Tagged: Twentieth Century

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Finally! – May 8, 1945

Click on the link here for Audio Player – Mutual Broadcasting – 12:30-1:30 pm – May 8, 1945 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection After years of fighting, weeks of speculation, days of rumors and false reports, the War in Europe finally came to an official end on May 8, 1945....

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The Hazy Light At The End Of The Tunnel – May 6, 1945

Click on the link here for Audio Player – MBS – Paul Manning News and Comment – May 6, 1945 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection As the world waited for news that Germany had finally, unconditionally surrendered, news was filtering in of mass surrenders, and how pockets of resistance were...

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The Wages Of Paranoia – Can Fallout Shelters Save Us? – 1961 – Past Daily Reference Room

Click on the link here for Audio Player – The Open Mind – Can Fallout Shelters Save Us? – November, 1961 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection The 1950s and early 1960s. A time of anxiety, dread, fear and paranoia. Fear of a nuclear war – one that would incinerate most...

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Paranoia In The Age Of Anxiety – Operation Alert – 1959 – Past Daily Reference Room

Click on the link here for Audio Player – Operation Alert 1959 – Conelrad Emergency Broadcast – Gordon Skene Sound Collection If the Cold War period wasn’t frightening enough for the average person, with daily news reports of tensions and takeovers and thinly-veiled threats, there was the extra added bonus...

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Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas 1958 – Past Daily Reference Room

Click on the link here for Audio Player – News reports, December 1958 – CBS Radio News – Gordon Skene Sound Collection In case you think 2013 is weirder than most years, I’m afraid to tell you – no, it’s not. 1958 was just as strange, and it had The...

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Last Minute Attempts – Last Ditch Efforts – August 29, 1939

Click on the link here for Audio Player – News From Radio Berlin – News From EIAR, Rome – August 29, 1939 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection As the war of nerves intensified on this day in 1939, a last ditch effort at negotiations was still going on. Hanging in...

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Another Day Teetering On The Brink – August 27, 1939

Click on the link here for Audio Player – BBC News And News from EIAR, Rome – August 27, 1939 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection This day in 1939, to a degree, resembles this day in 2013. Perhaps not as far reaching and all-engulfing as the events leading up to...

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Gen. Eisenhower – Address To Congress – June 18, 1945

Click on the link here for Audio Player: With the War in Europe over for a little over a month, and the War in the Pacific still two months off, it was a time for cautious celebration. General Eisenhower, who oversaw military operations for the European campaign returned...

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What Is America’s Greatest Need? – 1938 – Past Daily Reference Room.

Click on the link here for Audio Player: America’s Town Meeting – Dec. 18, 1938 1938 was a nervous year in our history. The slow recovery, the looming war in Europe, saber rattling in the Far-East , racism, unemployment, crime – all these elements created an air of tension and fear over...