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The first "The World Is Yours" radio program is aired over the National Broadcasting Company network. A joint project of the Smithsonian Institution, U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Education and Works Progress Administration, the half-hour programs air once a week on topics ranging from mammals to insects to geology to ethnology to art history to aeronautics, etc. Scripts are prepared by Smithsonian staff and presentations are done by out-of-work actors and musicians. The program is suspended in May of 1942 because of the war effort.


  • National Broadcasting Company (NBC)
  • United States Dept. of the Interior
  • Works Progress Administration (WPA)
  • The World Is Yours (Radio Program)
  • United States Dept. of Interior Office of Education
  • United States Office of Education


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Charles Greeley Abbot, The Smithsonian Institution, Volume 1 of The Smithsonian Scientific Series (New York: Series Publishers, Inc., 1949), p. 331-337.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


June 7, 1936


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