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"Year in Crisis 1955"



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Marshall Plan
Clifton Fadiman of Information PleaseWhen the Federal Communications Commission began issuing broadcast licenses to commercial radio station, part of the mandate was that the broadcasts should be of service to the community.Radio became a way for news to be reported almost as soon as it happened, and the people who were there to report on events found that they were also in a unique position to comment on what was happening.

Edward R MurrowEditorial pieces were always a part of print news, so it is little wonder that broadcast news people would want to paint world events from their own perspective. Beyond simply reporting the news, this opinion pieces could become news on their own.

Ask Congress, December, 1957, a public service program the brings members of the House of Representatives meet with members of their constituency, the citizens are selected for the program based on their participation in civic organizations.

Conversations, NBC, Late '50s, From the host of Information, Please!, Clifton Fadiman, Conversations celebrates the art of fine conversation. The guests are every bit as erudite and entertaining as the quiz show.

Cross Section USA, Late 1940s, CBS News discusses important issues of the day with a selection of persons from across the nation who represent agriculture, labor and manufacturing.

The Great Challenge, CBS, 1958-59, A series of symposiums that bring together outstanding leaders from many fields to consider urgent problems facing the nation in a rapidly changing world. Moderated by Howard K. Smith and Eric Sevareid.

Life and the World, NBC, 1957-58, A news magazine program, correspondents present stories from around the world. The program uses taped interviews and reports which are edited in the studio.

New World, NBC, 1956-57, Originally part of NBC's Monitor program, New World uses taped interviews and panel discussions to explore the issues of the day.

Our Foreign Policy, NBC News, 1940s, A presentation of the NBC University of the Air, most of the surviving programs are from the post War era, featuring State Department officials discussing developments like the formation of the United Nations and employment of the Marshall Plan.

The Hidden Revolution, CBS Public Affairs Department in the late 1950s and early 1960s, explores important social trends in US culture, like the increase in leisure time, the constant threat of nuclear war, and the American propensity for "moving on". Hosted by Edward R. Murrow.

Twin Views of the News, this brief local news program from 1949 has rapid-fire "parade of exclusive news" which are short synopsis of news items of the day  followed by interviews from actors such as Ray Bolger.

Years of Crisis with Edward R. Murrow, CBS News annual year end review of International events and developments. Interestingly, the 1958 edition is the 10th anniversary of the program as features a review of the decade after the War.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, weekly program from the NBC News and Special Events Department, takes a weekly look at various elements of society from a long term perspective.

Youth Wants to Know, late Fifties, a part of NBC's Monitor Program, allows young people to direct questions to figures in the news.

 

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    48 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 20 hours, 43 min
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      48 shows - total playtime 20 hours 43 minutes
      1. Ask Congress 571208 Adam Clayton Powell.mp3
      2. Ask Congress 571222 Frank J Becker.mp3
      3. Conversation 541106 What Inventions Benefitted Mankind Most.mp3
      4. Conversation 550312 Nonconforming American.mp3
      5. Conversation 561108 Rock and Roll.mp3
      6. Conversation 561220 Christmas.mp3
      7. Conversation 570000 Unflaming Youth.mp3
      8. Cross Section USA 480313 Margarine Tax.mp3
      9. Cross Section Usa 480410 How Much Defense Does Usa Need Now.mp3
      10. Cross Section Usa 480508 Federal Minimum Wage Law Bill.mp3
      11. Great Challenge 580422 Individual Relationships Mass Society.mp3
      12. Great Challenge 580501 Government And Democratic Process.mp3
      13. Great Challenge 590303 Is America Antiintellectual.mp3
      14. Great Challenge 590325 Democracy Meet Space Age Challenge.mp3
      15. Great Challenge 590407 American Getting Information It Needs.mp3
      16. Life And World 570900 Governor Orville Faubus.mp3
      17. Life And World 580213 Hot Spots In Africa.mp3
      18. Life And World 580318.mp3
      19. National Newspaper Boy Day 431002 Dimes For Invasion.mp3
      20. National Newspaper Boy Day 431002c Mrs Murgatroyds Dimes.mp3
      21. New World 560129 Healthcare Debate.mp3
      22. New World 560200 Fine Art Of Debunking.mp3
      23. New World 560900 Role Of Hospitals.mp3
      24. New World 561111 1956 Election Review.mp3
      25. New World 570000 Neglect Of Reading.mp3
      26. New World 570505 Federal Budget.mp3
      27. New World 570609 Case For Small Business.mp3
      28. New World560930 Supreme Court.mp3
      29. Our Foreign Policy 411000 What Left United States Neutrality.mp3
      30. Our Foreign Policy 450526 Ussoviet Relations.mp3
      31. Our Foreign Policy 450616 United Nations Charter.mp3
      32. Our Foreign Policy 470927 Marshall Plan.mp3
      33. The Hidden Revolution 581217 Twenty Hour Work Week.mp3
      34. The Hidden Revolution 600105 20th Century Nomads.mp3
      35. The Hidden Revolution 600405 Cool Revolution.mp3
      36. Twin Views of The News 490821 Ray Bolger and Bennett Cerf.mp3
      37. Twin Views of The News 490904 Hy Gardner TX Glen McCarthy.mp3
      38. World News Round-Up 550602 Four American Flyers released.mp3
      39. World News Round-Up 560717 USSR Charges American Planes.mp3
      40. Years Of Crisis 1955 560102.mp3
      41. Years Of Crisis 1958 581229.mp3
      42. Years Of Crisis 1960 601228.mp3
      43. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 510727 Narcotics.mp3
      44. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 510812 Baseball.mp3
      45. Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow 510909 1952 Election.mp3
      46. Youth Wants to Know 540530 Haile Selassie.mp3
      47. Youth Wants to Know 570000 Sen. Wayne Morse.mp3
      48. Youth Wants To Know 580223 Eric Johnstone.mp3
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    48 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 20 hours, 43 min
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      48 shows - total playtime 20 hours 43 minutes
      1. Ask Congress 571208 Adam Clayton Powell.mp3
      2. Ask Congress 571222 Frank J Becker.mp3
      3. Conversation 541106 What Inventions Benefitted Mankind Most.mp3
      4. Conversation 550312 Nonconforming American.mp3
      5. Conversation 561108 Rock and Roll.mp3
      6. Conversation 561220 Christmas.mp3
      7. Conversation 570000 Unflaming Youth.mp3
      8. Cross Section USA 480313 Margarine Tax.mp3
      9. Cross Section Usa 480410 How Much Defense Does Usa Need Now.mp3
      10. Cross Section Usa 480508 Federal Minimum Wage Law Bill.mp3
      11. Great Challenge 580422 Individual Relationships Mass Society.mp3
      12. Great Challenge 580501 Government And Democratic Process.mp3
      13. Great Challenge 590303 Is America Antiintellectual.mp3
      14. Great Challenge 590325 Democracy Meet Space Age Challenge.mp3
      15. Great Challenge 590407 American Getting Information It Needs.mp3
      16. Life And World 570900 Governor Orville Faubus.mp3
      17. Life And World 580213 Hot Spots In Africa.mp3
      18. Life And World 580318.mp3
      19. National Newspaper Boy Day 431002 Dimes For Invasion.mp3
      20. National Newspaper Boy Day 431002c Mrs Murgatroyds Dimes.mp3
      21. New World 560129 Healthcare Debate.mp3
      22. New World 560200 Fine Art Of Debunking.mp3
      23. New World 560900 Role Of Hospitals.mp3
      24. New World 561111 1956 Election Review.mp3
      25. New World 570000 Neglect Of Reading.mp3
      26. New World 570505 Federal Budget.mp3
      27. New World 570609 Case For Small Business.mp3
      28. New World560930 Supreme Court.mp3
      29. Our Foreign Policy 411000 What Left United States Neutrality.mp3
      30. Our Foreign Policy 450526 Ussoviet Relations.mp3
      31. Our Foreign Policy 450616 United Nations Charter.mp3
      32. Our Foreign Policy 470927 Marshall Plan.mp3
      33. The Hidden Revolution 581217 Twenty Hour Work Week.mp3
      34. The Hidden Revolution 600105 20th Century Nomads.mp3
      35. The Hidden Revolution 600405 Cool Revolution.mp3
      36. Twin Views of The News 490821 Ray Bolger and Bennett Cerf.mp3
      37. Twin Views of The News 490904 Hy Gardner TX Glen McCarthy.mp3
      38. World News Round-Up 550602 Four American Flyers released.mp3
      39. World News Round-Up 560717 USSR Charges American Planes.mp3
      40. Years Of Crisis 1955 560102.mp3
      41. Years Of Crisis 1958 581229.mp3
      42. Years Of Crisis 1960 601228.mp3
      43. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 510727 Narcotics.mp3
      44. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 510812 Baseball.mp3
      45. Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow 510909 1952 Election.mp3
      46. Youth Wants to Know 540530 Haile Selassie.mp3
      47. Youth Wants to Know 570000 Sen. Wayne Morse.mp3
      48. Youth Wants To Know 580223 Eric Johnstone.mp3
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    48 recordings on 23 Audio CDs
    total playtime 20 hours, 43 min

    Disc A001

    1. Our Foreign Policy 411000 What Left United States Neutrality
    2. National Newspaper Boy Day 431002 Dimes For Invasion
    3. National Newspaper Boy Day 431002c Mrs Murgatroyds Dimes
    4. Our Foreign Policy 450526 Ussoviet Relations

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    Disc A002

    1. Our Foreign Policy 450616 United Nations Charter
    2. Our Foreign Policy 470927 Marshall Plan

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    Disc A003

    1. Cross Section USA 480313 Margarine Tax
    2. Cross Section Usa 480410 How Much Defense Does Usa Need Now

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    Disc A004

    1. Cross Section Usa 480508 Federal Minimum Wage Law Bill
    2. Twin Views of The News 490821 Ray Bolger and Bennett Cerf
    3. Twin Views of The News 490904 Hy Gardner TX Glen McCarthy

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    Disc A005

    1. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 510727 Narcotics
    2. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 510812 Baseball

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    Disc A006

    1. Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow 510909 1952 Election
    2. Youth Wants to Know 540530 Haile Selassie

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    Disc A007

    1. Conversation 541106 What Inventions Benefitted Mankind Most
    2. Conversation 550312 Nonconforming American

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    Disc A008

    1. World News Round-Up 550602 Four American Flyers released
    2. Years Of Crisis 1955 560102

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    Disc A009

    1. New World 560129 Healthcare Debate
    2. New World 560200 Fine Art Of Debunking
    3. World News Round-Up 560717 USSR Charges American Planes

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    Disc A010

    1. New World 560900 Role Of Hospitals
    2. New World560930 Supreme Court

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    Disc A011

    1. Conversation 561108 Rock and Roll
    2. New World 561111 1956 Election Review

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    Disc A012

    1. Conversation 561220 Christmas
    2. Conversation 570000 Unflaming Youth

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    Disc A013

    1. New World 570000 Neglect Of Reading
    2. Youth Wants to Know 570000 Sen. Wayne Morse

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    Disc A014

    1. New World 570505 Federal Budget
    2. New World 570609 Case For Small Business
    3. Life And World 570900 Governor Orville Faubus

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    Disc A015

    1. Ask Congress 571208 Adam Clayton Powell
    2. Ask Congress 571222 Frank J Becker
    3. Life And World 580213 Hot Spots In Africa

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    Disc A016

    1. Youth Wants To Know 580223 Eric Johnstone
    2. Life And World 580318

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    Disc A017

    1. Great Challenge 580422 Individual Relationships Mass Society
    2. Great Challenge 580501 Government And Democratic Process

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    Disc A018

    1. The Hidden Revolution 581217 Twenty Hour Work Week

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    Disc A019

    1. Years Of Crisis 1958 581229

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    Disc A020

    1. Great Challenge 590303 Is America Antiintellectual
    2. Great Challenge 590325 Democracy Meet Space Age Challenge

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    Disc A021

    1. Great Challenge 590407 American Getting Information It Needs
    2. The Hidden Revolution 600105 20th Century Nomads

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    Disc A022

    1. The Hidden Revolution 600405 Cool Revolution

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    Disc A023

    1. Years Of Crisis 1960 601228

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