Social Commentary

Coup In Moscow – August 21, 1991

Click on the link here for Audio player: Coup in Russia – August 21, 1991 News for this August 21st in 1991 had to do with the shocking turn of events in Russia. In the early hours of the morning, a coup staged by Kremlin hardliners ousted Mikhail Gorbachev and...

Soviet Tanks In Prague – August 20, 1968

Soviet Tanks In Prague – August 20, 1968

Click on the link here for audio player: Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia – 1968 Even though news during this August in 1968 was primarily about the upcoming Democratic Convention in Chicago, the just finished Republican Convention in Miami and the ongoing protests to the Vietnam War, news for this August...

Happy Pills – 1956 – Past Daily Reference Room

Click on the link here for Audio player: American_Forum_-_Happy_Pills_-1956 Mental Health in the 1950’s was still something of a mystery when the first medications were introduced to treat symptoms of depression, anxiety and psychosis. The introduction of Tranquilizers to the American public was met with a goodly amount of suspicion...

Social Security Turns 77 – August 14, 1935

Click on the link here for audio player: FDR Signs Social Security Act – Aug. 14, 1935 Today marks the seventy-seventh birthday of The Social Security Act. FDR: “The civilization of the past hundred years, with its startling industrial changes, has tended more and more to make life insecure. Young...

FDR Addresses The 1940 Democratic Convention – Past Daily Reference Room.

Click on the link here for audio player: FDR Democratic Convention – 1940 After much consideration and speculation, President Roosevelt decided to run for a third term in 1940. Addressing the convention via radio from the White House, Roosevelt outlined his goals for a third term and spoke of a...

Moscow 1980 – Politics And Sports – Past Daily Reference Room

Click on the link for Audio: 1980 Moscow Olympics Highlights – Radio Moscow North America Service – July 27, 1980 In what has always been deemed a slippery slope to which the innocent bystanders become victims, mixing Sports and Politics has invariably been met with far less than satisfactory results....

Deep Freeze – July 25, 1978

Click on the Link:News for July 25, 1978 Not an earth shattering day in history, this July 25, 1978, but a painfully familiar one in the 70’s. Worsening diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union. The State Department announced it was putting a hold on all high level visits to Moscow...

The Temptations – 1970 – Nights At The Roundtable

Click on the Link: The Temptations – Ball Of Confusion – 1970 Forty-two years ago The Temptations summed it all up with Ball Of Confusion. Forty-two years later, they’re still summing it up. The ball of confusion stays the same. Turn it up and dig the words.

A Handshake In Space – The Week Ending July 20, 1975

Click on the Link: The World This Week – July 20, 1975 As life on Earth swirled around in its usual madness, life in Outer Space was swirling around in harmony, this week ending on July 20, 1975. The historic linkup and handshake in space by crew members of the...

Pete Seeger, The Dillards, Joan Baez, The Modern Folk Quartet, Joe & Eddie – No On Prop. 14 Rally – Hollywood Bowl – 1964 – Past Daily Pop Chronicles/Backstage Weekend

Part 1: Part 2: Continuing our archeological dig through concerts never heard, thought lost, destined to be destroyed and otherwise forgotten about, here is another Hollywood Bowl concert with an all-star cast that was never broadcast and never thought to have existed. This time it’s Folk Music and a Political...