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Moments of America

Series produced by WGBH Radio Boston

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Arts and culture in the words of famous Americans. Produced with assistance from Viki Merrick and Andrew Parrella.

These moments from the archives of Public Radio are brief archival clips of high profile cultural figures, which can be employed on the air as interstitials, station IDs, date-pegged drop-ins, fundraising modules, etc. They're wrapped "From the archives of public broadcasting...," and stations could also supplement these with similar clips from their own archives.

In the last half century, public broadcasting has given countless major public figures a platform for their ideas. This in turn has woven a rich tapestry of voices that have inspired, provoked, prodded and pushed us to accomplishments in the arts, sciences and the humanities which, in retrospect, are astonishing. We have begun to comb our archives for these gems, and to present these moments on radio in the most artful and compelling manner possible. These elegant proofs highlight the importance of public broadcasting in the cultural life of our country, and firmly laying claim to our legacy and the mission it represents.

Free for unlimited broadcast before Dec 31st, 2005.

Two versions of each "Moment" are available, one with a "You're listening to Public Radio" tag, and one without any tag.

"Moments of America" is made possible in part by a grant from the Ford Foundation.
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These moments from the archives of Public Radio are brief archival clips of high profile cultural figures, which can be employed on the air as interstitials, station IDs, date-pegged drop-ins, fundraising modules, etc. They're wrapped "From the archives of public broadcasting...," and stations could also supplement these with similar clips from their own archives.

In the last half century, public broadcasting has given countless major public figures a platform for their ideas. This in turn has woven a rich tapestry of voices that have inspired, provoked, prodded and pushed us to accomplishments in the arts, sciences and the humanities which, in retrospect, are astonishing. We have begun to comb our archives for these gems, and to present these moments on radio in the most artful and... Show full description


30 Pieces

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Psychologist Timothy Leary implores listeners to stay open to new ideas.

Bought by WRVO


  • Added: Jul 06, 2005
  • Length: :29
  • Purchases: 1
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Historian Howard Zinn draws connections between civil disobedience and jury sentences. (1974)

Bought by KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio and WRVO


  • Added: Jul 06, 2005
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Theologian Paul Tillich talks about the ultimate danger of nuclear weapons. (1961)

Bought by WRVO


  • Added: Jul 06, 2005
  • Length: :55
  • Purchases: 1
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Former Secretary of State Dean Rusk justifies the American build-up of arms. (1961)

Bought by WRVO


  • Added: Jul 06, 2005
  • Length: :59
  • Purchases: 1
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Historian Howard Zinn suggests how civil disobedience effects the public consciousness. (1974)

Bought by WRVO


  • Added: Jul 06, 2005
  • Length: :56
  • Purchases: 1
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Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt gives voice to her concern about the governments in possession of nuclear weapons. (1961)

Bought by WRVO


  • Added: Jul 06, 2005
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Musician Ray Charles comments on the labels given to the music he played. (1995)

Bought by WRVO


  • Added: Jul 06, 2005
  • Length: :59
  • Purchases: 1
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Musician Ray Charles explains what kind of music was around him growing up. (1995)

Bought by WNCU, WUAL, and WRVO


  • Added: Jul 06, 2005
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Musician Ray Charles remembers his early career as a Nat “King” Cole sound-alike. (1995)

Bought by WNCU, WUAL, and WRVO


  • Added: Jul 06, 2005
  • Length: :59
  • Purchases: 3
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Author Alan Ginsberg reminisces on the effects peyote had on him and some of his writings. (1995)

Bought by WRVO


  • Added: Jul 06, 2005
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Author Alan Ginsberg extols Bob Dylan’s lyrics. (1995)

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio and WRVO


  • Added: Jul 06, 2005
  • Length: :58
  • Purchases: 2
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Author Alan Ginsberg recognizes Bob Dylan as the heir apparent to the Beat poets. (1995)

Bought by AIFM and WRVO


  • Added: Jul 06, 2005
  • Length: :52
  • Purchases: 2
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Choreographer Agnes de Mille relates dancing to music. (1958)

Bought by WRVO


  • Added: Jul 06, 2005
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Choreographer Agnes de Mille laments the lack of a coherent script for recording dance. (1958)

Bought by WAMC and WRVO


  • Added: Jul 06, 2005
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Musician Ray Charles recalls the frustration he delivered to his early piano teacher. (1995)

Bought by WNCU, WAMC, and WRVO


  • Added: Jul 06, 2005
  • Length: 01:58
  • Purchases: 3
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Musician Ray Charles speaks about his criteria when writing music. (1995)

Bought by WRVO


  • Added: Jul 06, 2005
  • Length: :29
  • Purchases: 1
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Conductor Leopold Stokowski entreats the listener to maintain his individuality. (1959)

Bought by WRVO


  • Added: Jul 06, 2005
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Acting teacher Lee Strasberg reflects on the creative nature of acting. (1959)

Bought by WRVO


  • Added: Jul 06, 2005
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Historian Howard Zinn says that governments break laws regularly.

Bought by WRVO


  • Added: Jul 20, 2005
  • Length: :56
  • Purchases: 1
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Psychologist Timothy Leary predicts the establishment of a National Department of Psychedelic Education by 1985.

Bought by WRVO


  • Added: Jul 20, 2005
  • Length: :30
  • Purchases: 1