Posted: 11 Nov 2013 09:25 PM PST
Our programs on Massachusetts Observer Radio appeal to those who are politically aware and have a curiosity about historical precedence to current prevailing modes of political thought.
Today's program is an episode of "America's Town Meeting of the Air." It was first broadcast in 1940 from Miami, Florida. The subject is "What is Youths' Role in Defense of Democracy?"
You'll hear two distinct and opposing points of view, one from Dr. George B. Cotton, President of Colgate University, and the other from Democratic United States Senator from Florida, Claude D. Pepper.
Franklin D. Roosevelt is President, and The New Deal is being carried out. We believe you will find many of the arguments taken by both sides quite familiar.
Here comes the Town Crier. Let's go in.
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Posted: 10 Nov 2013 06:36 AM PST
This is a special Veterans Day presentation on Massachusetts Observer Radio where programs from the past shine light on the present.
Today we go back to World War 2. For years African Americans had been trying to break the color barrier in the U. S. military. This program, "The Treasury Star Parade," dramatizes one such success.
Capable and motivated young black men had tried but failed to become pilots in The United States Air Force. Facing prevailing attitudes at the time, policies that included the odious Jim Crow Laws prohibiting the mingling of the races, The Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama, produced the first black squadron, The Tuskegee Airmen.
In 1943, "The Treasury Star Parade," a government-sponsored series produced to encourage the public to purchase War Bonds, dramatized the story of Lieutenant Charles H. DeBow.
Massachusetts Observer Radio is honored to present this episode titled "I Got Wings."
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