Interviews

Classroom 1950s

Who Should Pay For Higher Education? 1958 – Past Daily Weekend Reference Room

  It seems odd now, but the question of education and how it should be paid for has been an issue going on, in America at least, for well over 100 years. Who is entitled to an education? Who deserves one? Is education for everyone? Or is it only for...

Spiro Agnew

Campaign ’72 – Spiro Speaks – Spiro Agnew On Meet The Press – 1972 – Past Daily Weekend Reference Room

Looking back at previous elections and the people who helped shape them, or at least make them unforgettable. Spiro Agnew, vice-President to Richard Nixon had a legendary disdain for the Press. His dislike probably went deeper than his disdain for anything hinting at being Left. Famously referring to the Press...

Prince - 1986

A Chat With Prince – 1986 – Past Daily Pop Chronicles

  Prince – interview from WHYT-Power 96, Detroit – June 6, 1986 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – A few words from Prince tonight, from a telephone interview done by WHYT-FM (Power 96) in Detroit on June 6, 1986. Done right after his Birthday concert in Detroit, and just before...

Leon Blum - 1939

Leon Blum And The French View Of War – September 7, 1939 – Past Daily Reference Room

A shortwave broadcast talk by Premier of France, Leon Blum during the first week of hostilities on September 7, 1939. Leon Blum, who had the distinction of being the first Socialist and Jewish Premier of France, had the dubious distinction of guiding his country into yet another war; this one,...

Latinas in America - 1950s

Immigration In The 1950s – Latinos In Kansas 1951 – Past Daily Reference Room

CBS Radio: Mexican-Americans – The People Act – circa 1952 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection Given the highly-charged nature of this years election – the question of Immigration and Immigrants in general seems to have taken center-stage – or at least vying for center stage, amidst the flood of other...

Johnny Marr

A Chat With Johnny Marr (of The Smiths) – 1987 – Past Daily Weekend Pop Chronicles

Johnny Marr discusses The Smiths – from a raw Radio interview recorded on June 20, 1987. One of the things that I’ve always found interesting and enjoyable are interviews where the subject talks about the nuts and bolts – the process – how and why things get done and the...

Robert Palmer

A Chat With Robert Palmer – 1986 – Past Daily Pop Chronicles

When Robert Palmer died suddenly from a heart attack in 2003, it ended a career that flourished at the peak of MTV and had been witness to numerous changes in Pop Music in general. From his early days as a member of the British Blues Band Vinegar Joe to his...

Barbara Jordan and Charles Rangel

Congressional Black Caucus Weighs In On Watergate – 1974 – Past Daily Reference Room

Congressional Black Caucus – ABC News Issues and Answers – May 13, 1974 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Watergate and the scandal overtaking the Nixon White House had dominated the news and preoccupied the thoughts of much of America. Ironically 1974, the year Watergate was heading to impeachment, was...

Benny Carter

Nat Hentoff Chats With Benny Carter And Maria Muldaur – 1975 – Past Daily Weekend Gallimaufry

Benny Carter – Maria Muldaur – in conversation with Nat Hentoff – August 26, 1975 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Maria Muldaur, who had scored a huge hit in the early 1970s with Midnight At The Oasis, had been well established in the New York Folk Scene since the...