Preservation

Whisperings and Musings: Fan Mail from 1937

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

In 1937, our leading Sunday morning program was dedicated to the “shut-ins” of New York City. Read the fan mail here.
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The Leonard Lopate Show

The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time

Monday, March 11, 2013

Ira Katznelson examines the pivotal New Deal era through a sweeping international lens that shows democracy struggling against enticing ideologies like Fascism and Communism. Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time argues that a small group of Southern lawmakers protected American democracy during the 1930s and 1940s, even as they safeguarded racial segregation. 

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Paris Lives

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Paris in the 1920s and 1930s saw an explosion of painting, sculpture, music, and literature, and helped create a Bohemian lifestyle on the Left Bank.  This program features some of the literary figures who helped define the era, and more.




A New Take on that Old-Timey Sound

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Inspired by the field recordings of Alan Lomax, The 78 Project is on a mission to record today’s musicians with yesterday’s technology. With just a microphone, an authentic 1930′s PRESTO direct-to-disc recorder, and a blank lacquer disc, musicians are given the opportunity to make a recording anywhere they choose. Two staff members, Lavinia Wright and Alex Steyermark, join us to explain and they’ll record our guest, Justin Townes Earle, live on the air. 

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