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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Middle Class Americans Who Bombed Federal Buildings

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Chronicling the decade-long battle between the FBI and homegrown revolutionary movements of the 1970s, like The Weathermen, the FALN, and the Black Liberation Army. 

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Operavore

Channelling Memories: Opera in 1970s Paris and London

Monday, February 09, 2015

As opera capitals, Paris and London had their ups and downs in the 1970s, but at their best they offered cheap tickets and top talent, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Selected Shorts

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Chapter 1

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Alec Baldwin reads Hunter S. Thompson's road trip classic.

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Selected Shorts

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Chapter 3

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Anthony Rapp hits the Las Vegas strip in Hunter S. Thompson's classic.

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Chapter 10

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Michael Imperioli loses it in Hunter S. Thompson's classic.

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Fear and Loathing with Hunter S. Thompson

Thursday, December 11, 2014

On the road with Hunter S. Thompson, a bright red car, and lots of illegal substances.

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BackStory

Friendship Out of Fallout

Friday, November 07, 2014

With the American History Guys

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

All the Serious Artists Have Moved to the East Village

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WNYC
And Spanish and Yiddish are struggling to be called the official language of the Lower East Side. That's according to this 1970 Pan Am audio tour of New York City's neighborhoods.
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Soundcheck

Sylvester: The Other Queen Of Disco

Thursday, October 02, 2014

A new musical points the spotlight on one of the trailblazers of the disco scene. 

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Happy Earth Day - Now Move Your Car

Monday, April 21, 2014

WNYC
On the first Earth Day - that would be April 22, 1970 - Mayor John V. Lindsay implores New Yorkers to be more thoughtful with their parking.
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A Walking Tour of Don Draper's New York

Friday, April 11, 2014

WNYC

The year is 1971. Manhattan's Fur District is booming and Mad Men's Don Draper is about to enter a decade of possibilities (or not).

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WNYC News

Mayor Versus Nature, Take Two

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A rookie mayor takes office, and a few days later, crazy winter weather hits and keeps on hitting in what ends up being a test of leadership. Sound familiar? It happened to Ed Koch, and it's happening now.

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Selected Shorts

Stephen Colbert Celebrates 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'

Friday, January 10, 2014

Stephen Colbert begins a five-show stint as our guest host with a ride on the wild side with gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Robert Indiana's Complicated LOVE Affair

Monday, January 06, 2014

WNYC

On this week's Weekend Edition, Robert Indiana called his iconic LOVE sculpture 'a terrible mistake', but in this 1971 conversation from the archives, he seemed much more optimistic about the work's influence on his career.

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Sex, Drugs, And Rock And Roll, 'In The Limo'

Friday, August 16, 2013

Writer Michael Walker discusses his new book, What You Want Is In The Limo: On the Road with Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, and the Who in 1973, the Year the Sixties Died and the Modern Rock Star Was Born.

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Shuggie Otis Spreads His 'Wings,' 40 Years Later

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Most listeners know Shuggie Otis from his song, “Strawberry Letter 23,” which went on to be one of the big hits of 1977 in a version by the Brothers Johnson. But Shuggie Otis also released three albums in the early 1970s, including Inspiration Information. Now, that record is being reissued, and with it, Wings of Love, an album of previously unheard song, is being released for the first time.

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Transportation Nation

Striking Vintage EPA Photos Show Troubling Proximity of People and Pollution in 1970s

Friday, March 29, 2013

"Chemical plants on shore are considered prime source of pollution." (Marc St. Gil, Lake Charles, Louisiana, June 1972. National Archives, EPA Documerica Project)

These photos are beautiful. They're also sad, and hopeful, and quaint.

In the 1970s the EPA commissioned photographers to roam the country and document daily life in places like coal mines, riverbanks, cities, and even an early clean tech conference in a motel parking lot. The images were meant to be a baseline to measure change in the years to come, but there was no funding to go back to the original places.

The Documerica project photos are up on Flickr now (hat tip to FastCoExist for posting some of these gems). It's an overwhelming album of nostalgia for everyday life, but also, devastatingly depressing to see how dirty and toxic so many inhabited places could be in the 1970s ... and how little has changed in some places today.

What makes the project so powerful though, is how beautiful the photography is, even of the mundane moments, or tragic scenarios like kids playing in a river next to a power plant.

Strum through the albums yourself and share your favorites with us on our Facebook page and we'll add more pics to this post later on.

In the albums, there are also early editions of clean technology, like Frank Lodge's photos from the first First Symposium on Low Pollution Power Systems held at what seems to be a motel parking lot.

Exhibit at the First Symposium on Low Pollution Power Systems Development Held at the Marriott Motor Inn, Ann Arbor, Mich. Vehicles and Hardware Were Assembled at the EPA Ann Arbor Laboratory. Part of the Exhibit Was Held in the Motel Parking Lot the Ebs "Sundancer", an Experimental Electric Car, Gets Its Batteries Charged From an Outlet in the Parking Lot 10/1973 (Frank Lodge. National Archives, EPA Documerica Project)

 

"Children play in yard of Ruston home, while Tacoma smelter stack showers area with arsenic and lead residue." (Gene Daniels. Ruston, Washington, August 1972. National Archives, EPA Documerica Project)

 

David Falconer documented the fuel shortage in the west during the 1970s, as well as water pollution in the area at the time.  (David Falconer, National Arcives, EPA Documerica Project)

 

Miner Wayne Gipson, 39, with His Daughter Tabitha, 3. He Has Just Gotten Home From His Job as a Conveyor Belt Operator in a Non-Union Mine. as Soon as He Arrives He Takes a Shower and Changes Into Clothes to Do Livestock Chores with His Two Sons. Gipson Was Born and Raised in Palmer, Tennessee, But Now Lives with His Family near Gruetli, near Chattanooga. He Moved North to Work and Married There, But Returned Because He and His Wife Think It Is a Better Place to Live 12/1974 (Jack Corn. National Archives, EPA Documerica Project)

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The People Behind The Music Of 'Free To Be...'

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The conclusion of our three-part series focuses on the music heard on the 40-year-old album.

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Revisiting A '70s Teen 'Dream'

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

In 1979, teenage musician Donnie Emerson and his brother, Joe, recorded an album called Dreamin' Wild in a home studio built on their family's farm in Washington State. John talks with Emerson and New York Times reporter Steven Kurutz about an obscure gem that was recently reissued. 

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Johnny Colon Does the Boogaloo

Monday, April 23, 2012

In the 1960s and ‘70s, Latin boogaloo arose from the jazz, soul and R&B traditions around New York. Spanish Harlem native Johnny Colon was part of the boogaloo wave and helped define the iconic sound with hits like like “Boogaloo Blues." Today, the bandleader, pianist and educator joins us for a look at boogaloo's past and present.

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