New Deal

January 6, 1941- State Of The Union – FDR And Four Freedoms

Become a Patron! Seventy-nine years ago today, President Franklin Roosevelt delivered the annual State Of The Union Address which has become known as The Four Freedoms Address. FDR: “In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms....

Opening of the 74th Congress - Janury 3, 1936

January 3, 1936 – Opening Day Of Congress – Capitol Hill In The Days Of The New Deal.

It makes all the difference in the world: Become a Patron! January 3, 1936 – Opening day of the 74th Congress. The long, sometimes laborious ritual, but significant as it marked one of the first times a broadcast, live from Capitol Hill and from Congress took place. This was one...

FDR - Fireside Chat 1934

September 30, 1934 – FDR Has A Few Words About Government

Patrons and Subscribers: Become a Patron! President Roosevelt Fireside Chat – Recovery, Banks and Government – September 30, 1934 News for this day had much to do with the continuing efforts at recovery, stability and getting America back to work – trying to undo the tangle of economic collapse and...

Depression Era America - 1933

August 31, 1933 – Celebrating In Depression Era America – Weekend Gallimaufry

WKBF-Indianapolis – Dedication ceremony – August 31, 1933 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – On its surface, this broadcast of a radio station dedication ceremony is quaint and strange and most likely hard to listen to for many people – not so much that the quality runs the risk of...

U.S. Congress- 150th

March 4, 1939 – 150th Anniversary Of Congress – Past Daily Reference Room

March 4,1939 – 150th Anniversary celebrations – U.S. Congress – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – In what would become one of the most widely covered events in broadcast history up to 1939, the gala events surrounding the 150th birthday of the U.S. Congress carried on for the better part of...

Thomas E. Dewey

Thomas E. Dewey – Election 1944 – Past Daily Reference Room: Election Edition

Thomas E. Dewey – probably not a name that rings a lot of bells in the world of present-day Politics. But in 1944 and in 1948 he was the GOP’s Great White Hope – first in an attempt to thwart a 3rd term Presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and second...

Supreme Court in 1937

They Call ’em The Nine Old Men – SCOTUS In 1937

  Supreme Court Revision Plan – March 23 and 29, 1937 – FDR Library – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – In February 1937 President Roosevelt unveiled a bill to increase the number of Justices on the Supreme Court, from 9 to 15. Critics immediately denounced the idea as Court-Packing; a...

Wendell Willkie

May 7, 1941 – Wendell Willkie At Madison Square Garden

Wendell Willkie – Madison Square Garden Address – May 7, 1941 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Wendell Wilkie, a former Democrat who switched parties in 1939 to become a Republican lawmaker and oppose Franklin Roosevelt in the 1940 Presidential election, wound up an ally and an emissary of FDR’s...