Civil Rights

Impugning Morals, Tarnishing Names – Hollywood Goes To A Witch Hunt – November 2, 1947 0

Impugning Morals, Tarnishing Names – Hollywood Goes To A Witch Hunt – November 2, 1947

– The Story Behind The Headlines – November 2, 1947 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Described variously as A Sinister Circus Atmosphere, the House Un-American Activities Committee got underway in Washington. Set out to prove allegations that Hollywood was a veritable cesspool of Communist sympathizers, all bent on distorting...

In 1948 Schools Were Overcrowded  – Past Daily Reference Room 0

In 1948 Schools Were Overcrowded – Past Daily Reference Room

  – CBS Radio – Cross Section: USA – Federal Aid To Public Schools – May 29, 1948 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – In 1948, President Truman introduced several programs dealing with Social issues – among them was Federal Aid to Education. Along with Health (a plan for Universal...

Kennedy Addresses The UN  – Sept. 20, 1963 0

Kennedy Addresses The UN – Sept. 20, 1963

– President John F. Kennedy – Address the The General Assembly – United Nations – Sept. 20, 1963 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Fifty-Two years ago this weekend, President Kennedy gave what would be his last address before the General Assembly at the United Nations. Two months later, almost...

Subversive Activities Control Board – 1954 – Past Daily Reference Room 0

Subversive Activities Control Board – 1954 – Past Daily Reference Room

– NBC – Listen To Washington – The Subversive Activities Control Board – Sept. 21, 1954 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – At the height of the Red Scare in the 1950s, a little-known/barely publicized organization started up in Washington. The Subversive Activities Control Board was headed up by former...

A JFK Press Conference – High School Dropouts – The Test Ban Treaty – August 1, 1963 – Past Daily Reference Room 0

A JFK Press Conference – High School Dropouts – The Test Ban Treaty – August 1, 1963 – Past Daily Reference Room

– President Kennedy Press Conference – August 1, 1963 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – A press conference by President John F. Kennedy – given on August 1, 1963. A wide range of topics were covered, many which had historic connotations. Starting with the subject of Education – the growing...

‘Nothing To See Here – No Point In Knowing’ – August 11, 1965 0

‘Nothing To See Here – No Point In Knowing’ – August 11, 1965

– Watts Riot – 2-Way Communications and street reports – KMPC-AM – August 11-15, 1965 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Fifty years ago today, on August 11, 1965, in what began as a routine traffic stop escalated into one of the most violent and destructive riots of the 1960s....

Nina Simone – Live in Amsterdam 1965 – Past Daily Downbeat 0

Nina Simone – Live in Amsterdam 1965 – Past Daily Downbeat

– Nina Simone – Live at Mickery Theatre, Loenersloot – Netherlands – December 25, 1965 – VPRO/VARA – Few artists have made such an impact on contemporary society as Nina Simone. Deeply rooted in Jazz, Nina Simone was embraced as a consummate musician, singer-songwriter, gospel singer, activist, writer and teacher....

The State Of Unrest – July 1968 0

The State Of Unrest – July 1968

– Meet The Press – Roy Innes-Floyd McKissick – July 14, 1968 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – 1968 has often been referred to as “The Incredible Year”. Incredible in a lot of ways; not least that America managed to survive what was probably one of the most violent years...

Summers Of Discontent – July 1966 0

Summers Of Discontent – July 1966

  – ABC Radio – Voices In The Headlines – Week Ending July 24, 1966 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – The phrase “Long, Hot Summer” was destined to become a yearly occurrence by 1966. Since 1964, when Harlem in New York erupted, Summer came to mean a time of...

The Simmering Dog Days Of Summer – July 21, 1965 0

The Simmering Dog Days Of Summer – July 21, 1965

– CBS World News Roundup – July 21, 1965 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – This day, 50 years ago saw an escalation of things. An escalation of the War in Vietnam and an escalation in the violence in reaction to the Civil Rights Movement. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara...