Edward R. Murrow
"I Can Hear It Now" 1945 - 1949
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ON THE BACK OF THE JACKET
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: An echo of his speech to the nation — December 9, 1941.
Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia of New York reads the comic strips over the radio during the newspaper delivery strike — July, 1945.
Band Two — Conflict between Russia and the West
H. V. Kaltenborn — November 6, 1945
Elmer Davis — February 3, 1945
Walter Winchell — February 17, 1946
Winston Churchill delivers his "Iron Curtain" speech at Fulton, Missouri — March 5, 1946
"Operations Crossroads": In an experimental test, a new-type atom bomb is exploded near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific — June 30, 1946
Band Three — Bernard Baruch presents the proposal of the United States Atomic Energy Commission to the
United Nations — June 14, 1946
Andrei A. Gromyko answers the Baruch proposal for control of atomic energy — June 19, 1946
International War Crimes Trial at Nuremberg, Germany Lord Justice Lawrence hears pleas of "Not Guilty" from the top Nazi war criminals — November 21, 1945
United States Prosecutor Robert H. Jackson - July 26, 1946
Arthur Gleth witnesses the hangings of the ten top Nazi war leaders — October 16, 1946
Band Four — Robert Trout reports on the 1946 Congressional elections: the Republicans win control of Congress — November 5, 1946
David E. Lillienthal offers his credo of Democracy before a Congressional committee — February 4, 1947
"Babe Ruth Day" at Yankee Stadium: The Babe responds to the tribute — April 27, 1947
Band Five — Secretary of State George C. Marshall introduces the "Marshall Plan" at Harvard University commencement — June 5, 1947
Howard Hughes, aircraft builder and motion picture producer, is questioned by Senator Homer Ferguson before the Senate War Investigating Subcommittee — August 9, 1947
Princess Elizabeth of Great Britain and the Duke of Edinburgh (Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten) are married in Westminster Abbey, London - November 20, 1947
Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru of India announces the assassination of Mohandas K. Gandhi - January 30, 1948
Howard K. Smith reports on the Italian elections - April 20, 1948
The Jewish State of Israel is born — Shortwave broadcast of hymn "Hatikvah" as broadcast from Tel Aviv — May 14, 1948
James C. Petrillo, president of the American Federation of Musicians, testifies before the House Labor Committee — January 21, 1948
Band Seven — "Operations Vittles": The Berlin Airlift — Began June 26, 1948
Marshall Tito of Yugoslavia addresses the Third Congress of the People's Front — In Belgrade
Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Y. Vishinsky repeats his charges of "Warmongering" before the United Nations — September 25, 1948
Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt rebukes the Russians before the United Nations — In Paris, before the General Assembly
Band Eight — Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee — August 25, 1948
General Dwight D. Eisenhower reaffirms he will not seek a presidential nomination — May, 1948
Band Nine — The Republican National Convention, Philadelphia — Clare Boothe Luce — June 21, 1948
Nominations for the Presidency — June 24, 1948
Governor Thomas E. Dewey accepts — June 24, 1948
The Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia Senator Alben W. Barkley — July 12, 1948
Southern Democrats walk out — July 14, 1948
President Truman accepts — July 15, 1948
The Progressive Party Convention, Philadelphia "Friendly Henry Wallace" convention song Henry A. Wallace accepts - July 24, 1948
Senator Glen Taylor and family sing — July 23, 1948
Band Ten — The 1948 Presidential Campaign President Truman at beginning of his campaign ("I work for the
Governor Dewey at Hollywood, Calif. — September 24, 1948
President Truman at Pittsburgh, Pa. — October 23, 1948
Governor Dewey at Kansas City, Mo. — October 14, 1948
Govenor Dewey at Chicago, Illinois — October 26, 1948
President Truman at New York City — October 28, 1948
In Washington, just prior to his inauguration, a victorious Harry Truman gives his interpretation of radio commentator H. V. Kaltenborn on election night — January 19, 1949
This record, like its predecessor, is a collection of documents for ear. We believe that scraps of sound, like the aotes for a great speech or fragmentary photographs from a battlefield, can be vital evidence in the piecing together of history. We submit that, just as there are pictures worth a thousand words, there are sounds worth a thousand pictures. Since the advent of radio news, we have heard history gallop past us as often as we have watched it. It is an established fact that we elect our Presidents by what we hear them say, and an audible document of a political convention is as important to the record as the best panorama ever shot at a convention hall.
This is no history book but rather an attempt to fill in the gaps which type and half-tones in the hands of the most gifted cannot hope to fill. Everything in this volume really happened and most of it was heard by millions. We have attempted to hold a mirror behind the first three years of the atomic age. They are the sounds and voices of our search for peace in the monotony of perpetual crisis and of the unsought world leadership suddenly thrust upon the average American as he watched and heard his nation come of age. Listen closely and you may even hear our voice change. Many of the echoes you will hear went 'round the world and back again, for we are not sure there are any purely domestic issues left.
We have clipped generously of Ghurchill at Fulton, and Marshall at Harvard, because they were pivot points in our foreign policy. If we have tarried too long with V-J Day it is because its hopes and prayers vanished all too quickly and we wanted to recapture some of that sunlight if only for a minute. We included much of David E. Lillienthal's credo on democracy because we hope our children will someday play these records. We have spent the best part of two bands on the 1948 Presidential election because, in this instance, it is only by ear that one can even approach knowing why the people decided as they did. We have done our best to float this volume down the mainstream of our times and have at the same time taken side trips just because we liked the sounds or the people who made them.
Editing for ear can be a dangerous art. We had in our hands or perhaps we should say in our engineer's hands, the words of other men. We have not knowingly done violence to truth. The economics of the medium we serve has forced us to condense and distill and redistill to such an extent that we were forced to delete some incidents completely, because we could not do justice to the man or the moment. Some of the people we have edited might have chosen otherwise and many of them wiser.
No one network or station is responsible for the material in this volume. Most of the broadcasts were originally "pool shows," and our project was most graciously served by all four major networks. Our colleagues and competitors, H. V. Kaltenborn, Walter Winchell, Elmer Davis, Robert Trout, John Daly, George Hicks, Arthur Gaeth put their voices in our hands, and share in any of the credit and none of the blame of this effort.
"I Can Hear It Now" — Volume 1 covered thirteen years. This time our span was only three years and we were able to bring our tripod up a bit closer to our subject. We hope to hurry behind history now and produce an annual edition.
We are particularly indebted to —
STANFORD M. MIRKIN who so completely did all of the editorial research and most of the transcription research.
ARTHUR W. BUCKNER of CRI who is perhaps the most skilled technical editor in the very youthful art of magnetic tape recording.
HAROLD G. CHAPMAN and CHARLES MARCHESSAULT who in this Volume, as in the first, did the panel mixings and master recordings.
JOSEPH WERSHBA of CBS in Washington for his exhaustive research on the political campaigns.
LLOYD MORSE who did the special effects.
JAMES M. SEWARD and VINCENT LIEBLER who collectively broke with rules and precedent 756 times to make both volumes possible.
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The credo on democracy by David Lillienthal was not recorded by any network or newsreel. We are particularly indebted to Mr. Lillienthal for his cooperation in recreating it for this volume.