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Historical Recordings

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Abraham Lincoln

One of the most revered Presidents in American History, Abraham Lincoln was a popular figure in old time radio shows.
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Adventures in Research

"Learn! Investigate! Instruct!" written by physicist, Dr. Phillips Thomas, this historically accurate series now includes additional recordings about the invention of the typewriter, automobile, penicillin, machine gun, skyscraper, and much more!
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AFVN Recordings (Armed Forces Vietnam)

Morale-Boosting Military Radio Station for Servicemen and Women in Vietnam
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Amelia Earhart

An iconic American hero and pioneer in aviation, Amelia Earhart's story and bravery inspired many old time radio shows.
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America First Committee Broadcasts

an old time radio program using well know individuals like aviator Charles Lindbergh to convince America to stay OUT of WWII
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America Town Meeting of the Air

Every week, the nation listened as experts debated issues from communism to social security to the type of music America wanted. Modeled after New England Town Hall Meetings, each show opened with a "town crier" clanging a bell and an active audience that would "boo" panelists. Update: additional recording
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American Adventure

Join us on the Adventure of Our Nation
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American Gallery

celebrates American artists of all genres with a whole episode dedicated to each artist and their music
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American Heritage

AFRS created this education program to teach service men and women about the history of our great country.
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American History

Famous and lesser know episodes from the birth and growth of a Great Nation presented from popular OTR sources, including Cavalcade Of America, American Trail, Frontier Fighters, Mr. President and You Are There. Great lessons and fine entertainment.
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American in England

Norman Corwin's visits to England during WWII. It documented war-time conditions in England from the perspective of the citizens of England, instead of those in power or of handouts from the war department.
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American Portraits

featured dramatic biographical sketches on both minor and major events in famous figures including Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Mark Twain and many others.
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American Trail

The American Trail tells the story of these brave men and women: from Louis and Clarke to the great ol' California Gold Rush.
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Americana

Hosted by Professor Martin Maloney with the cooperation of the Speech Department at Northwestern University, Americana looks at American people and customs in the mid century.
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Answer Man

With a staff of over 40 of brainiest facts finder he could locate, The Answer Man solved thousands of questions written in by listeners.
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Apocalypse (End of the World)

Duck and Cover, Plagues, Robot Attacks, Time Travel, Annihilation, Cold War Speeches, and more this OTRCAT original collection of tales about THE END OF THE WORLD!
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Apocalypse Bundle

Survive in style the end of the world. It includes five of our favorite world's end collections!
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Atomic Radio

OTRCAT original collection featuring radio shows inspired by the Atomic Age. A blast from the past, this collection includes a bombardment of shows from all genres including Science Fiction, comedy, horror, detective, and drama. Update: additional recordings
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Author Meets Critic

Join the battle between authors and critics when you listen to The Author Meets the Critic.
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Axis Sally (German Propaganda)

Born in the US, Mildred Gillars starred in the 1942 Nazi broadcast, "Home Sweet Home" where she used stories about cheating girlfriends and wives to sow discontent and homesickness in American G.I.'s listening to the radio.
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Babe Ruth

The Adventures of Babe Ruth was produced in 1934 on the Blue Network, with sponsorship by Quaker Oats, and was the best of the lot. It told in-depth, fully dramatized episodes from the Babe's career, so there was a sense of the real man there in the dugout and on the field.
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Barry Gray Show

is the father of talk radio known for his candid interviews with the shiniest stars of the day.Known as the DJ you love to hate, Gray wasn't afraid to be opinionated and aggressive on the air which got him into trouble.
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Behind the Mike

During the Golden Age of Radio things may have been less technical, but the effort required the skills of a great many diverse personalities, Behind The Mike introduces us to many of these folks, and tells the inside story of Old Time Radio from the people who were there to create it.
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Behind the Scenes

Audiences have always loved learning the little known facts about famous people they think they know. Behind The Scenes explores the lives of famous personalities and adds a few facts that never made it into the history books.
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Behind the Scenes in Hollywood

This old time radio show gives listeners an up close and personal look at the action behind the cameras in the golden age of Hollywood.
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Bertrand Russell

Philosopher and one of the brightest minds of the 20th century, Bertrand Russell spoke out against war and nuclear proliferation.
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Biography in Sound

(update) now with 78 additional recordings: produced by Joseph O. Meyers, this old time radio series fascinated radio audiences with the biographies of Churchill, Babe Ruth, Fred Allen, WC Fields, and more.
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Blitzkrieg

includes news reports and speeches on the german invasion across Europe as the atrocities unfolded.
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Bob Elson Interviews

primarily known as a sports announcer, a large portion of his career was spent simply interviewing famous people.
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Boxers Champions and Prizefighters

This OTRCAT original collection includes examples of boxing in all the genres of old time radio shows
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Cavalcade of America

This well-done, star-studded factual show is a wonderful resource for those interested in historical highlights. Update: 340+ additional episodes
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Cavalcade of Kings

features the radio dramatization of the fascinating history of the British Monarchy.
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CBS World News Today

one of the first news shows to send famed correspondents, Edward R Murrow, John Charles Daly, and William L. Shirer, around to world to give American eyewitness accounts to some of the most dramatic events in history.
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Chuck Yeager

A genuine American hero, best known for being the first pilot to fly faster than the speed of sound. This collection includes dramatizations about Chuck Yeager as a well as appearances by this amazing man.
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Churchill (Winston) Recordings

Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of England during WWII and great orator, wrote his own speeches and delivered them on many radio broadcasts.
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Civil Defense

(update) Fascinating PSA, recordings and episodes to save americans from a nuclear attack!
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Civil War

There are stories of bravery and sacrifice, honor and cowardice, desperation and hope from both sides of the conflict.
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Clinton (William J Clinton) Speeches

Relive the Swinging 1990's through the historical speeches and Radio Addresses of President Clinton!
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Coast to Coast on a Bus

The White Rabbit Bus hit America's highways every Sunday morning, with its conductor (that's what they called him) Milton Cross.
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Columbia Presents Corwin

Hailed as "the poet laureate of radio", Norman Corwin created this WWII collection featuring his brilliant writing on topics that mattered the most in his day.
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Comic Parade

When the newspaper truck drivers went on strike in 1945, Mayor La Guardia had the comics read to the children of the city including The Adventures of Superman, Little Orphan Annie, Archie Andrews, Gasoline Alley and Red Ryder.
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Commercials

Snap up these snappy commercials, and you'll truly be convinced to "make Jello for your own family, yum, yum, yum," "use Ajax the foaming cleanser (bum bum bum bum bum)," and buy "Nabisco, N-A-B-I-S-C-O, it's the name to know." Update: over 160 additional spots and ads
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Complete Broadcast 1939 (Nazi Invasion of Poland)

The day the Nazis invaded Poland is seen as the beginning of the Second World War. The staff of WJSV recorded the entire days broadcast, so we can learn about the events as they unfold.
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Complete Broadcast 1941 (Pearl Harbor)

complete broadcast day recordings of the Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.The Japanese attack changed the history of the world and officially brought the United States in World War II.
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Complete Broadcast 1944 (D-Day Invasion of Normandy CBS)

The invasion of Europe was to be the turning point of The War, but no one back home knew when or how it would happen. CBS recorded their entire broadcast day on June 6, 1944, so we can learn about the events as they unfold.
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Complete Broadcast 1944 (D-Day Invasion of Normandy NBC)

original full day broadcast from the day of the invasion June 6th, 1944 including news bulletins, comedy and variety shows. These recordings illustrate the response on the American home front to the Normandy Landings called "the greatest invasion in the history of the world."
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Democracy in America

s based on Alexis de Tocqueville's book published in 1835 about his travels and observations of America society.
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Destination Freedom

The concept of African-American civil rights was not mainstream at the end of the 1940's. Shows like Destination Freedom on WMAQ helped pave the way to a better society.
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DJ Madness

The original Disc Jockeys from the Age of Radio bring you their best and greatest music from their era.
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Dr John Brinkley (Medical Quack)

began experimenting with goat glands, surgically implanting them for every ailment from fertility, to dementia, to impotency. Called a quack, charlatan, and mega-medical radio star, Dr John Brinkley is a character from the 20th century that could not have existed without the power of radio.
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Dwight D Eisenhower

Eisenhower was a national hero after serving as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during WWII and in 1952 won the Presidential Election. Update: more than double the recordings
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Edward Murrow (I Can Hear It Now)

One of the greatest American journalists in broadcast history, he pioneered the reporter on the scene reporting during WWII. Update: additional recordings
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Election Collection

old time radio shows take on elections, voting and ballots taken from all genres including comedy, drama, western, news programs, and more.
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Elmer Davis and the News

During the months before Pearl Harbor, FDR appointed Elmer Davis to head up the Office of War Information. From this bully pulpit, Davis helped to whip the Nation into a fury over the aggressions of the Nazi's in Europe.
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Empire Builders

(update) Sponsored by the Great Northern Railway, this newly updated collection contains all seven known episodes to be in existence. In these historical-drama, we get a glimpse of the history of railroads in the development and use of the Columbia River.
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Excursions in Science

(update) with additional recordings: sponsored by General Electric to increase interest and layman's knowledge of science
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Father Coughlin

"The Radio Priest" was a success when he first discussed religious matters in the early days of radio. However, Father Coughlin managed to step on a few toes when he expanded into political commentary and calls for economic reform.
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FDR Fireide Chats and Speeches (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

With his Fireside Chats, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt used the power of radio to speak directly and intimately to the American people through some of the darkest periods of the Nation's history.
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Fifth Horseman

Near the beginning of the Cold War, there was a serious campaign to place atomic weapons under the direct control of the United Nations. Whatever your feelings towards the politics of such a move, The Fifth Horseman, the radio program which promoted the idea, is some of the most powerful programming of the era.
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Fighting AAF

Broadcast in 1945, this old time radio show focused on the technological achievements of the Army Air Forces (AAF) including: dropping the Atomic bomb on Hiroshima, radar defenses, blind landings, hydroponics, the GI Bill, and much more. With dramatic reenactments and jazzy music interludes, this show featured interviews with the principal officers and pilots involved.
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Former Slave Interviews

Historic WPA Conversations with Former Slaves
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Freedoms People

A deeply patriotic radio show which celebrates democracy and freedom. Made by and for African-Americans, the show featured some of the greatest leaders in 1940s black culture
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Frontier Fighters

Follow the opening of the North American Continent as Frontier Fighters follow the exploits of the brave explorers who pioneered their way into the interior. Hear history unfolding before your ears.
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Gallant American Women

Hear the untold stories of ordinary women who worked and sacrificed sometimes with their lives, to build the United States.
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George HW Bush Speeches

Served as the 41st President of the United States, George HW Bush presidency saw the falling of the Berlin Wall, the breakup of the Soviet Union, Invasion of Panama, and the Gulf War.
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George W Bush Speeches

Major events during George W Bush two term presidency include the terrorist attack on 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Gerald Ford Speeches

President Ford became President when Richard Nixon left the office of presidency due to the Watergate scandal.
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GK Chesterton Recordings

Experience a bit of the genius of G. K. Chesterton through his thoughts about architecture, Rudyard Kipling, and the ingredients for the Spice of Life.
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Great Moments in Radio

Hear important Historical Events as they actually occurred on the Radio.
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Hanoi Hannah Excerpts

During the Vietnam War, Hanoi Hannah played progressive rock n roll music mixed with North Vietnamese propaganda.
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Harry S Truman Speeches

(update) with 25+ new recordings: Listen to historic speeches from the 33rd President of the United States, Harry S. Truman.
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Hawaii Old Time Radio Shows

Aloha! This collection includes old time radio shows from all genres from ting-ting steel guitar music to epic Hawaiian Adventure and detective stories to supernatural Tiki tales.
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Helen Keller

Being born deaf and mute, her story of overcoming all odds with the help of dedicated tutor Anne Sullivan inspired the world.
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Herbert Hoover Speeches

The first US President born west of the Mississippi, Herbert Hoover was president during the earliest years of old time radio. Update: additional recordings
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Hitler (Adolf) Recordings

speeches from the most infamous man in history
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Home Front

Featuring William B Williams, The Home Front tells the stories of WWII from the point of view of the families and friends who stayed home.
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Horizons West

This well-written and performed program documents the exploration of America by Lewis and Clark!
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Howard Hughes Hearings

Senate War Investigation Committee tried millionaire Howard Hughes for a misuse of government funds to build an airplane nicknamed the "Spruce Goose."
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HV Kaltenborn Edits the News

(update) with 30 additional recordings: History repeats itself when H. V. Kaltenborn provides vivid commentary and pointed insight into world affairs and politics in the 1940s and 1950s.
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I Was There

rare but excellent historical old time radio show which gives an eyewitness account to notable events in history and extraordinary news stories.
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In Review

using audio clips and narration, this historical old time radio show allows the listener to live through the year and understand major news events, stories, and happenings.
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Inheritance

(update) with 16 additional recordings and better quality sound: this highly patriotic show revisits amazing people, times, and events in American History.
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Ira Cook Show

One of the AFRTS most popular DJs was Ira Cook whose personality comes shining through in every one of his recorded broadcasts; he is a white collared, narrow tie-wearing square, but he had an appreciation for popular music
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Jimmy Carter Speeches

Considered "a better man than he was a president", Jimmy Carter ushered America into the 1980s.
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John F Kennedy

(update) Extensive collection of presidential speeches, recordings, and assassination coverage + transcripts, images and documents!
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Joseph McCarthy Audio Excerpts

best known for his attempts to root out communist in the State Department, then the Army, then just about everywhere. McCarthy was eventually censured by the Senate for his zealous attacks.
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Keys to the Capitol

weekly news discussion program discuss news of the week in the mid-1950s.
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Lands of the Free

(update) Inspired by President Roosevelt and England Prime Minister Winston Churchill "The Charter Of Freedom," this radio program illustrated various historical stories of freedom.
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Lear (Orson Welles)

Orson Welles provides commentary, interviews, and thoughts about the state of the nation and the world in the tumultuous times after World War II.
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Living in an Atomic Age

In 1953 Sir Bertrand Russell, one of Britain's premier philosophers, gave a series of lectures on the implications of Living In An Atomic Age.
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Lord Haw Haw

In WWII, William Joyce moved from England to support fascist Germany by playing the propaganda role of Lord Haw-Haw and attempted to discourage and demoralize English Speaking Allied troops.
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Lowell Thomas

Journalist, Commentator, Adventurer, and Radio Pioneer
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Lyndon Johnson Speeches

(update) 21 additional recordings: Johnson was the 36th President of the United States of America. His term as President was from 1963 when succeeded to the Presidency after the assassination for John F. Kennedy until 1969 when he was re-elected in 1964 by a large margin.
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March of Time

(update) now with an additional 20 shows: this old time radio broadcast was renown for dramatized news events.
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Meet the Press

an excellent interview program featuring top makers and shakers of the day being put under the microscope and asked tough questions.
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Mike Wallace

with early appearances in old time radio quiz shows, radio dramas, and as an announcer, Mike Wallace later focused on news broadcasts and earned the nickname "King of Confrontation" for his hardboiled interviewing style.
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Mitch Miller Show

the man who helped shape the careers for Tony Bennett, Guy Mitchell, and Rosemary Clooney.
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Movie Previews

This is a compilation of movie previews on radio shows with glimpses of some of the best classics in film history.
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Mr President

This old time radio series tells the untold tales the Commanders-in-chief's everyday life. In order to challenge the audience to guess his identity, the President's name was not revealed until the end of the show. Update: additional broadcast
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Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt Own Program

a radio program created by Eleanor Roosevelt to give the public a glimpse into life at the White House.
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