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Hillary's Emails

Friday, March 06, 2015

Hillary Clinton used her private email address for all correspondence while at the State Department. Now, the media can't agree on what law she broke—or didn't. 

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WQXR Blog

Expansion of New York Philharmonic Archives Reveals Colorful Programs of Yore

Monday, February 23, 2015

Concert programs during the first years of the New York Philharmonic often resembled freewheeling variety shows.
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Talking About Cancer, Then and Now

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

WNYC
In the past, doctors suggested that perhaps their patients should not be told they have cancer.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The State of the Union, When Obama's Popularity Was at Its Peak

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Our preview of President Obama's first State of the Union speech in 2009 pointed out something familiar—then, like today, the president was more popular than his economic policies. 
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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Those Dusty Archives

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A crusading archivist encounters the jungle of his/her own collection.
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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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NYPR Archives & Preservation

These Charming Kids Tell Really Scary Stories

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WNYC
Talking skulls, demonic wolves, and killer vampires—kids told us tell their favorite spooky tales during WNYC's 1979 Storytelling Festival. 
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NYPR Archives & Preservation

A Tour of 1970s Central Park

Monday, August 11, 2014

WNYC
A Casual Summertime Journey Through a Sprawling Municipal Treasure
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Schoolbook

A Foreign Melody: Bel Kaufman Expounds on Pedagogical Concerns

Monday, July 28, 2014

WNYC

Bel Kaufman, who died on Friday at 103, became an unofficial spokeswoman for the urban teacher after her book Up the Down Staircase was published in 1965. Hear her humor and insight in this rare audio treat.

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Speaking of Music

'A Hard Day's Night' At 50; Puss N Boots Plays Live; Miles Davis On WNYC In 1950

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In this episode: A Hard Day’s Night cemented The Beatles as a cultural as well as musical force; now, to commemorate its 50th anniversary, the groundbreaking 1964 comedy is being re-released nationwide this week. Matt Zoller Seitz -- editor-in-chief at RogerEbert.com and New York Magazine writer reflects on about the film’s importance to the Beatles legend as well as its innovative technique.

Then: Puss n Boots -- the all-star cowboy boot-clad trio comprised of Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones and Catherine Popper -- performs music from its debut album, No Fools, No Fun.

And: In 1950, WNYC broadcast Miles Davis playing live at the American Music Festival, live from Birdland. Listen back to the recording from that festival with jazz historian and professor Ashley Kahn – who helps us place this performance within the timeline of Miles Davis’ career.

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Soundcheck

WNYC At 90: When Lead Belly Spoke With Woody Guthrie

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

As part of WNYC's 90th anniversary, Soundcheck listens back to Lead Belly's WNYC radio program Folk Songs Of America, in which he was joined by folk icon Woody Guthrie.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Potential Conservative Future of Young Americans

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Will the next generation of voters be conservative? David Leonhardt discusses his latest New York Times column about a potential teenage backlash again liberalism. Plus: Exploring the WNYC archives to assess the lasting impact of Robert Moses; productivity (or lack thereof) during longer summer days; breaking the cycle of domestic violence through jobs; the Brooklyn district attorney's decision to stop prosecuting most low-level marijuana offenses; and an update on the Gowanus canal.

NYPR Archives & Preservation

It's been 23 Years Since this Live Sun Ra Concert Has Been Heard

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

WNYC

Senior Concert Recording Engineer Ed Haber, recorded Sun Ra in 1991 and has this recollection.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Important Women: Celebrating Women's History Month

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Hello Future, Can You Hear Me?

Friday, March 21, 2014

Last week we presented an allegory for retrieving audio, where we compared it to listening to a distant radio station. Of course, that is only half of what audio archivists do: the other half is to try to extend the reach of that signal into the future.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

How to Cook a Heart on Valentine's Day

Thursday, February 13, 2014

WNYC

Start your Valentine's night off right with these 1950s WNYC beef heart recipes.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

When Weed Grew Wild in Williamsburg

Thursday, January 23, 2014

WNYC

In 1951, marijuana grew everywhere, with seven foot high plants sprouting in fields from Williamsburg to Cobble Hill to East New York.  In that year alone, a division of the Department of Sanitation called the "White Wing Squad" confiscated and destroyed 41,000 pounds of the plants.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Audiovisual archives in a digital world

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

WNYC

How is the digital world affecting the role of audiovisual archives? Last week the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) and New York University's Moving Image and Preservation Program (MIAP) presented a workshop on preserving locally-produced digital audiovisual content, which tried to provide some ...

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Richard Serra's Tilted Arc

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

WNYC

Richard Serra was not a happy man in 1985.  His public sculpture, Tilted Arc, was the focus of an on-going controversy in New York City and in this interview with Jenny Dixon on WNYC's Artists in the City, Serra defends himself against ...

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Styli over substance

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

WNYC

The recently published National Recording Preservation Plan from the Library of Congress includes a recommendation to "encourage scientific and technical research leading to the development of new technologies to recover, reformat, and preserve audio recording media". Although at first sight this passage seems to refer to high-tech projects such as IRENE, there may be other, more modest ways to advance audio preservation technology. Here is an example.

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