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Hoover Accepts Republican Nomination

1932-08-11

The hour long speech delivered by President Herbert Hoover after receiving the nomination of the Republican Party for a second term. He details the steps he had taken to relieve the consequences of the Great Depression.

Franklin D Roosevelt's First Inaugural Address

1933-03-04

This is a recording of FDR's speech after his inauguration as president on 3 March 1933. It includes his famous line that "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself".

Roosevelt's Fireside Chat on the Banking System

1933-03-12

The first of many of Roosevelt's direct addresses to the American people. This broadcast focused on Roosevelt's actions regarding the banking system.

FDR Fireside Chat -- Introducing the New Deal

1933-05-07

Just two months into his presidency, Roosevelt delivered this address to outline his plan to combat the Great Depression.

Churchill and the Nazi Threat

1934-11-16

In this speech, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill describes Nazi motivation and the threat the Hitler regime poses to the UK and the world.

Huey P. Long Speech of 2 May 1935

1935-05-02

This broadcast speech by Senator Huey P. Long of Louisiana details his plans for redistribution of wealth as a means of battling the Great Depression. His opposition to the policies of President Roosevelt is quite evident.

Edward VIII Abdication Speech

1936-12-11

This is the address given by Edward VIII after his abdication.

March of Time -- 18 January 1937

1937-01-18

An installment of the popular radio newsreel, The March of Time, which reported on recent news events.

Hindenburg Disaster

1937-05-06

Coverage of the crash of the Hindenburg dirigible at Lakehurst, New Jersey.

Marconi Memorial

1937-07-20

A special program broadcast after the death of Guglielmo Marconi, who is considered by many to be the inventor of radio.

Europe After Invasion of Austria

1938-03-13

This is a CBS news program covering events in Europe in response to the German invasion of Austria.

Chamberlain Returns From Munich

1938-09-30

This is a portion of the speech Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain gave upon his arrival from the Munich Conference.

Dawn of A New Day

1939-00-00

his march was written by George and Ira Gershwin for the 1939 New York Worlds Fair and recorded by Horace Heidt And His Musical Knights.

Roosevelt Opens the New York World's Fair

1939-04-30

This is an audio recording of President Roosevelt's speech at the opening of the New York World's Fair on 30 April 1939.