Social Commentary

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December 8, 1980 – Dream Is Over – The Death Of John Lennon

Stunned incomprehensible silence. That was a reaction many people had when they first heard the news that John Lennon was dead, gunned down as he stepped out of a car, on his way home from a recording session. And as the news reports came in – and as word repeated...

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It’s 1962 – You’re A Teenager – You Live In L.A. – Your Life Isn’t Complicated – You Don’t Know Why. Past Daily Weekend Pop Chronicles.

KRLA – June 1962 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Not always, but every so often life takes a turn for the calm. Maybe it’s you – maybe it’s the world . . .no, it can’t be the world; there’s The Congo and Berlin and Khruschev and Laos – but...

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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...

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December 4, 1947 – For Paris: Another Day, Another Round Of Billy Clubs – For The Middle East: Another Unholy Day In The Holy Land.

  Another day of drama and upheaval, this December 4th in 1947. Still reeling from the UN partition plan of Palestine, riots were continuing in Jerusalem and all throughout the region. Riots were erupting again in Paris, with Communists taking to the streets. And Paris was again the sight of...

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December 3, 1943 – Orchestrated Hell – Raid Over Berlin

  In what has been considered one of the milestones in broadcast journalism, Edward R. Murrow reported his eyewitness account of a bombing raid over Berlin, this day in 1943. Taking part in what had become a nightly bombing run over Germany, Murrow was aboard a Lancaster Bomber, one of...

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December 2, 1989 – The Seasick Summit – Bush And Gorbachev At Malta –

A little helps a lot: Become a Patron! I’m sure it seemed like a good idea at the time, and it probably looked very impressive on paper – but for all the ultimate success of the Bush-Gorbachev Summit off the island of Malta, this December 2nd in 1989, the weather...

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Trouble At The Knowledge Factory – Berkeley Free Speech Movement – December 2, 1964

Become a Patron! Although it started two months earlier, this day in 1964 marked a turning point in the Protest movement in the U.S. In 1964 students at UC Berkeley began a series of protests over the banning of political activities on Campus and insisted the University acknowledged the students’...

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December 1, 1947 – “The Situation Is Extremely Explosive In Jerusalem” – The French Government Takes Action Against Communist Strikers – Waiting For The Gendarmerie.

December 1, 1947 – NBC News Of The World – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Support us if you can: Become a Patron! December 1, 1947 – The Middle East was the focus of attention this day. The situation in Jerusalem had gone from tense to explosive overnight and was...

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The Electric Prunes – Live In Stockholm 1967 – Past Daily Soundbooth

This concert has been around in various forms over the years. It’s not particularly rare if you’re a collector of Psychedelia from the 60s. But what makes it rare is that it’s an excellent sounding example of what bands were up to at the time, something which didn’t happen too...

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November 30, 1961 – World Quietly Haywire – A Santo Domingo State Of Mind

News of the world, for this last day of November in 1961, had just about everything to do with the Cold War. The situation in Santo Domingo and the unrest, many felt was fueled by Fidel Castro and the Cuban government, was calming down with hopes that a violent overthrow...