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Do We Need A New Foreign Policy? 1950 – Past Daily Reference Room

Click on the link here for Audio Player: American Forum Of The Air – July 9, 1950 – Do We Need A New Foreign Policy? – Gordon Skene Sound Collection. The endless debate on U.S. Foreign Policy, the political wrangling and the blind-sidedness – it would seem to be our...

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The French National Orchestra Wind Quintet Play Music Of Elsa Barraine – 1956 – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

Click on the link here for Audio Player – click Save As to download: Elsa Barraine – Wind Quintet – Wind Quintet of The FNO – 1956 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection One of the leading lights among Women Composers in France after the end of World War 2, Elsa...

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Not Least Of All, The Weather – July 1, 1947

Click on the link here for Audio Player – News for July 1, 1947 (Gordon Skene Sound Collection) During a day where the political and socio-economic growing pains were dragging on throughout Europe, talk about the strange weather gripping the U.S., from extreme drought to extreme heat, had everyone peering...

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Calling It Quits – June 20, 1940

Click on the link here for Audio Player: News for June 20, 1940 News for this June 20th in 1940 was not the most optimistic, especially if you were around Paris at the time. Word from the government, relocated to Bordeaux, reiterated that the war was over and France had...

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Ninon Vallin – Paris Radio Recital 1952 – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

Click on the link here for Audio Player: Something rather short and rare tonight. From a broadcast recital from Paris Radio (ORTF) given by the legendary French Soprano Ninon Vallin in 1952 are two songs (sorry): Debussy: Les Cloches and Faurè: Soir. According to the notes, this recital...

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Storming Fortress Europe – June 6, 1944

Click on the link here for Audio Player: Certainly the date of June 6th isn’t the sole property of 1944. A lot has happened since then. But  as time passes and the numbers of people involved or bearing witness to that day in history begin to fade, it’s...

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The Wages Of Foreign Policy – The Price Of A Man On The Moon – June 4, 1961

Click on the link here for Audio Player: Further evidence that history on any particular day isn’t about one earth-shifting event, but a series of seemingly inconsequential ones that creep up from time to time and take center stage without anybody looking. On this June 4th in 1961...

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Live At Villette Sonique Festival 2013 – Nights At The Roundtable: Festival Edition

Click on the link here for Audio Player: Unknown Mortal Orchestra have been a surprise hit at some of the recent Festivals in Europe this year (London Calling 2013), they were enthusiastically greeted at the Villette Sonique Festival in France, just a few days ago. Pretty good for...

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The Man Who Accompanied Jackie To Paris – May 30, 1961

Click on the link here for Audio Player: On this May 30 in 1961, in what began during JFK‘s campaign as a promise to visit Paris and shore up sagging relations withFrench President DeGaulle, quickly became sidetracked when a proposed summit in Vienna with Nikita Khruschev was scheduled...