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Film poster for "Knute, Rockne, All American." Actor Pat O'Brien depicted standing in center holding football, inspirational text behind him along with various football silhouettes.

Knute Rockne and Damar Hamlin–Inspiring A Century Apart

Posted by: Stacie Seifrit-Griffin

Inspired by the out-pouring of love and good sportsmanship displayed around Damar Hamlin's recent health scare, the Library's own Stacie Seifrit-Griffin looks at the sports classic "Knute Rockne, All American" (1940) and other audio-visual celebrations of America's love for athletics.

Mary McLeod Bethune, latter portrait, seated at desk. Papers in background. Bethune holds pen and is seen writing on notepad, looks outward.

From Our Collection: Celebrating Mary McLeod Bethune

Posted by: Stacie Seifrit-Griffin

As the great Mary McLeod Bethune gets her own statue at the US Capitol, the Library's own Stacie Seifrit-Griffin examines her life and legacy via the Library's audio-video collections.

A view looking past a digital display screen towards the doors of an indoor theater, with

Arch Oboler’s Plays for Americans

Posted by: Matthew Barton

This blog post was written by Matt Barton, curator of the Recorded Sound Section. At the time of the United States’s entry into World War II, Arch Oboler was one of a handful of radio writers whose popularity rivaled that of the medium’s star performers. Although he was best known for horror programs like the …

A view looking past a digital display screen towards the doors of an indoor theater, with

Buck Canel–The Voice of Beisbol, Boxeo and FDR

Posted by: Matthew Barton

  “…millions this week listened to Buck Canel, a swashbuckling New Yorker, as he broadcast his 27th World Series in Spanish” –Robert H. Boyle, Sports Illustrated, October 14, 1963. “No se vayan que esto se pone bueno!” (“Don’t go away, this is getting good!”) –Buck Canel, during many, many baseball broadcasts Sportscaster Buck Canel’s voice …

A view looking past a digital display screen towards the doors of an indoor theater, with

Bob and Ray

Posted by: Karen Fishman

This post was written by Matt Barton, curator, Recorded Sound Section. Born in the early 1920s, Bob Elliot (1923-2016) and Ray Goulding (1922 – 1990), better known as “Bob and Ray,” never knew a world without radio, and reveled in the medium from early childhood. They became professional announcers while still in their teens, eventually …