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Paramount is on the Air
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
Add To Cart: $5.00
Barry Gray Show
Barry Gray Show
5 Episodes
1 Volume
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.

5 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
In Review
In Review
5 Episodes
1 Volume
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.

5 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Our Freedoms Blessings
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
Add To Cart: $5.00
American Heritage
American Heritage
3 Episodes
1 Volume
AFRS created this education program to teach service men and women about the history of our great country.

3 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Our Land Be Bright
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
Add To Cart: $5.00
Gallant American Women
Gallant American Women
10 Episodes
1 Volume
Hear the untold stories of ordinary women who worked and sacrificed sometimes with their lives, to build the United States.

10 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
Coast to Coast on a Bus
Coast to Coast on a Bus
5 Episodes
1 Volume
The White Rabbit Bus hit America's highways every Sunday morning, with its conductor (that's what they called him) Milton Cross.

5 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
What America Means to Me
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
Add To Cart: $5.00
World Is Yours
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
Add To Cart: $5.00
Politicians Corrupt Dirty and Otherwise
Politicians Corrupt Dirty and Otherwise
73 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.

73 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
Movie Previews
Movie Previews
178 Episodes
2 Volume
This is a compilation of movie previews on radio shows with glimpses of some of the best classics in film history.

178 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
Bob Elson Interviews
Bob Elson Interviews
107 Episodes
2 Volume
primarily known as a sports announcer, a large portion of his career was spent simply interviewing famous people.

107 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
Uncle Ezra
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
Add To Cart: $5.00
Ways of Mankind
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
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
That Other Generation
That Other Generation
10 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.

10 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Heroes of Civilization
Heroes of Civilization
24 Episodes
1 Volume
This collection of biographical sketches of pioneers in the medical field was produced syndication in 1936.

24 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Medical Milestones
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
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
Add To Cart: $5.00
Presidential Candidate Announcements
Presidential Candidate Announcements
181 Episodes
5 Volume
While only 44 men have served as President and 48 men have served as Vice President, so many Americans have stepped up to answer the call to run for these two top spots. Listen as we hear from some of these Americans as they make their plans known, give their victory, and even their concession.

181 5
Add To Cart: $25.00
Doctors Today
Doctors Today
17 Episodes
1 Volume
A peacetime continuation of "Doctors at War", "Doctors Today" shared a wealth of medical information with the listening public

17 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Face to the Future
Face to the Future
18 Episodes
1 Volume
A series of reports on the state of Defense Technology in the late-1950s sponsored by NORAD.

18 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Women in Government and Politics
Women in Government and Politics
518 Episodes
11 Volume
Over the past century, women have really exploded onto the political landscape to set forth ideas that are more family friendly, meaning issues that are at the heart of what matters to the American family.

518 11
Add To Cart: $5.00
American Forum of the Air
American Forum of the Air
28 Episodes
1 Volume
One of the first Public Affairs Panel Discussion Programs, American Forum of the Air presented an often lively debate of National Issues.

28 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
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
Living in an Atomic Age
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
Add To Cart: $5.00
American Portraits
American Portraits
8 Episodes
1 Volume
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.

8 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Speaking of Liberty
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
Add To Cart: $5.00
I Was There
I Was There
4 Episodes
1 Volume
rare but excellent historical old time radio show which gives an eyewitness account to notable events in history and extraordinary news stories.

4 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
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
United Nations Radio
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
Add To Cart: $5.00
Lear (Orson Welles)
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
Add To Cart: $5.00
Korean AFRS Broadcasts
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
Add To Cart: $5.00
NBC First Fabulous Fifty
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
Add To Cart: $5.00
Random Rarities 06
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
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
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
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
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
Pennsylvania Keystone of Democracy
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
Add To Cart: $5.00
Radio Fillers
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
Add To Cart: $5.00
Ira Cook Show
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
Polio
Polio
10 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.

10 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Jeffrey Silver
Jeffrey Silver
93 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.

93 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
Presidential Party Nominating Conventions
Presidential Party Nominating Conventions
360 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.

360 5
Add To Cart: $25.00
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
Impeach a President (Clinton)
Impeach a President (Clinton)
85 Episodes
3 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.

85 3
Add To Cart: $15.00
Presidential Victory and Concession
Presidential Victory and Concession
37 Episodes
1 Volume
In the United States election cycle there are differing candidates vying for a political office. At times it can be bitter but when it's over, there is a winner and a loser and typically candidates are a good sport about it.

37 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
My Hometown
My Hometown
42 Episodes
1 Volume
Terry Lee Jenkins and PAMS Company put out a full length 45 RPM to promote local towns around the country that was to be played in local radio market

42 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Family Business
Family Business
1004 Episodes
21 Volume
American politics is a family business. This collection is dedicated to these dynasties in American politics from the Twentieth Century forward.

1004 21
Add To Cart: $99.00
First Children
First Children
224 Episodes
4 Volume
This collection chronicles some of the First Children that we have had in the White House and their future ambitions.

224 4
Add To Cart: $20.00
Cuban Missile Crisis
Cuban Missile Crisis
67 Episodes
1 Volume
October 14, 1962 U2 spy planes discovered Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba, just 90 miles off of the Florida Coast.

67 1
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Douglas MacArthur
Douglas MacArthur
16 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.

16 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
That Was the Year
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
Add To Cart: $5.00
We Came This Way
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
Add To Cart: $5.00
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
Mitch Miller Show
Mitch Miller Show
8 Episodes
1 Volume
the man who helped shape the careers for Tony Bennett, Guy Mitchell, and Rosemary Clooney.

8 1
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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
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
Election Collection
Election Collection
84 Episodes
2 Volume
old time radio shows take on elections, voting and ballots taken from all genres including comedy, drama, western, news programs, and more.

84 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
State of the Union Addresses
State of the Union Addresses
69 Episodes
3 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.

69 3
Add To Cart: $15.00
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
Random Rarities 14
Random Rarities 14
39 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".

39 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Helen Keller
Helen Keller
4 Episodes
1 Volume
Deaf and mute, Hellen Keller's overcome all odds with the help of dedicated tutor Anne Sullivan and inspired the world.

4 1
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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
Presidential Campaigns 1892-1974
Presidential Campaigns 1892-1974
155 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.

155 1
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Hanoi Hannah Excerpts
Hanoi Hannah Excerpts
4 Episodes
1 Volume
During the Vietnam War, Hanoi Hannah played progressive rock n roll music mixed with North Vietnamese propaganda.

4 1
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KEX Scrapbook of Sounds
KEX Scrapbook of Sounds
11 Episodes
1 Volume
Portland's KEX began broadcasting in 1926 and hired an ambitious vaudevillian from San Francisco named Mel Blanc.

11 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
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
Voyager Golden Record
Voyager Golden Record
76 Episodes
1 Volume
The Golden Records attached to the hulls of the Voyager 1&2 Deep Space Probes are mankind's ultimate "note in a bottle"

76 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Crisis in War Town
Crisis in War Town
4 Episodes
1 Volume
Although Victory was practically assured by the time "Crisis in War Town" debuted, the program highlights the small victories that contributed to the Over All Victory.

4 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Presidential Before They Were Nominees
Presidential Before They Were Nominees
303 Episodes
8 Volume
Every four years, the United States holds a Presidential Election to elect a President and a Vice President to lead the nation.  For the most part, Americans like to elect leaders with a proven record for which they can run on.

303 8
Add To Cart: $40.00
Presidential Thanksgiving
Presidential Thanksgiving
49 Episodes
1 Volume
The Thanksgiving Holiday has many spiritual and political implications, but it is also a time for fun.

49 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Memorial Day Presidential Recordings
Memorial Day Presidential Recordings
40 Episodes
1 Volume
As we all gather around the picnic table to spend time with family and friends to ring in the unofficial start of the summer season; let’s remember those empty seats at those picnic tables who gave the ultimate sacrifice for us all to enjoy this time together.

40 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
John McCain
John McCain
129 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.

129 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
Horizons West
Horizons West
13 Episodes
1 Volume
This well-written and performed program documents the exploration of America by Lewis and Clark!

13 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Science Magazine of the Air
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
Add To Cart: $5.00
American Gallery
American Gallery
12 Episodes
1 Volume
celebrates American artists of all genres with a whole episode dedicated to each artist and their music

12 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
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
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
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
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Cavalcade of Kings
Cavalcade of Kings
50 Episodes
1 Volume
features the radio dramatization of the fascinating history of the British Monarchy.

50 1
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Pacific Story
Pacific Story
171 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.

171 4
Add To Cart: $20.00
University of Chicago Roundtable
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
Keys to the Capitol
Keys to the Capitol
10 Episodes
1 Volume
weekly news discussion program discuss news of the week in the mid-1950s.

10 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
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
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Author Meets Critic
Author Meets Critic
53 Episodes
2 Volume
Join the battle between authors and critics when you listen to The Author Meets the Critic.

53 2
Add To Cart: $10.00
Sounds of War
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
Add To Cart: $5.00
President Inaugural Addresses
President Inaugural Addresses
36 Episodes
1 Volume
This collection includes every Presidential Inaugural Speech since Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 4, 1933 through 2021.

36 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Stars for Defense
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.

13 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
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
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Our Cats
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
Add To Cart: $5.00
Cavalcade of America Christmas
Cavalcade of America Christmas
9 Episodes
1 Volume
Produced by DuPont to improve its public image, Cavalcade of America Christmas features drama shows.

9 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Joint Sessions of Congress
Joint Sessions of Congress
48 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.

48 2
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Exploring the Unknown
Exploring the Unknown
6 Episodes
1 Volume
Produced a decade before Sputnik brought America's educational system into question, Exploring the Unknown, may have helped to inspire the generation of scientists who eventually won the Space Race.

6 1
Add To Cart: $5.00
Impeach a President (Trump)
Impeach a President (Trump)
278 Episodes
4 Volume
Hear the proceedings and rhetoric as Donald Trump has becomes the first president in history to be impeached twice.

278 4
Add To Cart: $20.00
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