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Transatlantic Call: People to People

WWII program geared to bridge the gap between the pond and forge a strong relationship between the people of Great Britain and the United States.

19 old time radio show recordings
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"Getting To Know Britian"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Alan Lomax

George Bernard Shaw supposedly said that Great Britain and the United States are two countries separated by a common language. The quote itself may be in dispute, but the sentiment is incredibly accurate.

Transatlantic CallPeople on either side of the Atlantic can appreciate contributions from the other, but their perspective is different enough that understanding one another is not always easy. Americans tend to see Brits as traditionalist and uptight while the Limeys sometime feel that the Yanks are all rich and impetuous. Neither side is completely right or completely wrong, of course. During the Second World War, however, a better understanding was important in defeating the common enemy.

In an effort to bridge the gap of understanding, CBS and the BBC, in cooperation with the Office of War Information, began collaborating in Transatlantic Call: People to People. As originally conceived, the programs were to be produced on either side of the pond every other week.

CBS took the effort seriously enough to assign Norman Corwin to the project; however, Corwin had to drop out of the project after three episodes due to illness. Folklorist Alan Lomax was tapped as Corwin's replacement.

Working with his father, Lomax made hundreds of recordings of American folk musicians for the Library of Congress, eventually assuming the title of Assistant in Charge of the Archive of Folk Song. When funding for the recordings was discontinued in 1942, Lomax continued at his own expense, saving music and interviews from legendary talents like Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, Jellyroll Morton and Muddy Waters. Lomax pioneered the "Man on the Street Interview". On Dec 8, 1941, he called on broadcasters to interview and record ordinary citizens with their opinions and impressions of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Transatlantic Call was a scripted program, but it keeps the feel of the Man on the Street interview. Some of the episodes concentrate on a specific region or industry, such Loggers in Oregon and the People of Bermondsey, the borough of London where the Mayflower began her voyage and home of Air Training Corp. Others are more direct comparisons between the two nations, such as an episode that followed an English Cricket game in the first half and boys playing baseball in Hannibal, MO, during the second.

The lessons of international understanding not only help us to understand our friends across the pond, they help us to know ourselves better, as well.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    19 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 8 hours, 45 min
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      19 shows - total playtime 8 hours 45 minutes
      1. Transatlantic Call 430221 003 Country Towns.mp3
      2. Transatlantic Call 430307 005 Lambeth Walk.mp3
      3. Transatlantic Call 430321 007 Life In Rhondda Valley.mp3
      4. Transatlantic Call 430627 021 Hyde Park.mp3
      5. Transatlantic Call 430801 026 Hills Of West Virginia At War.mp3
      6. Transatlantic Call 440514 067 Farm In South Dakota.mp3
      7. Transatlantic Call 440528 Cricket England Baseball America.mp3
      8. Transatlantic Call 440611 Two Country Doctors Upcut.mp3
      9. Transatlantic Call 440618 People Of Bermondsey Upcut.mp3
      10. Transatlantic Call 440625 Logging And Loggers.mp3
      11. Transatlantic Call 440702 074 Chicago Policeman And London Bobby.mp3
      12. Transatlantic Call 440709 075 Forest Of Arden.mp3
      13. Transatlantic Call 440813 080 An American Nurse.mp3
      14. Transatlantic Call 440903 083 Five Years Of War In Britain.mp3
      15. Transatlantic Call 440921getting To Know Britain.mp3
      16. Transatlantic Call 441001british Humor.mp3
      17. Transatlantic Call 441021atlantic Spotlight.mp3
      18. Transatlantic Call 450204 105 British University.mp3
      19. Transatlantic Call 450218 107 Getting To Know Britain.mp3
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    19 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 8 hours, 45 min
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      19 shows - total playtime 8 hours 45 minutes
      1. Transatlantic Call 430221 003 Country Towns.mp3
      2. Transatlantic Call 430307 005 Lambeth Walk.mp3
      3. Transatlantic Call 430321 007 Life In Rhondda Valley.mp3
      4. Transatlantic Call 430627 021 Hyde Park.mp3
      5. Transatlantic Call 430801 026 Hills Of West Virginia At War.mp3
      6. Transatlantic Call 440514 067 Farm In South Dakota.mp3
      7. Transatlantic Call 440528 Cricket England Baseball America.mp3
      8. Transatlantic Call 440611 Two Country Doctors Upcut.mp3
      9. Transatlantic Call 440618 People Of Bermondsey Upcut.mp3
      10. Transatlantic Call 440625 Logging And Loggers.mp3
      11. Transatlantic Call 440702 074 Chicago Policeman And London Bobby.mp3
      12. Transatlantic Call 440709 075 Forest Of Arden.mp3
      13. Transatlantic Call 440813 080 An American Nurse.mp3
      14. Transatlantic Call 440903 083 Five Years Of War In Britain.mp3
      15. Transatlantic Call 440921getting To Know Britain.mp3
      16. Transatlantic Call 441001british Humor.mp3
      17. Transatlantic Call 441021atlantic Spotlight.mp3
      18. Transatlantic Call 450204 105 British University.mp3
      19. Transatlantic Call 450218 107 Getting To Know Britain.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    19 recordings on 10 Audio CDs
    total playtime 8 hours, 45 min

    Disc A001

    1. Transatlantic Call 430221 003 Country Towns
    2. Transatlantic Call 430307 005 Lambeth Walk

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    Disc A002

    1. Transatlantic Call 430321 007 Life In Rhondda Valley
    2. Transatlantic Call 430627 021 Hyde Park

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    Disc A003

    1. Transatlantic Call 430801 026 Hills Of West Virginia At War
    2. Transatlantic Call 440514 067 Farm In South Dakota

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    Disc A004

    1. Transatlantic Call 440528 Cricket England Baseball America
    2. Transatlantic Call 440611 Two Country Doctors Upcut

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    Disc A005

    1. Transatlantic Call 440618 People Of Bermondsey Upcut
    2. Transatlantic Call 440625 Logging And Loggers

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    Disc A006

    1. Transatlantic Call 440702 074 Chicago Policeman And London Bobby
    2. Transatlantic Call 440709 075 Forest Of Arden

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    Disc A007

    1. Transatlantic Call 440813 080 An American Nurse
    2. Transatlantic Call 440903 083 Five Years Of War In Britain

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    Disc A008

    1. Transatlantic Call 440921getting To Know Britain
    2. Transatlantic Call 441001british Humor

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    Disc A009

    1. Transatlantic Call 441021atlantic Spotlight
    2. Transatlantic Call 450204 105 British University

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    Disc A010

    1. Transatlantic Call 450218 107 Getting To Know Britain

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