John Passmore is the Archives Manager at WNYC.
Prior to WNYC, John worked with major museums and galleries on the restoration, exhibition, and acquisition of archival audiovisual collections. He has also worked at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, has been a studio and touring musician, and regularly serves as a film and video technician at international film festivals.
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).
Before the Fulton Fish Market moved to the Bronx in 2005, nearly 2,000 men spent their early mornings down on South Street between Fulton and Beekman at one of the oldest and busiest open air markets in the country.
Start your Valentine's night off right with these 1950s WNYC beef heart recipes.
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.
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.
With Bill de Blasio facing his first major snowstorm as mayor of New York City, we thought he might like to take some cues from his predecessors. Here, listen to Mayors Fiorello Laguardia, John Lindsay, Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg handle a nervous public.
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 the critics who would eventually call for the ...
Listen to Sun Ra's complete January 7th, 1981 Whitney Museum concert, broadcast on WNYC.
Listen to a 1940s five-inch transcription disc recording from the highest coin operated booth in the world - the Voice-O-Graph automatic voice recorder on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building.
Listen to a 27-year old Martin Scorsese talk about curating New York City's inaugural Movies in the Park film series, as well as his thoughts on the direction of the New American Cinema.
Long before FISA and PRISM, New York State politicians struggled with maintaining the delicate balance between personal privacy and public safety.
Hall-of-famer Monte Irvin talks about his time in baseball during a round table discussion led by host Walter James Miller.
What were the signs and symptoms of influenza in 1951? Join Dr. Naltoney to find out.
Sol Yurick discusses his novel The Warriors and its film adaptation.
Host Steve Sullivan brings legendary jazz drummer Pete La Roca onto Around New York for an interview about a life and career in jazz.
The Archives Department celebrates the life of artist Will Barnet with this WNYC interview from 1972, precisely 40 years ago today. Last year, at the age of 100, Barnet had a widely acclaimed retrospective at the National Academy. The show highlighted a long and prolific career for an artist whose worked spanned - and survived - every important artistic movement in the 20th century. Barnet passed away yesterday.
“I guarantee, that if I am elected, I will take over the White House, hang out, shoot pool, scratch my ass, and not do a damn thing. Which is to say, if you want something done, don't come to me to do it for you; you got to get together and figure out how to do it yourselves. Is that a deal?” - Utah Phillips
"Never blame a legislative body for not doing something. When they do nothing, that don't hurt anybody. When they do something is when they become dangerous." - Will Rogers
In this 1974 episode of Musicale, Hubert S. Howe, Jr., selects a few original electronic music compositions synthesized at Queens College. Howe was one of the earliest progenitors of computer music.
Join the Archives department in celebrating the life of Doc Watson with this rare interview and performance at the Philadelphia Folk Festival.