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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
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$4.50

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
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$4.50

You Are There

78 Episodes
2 Volume
This series takes historic events and dramatizes them with "live radio" coverage. Many of the announcers on You Are There were wartime correspondents in World War II. Update: additional broadcasts

78 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
$9.00

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. Update: additional recordings

31 1
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$4.50

World War II Collection

1221 Episodes
9 Volume
This compilation includes vintage broadcasts and historical recordings of the era. The American men and women serving in WWII exclusively heard many of the recordings in this collection through the AFRS (American Forces Radio Service).

1221 9
Add To Cart: $45.00
$36.00

World Is Yours

11 Episodes
1 Volume
produced in cooperation with the Department of Interior and the Smithsonian Institution, The World Is Yours is an education program based on "America's Attic."

11 1
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$4.50

Words At War

89 Episodes
2 Volume
(update) now with improved sound quality -- 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
$9.00

What America Means to Me

13 Episodes
1 Volume
Fascinating and Famous Americans from all walks of life from Helen Keller to Eleanor Roosevelt to Elmer Davis, discuss what America means to them personally.

13 1
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$4.50

Western Adventures with Historical Figures

19 Episodes
1 Volume
Old Time Radio's favorite western heroes meet real western historical figures like Buffalo Bill, Calamity Jane, Annie Oakley, Billy the Kid, even a young Teddy Roosevelt.

19 1
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$4.50

WEAF 12-Hour Broadcast, (Aug 10 1945 Atomic Bombing Nagasaki)

32 Episodes
1 Volume
Transcribed under the assumption of the end of the war the day after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, this recording is a significant part of American history as it reflects the tension as we teetered at the end of WWII.

32 1
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$4.50

We Came This Way

29 Episodes
1 Volume
will be appreciated by students of history, as well as fans of radio drama with stories including Joan of Arc, Valley Forge, The French Revolution, and Walt Whitman.

29 1
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$4.50

Ways of Mankind

5 Episodes
1 Volume
Explore the various facets of cultures and explains not only how they differ, but how they are fundamentally the same in many ways.

5 1
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$4.50

Wax Cylinders 4 (1907 - 1908)

173 Episodes
1 Volume
Featuring the earliest recording artists of their day including Enrico Caruso, Billy Murray, as well as minstrel team Arthur Collins and Byron G. Harlan.

173 1
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$4.50

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
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$4.50

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
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$4.50

Wax Cylinders 1 (1880 - 1890s)

126 Episodes
1 Volume
First commercially produced sound recording devices and offer an early look at turn of the century audio technology as well as popular music and culture from the late 19th century and early 20th century. Mass recording were made on Wax Cylinders from music to speeches to comedy routines all to be enjoyed the in comfort of the listener's home. This collection includes highlights from early recordings from the 1880-1890s.

126 1
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$4.50

Watergate Scandal News

117 Episodes
1 Volume
Valuable up close look at events as they were unfolding during Nixon's Watergate Scandal. Update: 88 additional historic recordings

117 1
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$4.50

War of the Worlds

8 Episodes
1 Volume
Based on the HG Wells story about Martian's invading Earth, War of the Worlds 1938 is one of the most infamous broadcasts in media history.

8 1
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$4.50

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
$13.50

VE Day Clips

12 Episodes
1 Volume
For the peoples living in the victorious nations it seemed as though it should be a time of celebration, Nazi Germany had declared their unconditional surrender to the forces of the Allied Powers.

12 1
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$4.50

US Navy Shows

36 Episodes
1 Volume
If great music was all it took to get young men to the recruiting office, these U.S. Navy Shows would have found more sailors than we have ships. As it was, these great programs from the USN Recruiting Command gave us hours of toe-tapping goodness and dreams of the high seas. Update: Hoot'Navy shows added

36 1
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$4.50

University of Chicago Roundtable

112 Episodes
3 Volume
uses the media of radio as a platform to answer big questions of the day. Topics include war time politics, civil rights, economics, great literature, psychology, nutrition, and more.

112 3
Add To Cart: $15.00
$13.50

United Nations Radio

28 Episodes
1 Volume
Just like they did in time of War, the Stars turned out in force to fight for Peace with the United Nations in UN Radio.

28 1
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$4.50

Uncle Ezra

10 Episodes
1 Volume
One of the most popular on-air country-western charters was a philosophical corn-pone named Uncle Ezra created by Patrick Barrett.

10 1
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$4.50

Titanic Recordings

9 Episodes
1 Volume
included episodes from Adventures in Research, The Cavalcade of America, and historic sound clips referring to the tragedy. Update: additional recordings including first hand accounts

9 1
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$4.50

This is the Story

47 Episodes
1 Volume
This old time radio show takes a fascinating in depth look into unknown tidbits about people and events that shaped our culture, history, and world. Update: additional episodes. Update: additional recordings

47 1
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$4.50

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
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$4.50

That Was the Year

39 Episodes
1 Volume
is a fascinating radio show that dramatizes the major historical events between the years 1896-1934. Headlines include Spanish American War in Cuba, Volcano Mt Pelee destroys town of Saint Pierre, Republic of China established, and Adolf Hitler is appointed Chancellor of Germany. Every episode ends with a performance of a popular song from the year.

39 1
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$4.50

That Other Generation

11 Episodes
1 Volume
Using interviews and archival recordings, the program explored various elements of the Forties, such as the efforts to put the Great Depression behind, the great housing shortage, Movies and Hollywood, Music of the Big Band era, and other topics.

11 1
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$4.50

Stroke of Fate

13 Episodes
1 Volume
History is filled with "What If?'s" Here is a show that explores how things could have been if not for a single Stroke of Fate.

13 1
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$4.50

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
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$4.50

State of the Union Addresses

55 Episodes
2 Volume
Officially a speech made from the US President to Congress; however, the advent of radio made the State of the Union a public speech heard by Americans everywhere. Update: additional broadcast

55 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
$9.00

Stars for Defense

13 Episodes
1 Volume
created by Federal Civil Defense Administration as a public service program to be broadcast by participating radio stations throughout the country with music and practical advice for Americans fearful of an impending attack during the Cold War. Update: sound upgrades

13 1
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$4.50

Speaking of Liberty

24 Episodes
1 Volume
features top writers, reporters, and intellectuals who focus on the importance and value of citizenship and liberty for all people regardless of race, creed, or color.

24 1
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$4.50

Space Missions

489 Episodes
8 Volume
Hear in eight volumes coverage and actual broadcasts of America's early Space Missions, from Mercury through Apollo 15.

489 8
Add To Cart: $40.00
$32.00

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
$9.00

Sounds of War

18 Episodes
1 Volume
major events and campaigns of WWII are presented using historic recordings and reenactments of important speeches.

18 1
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$4.50

Science Magazine of the Air

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

23 1
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$4.50

Ronald Reagan

116 Episodes
2 Volume
(update) now with over 100 recordings: this collection contains his old time radio appearances and recordings from his political career and presidency.

116 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
$9.00

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
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$4.50

Romance of the Ranchos

35 Episodes
1 Volume
Romance of the Ranchos tells the stories of the brave men and women who lived and loved in Old California when it was still a Spanish colony.

35 1
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$4.50

Remembering Pearl Harbor

14 Episodes
1 Volume
The "date which will live in infamy", the attack on Pearl Harbor changed the history of the world.

14 1
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$4.50

Religious Recordings

14 Episodes
1 Volume
Uplifting and Inspirational Sermons from Reverend Beale and Reverend Charles Fuller Update: 2 additional broadcasts

14 1
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$4.50

Red Scare in Old Time Radio

276 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.

276 7
Add To Cart: $35.00
$28.00

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
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$4.50

Rarities from the 1920s

12 Episodes
1 Volume
this original collection featuring very rare old time radio shows from the earliest days of radio history.

12 1
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$4.50

Random Rarities 19

45 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.

45 1
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$4.50

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
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$4.50

Random Rarities 14

41 Episodes
1 Volume
The best loved shows from the Golden Age were more likely to be preserved, but we keep finding treasures in some of the "orphaned recordings".

41 1
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$4.50

Random Rarities 13

41 Episodes
1 Volume
Lucky 13 Random Rarities Collections features shows long thought lost in the vault of time.

41 1
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$4.50

Random Rarities 06

59 Episodes
1 Volume
an OTRCAT.com original collection of rare never released shows from the golden age of radio including A & P Gypsies!

59 1
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$4.50

Radio Jingles (Allied Artists Radio Jingles)

122 Episodes
1 Volume
Christmas Eve, 1924, a male vocal quartet began singing the "Have You Tried Wheaties?" gave the product a huge boost in the market leading to other companies creating jingles for their products.

122 1
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$4.50

Radio Fillers

92 Episodes
1 Volume
Fifteen minute sample tastes of Hollywood's greats pictures by playing some of the movie's soundtrack and interview stars.

92 1
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$4.50

Quick and Dead

4 Episodes
1 Volume
Starring Bob Hope and produced by Fred Friendly, this old time radio show dramatically presents the science and horrors of Atomic War.

4 1
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$4.50

Public Service Announcements (PSAs)

182 Episodes
1 Volume
A Public Service Announcement (PSA) is defined as a message in the public interest which is disseminated through the media free of charge, with the objective of raising awareness of issues. Update: additional recordings

182 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
$4.50

Presidential Campaigns 1892-1974

156 Episodes
1 Volume
Includes historic and entertaining campaign speeches from Grover Cleveland, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon.

156 1
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$4.50

President Inaugural Addresses

26 Episodes
1 Volume
This collection includes every Presidential Inaugural Speech since Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 4, 1933 through 2017.

26 1
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$4.50

Politicians Corrupt Dirty and Otherwise

75 Episodes
2 Volume
This collection includes historical and news broadcasts as well as fictional accounts of corrupt politicians on The Green Hornet, The Halls of Ivy, The Lone Ranger, and more.

75 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
$9.00

Polio

11 Episodes
1 Volume
Polio became one of the most worrisome of childhood diseases in the early 20th century until research by Jonas Salk resulted in a practical and effective polio vaccine.

11 1
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$4.50

People Take the Lead

4 Episodes
1 Volume
Working with the American Jewish Committee, this series moves to fight for Civil Rights and overcome misguided attitudes and beliefs in regular folks.

4 1
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$4.50

Pennsylvania Keystone of Democracy

24 Episodes
1 Volume
The Pennsylvania Historical Commission, with the cooperation of the State Council of Defense, began broadcasting a series of dramatizations of important events from Pennsylvania history in the 1940s.

24 1
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$4.50

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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$4.50

Paramount is on the Air

16 Episodes
1 Volume
Hollywood studios used the radio to advertise upcoming films featuring songs and scenes from the films without giving away the plot.

16 1
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$4.50

Pacific Story

170 Episodes
4 Volume
One of the many lessons of WWII was how the countries of the Pacific would grow in importance on the world scene, as profiled in The Pacific Story

170 4
Add To Cart: $20.00
$18.00

Pacific Powerland

45 Episodes
1 Volume
Entertaining Educational Historic Tales

45 1
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$4.50

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
$4.50

Our Land Be Bright

12 Episodes
1 Volume
In 1947-48, the VFW began syndicating Our Land Be Bright to help publicize the issues and VFW programs which benefit both vets and their communities.

12 1
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$4.50

Our Freedoms Blessings

8 Episodes
1 Volume
Hear the stories of people from the great State of New York who discovered something to make our lives better or safer.

8 1
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$4.50

Our Cats

22 Episodes
1 Volume
Cats are very close companions to humanity, but are they truly domesticated? According to the "Our Cats" program, being allowed to love them is enough.

22 1
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$4.50

One World Flight

12 Episodes
1 Volume
In 1946, Norman Corwin spent 4 months on a flying trip around the world, carrying 225 pounds of recording equipment to 16 countries. What should have been a broadcasting triumph was aired in the same timeslot as Bob Hope, dooming One World Flight to relative obscurity.

12 1
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$4.50

Olympic Historical Recordings

12 Episodes
1 Volume
compilation of news, historical recordings and sports shows talking about Olympic history from radio past!

12 1
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$4.50

Old Fashioned Revival Hour

91 Episodes
2 Volume
Classic old time radio Christian evangelicalism.The show was lead by Pastor Charles E Fuller who was one of the first radio ministers.He dedicated his life to the ministry and often traveled around the country and aired live revivals.

91 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
$9.00

Norman Corwin

120 Episodes
3 Volume
(update) 90+ additional recordings: One of the greatest creative minds that has ever floated through the airwaves, Norman Corwin's poetic personality left an impression on listeners everywhere.

120 3
Add To Cart: $15.00
$13.50

Nixon (Richard Nixon Recordings)

143 Episodes
2 Volume
Richard M. Nixon was the 37th President of the United States of America, and one of the most controversial. In 1974, he became the only US President to resign from office.

143 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
$9.00

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
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$4.50

NBC First Fabulous Fifty

6 Episodes
1 Volume
NBC celebrates its first 50 years on the air with a retrospective featuring bits from its most popular shows.

6 1
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$4.50

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
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$4.50

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
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$4.50

Mr President

148 Episodes
3 Volume
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

148 3
Add To Cart: $15.00
$13.50

Movie Previews

112 Episodes
1 Volume
This is a compilation of movie previews on radio shows with glimpses of some of the best classics in film history.

112 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
$4.50

Mitch Miller Show

3 Episodes
1 Volume
the man who helped shape the careers for Tony Bennett, Guy Mitchell, and Rosemary Clooney.

3 1
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$4.50

Minstrel Shows

537 Episodes
13 Volume
Minstrelsy is considered the first truly American form of entertainment, and as such provides the forms and traditions which would eventually form vaudeville and ultimately the Hollywood movies and TV shows which shape and inform the rest of the world's opinion of American culture.

537 13
Add To Cart: $65.00
$52.00

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
$9.00

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
$13.50

Medical Milestones

10 Episodes
1 Volume
The American Medical Association, along with local medical societies, presented a series of short syndicated broadcasts in 1961 titled Medical Milestones which described many of those advances.

10 1
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$4.50

March of Time

28 Episodes
1 Volume
(update) now with an additional 20 shows: this old time radio broadcast was renown for dramatized news events.

28 1
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$4.50

Lyndon Johnson Speeches

24 Episodes
1 Volume
(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.

24 1
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$4.50

Lowell Thomas

7 Episodes
1 Volume
Journalist, Commentator, Adventurer, and Radio Pioneer

7 1
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$4.50

Lord Haw Haw

16 Episodes
1 Volume
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.

16 1
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$4.50

Living in an Atomic Age

7 Episodes
1 Volume
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.

7 1
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$4.50

Lear (Orson Welles)

10 Episodes
1 Volume
Orson Welles provides commentary, interviews, and thoughts about the state of the nation and the world in the tumultuous times after World War II.

10 1
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$4.50

Lands of the Free

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

15 1
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$4.50

Korean AFRS Broadcasts

36 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.

36 1
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$4.50

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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$4.50

Keys to the Capitol

10 Episodes
1 Volume
weekly news discussion program discuss news of the week in the mid-1950s.

10 1
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$4.50

Joseph McCarthy Audio Excerpts

46 Episodes
1 Volume
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.

46 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
$4.50

John F Kennedy

356 Episodes
4 Volume
Extensive collection of presidential speeches, recordings, and assassination coverage + transcripts, images and documents! Update: 7 additional speeches

356 4
Add To Cart: $20.00
$18.00

Jimmy Carter Speeches

32 Episodes
1 Volume
Considered "a better man than he was a president", Jimmy Carter ushered America into the 1980s.

32 1
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$4.50

Jeffrey Silver

91 Episodes
2 Volume
While on vacation from Cleveland, Jeffrey Silver made a few radio auditions just for fun, and wound up as a young, professional, Hollywood radio actor.

91 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
$9.00

Ira Cook Show

24 Episodes
1 Volume
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

24 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
$4.50
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