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Directed by archivist Andy Lanset, the department provides a central repository for thousands of audio recordings, photographs, memorabilia, reports, news items, program guides, institutional records, and promotional materials.

Among its holdings are more than 50,000 recordings in a variety of formats, from early lacquer and acetate discs, to reel-to-reel tapes, to digital audio tapes and compact discs.

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Post Post, A Sampling and Tribute to Some Classic Live Morning Music Moments

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Speaking of......you're listening to WNYC, New York.
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Pete Seeger in Conversation with Steve Post

Monday, March 16, 2015

WNYC
Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger reminisces about life, politics and narrow escapes.
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Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.: Has the Constitution Outlived Its Usefulness?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Constitutional crisis?  Not yet.
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Whisperings and Musings: Fan Mail from 1937

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

WNYC
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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WNYC holds together through WWII

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

WNYC
The "City Station" holds its community together through World War II, corresponding via newsletter with former WNYC-ers who were enlisted in the armed forces.
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What Lies Below New York’s East River, and the Diver Who Braved its Depths

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

WNYC
Diver Barney Sweeney tells tales of the murky depths of New York's East River in the 60s.
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The Voices of Coney Island in the 1960s

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WNYC
Coney Island barkers from all around the park invite you to experience a variety of attractions.
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The Fall of Washington Market

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WNYC
For over 100 years, Washington Market was the most import wholesale produce market in New York City. Hear the sounds of the market just before it was demolished in the name of progress.
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The Tugboat, Workhorse of New York Harbor

Friday, February 13, 2015

WNYC
The sounds of New York waterways, the toot of tugboats, and the hard-working captains who head out into the harbor tirelessly time and time again.
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Harrison Salisbury, The Reporter as Witness to the Truth

Thursday, February 12, 2015

To be uppity, to be contradictory, is the essence of the American system of press freedom.
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US Coast Guard Cutter Oak 1962

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WNYC
Documenting the US Coast Guard's duties regarding safe sea travel in 1962.
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Song Pluggers: Then and Now

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WNYC
This 1962 episode of New York: A Portrait in Sound looks into the history of the song plugger.
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The Clash of Foils: A look into the Fencers Club of 1962

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WNYC
Interviews with the master and champions of the New York Fencers Club of 1962.
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The Red Cross: Providing Relief Since 1881

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WNYC
This episode of New York: A Portrait in Sound looks into the Red Cross' response to the 1962 Ash Wednesday Storm.
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Shakespeare in the Park in 1962

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WNYC
Various actors and Joseph Papp, producer and director of the Shakespeare Festival in 1962, describe the magic behind the event.
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25 Years Ago Today: Mandela Walks Free from Prison

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

After 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela told an audience of over 50,000 that the ideal of a "free society in which all persons live together in harmony" was something he'd die for.
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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 Sounds of Washington Square Park in 1962

Thursday, February 05, 2015

WNYC
Folk musicians celebrate their right to perform in Washington Square Park.
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The Brill Building's Hitmakers in Their Own Words

Thursday, February 05, 2015

WNYC
Before the Beatles invaded America and vocal groups dominated the pop charts, much of top 40 music was written by men sitting in an office building in Midtown Manhattan. 
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Ariel Dorfman: Exile and Disappearance

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ariel Dorfman describes his and every caring person’s obligation to not forget those secretly killed by totalitarian regimes.
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