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“I’m an American”: From Radio Program to Citizenship Day

Posted by: Amanda Jenkins

What do a commemorative day in September and a radio program from the early 1940s have in common? A lot, as it turns out! September 17th marks the joint celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. These designations commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17th, 1787, and recognize individuals who have completed the …

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Adventures in Research: A Radio Drama of Discovery

Posted by: Amanda Jenkins

“Adventures in Research! This is Paul Shannon bringing you another transcribed story of science, produced as a public service, in cooperation with the Westinghouse Research Laboratories, and today telling you the story of…” So begins Adventures in Research, a radio show broadcast from 1942 to the mid-1950s that brought listeners into the world of researchers …

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An Evening of Sounds, Stories and Surprises with Jim Metzner

Posted by: Bryan Cornell

Award-winning broadcaster Jim Metzner—founder, producer, field recordist and host of “Pulse of the Planet”, one of radio’s longest running science programs, will be making a special appearance at the Library of Congress on Wednesday, October 10, at 7:00 pm, celebrating 30 years of “Pulse of the Planet,” as well as his many other radio creations. …

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At the Packard Campus Theater — October 2018

Posted by: Cary O’Dell

The Packard Campus Theater is highlighting contemporary women directors through the end of the year with a series of films from the 1970s to the present. Throughout the 1970s training and mentorship programs for women directors were established, including Women Make Movies (1972), the Women in Film Foundation (1973), the AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women …

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Voices of the Great Migration

Posted by: Karen Fishman

This is a guest post by Tenesha Hare and Jasmyne Post, 2018 summer interns with the Junior Fellows Program in the Library’s Recorded Sound Section. Tenesha is a senior at the University of South Carolina, Aiken, studying Political Science with a concentration in Government and Public Relations. Jasmyne is a sophomore at the University of Louisville, majoring …

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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (May 17; 19-20, 2018)

Posted by: Cary O’Dell

The following is a post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, May 17 (7:30 p.m.) The Dam Busters (Warner Bros., 1955) This British epic war film depicts the true story of the May 16, 1943 “Operation Chastise,” when the RAF’s 617 Squadron attacked the Ruhr dams in Nazi Germany with British engineer Barnes …

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Vocal Recordings the Hard Way

Posted by: Bryan Cornell

Today’s post is by David Sager, Research Assistant in the Recorded Sound Research Center This blog relies on recordings from the Library of Congress’s National Jukebox, a resource with over 10,000 early recordings which is well worth exploring.  You can also hear thousands more rare recordings, including radio broadcasts from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s …

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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (April 19-21, 2018)

Posted by: Cary O’Dell

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, April 19 (7:30 p.m.) Rock & Roll on The Ed Sullivan Show, 1955-1970 The Ed Sullivan Show (CBS, 1948-1971) was a landmark television program, and unquestionably one of the most important chronicles of mid-20th century popular culture. The Motion Picture, Broadcast and …

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NEWEST ADDITIONS TO THE NATIONAL RECORDING REGISTRY!

Posted by: Cary O’Dell

This morning the Registry hit 500! Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, today announced the latest additions to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. The National Recording Registry, created by the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, directs the Librarian to select 25 titles that are at least 10 years old and have …