NYPR Archives & Preservation
June 10, 2016 - Volume 15  Issue 24
Edition # 713

1926: A talk by John Winter Russell. a New York lawyer who famously debated (rather poorly) Margaret Sanger on the topic of Birth Control in 1921.   Editor's Note: We have yet to discover what his talk on WNYC was about.

1945: Mayor F. H. La Guardia pays tribute to the martyrs of Lidice; Eisenhower's big reception in NYC on June 19; citrus fruits and ceiling prices; a central bus terminal and complaints from residents of Queens County about race track bettors who park their cars on private property.

1964: Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol talks about his nation's position in the world; particularly as regards the dispute with the Arabs and Israel's technological and economic development.

May 25, 1941

James L. H. Peck

African-American combat ace James Lincoln Holt Peck is a guest on Those Who Have Made Good, the NAACP sponsored WNYC program. Peck is credited with shooting down five enemy planes during the Spanish Civil War, flying against fascist German and Italian fighter pilots. He is the author of the bestsellers, Armies With Wings and So Your're Going to Fly. (James Peck in 1941/PM Photo/WNYC Archive Collections).
 WNYC - Like the Post Office and The Library of Congress

In 1946 folksinger Woody Guthrie wrote to Duncan Emrich, the head of the Archives of the American Folk section at the Library of Congress. He was responding to a request to return to the library with more songs for the collections there. He said he likes the library.   
"I never have learned what it is about that place around there that I like but I know that I do. I like it like I like radio station WNYC, or the post office..."

Source: Guthrie, Woody, letter to Duncan Emrich, Library of Congress, March 29, 1946.

Read about Woody at WNYC as well as listen to a classic broadcast at: WOODY.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

December 3, 2016 will be WQXR's 80th anniversary. Listen to the eighth episode of WQXR at 50. Host Bob Sherman remembers Pru Devon. He plays two episodes from her show "Nights of Latin America". One episode is from the Fall of 1959 and the other from July 29th, 1960.

More on Pru Devon and her show at: WNYC and WQXR: Pioneer Broadcasters of Latin American Music.

Archive tape in this week's Phyllis Curtin obit: Legendary Voice Teacher and Soprano Phyllis Curtin Dies
WNYC will celebrate its 92nd anniversary on July 8th. Just think, about 8 short years to the big centennial. In this space we'll be linking to various historical WNYC champions, broadcasts and milestones celebrating nearly a century on the air in the public interest. This week: The WNYC American Music Festival.

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: Henry Cowell Talks Modern on The Masterwork Hour.


Robert Moses, The Power Broker, and The Secret Diary of Harold Ickes

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WNYC's Way Back series: Frank Lloyd Wright Catches a Disease Called Humility.

And in case you missed the Archives earlier take on it: The Semi-Roast of Frank Lloyd Wright.

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