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Happy Pills – July 8, 1956

Click on the link here for Audio Player: American Forum – Happy Pills – July 8, 1956 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection You can blame it on the Cold War, you can blame it on the great uncertainty society was facing. You can blame it on the questioning of values...

Class of ’53 – Teenagers Of The 50s – Past Daily Pop Chronicles

Click on the link here for Audio Player: Sixty years ago, almost to the day, America was muddling over the question “what’s happening to today’s youth?” – Crime was up, juvenile delinquency was up, unwanted pregnancies were up, drug and alcohol abuse were up, high-school drop-outs were up....

Living On The Edge In 1956 – Past Daily Reference Room

Click on the link here for Audio Player: The Great Challenge – Individual Relationships In A Mass Society -April 22, 1956 By 1956 it would be pretty safe to say America was headed well into nervous breakdown territory. Everything was on the rise – divorce, alcohol abuse, prescription medications, fear,...

The Non-Conforming American – 1955 – Past Daily Reference Room

Click on the link here for Audio Player: The Non-Conforming American – March 12, 1955 During the era of the 1950s a gradual, unmistakable undercurrent of social upheaval was starting to take place. Brought on largely by the Cold War, the threat of Nuclear annihilation , the stringent social mores...