Dick Gregory holding a telephone

March 01, 1971 - University of Illinois Broadcast Archives

Civil Rights: Black World Perspectives

On the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, comedian Dick Gregory says young people have inherited social problems from “old fools” that must now be solved.


Dr. Benjamin Spock

By Bert Verhoeff / Anefo - Nationaal Archief, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38711396

October 16, 1968 - University of Illinois Broadcast Archives

Life Patterns in the U.S. - The Vietnam War

An open lecture by Dr. Benjamin Spock on the problem of the Vietnam War, at the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


An American man and woman watching footage of the Vietnam War on television in their living room, February 1968

By Warren K. Leffler, U.S. News & World Report Magazine - https://www.loc.gov/item/2011661230/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=55623912

October 11, 1968 - University of Illinois Broadcast Archives

The Media and That War

A campus lecture on media coverage during the Vietnam War by journalist Gene Graham


Ithiel De Sola Pool

By Richard Rodstein - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31955295

February 29, 1968 - University of Illinois Broadcast Archives

Village Violence and Village Pacification in Vietnam

Ithiel De Sola Pool, head of the political science department at MIT, talks about the Vietnam War and the history of widespread violence in village societies.


Dick Gregory holding a telephone

November 21, 1967 - University of Illinois Broadcast Archives

White Supremacy is Dead, by Dick Gregory

Comedian Dick Gregory provides a social commentary on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign about how everyone is inherently racist.

Note: This speech contains potentially offensive language that may not be suitable for listening in work situations, or for those sensitive to racially charged terms.


Walter Ducloux

April 18, 1951 - University of Illinois Broadcast Archives

Music and Propaganda

Walter Ducloux, conductor, author, and music director for the Voice of America from 1940 to 1947, presents a lecture on changes in the role of music in human culture, and the relationship between music and propaganda.


Louis Wirth

February 05, 1951 - University of Illinois Broadcast Archives

The Unfinished Business of a Democratic Society

A lecture at the University of Illinois by Louis Wirth, a sociologist at the University of Chicago, on February 5, 1951. The bulk of Wirth’s lecture is about social issues in the United States, but he frames his lecture in the context of U.S. interests abroad, specifically in relation to Russia and communism. He begins with the question, “ are the vital interests of the United States clearly threatened?” He argues that our interests and values should not be defined in relation to communist or Russian interests, and that the core needs and problems within U.S. society are deferred when we focus on vague threats of communism. 


December 10, 1950 - University of Illinois Broadcast Archives

Can A Free People Survive?

A lecture by Kenneth Carlston, University of Illinois Professor of Law, on the second anniversary of the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, commemorating the the first Human Rights Day (Dec 10, 1950).