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Podcast: Meet Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg behind an NBC microphone | Photo courtesy of University of Illinois, The Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Biography in Sound: “Meet Carl Sandburg” (1955)

It’s American Masters radio: the other AM, on the podcast dial.

For this hour, “Meet Carl Sandburg,” from NBC Radio’s Biography in Sound series. This 1955 broadcast is a documentary in sound about the poet, author, musician, and historian, Carl Sandburg: all told through readings and songs from Sandburg, as well as interviews with the people that knew him–describing him as if he were as big as Paul Bunyan.

“He talks of the American scene and in the American idiom,” says Dave Garroway, the show’s narrator, of Sandburg. “He could talk no other way.”