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Hear what’s in the newest sonic time capsule from the Library of Congress

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    And finally, our NewsHour shares of the night, something that caught our eye — actually, in this case, caught our ear.

    Each year, the Library of Congress designates 25 sound recordings for posterity and preservation. See if your picks match theirs.

    Jeffrey Brown has a sample.

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    It's a trip through the 20th century, with something for everyone, including plenty of romance, from a 1911 recording by the Columbia Quartet of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" to Julie London's version of "Cry Me a River" in 1955.

    A year later came the jazz standard "Mack the Knife" with this performance by Louis Armstrong. And nearly a decade later, the Motown hit "Where Did Our Love" go by the Supremes, a song the trio initially thought was too simplistic, but helped gained them great fame.

    Also among the 25 recordings are important speeches. Here is George Marshall in 1947 outlining the plan to restore Europe after World War II.

    GEORGE MARSHALL, U.S. Army Chief of Staff: It is logical that the United States should do whatever is able to do to assist in the return of normal economic health in the world, without which there can be no political stability and no assured peace.

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    And then a bit of basketball history: the only surviving recording of Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100 points in 1962. It was taped off the radio by a fan.

  • MAN:

    They stopped the game. People are running out onto the court, 100 points for Wilt Chamberlain!

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    Back to music, and you knew it had to be there, Gloria Gaynor's 1978 anthem "I Will Survive."

    And last, but — well, you decide — some heavy metal from 1986, Metallica's "Master of Puppets."

    From the audio time capsule, I'm Jeffrey Brown.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    OK, Gloria Gaynor and the Supremes.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    She was singing it, I swear. She was singing along.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    I was trying.

    (LAUGHTER)

  • GWEN IFILL:

    I'm all for "Cry Me a River" and Wilt.

    That's the "NewsHour" for tonight. I'm Gwen Ifill.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    And I'm Judy Woodruff.

    Join us online and again right here tomorrow evening. For all of us at the "PBS NewsHour," thank you, and good night.

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