1:50 pm - Fri, Sep 19, 2014
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A lacquer disc poltergeist: This 1952 disc lacquer disc, stored in a paper sleeve, suffers from plasticizer exudation, a very common affliction for this type of media. More interestingly, both sides exhibit more exudation in a pattern matching the ink label on its own sleeve (normal) and the sleeve next to it (reverse), even though the insides of the sleeve (the parts which actually touch the disc) show no signs of ink bleaching.

The disc is part of a collection currently being digitized with the New York Academy of Medicine through a collaborative grant from METRO. Watch for these historic talks this fall!

These kinds of phenomena also highlight how much we still need to learn about materials conservation for this kind of media.

1:19 pm - Thu, Sep 18, 2014
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Last known interview with light art pioneer Thomas Wilfred on WNYC:
http://www.wnyc.org/story/thomas-wilfred-and-art-light/

Last known interview with light art pioneer Thomas Wilfred on WNYC:

http://www.wnyc.org/story/thomas-wilfred-and-art-light/

5:18 pm - Tue, Sep 16, 2014
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our beloved stroboscope

our beloved stroboscope

2:01 pm
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Have you ever wanted to be a WNYC announcer? Take the WNYC Announcer exam from 1938 to see if you have what it takes! A sample of the questions include:
Silence is one of the best of all sound effects. Is this a valid statement? Why or why not?
Write a 50-word announcement on the extent to which New York City has developed a public housing program, in introduction to a talk on housing in New York City.
Write a 50-word announcement on Liszt suitable in introduction to the radio presentation of the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.
Make sure to give yourself about 4 hours, and don’t forget your no. 2 pencil. Good luck!

Have you ever wanted to be a WNYC announcer? Take the WNYC Announcer exam from 1938 to see if you have what it takes! A sample of the questions include:

  • Silence is one of the best of all sound effects. Is this a valid statement? Why or why not?
  • Write a 50-word announcement on the extent to which New York City has developed a public housing program, in introduction to a talk on housing in New York City.
  • Write a 50-word announcement on Liszt suitable in introduction to the radio presentation of the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.

Make sure to give yourself about 4 hours, and don’t forget your no. 2 pencil. Good luck!

4:34 pm - Mon, Sep 15, 2014
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The interns are back!  1/4” tape training today.

The interns are back!  1/4” tape training today.

2:01 pm
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In August, 1939, WNYC studios unveiled new murals commissioned by the Federal Arts Project of NYC. This was part of the Work Progress Administration (WPA), which itself was part of the larger New Deal programs set in motion during the Great Depression.
To celebrate, WNYC held an event to showcase the murals, including guest speakers and performances by the WNYC Concert Orchestra. You can hear the show in its entirety here. For more information about the artists - including Stuart Davis, the abstract creator of the above mural and the only artist to attend the event - check out this piece from last year.

In August, 1939, WNYC studios unveiled new murals commissioned by the Federal Arts Project of NYC. This was part of the Work Progress Administration (WPA), which itself was part of the larger New Deal programs set in motion during the Great Depression.

To celebrate, WNYC held an event to showcase the murals, including guest speakers and performances by the WNYC Concert Orchestra. You can hear the show in its entirety here. For more information about the artists - including Stuart Davis, the abstract creator of the above mural and the only artist to attend the event - check out this piece from last year.

2:01 pm - Sun, Sep 14, 2014
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Last month marked the 50th anniversary of the death of American Southern Gothic writer Flannery O’Connor. Despite dying at a young age (39), she greatly contributed to the work in this genre, and is still read extensively today. Ms. O’Connor lived briefly in the New York City area before moving to Iowa to attend the prestigious Writer’s Workshop.
Five years ago the Leonard Lopate Show interviewed Brad Gooch, a biographer of Ms. O’Connor. It’s an intimate and funny look at the life of a mysterious yet influential woman.
Open Culture also has a recording of Flannery O’Connor reading one of her most popular short stories “A Good Man is Hard to Find.”
(Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

Last month marked the 50th anniversary of the death of American Southern Gothic writer Flannery O’Connor. Despite dying at a young age (39), she greatly contributed to the work in this genre, and is still read extensively today. Ms. O’Connor lived briefly in the New York City area before moving to Iowa to attend the prestigious Writer’s Workshop.

Five years ago the Leonard Lopate Show interviewed Brad Gooch, a biographer of Ms. O’Connor. It’s an intimate and funny look at the life of a mysterious yet influential woman.

Open Culture also has a recording of Flannery O’Connor reading one of her most popular short stories “A Good Man is Hard to Find.”

(Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

2:01 pm - Sat, Sep 13, 2014
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Join the Leonard Lopate show on their new series “Eating Around the World on a Metrocard.” They’ll travel around the five boroughs to visit and taste cuisines from all over the world. Swipe your card, tune in to your radio, and we’ll see you at the next restaurant. Bon Appétit!

(Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Join the Leonard Lopate show on their new series “Eating Around the World on a Metrocard.” They’ll travel around the five boroughs to visit and taste cuisines from all over the world. Swipe your card, tune in to your radio, and we’ll see you at the next restaurant. Bon Appétit!

(Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

4:17 pm - Fri, Sep 12, 2014
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Blastoff! On this day in 1992, NASA’s 50th space shuttle mission took off in the space shuttle Endeavour. Besides being a milestone number, the mission team included the first African-American woman in space, the first Japanese astronaut, and the first married couple to travel to space together. You can read more about this mission in the NASA archives. And listen to our 1957 interview with Willy Ley on what he perceived to be the future of space travel. 

(Photo courtesy of history.nasa.gov).

Blastoff! On this day in 1992, NASA’s 50th space shuttle mission took off in the space shuttle Endeavour. Besides being a milestone number, the mission team included the first African-American woman in space, the first Japanese astronaut, and the first married couple to travel to space together. You can read more about this mission in the NASA archives. And listen to our 1957 interview with Willy Ley on what he perceived to be the future of space travel. 

(Photo courtesy of history.nasa.gov).

10:01 am
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Today in 1968: caricaturist Al Hirschfeld on how he got into the business of “character drawings” and his opinions on actors, the theater, and the difference between caricature and portraiture. 
http://www.wnyc.org/story/al-hirschfeld/
(Photograph by Carl Van Vechten, courtesy of the Library of Congress)

Today in 1968: caricaturist Al Hirschfeld on how he got into the business of “character drawings” and his opinions on actors, the theater, and the difference between caricature and portraiture. 

http://www.wnyc.org/story/al-hirschfeld/

(Photograph by Carl Van Vechten, courtesy of the Library of Congress)

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