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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
By Andy Lanset : Director of Archives, New York Public Radio
Ted Cott was just 17 in 1934 when Seymour N. Siegel hired him to be the station's Drama Director. Cott had been a volunteer doing weekly radio plays with other City College students when his promising work came to the attention of Mayor La Guardia, who insisted 'the young man' be hired. La Guardia had only been Mayor about six or seven months and had campaigned to shut WNYC down, believing it was a waste of money. But Siegel had engineered a stay of execution and needed to bring in some fresh ideas and talent to further convince La Guardia that the station was worth keeping. Since there was no equivalent civil service post at WNYC's parent agency, the New York City Department of Plant and Structures, Cott was hired as a ticket taker for Staten Island Ferry and reported for work at WNYC. 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
"Laughter, the Best Medicine," counsels Reader's Digest in its long-running feature. The 17th-century French playwright Jean-Baptiste Poquelin — known to the world as Molière — would agree (although he would probably have mocked the source.)
Join us for a month-long celebration of Molière, whose scathing comic dramas are as hilarious and true as ever. Each Monday in June, an ensemble of New York actors will perform his works as radio dramas: The Bungler, Lover's Quarrels, The School for Husbands, The Imaginary Cuckold and The Misanthrope. At each event, a distinguished guest speaker will help us see how Molière's robust work and his enduring themes still manage to resonate after four centuries: the complexities of human relationships, the hypocrisy inherent in the attainment of political power, the absurdities that come with rising social status.
This fawning age has praise for everyone,
And all distinctions, Madam, are undone.
All things have equal honor nowadays,
And no one should be gratified by praise.
To be admired, one only need exist,
And every lackey’s on the honors list.
— The Misanthrope
Friday, August 31, 2012
We humans are pretty hot stuff — the most highly evolved species on the planet, or so we like to think. Terry Bisson’s science-fiction parable “They’re Made Out of Meat” suggests otherwise. To some space aliens who think they’ve seen it all, we’re not just primitive. We’re gross ...
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Lucille Fletcher was born 100 ago today. A demure Vassar graduate from a working class family, Brooklyn-born Fletcher was the author of two of the most famous radio dramas of all time — “The Hitchhiker” and “Sorry, Wrong Number.” Listen to audio clips here.
Friday, December 23, 2011
This is what Kurt Andersen considers a holiday tale ... melting ice caps and extraterrestrial spies? Kurt's story, "Human Intelligence," was produced for radio by Jonathan Mitchell, and stars Melanie Hoopes, John Ottavino, and Ed Herbstman. The unabridged version was ...
Friday, November 04, 2011
We humans are pretty hot stuff — the most highly evolved species on the planet, or so we like to think. This parable by science-fiction writer Terry Bisson suggests otherwise. To some space aliens who think they’ve seen it all, we’re not just primitive. We’re gross. Terry Bisson’s “They’re Made Out of Meat” was first published in ...
Friday, December 24, 2010
This is what Kurt Andersen considers a holiday tale... melting ice caps and extraterrestrial spies? Kurt's story, "Human Intelligence," was produced for radio by Jonathan Mitchell, and stars Melanie Hoopes, John Ottavino, and Ed Herbstman.
Friday, September 17, 2010
The music industry is ailing, but an ambitious guitarist has hatched a genius new revenue model for struggling musicians. It's not enough to give your songs away for free on the internet: you have to pay the listeners. A satire by Scott Blaszak, featuring Pace Rommel. With voiceover ...
Friday, August 27, 2010
This month marks the 60th anniversary of "Sunset Boulevard," the definitive movie about the intoxicating, deadly allure of fame. That got us thinking — what would this story look like if it took place in 2010, the age of Facebook, Twitter, and reality TV? Lucky for us, we ...
Monday, June 21, 2010