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January 1, 1961 – Days Of Future Murk – A New Year Look Ahead – Past Daily Reference Room

Most News programs spend the first day of a new year looking back on the events of the previous one. In 1961 however, January 1st was spent looking ahead. It was a year in transition for the White House. President Kennedy was poised to take over, come January 22nd and...

The view from Tokyo 0

December 1945 – Life In A Postwar Tokyo – Past Daily Reference Room.

December 1945 – Report from Don Bell, Mutual correspondent in Tokyo – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Once the War was declared over on both fronts, the painful process of rebuilding would take place. But as much as history has recorded the grand, sweeping efforts of changing political landscapes, as...

Exploring the Stratosphere 0

December 11, 1935 – Exploring And Celebrating The Stratosphere –

When U.S. Army Air Corps Captains Albert W. Stevens and Orville A. Anderson landed their Explorer II High-altitude balloon on the ground near White Lake South Dakota, they were the first Scientific Observers to reach a distance of some 72,395 feet above the earth, the highest anyone had gone before....

Adlai Stevenson - 1956 Campaign 0

1956 – Adlai Stevenson On The Imperative Of Education – Past Daily Reference Room

Adlai Stevenson – Campaign address from Milwaukee, Wisconsin – September 28, 1956 – CBS Radio – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Hate to be pushy, but . . .Become a Patron! As we’ve finished the Presidential Election of 2020, amid optimism, questions, confusion and unprecedented behavior, running across this campaign...

The London Underground 0

Shelter In the Underground – Life In Wartime London – 1944 – Past Daily Reference Room

Frank Alban Reports from London to KFI – November-December 1944 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – If you could, it would be fantastic:Become a Patron! With our current state of affairs over COVID and the stay-at-home/lockdown aspects of living life in the midst of pandemic, I ran across this series...

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The Role Of The Press In The World Of 1950 – Past Daily Reference Room

London Forum – The Role Of The Press – November 20, 1950 -BBC World Service – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Support if you can: Become a Patron! The Press. Even in 1950, an establishment sought after, relied upon, maligned, suspected and trusted; celebrated and gunned down, dispenser of Propaganda...

Reading - 1940s

Books, Reading And The Quality Of Life – 1948 – Past Daily Reference Room.

Books In The Modern World – Chicago University Roundtable – NBC Radio – September 26, 1948 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Depending on your age and your environment, knowledge by way of books and reading was considered, at one time, a key element in quality of life and an...

World War 2 was nowhere over, but there was already talk of a humanitarian crisis.

November 12, 1943 – Anticipating A United Nations – Anticipating Repairing A Broken World. An Interview With Herbert Lehman

Perhaps, the world having already been down this road before, it was all too painfully clear that, once the war was over, there would be a herculean humanitarian crisis to face. Having seen the amount of destruction and up-ending of peoples lives World War 1 caused, all concerns were that...

Britain in 1950

Britain In 1950 – New Government, New Outlook, Hopeful Economy – Past Daily Reference Room

London Forum – Discussion on the economy in Britain and the elections – November 8, 1950 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – After the end of World War II, the British economy had huge amounts of absolute wealth. Its economy was driven entirely for the needs of war and took...