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Science Magazine of the Air
Science Magazine of the Air
25 Episodes
1 Volume
Great men of science and their world changing discoveries are profiled on Science Magazine of the Air.

25 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Presidential Farewells and Library
Presidential Farewells and Library
31 Episodes
1 Volume
All Presidential Administrations come to an end, that is the nature of American Democracy, this collection includes their goodbye speeches.

31 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Lowell Thomas
Lowell Thomas
14 Episodes
1 Volume
Journalist, Commentator, Adventurer, and Radio Pioneer -- Lowell Thomas was once America's most trusted voice on the radio.

14 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Oklahoma City Bombing
Oklahoma City Bombing
18 Episodes
1 Volume
Oklahoma City Bombing occurred on Wed, April 19, 1995, the United States fell victim to the worst domestic terrorist attack on American soil so far.

18 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Red Scare in Old Time Radio
Red Scare in Old Time Radio
302 Episodes
7 Volume
After the Second World War, American culture was shaped and driven largely by fears of Communist infiltration corrupting American institutions and values.

302 7
Add To Cart: $35.00
Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes
21 Episodes
1 Volume
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.

21 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Depression Era Recordings
Depression Era Recordings
37 Episodes
1 Volume
Old Time Radio Looks at the Great Depression, the economic crisis which began with the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and how it affected Americans everywhere.

37 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Mayor La Guardia
Mayor La Guardia
35 Episodes
1 Volume
Fiorello H. La Guardia was the reform-minded Mayor of New York City from 1934 to 1945, known for his public works projects, transportation improvements, and anti-corruption efforts.

35 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Marjorie Taylor Greene
Marjorie Taylor Greene
104 Episodes
1 Volume
Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has represented Georgia's 14th District since 2021.

104 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Barry Goldwater
Barry Goldwater
29 Episodes
1 Volume
Politician and US Air Force officer, Barry Goldwater was a five-term U.S. Senator from Arizona and the Republican Party President nominee in 1964 who fought for civil rights and desegregation.

29 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Lyndon Johnson
Lyndon Johnson
275 Episodes
3 Volume
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.

275 3
Add To Cart: $15.00
Boston Marathon Bombing
Boston Marathon Bombing
22 Episodes
1 Volume
On April 15, 2013, two bombs were detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing 3 people and injuring more than 260 others.

22 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Personalities in Print
Personalities in Print
5 Episodes
1 Volume
A master of Wordplay, Willard Espy interviewed prominent figures on Personalities in Print.

5 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Walter Mondale
Walter Mondale
40 Episodes
1 Volume
Mondale was a lawyer and politician who servers as Vice President to Jimmy Carter from 1977-1981.

40 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Impeach a President (Clinton)
Impeach a President (Clinton)
176 Episodes
6 Volume
Whenever a sitting President does something that his opposition does not like, there are calls for Impeachment. The case of President Clinton's Impeachment proceedings can be instructive.

176 6
Add To Cart: $15.00
Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell
13 Episodes
1 Volume
Philosopher and one of the brightest minds of the 20th century, Bertrand Russell spoke out against war and nuclear proliferation.

13 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Our Nations Heritage
Our Nations Heritage
39 Episodes
1 Volume
Award winning music education radio show, presenting not only performances but discussions of musical theory as well as introducing both classical and popular music forms such as Jazz and folk.

39 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt Own Program
Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt Own Program
6 Episodes
1 Volume
a radio program created by Eleanor Roosevelt to give the public a glimpse into life at the White House.

6 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart
5 Episodes
1 Volume
An iconic American hero and pioneer in aviation, Amelia Earhart's story and bravery inspired many old time radio shows.

5 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Your Pocketbook
Your Pocketbook
11 Episodes
1 Volume
On the onset of the Korean War, Truman knew two factors were vital: the support of a strong United Nations and a strong U.S. economy.

11 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Chuck Yeager
Chuck Yeager
3 Episodes
1 Volume
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.

3 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Americans All Immigrants All
Americans All Immigrants All
24 Episodes
1 Volume
An Artistic Triumph in Broadcasting and a celebration of American Cultural Diversity in the pre-WWII Period.

24 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Presidential Election 2012
Presidential Election 2012
109 Episodes
2 Volume
Barack Obama was re-elected to a second term winning 332 Electoral Votes to Mitt Romney's 206 Electoral Votes.  This was at current the last national election where a woman was not running on the two major party tickets as President or Vice President.

109 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
Presidential Election 1988
Presidential Election 1988
121 Episodes
4 Volume
George Bush and Dan Quayle would beat Michael Dukakis and Lloyd Bentsen with 426 Electoral Votes to 111 Electoral Votes.

121 4
Add To Cart: $20.00
George W Bush
George W Bush
328 Episodes
3 Volume
Major events during George W Bush two term presidency include the terrorist attack on 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

328 3
Add To Cart: $15.00
John McCain
John McCain
138 Episodes
2 Volume
Relive the legacy of John Sidney McCain III through audio; A US Navy Officer who was captured in Vietnam, McCain later became US Senator for Arizona from 1987-2018 and ran for national office.

138 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
Presidential Election 2000
Presidential Election 2000
103 Episodes
3 Volume
Perhaps one of the most historic and nail biting Elections in our history was not one from the 19th Century or the 20th Century. The most nail biting Election had to be that of the first Election of the 21st Century in 2000.

103 3
Add To Cart: $15.00
Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
61 Episodes
2 Volume
One of the most revered Presidents in American History, Abraham Lincoln was a popular figure in old time radio shows.

61 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
Howard Hughes Hearings
Howard Hughes Hearings
2 Episodes
1 Volume
Senate War Investigation Committee tried millionaire Howard Hughes for a misuse of government funds to build an airplane nicknamed the "Spruce Goose."

2 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
National Hour
National Hour
12 Episodes
1 Volume
Listen as National Hour discussed and dramatized a host of issues facing Americans after the end of World War 2.

12 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Olympic Historical Recordings
Olympic Historical Recordings
12 Episodes
1 Volume
compilation of news, historical recordings and sports shows talking about Olympic history from radio past!

12 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Inheritance
Inheritance
50 Episodes
2 Volume
This highly patriotic show revisits amazing people, times, and events in American History.

50 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
Doctor Fights
Doctor Fights
4 Episodes
1 Volume
Live through the adventures of doctors on the front lines of World War II in the battlefield anthology series

4 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Fighting AAF
Fighting AAF
12 Episodes
1 Volume
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.

12 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Wax Cylinders 3 (1905 - 1906)
Wax Cylinders 3 (1905 - 1906)
158 Episodes
1 Volume
We continue on our journey through early 20th century recordings: during this time wax cylinders and other recording devises were becoming more popular.

158 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
This is Civil Defense
This is Civil Defense
13 Episodes
1 Volume
entertaining and informative broadcast created during the Red Scare to teach the public how to act in the case of a disaster such as flooding, tornados, food shortages, and nuclear attack.

13 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Mike Wallace
Mike Wallace
104 Episodes
2 Volume
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.

104 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
Behind the Scenes in Hollywood
Behind the Scenes in Hollywood
18 Episodes
1 Volume
Bidwell McCormick worked in the publicity department at RKO and produced this show to share the magic of the movies. 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.

18 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
History Through the Ears of Radio
History Through the Ears of Radio
157 Episodes
6 Volume
This collection takes you back to those dangerous, yet simple times when you got your news on the go with that transistor radio tucked close to your ear.

157 6
Add To Cart: $30.00
Excursions in Science
Excursions in Science
61 Episodes
2 Volume
Sponsored by General Electric to increase interest and layman's knowledge of science

61 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
Columbia Presents Corwin
Columbia Presents Corwin
31 Episodes
1 Volume
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.

31 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Plan for Survival from Civil Defense
Plan for Survival from Civil Defense
20 Episodes
1 Volume
Atomic Attacks and Major Pandemics do not seem related, but the response to the threat from government and citizens is surprisingly similar.

20 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Rare Holiday
Rare Holiday
42 Episodes
1 Volume
There are several holidays on a year’s calendar, and they all deserve to be celebrated.

42 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
American History
American History
157 Episodes
2 Volume
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.

157 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
American in England
American in England
6 Episodes
1 Volume
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.

6 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
New World A-Coming
New World A-Coming
48 Episodes
1 Volume
the brainchild of Roi Ottley -- aired political and racial concerns through true-life accounts of people's experiences, such as black U.S. soldiers on leave denied at restaurants and movie theaters, discrimination in the workplace, unequal pay & opportunities, and other civil rights issues. Ottley's book, by the same name, won the Peabody Award and the Life in America Award in 1943.

48 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Recollections at Thirty
Recollections at Thirty
41 Episodes
1 Volume
The OTR era ended in 1962 when Suspence went off the air, but NBC was already looking back nostalgically to 1930’s programing in the mid-50’s with Recollections at Thirty.

41 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
South African Rarities
South African Rarities
86 Episodes
2 Volume
Fill your Bakkie Full of Your Favorite Okes and Padkos and Listen to these Rare Radio shows from the Rainbow Nation!

86 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
You Cant Do Business with Hitler
You Cant Do Business with Hitler
12 Episodes
1 Volume
A Pre-War anti-Nazi propaganda program, You Can’t Do Business With Hitler was based on the true-life experience of a former employee of the US Embassy in Berlin.

12 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Presidential Election 2020
Presidential Election 2020
633 Episodes
15 Volume
Joe Biden (D) won against incumbent Donald Trump (R) in a highly polarized contest, with a focus on COVID-19, racial justice, and economic recovery.

633 15
Add To Cart: $75.00
Kennedy Brothers
Kennedy Brothers
101 Episodes
2 Volume
This collection is a history of what each brother contributed to the country; whether good, bad, or indifferent.

101 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt
23 Episodes
1 Volume
Known as "First Lady to the World", Eleanor Roosevelt was the legs and face of FDR's presidency, appearing where and when he could not.

23 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Communists and Cold War
Communists and Cold War
155 Episodes
4 Volume
This extensive collection includes radio shows, news broadcasts, psa's, and debates about The Red Scare, McCarthyism, and The Cold War which pervaded politics, cultures, life and more in second half the the 20th Century.

155 4
Add To Cart: $20.00
1959
1959
44 Episodes
1 Volume
From the Red Scare to the Space Race, Alaska and Hawaii entered the Union and music died when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper died in a fatal airplane crash.

44 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
KKK in Old Time Radio
KKK in Old Time Radio
22 Episodes
1 Volume
The KKK is a terrorist organization which began by resisting the Republican-driven Reformation after the Civil War.

22 1
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1956
1956
46 Episodes
1 Volume
By the mid-1950s the standard of living was increasing and rock n roll grew in popularity, UnAmerican Activities Committee searched the entertainment industry for Communist Sympathizers.

46 1
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Pearl Harbor News
Pearl Harbor News
27 Episodes
1 Volume
News of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 was spread around the globe due to the miracle of radio.

27 1
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Douglas MacArthur
Douglas MacArthur
17 Episodes
1 Volume
Douglas MacArthur served as US General of the Army and field marshal to the Philippine Army. As Chief of Staff of the Army during the 1930s, he played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during WWII.

17 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Joint Sessions of Congress
Joint Sessions of Congress
53 Episodes
2 Volume
The Senate and the House of Representatives each go about their business of making laws independent of each other, however, there are several important occasions when both Houses meet in Joint Session.

53 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
Americana
Americana
24 Episodes
1 Volume
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.

24 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
WPA Concerts
WPA Concerts
31 Episodes
1 Volume
The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was established by executive order of Franklin Delano Roosevelt on May 6, 1935. The WPA was a work relief program that provided jobs for many individuals who had become unemployed during the Depression.

31 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Paramount is on the Air
Paramount is on the Air
33 Episodes
1 Volume
Hollywood studios used the radio to advertise upcoming films featuring songs and scenes from the films without giving away the plot.

33 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Random Rarities 15
Random Rarities 15
59 Episodes
1 Volume
A collection of rare, hard to find shows from all genres including Heart Throbs, Heritage Radio Theater, The Man Behind The Masterpiece, Nightcap Yarns, Victory Parade of Spotlight Bands, Mr. Pickwick's Christmas.

59 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
George McGovern
George McGovern
139 Episodes
5 Volume
This collection is dedicated to the lifetime of service that politician George McGovern did to improve the lives of Americans and people all around the world.

139 5
Add To Cart: $25.00
Presidential Sports
Presidential Sports
136 Episodes
2 Volume
Sports can make a politician feel human and have a personal connection with the voters.

136 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
Eulogies
Eulogies
156 Episodes
2 Volume
When someone you know and love passes away, someone is tapped with the awesome task of eulogizing the deceased.  That person can be your sibling, your child, a dear family member or friend, and in some cases, the President of the United States.

156 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
Bob Dole
Bob Dole
160 Episodes
4 Volume
Bob Dole first ran for political office in 1950 and ran for president three times starting in 1980s.

160 4
Add To Cart: $20.00
Henry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger
49 Episodes
1 Volume
Critics say that as secretary of state towards the end of the Vietnam War; he lost his war.

49 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
First 50 Years of Radio
First 50 Years of Radio
12 Episodes
1 Volume
Produced for Westinghouse by KDKA on the station's 50th anniversary.

12 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
NBC Anniversary Broadcasts
NBC Anniversary Broadcasts
9 Episodes
1 Volume
From its experimental beginnings NBC became the most important Radio Network in the Nation and its Broadcast Anniversaries were an All-Star Event

9 1
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Hubert Humphrey
Hubert Humphrey
92 Episodes
2 Volume
Hubert Humphrey leaves behind a legacy of true liberal causes in the areas of civil rights and labor rights.

92 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
Ronald Knox
Ronald Knox
4 Episodes
1 Volume
Ronald Knox was an interesting and controversial figure in the Catholic Church in England who broadcast about many subjects on British radio.

4 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Standard School Broadcast
Standard School Broadcast
15 Episodes
1 Volume
The Standard School Broadcast began airing in 1928 under the sponsorship of Standard Oil of California, making it one of the earliest educational radio programs.

15 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
DJ Madness
DJ Madness
164 Episodes
2 Volume
The original Disc Jockeys from the Age of Radio bring you their best and greatest music from their era.

164 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
Great Moments in Radio
Great Moments in Radio
103 Episodes
1 Volume
Hear important Historical Events as they actually occurred on the Radio.

103 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Words At War
Words At War
89 Episodes
2 Volume
This old time radio series is a wonderful blend of history and literature and sometimes a sprinkle of wartime propaganda.

89 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
Behind the Mike
Behind the Mike
32 Episodes
1 Volume
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.

32 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Korean AFRS Broadcasts
Korean AFRS Broadcasts
37 Episodes
1 Volume
When the Korean War broke out, AFRS had Army broadcasters working from the old American Embassy Hotel in Seoul and mobile units were attached to combat units and followed the action.

37 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Random Rarities 19
Random Rarities 19
39 Episodes
1 Volume
Here is a new collection of Rare Programs which will not fit in another category but are too important and entertaining not to be released in a collection.

39 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Meet the Press
Meet the Press
128 Episodes
3 Volume
an excellent interview program featuring top makers and shakers of the day being put under the microscope and asked tough questions.

128 3
Add To Cart: $15.00
Story Behind the Headlines
Story Behind the Headlines
25 Episodes
1 Volume
Hosted by Cesar Saerchinger and created as joint venture between NBC and the American Historical Association cover "outstanding news events and major trends in world affairs"

25 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Random Rarities 13
Random Rarities 13
41 Episodes
1 Volume
Lucky 13 Random Rarities Collections features shows long thought lost in the vault of time.

41 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
1960
1960
31 Episodes
1 Volume
In the year 1960, it felt as though the future was about to begin as a new President would be elected, but it was also a year with many changes in Radio.

31 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
1958
1958
29 Episodes
1 Volume
The year of the first American Satellite Explorer 1 launched, the Hula Hoop craze, the army inducts Elvis, 14 year old Bobby Fischer won the United States Chess Championship, and 1958 also saw the debut of Have Gun Will Travel.

29 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
1962
1962
19 Episodes
1 Volume
John Glenn became the first American astronaut to orbit the earth, the world on the brink of a nuclear war with the Cuban Missile Crisis, and CBS broadcast the final episodes of Suspense and Yours Truly Johnny Dollar on September 30.

19 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Presidential Election 2016
Presidential Election 2016
267 Episodes
7 Volume
Like 2000, the 2016 Presidential Election will be studied by contemporaries and historians alike.

267 7
Add To Cart: $35.00
Presidential Election 1992
Presidential Election 1992
154 Episodes
4 Volume
Running against George HW Bush and political outsider, Ross Perot, Bill Clinton and Al Gore won the 1992 Presidential Election carrying 32 states plus Washington, DC.

154 4
Add To Cart: $20.00
Presidential Election 1984
Presidential Election 1984
113 Episodes
3 Volume
President Ronald Reagan defeated Walter Mondale in a landslide winning over 58% of the popular vote.

113 3
Add To Cart: $15.00
George HW Bush Speeches
George HW Bush Speeches
240 Episodes
4 Volume
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.

240 4
Add To Cart: $20.00
Boxers Champions and Prizefighters
Boxers Champions and Prizefighters
125 Episodes
3 Volume
This OTRCAT original collection includes examples of boxing in all the genres of old time radio shows.

125 3
Add To Cart: $15.00
Rare Historical
Rare Historical
125 Episodes
2 Volume
Old Time Radio is more than a report of History, OTR Programs ARE History!

125 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
America Town Meeting of the Air
America Town Meeting of the Air
44 Episodes
2 Volume
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.

44 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
Wax Cylinders 2 (1900 - 1904)
Wax Cylinders 2 (1900 - 1904)
192 Episodes
1 Volume
sales and popularity of wax cylinders were at an all time high during this era and there were many popular recording artists.

192 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Vox Pop
Vox Pop
140 Episodes
3 Volume
You won't want to miss this charming program featuring often spontaneous and playful interviews with citizens across the US and abroad. This extensive collection contains rare recordings previously not in circulation.

140 3
Add To Cart: $15.00
Presidential Party Nominating Conventions
Presidential Party Nominating Conventions
365 Episodes
5 Volume
The Nominating Conventions are an important part of the path to the White House and are a vibrant example of Representative Democracy in action.

365 5
Add To Cart: $25.00
Aunt Daisy
Aunt Daisy
14 Episodes
1 Volume
Every morning at nine, three generations of New Zealanders were greeted by Aunt Daisy's optimism over the airwaves.

14 1
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Gerald Ford
Gerald Ford
145 Episodes
3 Volume
President Ford became President when Richard Nixon left the office of presidency due to the Watergate scandal.

145 3
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Watergate Scandal News
Watergate Scandal News
149 Episodes
3 Volume
Valuable up close look at events as they were unfolding during Nixon's Watergate Scandal.

149 3
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First Children
First Children
246 Episodes
4 Volume
This collection chronicles some of the First Children that we have had in the White House and their future ambitions.

246 4
Add To Cart: $20.00
Presidential Election 2008
Presidential Election 2008
207 Episodes
4 Volume
The 2008 Election saw an orphan briefly run, a woman [Hillary] ran for president and VP, a POW [McCain] was able to run, and an African-American [Obama] was ultimately elected president.

207 4
Add To Cart: $20.00
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