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On October 19, 1923 local Washington radio station WRC, of the Radio Corporation of America, began broadcasting a series of talks on the Smithsonian Institution and its branches. Because of the success of these talks it was decided that a series should be given on scientific subjects. A regular time slot was given to the Smithsonian and the scientific series began on April 9, 1924 with Austin H. Clark who gave a talk on "The Giants of the Animal World." Clark also ran the program. The series lasted for more than four years.


Clark, Austin Hobart b. 1880


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 136.
  • Smithsonian Institution Annual Report for the Year 1924. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1925, p. 10-11.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 298, Box 1, "Local Notes," 10/25/1923, p. 1.

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October 19, 1923


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