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Cable TV Versus Free TV – 1964 – Past Daily Reference Room

Pay TV vs. Free TV – Sylvester “Pat” Weaver – Vincent Wasilewski – Commonwealth Club of Calif. May 15, 1964 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – A debate featuring former NBC President Sylvester “Pat” Weaver and Vincent Wasilewski, President of the National Association of Broadcasters. The subject was Cable Television,...

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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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September 30, 1975 – Cities On The Edge – The Economic Downturn In America – Past Daily Reference Room

September 30, 1975 – Options: Growing Economic Problems For U.S. Cities – National Public Radio – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Cities on the Edge and in crisis. 1975 signaled a year of economic despair that threatened to sweep over America. We were in the midst of a recession –...

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1940 And The Big Question Was: “Does America Need Compulsory Health Insurance?” – Past Daily Reference Rooom

America’s Town Meeting Of The Air: “Does America Need Compulsory Health Insurance?” – January 1, 1940 – NBC Red Network – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – America’s Health – it’s an issue dating back to the period just after the Civil War. It’s an issue that’s been brought up, argued,...

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September 25, 1970 – Black September – The Urge To Leave Jordan . . .Quickly – Past Daily Reference Room

Voice Of America – Notice to all U.S. Citizens and European Nationals to leave Jordan – September 25, 1970 – VOA – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – The events of September 1970 in Jordan have enjoyed a variety of definitions, titles and nicknames, the most common being ‘Black September’ and...

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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...

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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...

Kids and The Polio Vaccine - 1955

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...

Republican Convention 1956

August 20, 1956 – Republican Convention – Day One – Great American Rituals.

The 1956 Republican National Convention was held by the Republican Party of the United States at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California, from August 20 to August 23, 1956. U.S. Senator William F. Knowland was temporary chairman and former speaker of the House Joseph W. Martin Jr. served as...

Ulster during The Troubles - 1982

August In Ulster – An Update On The Troubles In 1982 – Past Daily Reference Room

The Troubles – ask most Americans what that phrase means and they will be hard pressed to answer. To most, living far across the Atlantic, on another continent, the situation in Northern Ireland was a series of reports of bombings and killings and protests and military crackdowns but not really...