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College campus unrest

To Be A College President In 1970 – Past Daily Reference Room

Comment – Former President of Wisconsin State College Fred Harrington – May 2, 1971 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Since we’re coming up on an anniversary – the shootings at Kent State during an anti-War Protest, on May 4,1970, I was reminded of how embattled the position of College...

April 25, 1980

April 25, 1980 – A Failed Rescue Attempt

April 25, 1980 – Hostage rescue attempt – News reports and reactions – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – For all intents and purposes, it was a risky attempt from the get-go. On this April 25th, 1980 an attempt to rescue the 53 American hostages, held at the American Embassy in...

Broadcasting and the First Amendment

Antonin Scalia And Eric Sevareid On The First Amendment And Broadcasting – 1973 – Past Daily Reference Room

The First Amendment and Broadcasting – Antonin Scalia – Eric Sevareid et al. – March 27, 1973 – NPR – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – The First Amendment and Broadcasting – in 1973, a hot button topic and one which further drove wedges between already fractured elements of our society....

Pressure

Past Daily’s Spring Fundraiser Needs Your Help . . .Really.

No elegant way to put this – we’ve fallen¬†behind in our goal for this Spring Fundraiser and we need your help. Unless we get some serious turnout for contributions in the next few days, we’re going to have to cut back the amount of posts we do each day and...

April 8, 1951

April 8, 1951 – Power Struggle

April 8, 1951 – CBS Radio – Howard K. Smith News and Commentary – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – April 8, 1951 – 65 years ago we were knee-deep in a war in Korea and we were knee-deep in East-West tensions. Power plays and shows of strength. And how was...

March 30, 1981 – The Day All Hell Broke Loose

March 30, 1981 – CBS News Special Reports – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – March 30, 1981 – Starting off normal, unremarkable in so many ways – but by mid-morning East Coast time, pandemonium had broken out. President Reagan, on his way out of the Washington Hilton, where he had...

March 21, 1948

March 21, 1948 – Italy Gets Ready To Vote

March 21, 1948 – Italian Elections – Clifton Utley Commentaries – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – March 21, 1948 – News from Europe on this day. The elections in Italy were heating up and all eyes were on Rome to see which way the political winds were going to blow....

March 15, 1953

March 15, 1953 – Meet The New Boss

March 15, 1953 – Drew Pearson News – ABC Radio – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – March 15, 1953 – While the world was processing the death of Soviet Premier Stalin, his replacement, Gyorgy Melenkov was quickly and quietly taking the reigns, and not-so-quietly instigating purges within the Party. Rumors...

February 17, 2000 – Talking Anthrax – Talking Votes

February 17, 2000 – Talking Anthrax – Talking Votes

February 17, 2000 – CBS World News Roundup – Late Edition – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – February 17, 2000 – A lot going on – an election year, higher interest rates and the Pentagon defends its program to vaccinate troops against the Anthrax virus. Amid criticisms and a Congressional...

February 15, 1951 – 48,000 And Counting

February 15, 1951 – 48,000 And Counting

February 15, 1951 – Edward R. Murrow and the News – CBS Radio – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – February 15, 1951 – Reports from Korea were pessimistic, even with spin attached. As of this day the list of casualties grew by 600, passing the 48,000 mark for both dead...