1950’s

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October 15, 1951 – War In Korea – “We Don’t Have Magic Weapons To Win Wars Quickly”

October 15, 1951 – A busy news day. A war in Korea and from Capitol Hill, a call for discussions and a workable solution with the Russians. The looming specter of the Atomic bomb always at the forefront. Meanwhile, President Truman also urged passage of a Universal Military Training law,...

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October 13, 1958 – Burying A Pope – Reviving A Red Scare

News for this October 13th in 1958 had much to do with the goings-on at The Vatican. The death of Pope Pius XII and the mourning, as well as the first televised coverage of the burial, was big news. On 5 October 1958, at his summer residence Castel Gandolfo, the...

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Jo Stafford – 1952 – Past Daily Weekend Gallimaufry

Jo Stafford Time – CBS Radio / Armed Forces Radio Service – 1952 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Jo Stafford; a name which may not ring a lot of bells unless you were around in the 1950s, but a name which was synonymous with Popular music before the dawn...

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Living On The Edge: 1956 – Past Daily Reference Room

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, paranoia and irrevocable change. And it wasn’t being coped with, other than via escape. And those issues were many. We had...

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BBC Symphony With Sir Malcolm Sargent And Andor Foldes Play Music Of Shostakovich, Beethoven And Bartok – 1958 – Past Daily Mid-Week Concert

Part One: Part Two: Another historic concert this week. This one from 1958, featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent and featuring the legendary Hungarian pianist Andor Foldes in a program of music by Dmitri Shostakovich, Beethoven and Bartok. Beginning with the first performance outside the Soviet...

The High School Dance - 1956 - Rock n' Roll as Fad. 0

It’s September 1956 – Elvis Is Number One – Your Friends Keep Telling You Rock N’ Roll Is A Fad – You Know Better – Past Daily Weekend Pop Chronicles.

WHBQ-Memphis – Wink Martindale – September 1956 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – It’s hard to imagine 1956 – hard to imagine a time, some sixty-four years ago, when Rock n’ Roll was considered a fad, that it would never last, that it was a gimmick and that you, as...

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September 14, 1955 – Proposing A Five-Year High School And Five Year College – Taking The Loyalty Oath Too Far. Prospects For 1956.

NBC Radio – Keys To The Capitol – September 14, 1955 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – If you can, it would be incredible: Become a Patron! In 1955 we were knee-deep in the Red Scare and Communist threat, it influenced just about every aspect of American life – sometimes...

Venice West - 1959 0

The Beat Generation – Venice West And The Cool Rebellion – 1959 – Past Daily Pop Chronicles

The Beat Generation – Narrated by Sydney Omar – October 1959 – KNX-AM/FM, Los Angeles – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – The Beat Generation – the lightning rod movement that ushered in the 60s, but became closely linked with the growing dissatisfaction of the 50s, the rebellion against the Cold...

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A Word Or Two With Jonas Salk – Past Daily Reference Room

Dr. Jonas Salk – in conversation with James Day – Day For Night Program – NET – June 6, 1974 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Dr. Jonas Salk – if you are a certain age, that name fills you with memories of quarantines, lockdowns, iron-lungs, long-term paralysis and fear...

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The Polio Epidemic And The Vaccine Of 1955 – Past Daily Reference Room

NBC Radio – Meet The Press – Guest: Dr. Leonard Scheele – June 5, 1955 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – The Polio Epidemic of 1955 – During the early 1950s, polio rates in the U.S. were above 25,000 annually; in 1952 and 1953, the U.S. experienced an outbreak of...