- 2:02 pm - Fri, Mar 7, 2014
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Is winter finally over? Don’t look now, but temperatures are slowly climbing this weekend in NYC. Celebrate (cautiously) with an amazing performance of what may be the ultimate song about spring —and, as it turns out, about human struggles. (It’s OK to shed a tear or two.)
- 10:16 am
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To celebrate Women’s History Month, the New York Public Radio Archives has pulled together some of the department’s leading preservation work concerning notable women on our air in the past plus a few favorites we contributed to. So listen to Eleanor Roosevelt as a disc jockey on WNYC, Jane Jacobs who fought Robert Moses and won, environmentalist Rachel Carson, contralto Marian Anderson, the Angel Derby pilots, pioneering monologists Cornelia Otis Skinner and Ruth Draper, burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee, Congresswoman Bella Abzug, the performer Josephine Baker and many others
photo: Bella Abzug campaign pin. (WNYC Archive Collections)
- 4:45 pm - Fri, Feb 28, 2014
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Miller Reese Hutchison (1876-1944) American inventor and Chief Engineer to Thomas Edison. (George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress))
The year was 1936, the peak of the Great Depression, not exactly a time when opera was a primary concern of most New Yorkers. But forMiller Reese Hutchison, listening to the Operatic Musicale on WNYC was transcendent. Hutchison, an electrical engineer and inventor who designed the first portable hearing aid, sent off a note of gratitude to his friend, WNYC Chief Announcer, Tommy Cowan.
- 9:19 am - Thu, Feb 27, 2014
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Mayor La Guardia reads the funnies.
During the 1945 newspaper deliverymen’s strike, Mayor Fiorello La Guardia kept the children of New York City up to date on the adventures of Dick Tracy and Little Orphan Annie by reading the Sunday comics over WNYC’s airwaves.
- 5:01 am - Mon, Feb 24, 2014
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The largest medical test in history: 50 years ago today Dr. Jonas Salk starts testing his vaccine against polio, a.k.a. infantile paralysis. Listen to a heartbreaking polio story from that time, and NYC Health Commissioner’s hopeful polio report a year later.
(Photo of Dr, Jonas Salk by Yousuf Karsh from Wikimedia Commons)
- 2:14 pm - Fri, Feb 21, 2014
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original WQXR logo, used from August, 1936 to June, 1946. (WQXR Archive Collections)
- 8:08 pm - Thu, Feb 20, 2014
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An envelope-ad for the “ideal phonograph for Mexicans” (?), from the Mine Museum in Jerome, AZ. Note that one option came with 12 discs and 1,500 needles.
- 11:02 am
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From child prodigy to TV star to outspoken critic of Jim Crow, we celebrate Hazel Scott on Black History Month with her biographer, Karen Chilton.
- 10:32 am
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5 (of many) NYC Lost Record Stores