New Deal

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...

Neutrality In America 80 Years Ago – 1935

Neutrality In America 80 Years Ago – 1935

– Congressman Maury Maverick on Neutrality in America -November 11, 1935 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Even as far back as 1935, with only the beginnings of what would become another World War, there was already resistance to our involvement in anything that didn’t deal with us directly. Taking...

FDR Addresses Congress – March 4, 1939

FDR Addresses Congress – March 4, 1939

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – President Roosevelt Address to Congress – March 4, 1939 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection For those of you who may have forgotten, today is the birthday of the founding of Congress. And 76 years ago this day,...

State Of The Union In Wartime – January 6, 1945

State Of The Union In Wartime – January 6, 1945

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – President Roosevelt: State Of The Union – January 6, 1945 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection. This day, 70 years ago, we were still in the midst of a World War. The optimism which followed the Allied invasion...

‘A Regimentation Of Other Peoples Money – A Regimentation Of Other Peoples Lives’ – FDR – October 14, 1936

Click on the link here for Audio Player – FDR Campaign Address in Chicago – October 14, 1936 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection With the Presidential Campaign of 1936 in its last weeks and at fevered pitch, President Roosevelt embarked on a coast-to-coast tour to bring his message home. In...